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Samsung Galaxy S5 wins our blind camera comparison, followed by the Xperia Z1 and... Oppo Find 7a

Samsung Galaxy S5 wins our blind camera comparison, followed by the Xperia Z1 and... Oppo Find 7a
Ha, we bet you didn't see this coming. Last week we did another blind camera comparison, asking our readers to vote for the photos they liked best, and to spice things up a bit, we threw in images from two lesser-known handsets – the Huawei Ascend P7 and the Oppo Find 7a. Both of these two well-made Androids come with 13MP cameras which can produce eye-pleasing images, so there was a good chance of seeing one of them finishing in first place.

Neither of the two phones got the top spot, however. Actually, it was the Samsung Galaxy S5 that won the gold, having collected a third of all votes. The Sony Xperia Z1, which was chosen best by a fifth of those who participated, came in second place, followed closely by the Find 7a, which got 19.1% of all votes. Apple's iPhone 5s, as good as its photos may have been, got only 11.7% of all votes. Next up we have the Huawei Ascend P7 in fifth place with a score of 7.2%, followed by the HTC One (M8) and the LG G2, which got only 4.5% and 3.7% respectively.

But we've not seen the last of Huawei and Oppo yet! Their two flagships are both starring in our upcoming camera comparison, so consider this a teaser.

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Which phone's photos do you like best?
33.38%
683 votes
(683 votes) Samsung Galaxy S5 (Phone 4)
20.43%
418 votes
(418 votes) Sony Xperia Z1 (Phone 6)
19.11%
391 votes
(391 votes) Oppo Find 7a (Phone 3)
11.68%
239 votes
(239 votes) iPhone 5s (Phone 1)
7.18%
147 votes
(147 votes) Huawei Ascend P7 (Phone 7)
4.5%
92 votes
(92 votes) HTC One (M8) (Phone 2)
3.71%
76 votes
(76 votes) LG G2 (Phone 5)

2046 votes

 









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posted on 12 May 2014, 09:24 3

1. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Oh....

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:56 18

17. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Oh yeah...

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:12 2

29. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


I actually thought the Oppo 7a was the most detailed and most vivid. Exposure and dynamic range was also very consistent.

I own the G2 and i knew from the first scene that that was the G2. I rated the S5 after the Oppo and thought iP5s was third place.

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:42 1

35. NexusX (Posts: 186; Member since: 16 May 2013)


if the OnePlusOne's camera is as good as the Oppo 7A. then it's my next phone

posted on 12 May 2014, 11:35 3

41. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I voted for #4. But it's a close call between #1 and #6 for the 2nd place me.

but,,, "Ha, we bet you didn't see this coming."..

Yeah.. I didn't expect they'd excluded a non-1020 Lumia phone (eg. 1520 or Icon) for this comparison. Considering they've included the 1520 the last time they did a Blind Camera comparison.

I do think they should've included the Z2 camera photos as well (to compare with the other 2014 Android flagships)

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:57 18

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4422; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That S5 camera is freaking so bada$$. plus it's a water proof phone. What a WIN Samsung has.

Phonearena.com, when will you ever review the NEW Sony Xperia Z2???

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:39 7

34. buccob (Posts: 1566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well, fanboyism aside... the S5 is still better than Z2... camerawise

the Z2 has only small improvements over the Z1.

Check this GSMArena comparisson.http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-xperia-z2-vs-z1-camera-comparison/

But in my opinion the iPhone 5s is still very overrated... I recently made a comparisson with my Xperia Acro S and the only shots where iPhone 5s was better were at night without flash... and even so some colors were off..

I have seen a recent trend ever since the S4 and iPhone 5 where Night Shots of Landscapes would come out define but lights colors would become all white, instead of their natural tones (which in my test, most were yellow)

posted on 12 May 2014, 12:39 1

47. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4422; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The review came out & the Sony Xperia Z2 got rated better than the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Z2 got 9.2 VS. S5 got a 9.1

Now all we need is a camera comparison.

posted on 12 May 2014, 15:38 1

67. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


"Sony Xperia Z2 got rated better than the Samsung Galaxy S5."...from whom??? LOL
If it was rated from the tech media guys , they would even rate M8 and iPhone5S better than S5.
So, what is your point, again???

posted on 13 May 2014, 09:20

85. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4422; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are kidding right?

