1v1 blind camera comparison: you choose the better phone

It has been a couple of weeks since we brought you our last blind camera comparison. In case you missed it, it was between the LG G3  and the Sony Xperia Z3, of which the latter won the majority of the votes, as we subsequently revealed. Today, we're giving you another blind camera comparison stacking two highly-acclaimed smartphones against each other. It is up to you – our readers – to decide which has taken the better photos.

Below you'll find images of five different scenes taken with these two mysterious handsets. The slideshows contain close-up crops of the frame, which you can conveniently compare side by side, along with uncropped, high-res images scaled to a resolution 8 megapixels. All shots were taken using the cameras' default settings, at 4:3 aspect ratio, with HDR turned off. All we ask from you is to take a look at the images, pick a favorite, and vote for it at the bottom of this post. Expect us to reveal the two phones' identities in a few days. 

Scene 1

These images were taken on a sunny afternoon, about an hour before sunset. It was that time of the day when the sun treats us to its warm, pleasant glow. There are plenty of details to examine across the entire scene. The shot is also suitable for judging whether or not colors have been preserved with their natural beauty. 

Scene 2

Several minutes later, a narrow pathway took us to this spot. The scene contains plenty of areas where fine details are present, such as the foliage covering the ground and the texture of the mossy stones. 

Scene 3

Now let's see which of the two phones is better at capturing naturally bright and vivid colors – whether any of them have overdone their saturation or "burned" those brightly-lit areas.

Scene 4

Here's a shot ideal for judging which camera produces better detail. Areas of the same color are suitable for examining the amount of digital noise present in the image.

Scene 5

And lastly, these two photos were taken at our office in a spot where light wasn't exactly plentiful, but it wasn't scarce either. Take a closer look and see how much detail and digital noise are contained in the images.

Which phone took better photos?

Nexus 6 (Phone 1)
iPhone 6 Plus (Phone 2)



1. wilsong17 unregistered

Phone 1 the second one take pic very yellowish

35. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

they should add a photo taken from a dslr so that we can compare the phone pics to something....that yellow colour might be due to sunlight

46. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You don't need a photo taken by a DSLR to notice the yellowish photos phone 2 is producing.

90. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yes they should, yes it might be because of the sun. also i noticed while phone 1 had more detailed, maybe sharper, pics, i liked the "warmth" phone 2's pics had, even though it seemed like a little too much at times. but phone 1's pics were better, they jus need a little bit of phone 2's "warmth," or yellowing lols,

126. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

yellow is a beautiful colour, its why some manufacturer add a little yellow filter to their camera, but the second camera is just too yellowish, they need to reduce it a little

143. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I was thinking of that as I saw the pics. The goal is to take the best pic (DSLRs do)

56. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

My guess is the iPhone 6 vs the m8. My wife's m8 tend to add this weird yellow tent to the majority of pictures she takes.

97. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

when i see blue skies... i think apple. they seem to be the only ones that get it right.

101. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Apple: Dark Blue skies. Reality: Light Blue skies.

134. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

the M8's camera can't produce that much detail compared to the iPhone 6 IMO

92. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Generally yes. Although the Santa Claus statue I thought phone 2 had better detail.

122. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agreed. Santa Claus is the exception otherwise phone 1. And the yellowish tint is not present indoor for phone 2. Reference photo or need to be there to experience the lighting otherwise no way to know for sure.

115. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

phone1 Samsung galaxy Note4 phone2 HTC M8 or Phone1 iphone6 phone2 Samsung Galaxy s5

119. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Phone 2 cannot be s5 because of it has low details

2. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Which camera's phones are them? 1 takes better details.

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

If there are details, then I know what phone is that...... ;)

10. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

My guess is S5/N4 vs iPhone 6/6 Plus..

3. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Really hard to judge the color and lighting without a dslr reference shot.

28. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Amen +1. Its like judging between two wrongs. Its very unprofessional not to give reference shots. Apparently, PA use to do that in camera comparisons of yesteryears but they seem to have stop doing that lately. What happens in such comparison when there is no reference shots is the phone with warmer colors wins even though they might be showing inaccurate colors just because some people will find warmer colors more pleasant to view.

4. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"In case you missed it, it was between the LG G3 and the Sony Xperia Z3, of which the latter won the majority of the votes" Shouldn't it be the "former" rather than the latter if I recall correctly?

5. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

Second one is iphone . I am quite sure .

47. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't think so. Other than picture's resolution, the iPhone 6 and 6+ have one of the best cameras on the market. Phone #2 has this ugly yellow tint going all over it's pictures.

146. efixLT

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 26, 2014


48. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Same guess here

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Looks like Z3 vs iPhone.

9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

agree. the huge difference in resolution is a giveaway. the pictures are also different in terms of field of view. but this could also be a comparison of galaxy s/note vs htc one m8.

43. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Both of these phones blow the M8 away. The camera on the m8 is truly horrible, especially if you have unsteady hands. The majority of them come out blurry

8. fireung

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

samsung galaxy S II vs iphone 6 plus

12. symantik

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

You definitely don't know what are you talking about.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the phones with the yellowish hue are Samsungs, as the amoled tends too over saturate pics a little. iPhones generally have slightly warmer, more natural color reproduction.

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