Samsung Galaxy S5 wins our blind camera comparison, followed by the Xperia Z1 and... Oppo Find 7a
0. phoneArena 12 May 2014, 09:22 posted on
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...
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15. JasmineLovesTech (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 May 2014)
I'm not too surprised. Hats off to the S5. But I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of these devices can take more than adequate photos.
19. koko1 (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)
i have the s5, and its the best cameraphone i've ever used
really, the pictures are totally amazing !!
not to mention, the m8 and the G2 are the WORST !!
22. Heatfan316 (Posts: 332; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
There is really no surprise here, we already knew the gs5 had the best camera, at least out of these phones, now let's put it up against the 1020 and one plus one.
27. haseebzahid (Posts: 1802; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
mean S5 qualifies to be tested againt Nokia's pureview
51. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3111; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
PureView is well ahead and class of its own
33. steedsofwar (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
I found all of them very comparable. Yes, the M8 and the G2 showing the most inconsistent images so they do stand out. Still surprised with the G2 considering its age. The Z1 is also very impressive. More so than the G2.
Anyways, wheres @bugsbunny? His predictions from the original article were bullseye. 1005 accurate.
37. sonyisbest (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 May 2014)
I'm using a z1 and I'm happy with the overall performance, especially when u take night shots. But in the case of Samsung in my opinion their colour saturation is more, yet they are improving their camera tech by each galaxy series...
49. xperian (Posts: 43; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
I like iphone the most in these pictures. It has the best dynamic range, while on S5 dynamic range is low, photos shadows are completely black (pic3) and sky in . I think people voted for it because it has the most saturated colours and highest contrast, but overall quality is not the best. Or maybe people guessed which one is S5 and voted for it.
5S>Z1>OF7>S5>P7>M8>G2 (based on these pics)
54. Ghost04 (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 May 2014)
Is the camera of LG G2 that bad ? Can anyone with practical experience please advice .
I am thinking of buying The G2 or the P7 .
Pleases help .
75. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I went from the S4 to the G2 and really hated the camera. It was totally opposite of all the rave reviews it got. I couldn't wait to dump it for another S4. Now I'm happily using an M8. So if you're serious about your pictures I'd go for the P7.
55. foreverjin08 (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
The result is very tricky! I never took a photo like the first scene with my G2. Except for that, I don't see anything worse of G2 photos than others in the rest scenes.
63. pureviewuser (Posts: 112; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)
Haha my 808 pureview would. Blow them all out of the water!
64. Somark (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 May 2014)
I don't know if the phonearena audience is blind, but this is the only explanation for this result, short of a rigged contest or fanboys figuring out the sources.
The Galaxy S5 has consistently poor dynamic range, evident in virtually every image. The bright areas are blasted out, while the dark areas lack detail.
It is particularly evident in the night shot, where there is clearly less detail in the "Phone 4" image than the majority of the others.
But it is also evident in the park shots, where detail is also missing compared to most other contenders.
The iPhone shows the best overall balance, even if slightly warm, with the Sony second best.
I am glad I saw this, as I have been tempted by the Galaxy S5 and was thinking of buying one. Now I think I will wait for the iPhone 6.
84. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Maybe...and this was mentioned already....all those that voted....just picked what their eyes liked the most.
On paper LCD is supposed to be better than Amoled with more accurate colors, better whites, etc. I borderline love Amoled screens now tho.
Everything you mentioned is about whats technically better. Remember...many ppl will get an HDTV...and never adjust the settings for the best or better picture.
71. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6141; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Bout time they add the XPERIA phone on that list. and why bother putting the iP6 when its not even out yet
74. swordmaster2551 (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
It still amazes me how many people still favor smoothness and blurring over detail
77. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
LOL no Lumia representation... Just because the last one had it, and won, doesn't mean you need to exclude it. Also last competition was inadequate as well (many Android devices were missing.)
I don't deny the great camera in the S5, although I am a little surprised at how the voting turned out. But there needed to be the defending champion included in the test.
Also, as some had suggested, perhaps a reference camera (DSLR or something.)
78. Somark (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 May 2014)
The Lumia is certainly the camera to beat, although the lag between shots may be a deal-killer for many. Also, the lack of apps like Google Voice for Windows Mobile is a big drawback.
The Samsung camera is OK, but not great at all. It's dynamic range is too narrow compared to some of the other cameras in this blind test.
I am still wondering how such clearly inferior photos were picked as the best by the majority in a blind test.
Take a look at the night shot and you can see how poor the Samsung S5 (Phone 4) looks compared to some of the others. There is no detail in the shadows, but there is also no additional detail in the bright areas, which points to poor dynamic range, rather than a simple exposure setting.
The iPhone 5S is the best all around camera, based on these shots. Not as good as the Lumia 808, which is really in a different class altogether, based on other comparisons I've seen, but then the Lumia has the issues mentioned above.
86. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Well with Nokia camera you can adjust shutter speed, and almost all aspects of the shot. The app literally puts DSLR type controls at your fingertips...
And lack of apps have NOTHING to do with the camera (it is also a fall back excuse for many people stuck in 2010... app gap has decreased considerably.) Windows Mobile is also defunct (RIP.)
But I will agree with your statement that Lumia phone's cameras are "really in a different class altogether."
81. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
A co-worker of mine just got the S5. She went to the zoo and had taken a picture of a tiger... I have to admit it may have been the best picture I've ever seen taken with a phone.
I'd thought the things being said of the S5 camera was just marketing hype, but it's get me re-evaluating my list.
87. DisCHORD (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
THROW A NOKIA IN THERE. 1020, 925, OR ICON.
88. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
or 1520... aka the defending champion of the last Blind Test.