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

1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Phone 7.

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes, phone 7 has the best everything, it must be unlocking by pressing up up down down left left right right a b a b enter.

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Phone 7? There are 6 phones in the comparison

28. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

whoosh!

32. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

The point --> above head.

38. mhmhmh63

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

phone 1 = iphone 5s phone 2 = galaxy s4 phone 3 = htc one phone 4 = lumia 1020 phone 5 = i think note3 phone 6 = xperia z1 i thinck phone 6 have good quilty but their is no low light scene

44. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

The colour of phone 3 are high in contrast so i really like it. also after zooming in it keeps the sharpness. really interested in knowing what phone this is. it cant be iphone since iphone only has 8mp. it will be a shame if iphone wins this challenge again. specially with 1020 and Z1

50. a.kalantari

Posts: 2; Member since: May 15, 2013

1)1020 2)s4 3)one 4)5s 5)z1 6)g2 best====>>>>(2)

73. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

There is no way 1 is the 1020. Look at the last set of images, specifically the sunflower. Look at the level of detail in #1 vs #5. Worlds apart.

53. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

GS4 = 3

62. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

you are wrong on 1020. 1020 has the widest field in capturing photos.so 4. but i say lumia 1520 on phone 3

2. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Take a look at the Pictures of the yellow house.. ehm the 4th and the 7th has the clearest shots easily.. most people vote the 1st only cuse it took a darker picture on the bench thingy, but if you look as the 4th pic of the bench the colours are much more accurate and not overblown in colour.. so i'd say Number 4.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter, it is about appeal and not about accuracy. If this test was about accuracy there would be a control that was taken with a really badass DSLR to compare against. This is more about what camera I would want to take pictures with based on what it outputs. That 2nd picture for camera 1 literally hits you in the mouth, and it does well in the 3rd one too if you look at the edges for noise as well as at the scales for quality.

16. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

First one has overblown colors. It's either iPhone or 1520. I think 5th is best.

71. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

1520 doesn't oversaturate colors genius. Read some reviews before opening your mouth.

79. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Don't be a butthurt. What I meant was that 1520 doesn't get the white balance right all the time on auto mode, just like other Nokia phones, which tend to give the photos a reddish look.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Uh oh. Let the blind test begin!

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Wow this is the toughest one yet. Time to really look at the details of the images. The indoor shot will ultimately be the deciding factor here.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This one is a little tough. I already know which is the iPhone 5S and the S4.

52. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i thought i know, but honestly i dont!!! AAAHHHHH, i dont wana eat Crow, so ima jus sit this one out. plus, to lazy to download n examine all the images for true comparing lols :D

65. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Low light pics could have helped ID the phones. Which is why no low light pics were taken.

66. eli577

Posts: 141; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Indeed it is hard. Every scene has it's own winner, and all the winners are different. In my opininon of course. Wouldn't want to guess which number belongs to a certain phone....waiting for the unveiling.

5. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

phone 1 is iphone 5 i guess but phone 5

45. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

i think you are right. its either iphone or htc. the phone 1 has the warmest colours. only iphone and htc have that sort of property in their camera.

6. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

number 1 seems to have better colors but number 5 has better quality

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If you're judging by the bench photo, you might want to check out photo #1 and #3.

9. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Phone 5

25. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

That's the one I picked due to the most natural and balanced colors in the indoor photo.

10. Sauce unregistered

Why the hell is phone 1 most voted. The colors are sh*t. Too dark.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

#1 isn't the 5S, 1020 or S4.

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