lol

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:44 8

36. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Plus UI lag + UNACCEPTABLE design + more bezel than GS4. When it's comes to UI lag I have suffered with GS3 even when the phone was just 6 months old. My sister is mad at how her gallery opens 2 seconds after she has tapped the icon and the general sluggishness on her galaxy s4 (stock kitkat). I can imagine what GS5 owners would have to go through. I have to admit that cameras have been fantastic on samsung galaxy s phones in the past three years but they have to get the basics right. The Sony Xperia Z2 on the other hand transcends the Galaxy s5 in every way.

posted on 12 May 2014, 11:13 14

38. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's ugly, it's plastic, it lags, blah blah blah...
At the end of the day, S5 has the best camera, the best battery, one of the best screens, one of the highest consumer satisfaction scores, genius marketing, and most important of all, it's the best selling phone right now. What does Z2 have? A lot of talk with no substance.

posted on 12 May 2014, 13:21 1

53. PRoChandra (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 May 2014)


It has been proved already which one is better... And best seller doesn't mean Best alrounder...... Lol and PA just gave a sarcastic comments of S5's "display" and "processor powering" passage during Z2's review.... Wash your face poor and check it yourself that you might understand better....

Samsung sells more with a bit aggressive Marketing strategies and misleading gimmick stuffs

posted on 12 May 2014, 15:13 1

65. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Wash my face poor? LOL What's up with Sony fans and cheap shots?
Hopefully, Sony's Z2 is as good as what their fans say they are. Samsung could use some competition. Alghto

posted on 12 May 2014, 15:45 1

68. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


ROTFL
It you ask the tech media guys - M8 and iPhone5s are "the best".
Do you remember how they were bashing the 5" smartphones?
Do you remember how they said that Note(with S-pen) is the a flop?
Do you remember how they were bashing smaller than iPad tablets?
...and so on.
Should we believe them ????

posted on 13 May 2014, 03:50

82. sbw44 (Posts: 412; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


You must be joking right? Samsung is lucky PA didn't include the 1520 let alone the 1020 in this comparison! I bet my old N8 could take better photos than an S5

Also the 1520 has the best battery based on the trusted GSMArena!

posted on 13 May 2014, 05:26

83. refillable (Posts: 677; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


'Best Camera'. Duh... Z1's camera with a bigger sensor captures more details than the S5. Let alone the Z2. As a Photoshop guy, I advice you not to be deceived by an addition of extra vibrant colours.

Despise that, I still view the S5 as a better option for most users than the Z2, although Sony Z2 is a very close second and it's the company is catching up very quickly these days.

posted on 12 May 2014, 12:14 1

43. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


The S800 CPU on the Korean S4 does not lag like the S600

S600 is a weak Cpu

posted on 12 May 2014, 13:59 1

57. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


So what? It's my sisters fault that she couldn't fly all the way to South Korea? Is it her fault that she trusted samsung with her money? And SD600 will run just fine on an AOSP rom so isn't it samsungs fault?

posted on 12 May 2014, 14:45 1

62. Doakie (Posts: 1326; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I owned a GS3 and an HTC One which supposedly ran so much smoother than the GS3 due to a less intrusive UI. They both lagged slightly. Now I've moved onto the Snapdragon 800 powered Note 3. It still lags slightly. I've used iPads, iPhones and multiple Windows Phone handsets they all lag ever so slightly.

Gallery issues would be because she has too many pictures that the phone is loading up thumbnails for. I've had this problem on every phone I've owned. Overall OS slowdown is normal, I've had that issue with every phone and every OS I've owned. Sorry you're not alone in this and you're not some intentional victim Samsung was looking to exploit. Software bogs down after 6 months, even AOSP ROMs I've used. You want to fix your issues nuns your phone every six months. It's not an optimal solution but it works and helps even iPhones....

posted on 12 May 2014, 20:23

80. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I am not talking general lag, I am talking about sluggishness. Like really annoying sluggishness due to heavy and poorly optimized software.

posted on 12 May 2014, 15:14

66. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It is Samsungs fault

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:01 2

21. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


My....

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:26 3

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3319; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yaaay voted for 6 :). Anyways, no real surprises there. The results are pretty much what I predicted.

