And the best phone camera is... pro photogs rank Note 4, iPhone 6, Z3, Lumia 1020 and more

And the best phone camera is... pro photogs rank Note 4, iPhone 6, Z3, Lumia 1020 and more
Taking a bunch of seasonal smartphones, like the iPhone 6, HTC One M8, LG G3, Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Sony Xperia Z3, photo aficionados from Poland have snapped a bunch of samples in sunny Morocco, and then given them to professional photographers for ranking purposes.

The experiment has been a blind one, meaning that the shutterbugs didn't know which picture came from which phone, just like we often do in our comparisons. The list of experts includes prominent lecturers and even editors of photography magazines, so it is as representative as it could be when it comes to accurately judging the true quality of the snaps. 

Unsurprisingly, their findings mostly coincide with what we found out during our own camera comparisons - that the Note 4 and Apple's iPhone are at the top of the mobile camera game at the moment. Check out the winners which took the highest preference percentage from the experts in the different categories, and visit the source link for the full-res photos if you are interested in those.




1. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Note 4 for the win.

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Note 4 Kicking majjor butt in Night / Direct sunlight , damn.

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The S6 should be a decent improvement Better f1.9 lens, better software and auto focus/tracking And there's rumored Camera2 API support E.g. RAW DNGs and manual controls

30. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

That would make the S6s MORE BADASS! :d

32. luzan

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but sadly reproduces yellowish tones....

35. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Not a problem if they support RAW DNG. :D

37. TyrionLannister unregistered

They have one month to get that right.

63. fariafara

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

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104. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

WTH? Speak only about tech. Not BS.

65. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is not even a fair comparison since no one buys the 1020 for an automatic experience in the same way that no one buys a DSLR to shoot in automatic. In manual mode, which 95% people that buy the 1020 are going to use, the old faithful still blows these other phones away. Do a test using the full power of the phones' abilities and the we can really see which would win. Why do you think they never bother with the settings? They should put an asterisk next to these tests cause automatic is what the average person uses but we can't continue to ignore that there are other modes. The fact that the 1020 can shoot at 4 second exposure at night alone would be enough to dramatically change the outcome of some of these shots. But the Note 4 is an absolute beast either way but let's not get carried away here.

94. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

In most situations, we dont have time to keep adjusting the settings. So automatic mode is very important. Do you have time to adjust settings during birthday party, some other party or company' meetings or a conference? Do you want a bird or an animal to wait for you, so you can adjust your 1020's or xperia's settings? Can you ask CEO's, directors to wait for you until you are adjusting the settings? Well you and some folks may have such an audacity but majority of people just want to quickly capture a good shot

101. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You do not have to keep adjusting the settings. In most situations, the same settings will be used for multiple shots. I used my Lumia 1020 in manual mode 95% of the time and can not recall missing more than a handful of shots because of it. And this is not to say that you will never get fantastic shots using auto on the 1020 either. You get good to great shots right out of the box. You get amazing shots in manual. But you have valid points.

106. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Well, then apparently professionals photographing wildlife, weddings and important events with CEOs and other executives must be using their $10,000 DSLR gear on full auto. The point is, the 1020 was never aimed at the 'majority of people' - it was aimed at a very niche market of smartphone users who actually know how to take good photos in manual. An experienced user won't waste 5-6 seconds messing around with the ISO till he gets it right; he'll already know which settings to use for the lighting conditions.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

No S5? I heard it was better than Z3?

8. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

We have to push S6 now

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

They probably wanted to represent one phone for each brand and since Note 4 is newer of two they decided to omit GS5.

36. mptripper

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

Yet there were two iphones and two xperias used in the comparison. And the iphone 6+ with ois was conveniently left out.

55. Teleguru_pl

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

unfortuneatly our iPhone 6 Plus didnt arrive on time, however it wouldn't have made any difference - the photos were shot with a tripod

47. Teleguru_pl

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Yes, that was the idea + the Note 4 takes a lot better photos (especially during night) than s5

42. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Only one phone proved to have a superior camera to the S5's one, and it is the Note 4. But you're too dumb to know that they didn't include the S5 in the test.

46. Teleguru_pl

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

We decided NOT to include the S5 because the Note 4 takes a lot better photos (and we were restricted to maximum 8 phones). But we can add it in upcoming tests

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The 1020 was meant to be used in manual.

15. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Also,it's a 2 year old phone... What do they expect?

34. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lol you guys are funny. Always bragging about the 1020 and how it can easily crush Samsung's cameras, but when it lost, now it is 2 years old? Lmao

40. mptripper

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

The lumia 1020 lost on automatic mode. In manual mode it may be another story, but since >90% of smartphone users don't fiddle with camera settings, this is a clear victory for the note 4

52. Teleguru_pl

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Exactly, that's why we tested it in automatic mode. And yes, in manual it might have won the entire test.

72. pitzy

Posts: 42; Member since: May 15, 2014

note 4 doesn't have a manual mode? :))))) why are you guessing that the manual mode on note 4 is weaker than the 1020 manual mode?

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

To say the 1020 is worse than th Note 4 is just pure... dumb. I would have expected more from you.

59. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Where did you read me saying it is "worse" than the Note 4? The Note 4 crushed the 1020 in these lightning conditions and on Auto mode, and that matters the most for the majority of us who wants to take quick shots. Could the 1020 get a win over the Note 4 if they used the manual mode? Definitely. But again, please explain to me where is said the 1020 is worse than the Note 4.

70. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

+1 for you. Maybe in this comparision 1020 lost but I have one, and in manual mode no phone comes close to what represents Nokia. Watching photos in full resolution on TV is real pleasure. I can't wait for 1040 now.

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