Blind Camera Comparison: you choose which smartphone's camera did best

Once again, it is time for a blind camera comparison - a comparison in which our readers get to decide which phone's camera did best! Here you'll find photos of three different scenes, shot with six highly-acclaimed smartphones. Of course, we're not going to tell you which phones we've used and we're not going to give away any hints. Just take a look and cast your vote in the poll...
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56 Comments

14. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I'll go with phone 1 , phone 6 in the scene 2 the building color looks pink , and the last scene looks dark yellow so I'll go with. Phone 1 , please when u finish this blind camera test , tell us what the phones were! Thanks

15. jerrycutshaw

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Wow shocked that phone 1 isn't the clear winner. I can see phone 6 being good but its a tad too dark, Phone 2 is WAY too dark. Phone 1 like porridge its "just right" neither too dark or too light.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I could name numerous reasons, biggest one is loss of details when you zoom in

16. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

1, because unlike others it doesn't lose details in shadows.

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Phone 7...

18. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Surprised 2 is doing so well. Also surprised 1 isn't doing a lot better. I voted 1, but it was a close decision between 1 and 6.

19. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Since I can saturate my photos myself if I want to, I choose phone 6

20. x_maly_x

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

6 is cleary best, 2 to much noise in compared to 6 in dark area.

21. wilsong17 unregistered

I bet you the LG g3 is going to win lol don't even bother with these test

31. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

my guess #2 is LG G3! yellowish but great detailed and sharper or #6 .

22. Jabarkas unregistered

For the last time, I will not do blind comparisons just because you are lazy to do it yourselves! :) I am not paid for it.

35. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

They do, but this is just to see our opinions and get us involved...

23. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Take 5

26. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

2, 4, 6 definitely the best 3. It's all about who shows more detail from there.

32. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

MY guess ? #1= HTC M8 #2= G3 #3 =Find7 #4=Z2 #5 ???? #6= S5 JUST FOR FUN! my votes will be #2, # 3, or #6

37. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

TO BE HONEST THEY ARE GOOD CAMERAPHONE. ITS A MATTER OF TASTE

38. tahirk

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

2 & 6 Looked better but 2 was a bit over saturated. #2 Looks to be LG G3 #3 Looks to be M8 #6 May be S5 or KZoom

40. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't get how phone 6 is in the lead. In my opinion, the overall image is too dark, especially in the greens.

42. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I picked #6 because it seemed liked the most well-rounded to me. However it almost seems like HDR was turned on/off for different phones in each scene. eg. Scene 1 - Phone #6 looks really nice and keeps deep blacks and rich colour while still showing the details of the shadowed bushes (so some HDR effect going on). Scene 2 - Phone #1 looks like IT has HDR turned on since you can see the details of the side of the building. Scene 3 - Phones #1 and 5 both look like HDR is turned on since you can see more detail of the dark, half-moon window at the bottom. Phone #6 has nicer colour but this time does not look like HDR is on. This is the strangest photo comparison I've ever seen but I still prefer #6 overall.

43. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I picked phone #2 but I don't think this is a good way to conduct a poll. It's very subjective and dependent upon user preference. 5% of people think that phone #5 has the best photos and I don't know how they could think that. There needs to be a more objective way to conduct the poll. It also looks like the phone that comes out on top will have a majority of poll participants voting against it.

44. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 917; Member since: May 07, 2014

Phone 6 is the winner with a phone 2 at No. 2 Tough competition between both. Phone 6 is much sharper saturated in a good way. plus nice contrast. with noise level equal of both phone 2 and phone 6

45. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Interesting. I thought Phone 2 and 6 were the closet. Phone 1 looks like iPhone (no sharpening and artifacts). Phone 3 looks like HTC pics, Phone 4 looks like G3 (because of its cartoonish like sharpening), Phone 5 looks like Z2 (because it has sharpened some noise while noise reduction is used). Maybe Phone 2 and 6 are Samsung? Anyway vote goes to Phone 2 for better dynamic range.

48. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hmm, I have to say Phone #1 for color accuracy and HDR, Phones #2 and #6 for details. I think #6 slightly edges out #2 in details, and #2 does tend to over saturate just a little bit more. However, #6 gets the exposure wrong in the first test and blows out the highlights. I'd go for #1 first, followed by #6, followed by #2, based only on these pictures and no better way to compare than this crappy photo viewer.

49. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

photo 2 has good white balance / color accuracy, bright photo scene

54. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

No DSLR reference shot? Why the hell not? Seriously come on PA. We ask you for this everytime and still nothing.

56. swordmaster2551

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I was between 4 and 6, I miss the zoom in window they used to have
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