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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins our blind camera comparison, iPhone 6 is distant second

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins our blind camera comparison, iPhone 6 is distant second
Last week we had the chance to review the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and one of the many things we liked about it was its 16MP camera. Apparently, there's a huge chunk of readers who are impressed by the snapper as well, judging by the results from our blind camera comparison. As you can surely guess, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 got first place. With nearly 43% of the votes, it ended up miles ahead of the iPhone 6, which got second place. The latter received a bit over 22% of all votes.

With a not-so-impressive result of under 12%, the Samsung Galaxy S5 finished in third place, followed by the year-old Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 11% of the votes. Even further behind we have the Sony Xperia Z3, which only 7% of our readers favored. Last in line, with less than 5% of all votes we have the LG G3, which didn't do as well as it did in our previous comparisons.

But we're not done here. Our in-depth camera comparison pitting the Note 4 against other high-ends is coming soon, and it will be interesting to see how well it holds its ground in more challenging shooting scenarios. Stay tuned, and thanks to all 6179 of you who voted!

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Which phone took the best photos?
42.98%
2656 votes
(2656 votes) Samsung Galaxy Note 4
22.32%
1379 votes
(1379 votes) iPhone 6
11.72%
724 votes
(724 votes) Samsung Galaxy S5
11.31%
699 votes
(699 votes) Samsung Galaxy Note 3
7.02%
434 votes
(434 votes) Sony Xperia Z3
4.64%
287 votes
(287 votes) LG G3

6179 votes






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posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:00 19

1. tury694 (Posts: 167; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


Let the war commence.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:02 17

3. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


expected results

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:27 41

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4838; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah I figured this much. The iPhone 6 has a good camera but the Note 4 literally kills it. Samsung has the camera in their phones producing EXCELLENT images.

16MP ISOCELL & OIS combo is just hard to beat!

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:37 6

25. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It's probably a Sony IMX240 sensor in it, not a Samsung ISOCELL.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:27 14

49. Lememurilo (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


No, he have a 16:9 ISOCELL sensor, Sony IMX240 have a 4:3 aspect ratio.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 16:29 5

70. samub (Posts: 34; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


note 4's all version of it have sony sensor. just read the posts.
forum.xda-developers.com/note-4/general/note-4-var​iants-camera-sensor-t2901512

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 10:47

175. Noonting (Posts: 132; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Korea version is ISOCELL
International version is IMX240

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 07:03

179. aggressor (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


all versions note4 IMX240

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 07:01

178. aggressor (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


note4 have same 16:9 aspect ratio ant take much better picture that ISOCELL

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:39 19

26. Wiencon (Posts: 1882; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Maybe, but without reference photo this comparision is pointless, we don't know how it looked in real life, so most people chose photo with more vibrant photo (myself included)

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:08 17

34. maherk (Posts: 3787; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


IFFFF that's the case, then people do prefer vibrant colors! Like Duhhhh
still if you're trying to find a lame excuse on why the Note 4 won, I ll tell you to go ahead and search for Note 4 camera reviews, the majority, if not all said that it delivers the most accurate colors in photos taken within the latest flagships.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:13 8

37. amats69 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


it is not a lame excuse...He is right...stop the fanboyism

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 14:24

165. Dral29 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


...is just people's reactions... If people only picked on what they saw and not which device was used and they chose the one with more vibrant colors... so be it. People prefer vibrant, people usually want fantasy instead of reality. Cartoons, The simpsons, family guy, etc. those are vibrant colors not real life colors you know what I mean. And people dont complaint about it...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:17 5

43. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Even I didn´t chose any of the oversaturated ones myself I fully agree.
Most of the people have gone with the pictures with the most contrast even if they are unrealistic.
I found the Note 4 oversaturating the greens and the iphone 6 on the reds and blues. So I voted for phone 5 (GS5). But a reference picture would help to know if I´m right in my assumption.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:19 4

44. Awalker (Posts: 1502; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I don't think you need a reference unless you're testing color accuracy.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 19:23 5

103. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I voted for number 2 because I thought it pretty clearly had the best detail and dynamic range when examined carefully. Also, it helps to use a color-accurate monitor (IPS panel) rather than an LED phone or tablet.

I still wish PA would implement a better photo viewing experience for these comparisons. Have no idea how much these photos are being compressed, downsized, degraded, etc.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 03:05

159. uaDPJ (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


If you look at the photos, the iPhone 6 actually had a more vibrant, and saturated blue sky.

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 04:06

184. t.est (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Dec 2014)


I agree with your statement, but I do think that it's visible that the Not4 has too vibrant colors. I at least reacted on that.

To me it seems like the iPhone 6 may have the most color correct image, but as there is no reference as you say, so we can't know.

The iPhone 6 seems also to have more contrast, beautiful sky and the lamp is more black than others. This leads me to think that the iPhone 6 still will struggle a lot with low light pictures. While in good light do better colors.
I think the other photos in the test looks washed out compared with the iPhone pictures. Which makes me think the other makers have focused more on getting better pictures in low light conditions than Apple.

The Note 4 winns on details.