I wonder how so many people voted for M8 lol. Maybe a bug

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:26 2

3. dickwyn (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 May 2012)


really unexpected results

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:29

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3319; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Sarcasm.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:37 2

9. Amir1 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Hmm no, actually quite expected. z1 always win or second in camera blind test in different websites. s5 has good camera but colors are unnatural = saturated. 5s also has fake colors and also pic is not detailed in comparison. i guess some people like saturated colors so s5 chosen but its not as good as z1 in detals and real colors in comparison to reference. i prefer natural colors. in blind test i unknowngly choose z1. no wonder. g2 camera is not that good anymore in comparison, find 7 are as good. so overall, not really surprises. well, i say that after i watched dozens of comparisons. so maybe i'm spoiled. in my trained eyes, z2 has the best camera on the market as of now. z1 is second, s5 is third.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:40 1

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3319; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I think S5 actually has more details. But just by a little bit. But Z1/Z2 have definitely a lot more natural colours.

posted on 12 May 2014, 15:50

69. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


How do you know what are the "natural colours" on blind test, when you have no clue, what are the colors of the real scene????
Or you juss repeat old iBS?

posted on 12 May 2014, 16:58 1

73. Penny (Posts: 1264; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


More details is what I saw as well, but on smartphones that entails over-sharpening. Over-sharpening and over-saturation will catch most readers' attention, but I thought #6 was the actual better camera. Knowing the results now, I very much stand behind that judgment. Popularity =/= better.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:53 18

16. Nabil2511 (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


natural or not, people actually prefer the s5 pics anyway

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:12 2

30. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.....at the end of the day...it all comes down to what you like, prefer, want. Not whats best on paper or technically best.

Whether its screens, cameras, phones, OS's, etc. And I am an Amoled guy now...after a few years of liking LCD and disliking Amoled.

Whenever I get another Vita or get mine fixed...I am hoping to get the Amoled version.

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:20 1

32. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1465; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


S5 does produce great pictures. However, I would like to see the comparison between S5 in auto mode and Z2 in manual mode. This way both can push its camera to the max pixel count.

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:03

23. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Well with it being a blind test.....I agree. Looks like Samsung is working on making their cameras better.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:27 5

4. Ninetysix (Posts: 1680; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Very nice! Holding on my S4 for now and waiting for a prime/premium version to come out. Might also just ugprade to the Note 4 this year.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:36 1

8. AfterShock (Posts: 2983; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Well at least you can be assured that the Note4 will smite the iPhone in performance, function, and abilities.

It'd actually be useful to a power user.
Unless moar icons is your thing.

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:08 1

26. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


why the cheap shot at the iphone? i swear sometimes you guys look for a reason to fight over phones.....

Also, if you are really requiring "power use" get a laptop. anything with a touch screen keyboard is not "power use"

posted on 12 May 2014, 12:40 1

48. AfterShock (Posts: 2983; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Are you new here or something?

Surface is a not a power usage type of device?
The note 4 certainly is too, unless you were born yesterday and know absolutely nothing about smartphones.

Seems you wanted to wade in on a high horse of wrong.

posted on 12 May 2014, 14:38

60. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i have been part of this website since your parent were still buying you cellphones (maybe still are). I have been playing with android phones since the g1 and milestone too.

The surface WITH a keyboard is useful and more of a laptop. I had the surface pro 1.

The note 4, while being excellent is not a hardcore users device any more than an iphone. In fact, id love to see someone dressed up in a suit with a tablet pressed to their face in a business environment...

posted on 12 May 2014, 16:57 1

72. AfterShock (Posts: 2983; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Ftr, I was born in the mid 60s.
My poke to you was limited to this websites content an posters within.

The one above that is not to you,
but the poster above, where as if you had not been new here, you might grasp my posts content better and not be off the contextual path as shown.

posted on 12 May 2014, 17:48

76. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I have a Surface Pro 1 and Note 3, if you use them both to their potential, and use the pens (digitizers FTW) they are both equally badass devices and compliment each other nicely. Now if that Samsung Pro Micro SD card would arrive, I can use my Note 3 to back up/store files, USB 3.0 FTW!

posted on 12 May 2014, 13:06

50. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Premium metal steel or Titanium

posted on 12 May 2014, 15:54

70. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Before this "prime/premium version" of S5, you must buy iRing, iWatch and iTV.
LOL
Until then millions of ppl will enjoy the GREAT S5, iboy.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:27 4

5. peace247 (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Apple fan girls..ohh i mean boys beware..

