1v1 blind camera comparison: you choose the better phone

Last week, we did a one-on-one blind camera comparison between two unidentified devices. One of them, as we later revealed, was the highly-acclaimed Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the other was the iPad Air 2. The phablet won, to no surprise, although Apple's tablet did not perform bad against its potent rival. You can take a look at the results from our blind comparison, if you have not had the chance to see them yet. 

Who will be the winner this time? Well, it is up to our readers to decide! Once again, we picked a pair of handsets and shot a series of photos with them under a variety of conditions. All we ask from you is to take a look at the images provided below and to vote for the camera which you think did better. As always, we won't be revealing the two snappers' identities until the voting has finished at the end of this week. Also, keep in mind that we've downscaled the images to a resolution of about 8MP and erased all metadata that might reveal which phones were used in the shootout.

With that out of the way, let the voting begin! Feel free to examine the samples below and to vote for your favorite using the poll form at the bottom of this post.

Scene 1

This is a scene suitable for testing how well a camera can capture fine details when a moderate amount of artificial light is available. The main source of illumination is a single tungsten bulb above the ornaments on display. Also, the shot contains plenty of red- and gold-colored objects, which can be used to judge a camera's color accuracy. Use the crops and full-resolution samples below to take a closer look.

Scene 2

It was a gloomy afternoon when we took this outdoor shot. The solid-colored areas can be analyzed to see how well a camera deals with digital noise, and the posters on the building's wall contain a lot of details. Also, this particular scene makes it clear to see that there's a difference in the two cameras' field of view.  

Scene 3

And here's a macro shot taken on an overcast afternoon. Plenty of details are waiting to be examined. Take a closer look at the crops and full-resolution samples provided in the slideshow below.

Scene 4

These photos were taken in a well-lit hall inside a mall. It is clear to see that the two phones have set their exposure and color balance settings differently, but which did it better?

Scene 5

And lastly, here's a scene that would be tricky to capture with any camera as the sun is present in the background. In this case, it is up to the camera's software to judge which areas should be prioritized when calculating the exposure setting. Both cameras had their HDR modes turned off, in case you're wondering.

Which phone's camera took better photos?

LG G3 (Phone 1)
Sony Xperia Z3 (Phone 2)



1. gregoryyy3 unregistered

No, the note 4 and the iPad air are not rivals. One is a cell phone and one is a tablet. Should have been to tabs or two phones to be fair

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I love the photoshop on the Nexus 6 there. Love the way they took the Nexus name off of it... Like we wouldn't notice. lmao!

9. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Hahaha yup, the Nexus design is like a bigger Moto X 2014 but with the logo of 2013.. I just wish the Nexus logo would have been a vertical instead of horizontal...

18. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

They did it with the HTC Desire Eye on two other posts... Strange...

21. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

thats the thing, its a BLIND comparison, between TWO devices, and ONLY two. so all the Bias and after the fact whining wont count when the devices are Revealed. that way ppl will see that many times, they are just blowing hot air about a device or brand with no true comparison done. since this one, if ur fave device does winn the poll, you will have bragging rights. otherwise its time to shut up :-P i jus hope my fave devices win the polls!! so i can keep talkin shlt :-D

2. Zero97

Posts: 37; Member since: May 15, 2014

closeups of phone 1 are definately better but full image of phone 2 looks better. I am confused!

3. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

phone 2 does better in those outside images .. closeups are better with phone 1 .. although I chose phone 1 .. the last 2 photos made me think about choosing 2

22. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yup soo true

4. Zero97

Posts: 37; Member since: May 15, 2014

just getting feeling that phone 1 is an apple device

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

No. 1 is definitely a samsung device. The better dynamic range and the lower FoV give it away.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But it shoots in 4:3. I doubt it's Samsung. #2 is Z3 for sure.

20. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The pictures are cropped.

23. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

thank you

29. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lol you can see from the field of view that it's native 4:3 not cropped from 16:9 xDDDDF :p

31. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The colour renderings is a big giveaway. iPhones render reds very aggressively.

6. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

yes i have the same feeling... maybe iPhone 6 vs Nexus 6 ? my guess...

8. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Phone 1 wins in all departments: better sharpness, better detail preservation, marginally better DR and less CA.

10. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

both are horrible, but I choose 1

12. DBounce

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Both are not horrible. They are both good enough for 95% of the time. Which is to say, uploading to the internet and texting to... whoever. Outside of pros, very few people lug around serious cameras daily. That said, I have to concur, it's a clear win for phone 1.

24. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i want a serious camera that can fit in my pocket and make calls tho.....that runs Android :-P

13. Donbenie

Posts: 259; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Phone 1 wins,but I rather prefer Phone 2's outside pictures..

14. Mrmark

Posts: 383; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

I'm not a fan of the exaggerated colors of photo 1 that's why I choose photo 2 as the clear winner. Colors that POP trick the human mind into thinking its better but its not natural tones presented rather trickery.

32. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

A lot of people look at the colours more than anything, but quickly look over that aggressive colour saturation crushes detail. Unlike colours which can be easily corrected in photoshop, details cannot be recovered. Which is why photo 2 is a better choice for those in the know.

15. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Do you think it would be a good idea to have a super nice professional camera like a Nikon D800 to compare to the phone pictures so you know what the scene is supposed to look like? It would help you know if the colors from the phone's cameras were over or undersaturated and stuff like that right?

25. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

posibbly, mabey for a future test between the 2 same devices. since only the 2 devices are goin head to head, it eliminates bias

16. Phonecall01 unregistered

I keep going back and forward as I go through the pics. #1 - better closeups #2 - better outside wide view.

17. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Samsung vs Sony...i can tell....clear diff in resolution....everyone knows,Sony is blurry even with 20mp camera with off colors....phone 2 is definitely sony

19. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

We demand refrence picture on these kind of posts

26. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

would allow room for bias

35. 90ninjas unregistered

Bias is already generated by people imposing what they "know" about picture quality generated on certain phones to the pictures in question.

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