I would like them to use Nokia Pure View cameras as reference, for if they do better than Nokia with the camera, they'we done a good work. But I doubt that is the case.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:50 6

58. Lememurilo (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


This combination gives for a Note 4 a better low light performance, better outdoor performance, better details capture, better stabilization with low light, better focus, and more speed than Z3.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 16:24

68. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 526; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I don't think you know what the world "literally" means.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 22:29 4

124. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4838; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Cute, the grammar Nazi is here. lol

What the "world" literally means...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 23:55 2

130. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 526; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Ha, touché. That literally made me decide to give you a thumbs. :)

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 07:39

145. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4838; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are a good sport. :-)

+1 to you as well

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 17:41

85. solidsnake695 (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


samsung note 4 dont have isocell its sonys sensor now

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 17:43

169. cachirulojr (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


Samsung have a isocell senson, as galaxy s5, but it hav opptical image stabilization is some better

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 19:06 3

102. haikallp (Posts: 204; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Disappointed that PA did not include the Lumia 930 though. It has a great camera.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 07:40

146. steodoreben (Posts: 258; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


@haikallp phones with huge amount of camera pixels doesn't mean it's the best. There are factors needed to consider as well. For example: Lumia 1020.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 11:35

152. Trex95 (Posts: 905; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


If you noticed Phonearena didn't include 930 and 6 plus for a reason I think coz they knows 930 and 6 plus beats note 4 easily even tho 930 comes with option of 16MP camera DNG.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 22:15 1

123. pert22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


Are you ok?
Blue lamppost, blue asphalt, yellowness and medium dr wins
apple haters and paid samsung fanboys wins

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 02:22 2

133. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


apple haters? is there anything to love about apple? note 4 wins a blind test, hands down... why not ppl will become samsung's fan boys when everything is great in note 4? dont be a jealous ifan, dont worry apple will match note 4 in 2020... just wait 5 years more

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 04:22

185. t.est (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Dec 2014)


Well most people are not color conscious, few works with colors. I've been a DTP:er and did not think the Note 4 did better in this test when it comes to color.

Would need to get those picture open in some image processing tool to have any idea which one actually is most competent. The iPhone seem to have better colors better contrast, but may be less correctable that the others.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 08:39

168. FCB-Eto (Posts: 37; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


Actually the note 4 does not have an isocell sensor it's a Sony cmos sensor. Don't be shocked, all that talk about Samsung sensor being superior to sony's sensor was just talk and if you doubt you can check the note 4 review on AnandTech.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 06:31

172. tnuc2014 (Posts: 267; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


especially since iPhone 6 doesn't have OIS. Why not use the 6 PLUS for this comparison?

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 16:21 3

66. Onemanmanyphones (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Indeed - particularly given the fact that many commentators in the original article stated that they would pick the one they thought was the iPhone and vote against it.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 17:06 10

77. k4ever (Posts: 182; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


Wow, so in a blind test, one where nobody knew which photo was taken by which phone, people purposely voted against the iPhone? Do you know how lame and paranoid that sounds? Man you guys excuses are getting more and more delusional. Here's a hint, people chose the pictures from the Note 4 because it has a better camera. Nothing more to it.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 21:37 1

121. joey_sfb (Posts: 5754; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


iPhone 6 version of the sky is so blue to the point of unrealistic.

Either the others camera is incompetent or iPhone default filter are too heavy.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 07:18

143. steodoreben (Posts: 258; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


HAHAHA! What bothers me is that PhoneArena defends iPhone 6/6+ having the best camera and camera results than GALAXY Note 4. Very well said PA. The poll results never lie. Shame PA. :3

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:02 5

4. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Let's prove this guy wrong ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:19 9

18. tury694 (Posts: 167; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


Somehow I managed to vote for the iPhone. Now that I look at it again the Note and S5 look better

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:28 10

22. 90ninjas (unregistered)


That bias doe

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 03:15 1

136. sherkhan (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Absolutely wrong results... note 4 won just bcz there are more samsung and apple fans than sony on PA... i myself compared note 4 and sony xperia Z3 ... xperia z3 is much better in Micro and Low Light Pictures.. For Outdoor Both have nearly same results...
if u want to check the comparison search for Xperia Z3 vs Note 4 Camera test on Youtube...

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 04:01 4

138. T.Law (Posts: 414; Member since: 10 May 2014)


Cool story bro, but how did you know which was which? Stop the biased BS.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 15:49

155. sherkhan (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


i did a comparison myself .. The video is created by me ...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:17 4

41. D.Lamore (Posts: 198; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


ifans chose phone 4 knowing its iphone 6,pathetic

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:49 10

56. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


It was blind camera comparison... And tbh
(insert brand)fans chose phone(insert number) knowing its (insert phone model),pathetic

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 22:30 1

125. phichart (Posts: 282; Member since: 03 May 2014)


yes... they know because of the sky photo

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 21:01

120. just4net (unregistered)


If the names were not shown then it'd be a much better poll.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 21:37 1

122. tedkord (Posts: 11706; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They weren't...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:01 4

2. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I didn't vote in this one.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:14 2

39. amats69 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i voted for Z3...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:17 1

42. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


xperiaDROID , where are you?

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 17:46 4

89. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


I voted for the note, like most people...

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:04 4

5. Malki (Posts: 68; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Popcorn is ready.

N1 Samsung :)

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:06 7

6. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


*Steals popcorn* ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:08 4

7. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


based from the photos phone2 is the best! so expected to win by a land
slide votes

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:08 5

8. Awalker (Posts: 1502; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It won but 57% of people thought another phone was better.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 14:15

16. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


20mp xperia z3's camera should won this kind of camera comparison.
what happen to them?

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 15:41 5

54. Lememurilo (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


Xperia could have a 20mp, but the combination of Smart OIS, 16:9 ISOCELL 1.12 micron sensor and Hybrid Focus gives for Note 4 the victory

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 16:47 2

72. bur60 (Posts: 848; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


You mean oversaturated non realistic contrast and colors right? If we had a comparison....

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 18:05 2

95. chaosnightmare (Posts: 165; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Most reviews qualify iphone 6 camera as inaccurate due to warmer colors (look also at the oversaturated sky), z3 on the other hand have an upper hand in resolution and features but fails so hard representing realistic colors, which means that every phone in this comparison could be considered somehow inaccurate, however unless you're a professional photographer (which shouldn't be using an smartphone camera in first place) all that matters is wich photos looks better and offers more detail.

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