Blind Camera Comparison: vote for the smartphone camera you like best

Blind Camera Comparison: vote for the smartphone camera you like best
It has been a while since we last had a blind camera comparison, don't you agree? Last time was over three months ago, when the Nokia Lumia 1020 devastated the competition, followed by the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5s, which took second and third place respectively. But which smartphone will reign victorious this time? Well, that's up to our readers to decide. 

In the slideshows below you'll see three sets of photos taken with six highly-acclaimed smartphone cameras. Nope, we're not telling you which phones we've used for the shootout and we're not going to give you any hints. In fact, we've removed all EXIF data from the images and we've scaled them to a resolution of 3200 to 1800 pixels. Remember, the goal of this blind camera comparison is not to try to guess the phones. Just vote for the phone which you think has taken the best photos.

With that out of the way, let the voting begin! The poll is at your disposal at the bottom of this post. Oh, and by the way, we have a new camera comparison coming up next week so consider this a teaser.




Which phone's photos do you like the most?

iPhone 5s (Phone 1)
34.77%
Sony Xperia Z1 (Phone 5)
17.78%
LG G2 (Phone 2)
16.06%
HTC One (Phone 3)
12.29%
Samsung Galaxy S4 (Phone 4)
12.18%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Phone 6)
6.92%

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80 Comments

81. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I wonder why when you save picture from htc one you can check that the resolution is 3200x1800. and you cant get that resolution from htc one. maximum is 2688x1520. so the picture must be stretched and it doesnt make any sense to compare it like that.

80. DontFallForLies

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

i.imgur.com/tdAoKNF.jpg This is basically a comparison of phones 1 to 6. Vibrant vs Accuracy. Well, now we know that humans could care less about accuracy and it's really all about the color. Quite sad, really.

75. Amir1 unregistered

when will they reveal which phone is for each photo? if they don't then there's no purpose to this comparison. i want to buy the phone that i like its photos the most.

74. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

#4 is the GS4 for sure. It's always had the narrowest field of view and that's very distinct in the first set of photos. Photo quality confirms that as well.

72. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3208; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Too many people trying to guess which phone they might be. I don't have any dogs in this hunt but I think #5 takes the best overall shots. They all blow compared to my N8 so I don't care either way.

70. timaustin2000

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

As an owner of a Z1 I can tell from a glance that the night shots of phone 5 give it away. Being objective, it's between phone's 1,4 and 5 - the phone 1 is over-saturated. I went for 5 as it was best in 2 out of 3.

69. Sealblaighter

Posts: 445; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

At scene 2 number 3, was the best.

67. cgraham8

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

If you look at the photos with the magnifier, phone 5 has the sharpest images. Phone 1 TO ME had the best color and a VERY VERY close second in sharpness. It was hard to decide but I voted Phone 5 for its excellent sharpness in each sample.

64. emmarbee

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

The interface is getting on my nerves. It starts loading all the f**** images even before i open them. Change them first you ****!!!

63. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

these tests lack something, and that is a picture which is taken with a decent DSLR camera for comparision. then we can decide better.

61. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I don't think they'd bother using the 1020 again (it's just too far ahead of the competition). The Lumia 1520 is a more likely candidate

58. mad_bro

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

Obviously phone #3 is the HTC One due to it's wide angle lens..lol

57. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i say xperia z1 is #4,photos are wider w/natural true color.

56. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i'm quite sure #2 is xperia z1. the noises in those photos are familiar.

51. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Number 4 is the best for my eyes. I would never thought people would vote for #1. Colours of number 1 are so saturated and different from other photos.

54. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm with #4 too after going back and forth between #3.

60. Jaeel

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

People vote for #1 because scene 2 is the only one where it's easy to pick out one phone from the rest due to those greens, and most seem to like it exaggerated. I don't like #1 much myself, even in scene 2 it clearly lost some detail due to excessive filtering.

49. a.kalantari

Posts: 2; Member since: May 15, 2013

1)1020 2)s4 3)one 4)5s 5)z1 6)g2

48. wiiandds

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

i might be picking, but i want a comparison of photos that have the same zoom and same angle. it bugs me the most when they are at different angles. but hey that just me, the same guy who things smartphone's take picture as good as DLSR camera.

47. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I ended with phone #3 vs #5.

43. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

1st placer - #2 2nd - #5 3rd - #4 4th - #6 5th - #1 6th -#3 I really wonder why #1 is getting most of the votes.

42. Marshall2005

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 16, 2014

In my opinion , this competition is all about phone #1 VS phone #3 .

41. Marshall2005

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 16, 2014

I've seen pictures taken with the Samsung galaxy note 3 and i think it is phone #1. i i feel that phone #3 is the lumia 1520 cause i have one and the colors of the pics are really close to the pics i take on my Lumia 1520. Voted for phone #1 though!

46. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Phone 3 seems to have a wide angle lens.

55. Marshall2005

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 16, 2014

which also confirms my guess.

39. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

1 and 4 looks so vivid.

37. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Woa this is a really though one, I like most of the shots... But having to make a choose... I'll think about it Also PA remember my suggestion of having several polls and change the order of the devices on each one, that way is harder for someone to identify the device...

68. cgraham8

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

In the last test I thought the same thing! have a vote for each scene and see how it comes out in the end! Great suggestion.

36. Amir1 unregistered

i am quite SHOCKED by the results - phone 4 and 5 has over all the best pictures in my eyes and they are almost last. what the frack? do i need a new glasses? lol.

40. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I voted 5, but I must admit this time around I found the decission really difficult. 4,5 I find excellent 1,2 are really good (1 has good detail but wrong colors and some noise) 3,7 are good But overall I think 4 and 5 are the best ones too.

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