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:29 1

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3319; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Well I guess all iPhone users are girls. At least from the inside xD. With the exception of darkkjedii

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:01 1

20. Sauce (unregistered)


You mean Apple fans get inside of girls, unlike you, sir :)

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:03

24. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3319; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


AAWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Anyway I guess it's not unusual since I'm just 15 lolz

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:12 1

31. Ninetysix (Posts: 1680; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Girls???? We don't have time for that. As an android user, we can barely find time outside our customizing, flashing new roms, downloading new widgets, ringtones, oh and the live wallpapers man...

posted on 12 May 2014, 11:30 2

40. tedkord (Posts: 5270; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


My wife won't let me date. :(

posted on 12 May 2014, 11:48 4

42. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


No you both got that wrong:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-users-more-promiscuous-while-iPhone-fans-more-educated-survey-says_id55917

Android users go thru lots of girls more....have to to get back to that customizing, flashing new roms, etc.

posted on 12 May 2014, 12:30

45. Sauce (unregistered)


Out of all the dudes who have iPhones and the one guy (not including me) who has an Androif device.... Lets just say, he has yet to see some kitty cat in person so far, compared to the rest of us

posted on 12 May 2014, 12:28

44. Sauce (unregistered)


Lmfao 96, you're on a roll!

Love your posts. Cracks me up every time haha

posted on 12 May 2014, 13:13 1

52. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Maybe the iP8 will have all these missing features then you won't be saying this

Your bashing a feature that is very useful and informative

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:56

89. rockers123 (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Apple is for Filipino girls and Gays

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:38 1

10. antonioli (Posts: 188; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


It's bizarre. How can things change like that?

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:42 3

12. sip1995 (Posts: 943; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I told you that there wasn't a Nokia Lumia in test.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:48 1

14. adwienc (Posts: 135; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Because if it was 100% people would vote for it and PA wants to show results for all flagships :P

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:05 2

25. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


They didnt even have any on hand for screen comparisons either and that was mentioned in that article.. They also didnt have any Motorolas in either comparisons. Sometimes....it is what it is

Maybe they will try to get, keep more on hand.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:46 1

13. JaroB (Posts: 55; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


Blind camera test

http://www.mobile-review.com/articles/2014/blind-comparison2-result.shtml

posted on 12 May 2014, 13:52 1

56. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3745; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Great link. Very comprehensive review with many shots. Auto-translated summary:

The best shots. Four times among the best were the pictures with the Nokia Lumia 1020 (38 Mt), the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Sony Xperia Z2 (Auto mode, 8 MP). Three times among the best hit LG G2 and Sony Xperia Z2 (manual mode). Samsung smartphones Galaxy Camera 2, HTC One (M8) and Apple iPhone 5S were among the best quality images only once. We also have one Smartphone, which has pictures from the vote were not selected in the top three is a Nokia Lumia 1520.

If you choose the absolute leader in the category, they became smart phone Sony Xperia Z2 caught in quality among the best shots of the largest number of times. Four images taken in auto mode, 8 MEGAPIXELS, and three times-in manual mode, a total of seven times.

The worst shots. One device was selected among the worst quality pictures as many as six times, and this is, surprisingly, a camera FujiFilm X 20 (average cost 20000 rubles). It can be said that this device rather than an image quality of optics and other parameters (in fact, it is not), we can say that it takes off in manual mode and is not intended for shooting in "auto" (and it's true, in manual mode, the X 20 is capable of delivering stunning footage), but the fact remains. Most of the people who voted are the images as the worst chose photos taken on camera for 20000 rubles. And it vivid proof that smartphones aren't just caught up with digital soaps for quality shooting, but spared most of them. Five times a number of worst hit Nokia Lumia 1020 (which is weird), and a Nokia Lumia 1520 (logical, among the best he has been never at all). Four times among the worst were pictures taken at the HTC One (M8). One Smartphone never got the worst quality photographs-Samsung Galaxy S 5.

If you choose the worst smart phone in the category, then it was the Nokia Lumia 1520, it was chosen as the worst of times. The camera, of course, made even worse, but it's not a Smartphone.

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