6-way blind camera comparison: the results

6-way blind camera comparison: the results
Okay, guys, teasing time is over. Today we're revealing the results from our latest blind camera comparison, as well as the identities of all the smartphones that were used. A big "thank you" goes to everyone who cast their vote, and a 5 internets prize goes to those eagle-eyed few who named the handsets correctly in the comments! 

(In case you've missed the first post in our blind camera comparison, here it is.)

Perhaps you're all wondering which device we attached the mysterious Phone #4 moniker to. After all, that's the smartphone that got most of you guys' votes – in all three categories, for that matter. Well, it's actually a device we're quite familiar with, namely the iPhone 5. Yup, it was Apple's pride and joy that delivered the most eye-catching results thanks to its capable 8-megapixel camera. 

Then right after it came Phone #5, which got second place in all three categories. The Samsung Galaxy S4 was behind that codename all along, with its supercharged 13MP camera. 

Phone #1 was the good ol' Samsung Galaxy S III, which you, guys, picked as the third most capable outdoor snapper and video recorder. In the indoor capturing category, however, the former flagship finished in last place.

The Nokia Lumia 920 was known as Phone #6 during our testing and got the respectable third place in both our outdoor and indoor tests. Its videos were ranked in fourth place. 

Behind the Phone #3 codename was the HTC One, which didn't really impress many of you with its UltraPixel camera. The smartphone finished in fourth place in the outdoor category and sixth indoors, while its video capturing skills got it fifth place.

Last but (almost) not least we have the Sony Xperia Z, which we called Phone #2 during the blind comparison. It finished in last place in both outdoor and video categories while its indoor shots were ranked in fourth place. 

Again, here are the devices we used and their respective codenames:





OS software versions on the units used for the comparison:

Nokia Lumia 920 – Windows Phone 8, Build number: 8.0.10211.204
Samsung Galaxy S III – Android 4.1.2, Build number: JZO54K.I9300XXEMB5
Sony Xperia Z – Android 4.1.2, Build number 10.1.A.1.350
HTC One – Android 4.1.2, Build number 1.28.401.7
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Android 4.2.2, Build number: JDQ39.I9505XXUAMC6_CSB
iPhone 5 – iOS 6.1.3

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206 Comments

1. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

samy fans voted for iphone 5 hahaha

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol.........TBH I voted for iPhone 5 too. But my 2nd preference was GS4 !

29. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I voted for the s4 becoz of the daylight pics, but one surprise is in phonearena tests Lumia 920 always comes last. I don't know why that bias against Nokia is here.

33. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

It was a blind test... the only bias there could be was limited to quality of images.

39. Andrea

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

The Iphone and S4 won.........................

83. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

no. Apple won. S Iv was a runner up

52. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Yes, it was a blind test, but then not everything was the same for each image. All of the shots are different, and each photo has different subjects and contrast areas. That may not completely devalidate the results, but the idea for testing is to always keep everything the same - otherwise the test results are skewed.

75. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

phone arena purposely put iphone5 in 4th because all samy fan would choose s4 "4" option and they put s4 in 5 place so all haters wont select it. WE ALL GOT TROLLED -__-

193. daftastic

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

So you're saying they should have just put the S"4" as phone #4 and the iPhone "5" as phone #5 so you know exactly what you're gonna vote for? What would be the purpose of the blind test then?

87. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Except the lumia 920 didn't come at last here it came third, and this was blind test, which is independent of victor's,ray's or any other PA editors' opinions.

74. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

phone arena purposely put iphone5 in 4th because all samy fan would choose s4 "4" option and they put s4 in 5 place so all haters wont select it. WE ALL GOT TROLLED -__-

77. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

This is from gizmodo.com "The Best Smartphone Camera"http://gizmodo.com/5982478/the-best-smartphone-camera This is from Uoobe "Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5 And Galaxy S3 Camera Comparison"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeHlUNKoTJo So who to believe??

149. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I saw The verge comparison between IPhone 5 vs Lumia 920 vs Htc one vs Nexus 4 made by an professional photographer and he chose the Iphone 5.

16. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Sammy fans would be fooling themselves to think that the iPhone doesn't have a great camera. Besides the 808 Pureview and N8 from Nokia it deserves the title for best photos. Unless it's in low light (which I wish had been tested separately).

25. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

hahaha i cant remember sammy armies here who said that iphone is not a great shooter, i myself is always saying that APPLE and SAMSUNG know how to optimize Sony's sensor

35. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

There are many people who discount the iPhone from all of what it's good at by generalizing it as a "terrible phone." You're right and ironically, Sony can not.

50. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

well i guess its a good camera. but still a terrible phone. :-D

45. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

You know what? I think its time for sony to optimize their own sensors well because it really is making them look like fools when the competition is using sonys senors and getting better photos than they are! I think that has to stop because its kind of embarrassing to know someone is beating you at your own game :(

56. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Sony does have good sensors - Nikion uses them, and so you'd think their smartphones would be king of the hill when it comes to photographic quality. I guess what goes into DSLR's is different than what they put into their smartphones (shrug).

66. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Nikon even ;o)

194. daftastic

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Quality on phone cameras rely on software. Basically up to the people who can tweak the sensor with the software and it just so happens the folks at Apple got that covered.

195. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Sony makes much better hardware than software.

126. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

I like this kind of comments. Rather than try to defend the loser by finding any reason to take down the winner we better accept it as it is. I never use iPhone so don't how it real results. As xperia arc s user I quite disappointed that sony don't put their best in their phone. This is will become a bad marketing for other product as people always think in linear logic: if their camera and display in their phone like this what about their cybershot and bravia tv?.

136. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

i salute u as a sony fan :)

23. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

hahaha, why is it that only samsung fans are being targeted lols.. before the results are out, many comments said that htc is the phone#4 haha eat that lols xperia z is one of d phone5 & 6 bla3 atleast samsung managed to perform very well :) all htc and sony fans out there just know the line "samy fans voted iphone5 hahaha" they cant tell anything more lols

34. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Because Samsung fans are as annoying and nearsighted about Apple as Apple fans are about everyone else. And there are a lot of them on this site.

127. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

no, android fans are, not only sammy's... but most are sammy's bcoz of those patent suing bla3

128. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Most of fanbois comments on PA I saw are Nokia's or Sony's. True story.

135. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Add Samsung to the list and I completely agree.

170. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

A lot of samfans, i agree but fanbois comments, hhm, mostly nokia's and sony's

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