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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: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Oh yeah...

posted on 12 May 2014, 10:12 2

29. steedsofwar (unregistered)


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: 521; 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: 278; 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: 4860; 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: 2578; 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: 4860; 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: 4860; 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: 334; 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: 334; 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: 433; 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: 1047; 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: 2109; 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: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


My....

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:26 3

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


really unexpected results

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:29

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Sarcasm.

posted on 12 May 2014, 09:37 2

9. Amir1 (unregistered)


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: 3535; 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: 1653; 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.

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