Blind camera comparison: Vote for the unidentified cameraphone you like best!

Blind camera comparison: Vote for the unidentified cameraphone you like best!
Smartphone cameras are getting better and better every year, companies are leapfrogging themselves all the time, the industry is progressing at a breathtaking pace... With so much going on, and with the next big thing always lurking right around the corner, it's easy to lose track of exactly how all the players rank when it comes to camera performance. When the iPhone 5 came out last year, it was the undisputed leader in this space for quite a while. However, this year's Samsung Galaxy S4 managed to take over the top spot with its fancy 13 MP camera. Then, it was LG with the G2 that kind of blew everyone out of the water, only to be challenged by the Sony Xperia Z1 just weeks later. Meanwhile, Nokia has been establishing its control over the hardcore cameraphone market with its Lumia 1020, which may not be your typical mainstream smartphone, but sure packs one helluva camera.

So, here's the deal: we took some of the best cameraphones around and went to do a new camera comparison. However, wouldn't it be fun if we do a quick blind camera comparison first, before publishing the whole thing, along with all the expert analysis and ratings? Yep, that's exactly what we're going to do!

Below you'll find three of the scenes we've chosen for our new camera comparison. However, the names of the phones that have been used to take the pictures will remain hidden, so that all possible bias can be factored out before making the decision. There is a poll at the end of the article where you'll be able to vote for the cameraphone that you think has done the best job overall.

Note: We've scaled all images to 13 megapixels and removed all EXIF data so that you can't identify the phones.

Tip: Use the 'Fullscreen' option in the upper right corner of the gallery to view the images more comfortably!




Which cameraphone do you like best?

LG G2
2.64%
Samsung Galaxy S4
20.91%
Apple iPhone 5c
1.52%
Apple iPhone 5s
11.4%
Nokia Lumia 1020
62.17%
HTC One
1.37%


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142 Comments

1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

and the blind camera comparison is back!! exciting

22. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

The phone 4 must be iphone 5s

28. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

@MobileKicker do you have any evidence to substantiate your claim? I just wanna understand your reasoning. On a side note, the probability of phone 4 being 5S is 1/6 so you really can't be sure.

81. chromoid

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

Phone 5 is the galaxy s4 because blue is more than any. all samsung cameras adds unrealistic blue color to photos, since the dawn of time. one thing it is unfair for the lumia 1020 to be upscaled from 5 mp even if it was good enogh 5 to 13 is a huge difference if quality loss. it should be down scaled from the 38 MP photo. same goes to the other 8MP photos if there exist any in this test.

83. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

you gotta be kidding me! you gotta be kidding me! either you dont know much phones or you are die hard samsung fan to say opposite stuff so proudly.ither you dont know much phones or you are die hard samsung fan to say opposite stuff so proudly. i would say its nokia 1020 but the contrast isnt that high then it has to be xperia z1. got a feeling phone 4 is nokia 1020. i dont know, im still excited to see what phone is phone5. it has some great shots. just hoping its not iphone 5s. i so hate how iphone always wins.(giving credit for it actually being good)

138. samsuper

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Latest full hd super amoled display has more whiter screen than iphone 5 . Thanks to display mate .com.so your comments is just a imagination.

118. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

dear dark knight as im using both s4 and i5 i can gurantee phone 5 is 5s

133. mvierling

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Your guarantee is pretty worthless. Phone 5 was the Lumia 1020.

84. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I liked the phone #4 the most out of the pictures taken outside. 5 and 6 must have big sensors to work well in low light and take in too much light thus not being able to show the power lines in a sunny sky.

101. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Would be hilarious if PA didn't even an include an iphone in this.

131. underbc

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

And you were right .. =D

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is a good idea, I like it alot. Might make some folks upset when the blindfold is taken off, but this should be a good way to be unbiased about the pictures. I like phone 2 and 5 the best, with 2 probably being the best.

48. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

If they did right, I'd be excited too. In the Scene #1, Phone 2 is not picking up the ground. Takes advantage of the balance of brightness. And all the pictures are focused on different areas. In Scene #2, you can see the shadows on the sidewalk on the left, the photos were made ​​with much different light. In Phone 2, the sunlight is more directly on the lens. In Phone 3 the sun is out of the picture! In Scene #3, Phone 6 is clearly suffering from a motion blur. This is the fault of the operator and not the equipment.

61. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Probably should have used a tripod. There's definitely a lack of consistency in the shots. That being said I still voted.

128. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I voted too... I took my time and looked really carefully. Try to look all aspects. In the end, I change my mind a few times, and my vote is different from the majority. This comparisons is hard. There are four "very good" cameras, one "good" and one "not so good".

73. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

shoulda had 6 guys with tripods all shoot at once

91. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Should've had six tripod guys shoot each other at once!? That's terrible!

76. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also I think they should have a DSLR, otherwise we can't really tell which is the most accurate.

70. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Phone 5 looks the best IMO, but there is a weird discrepency with it on scene 1... it doesnt have the yellow sign that the other 5 do, its like the sign is just not there?

102. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

It's there. Just at a slightly dif angle so it's mostly obstructed by leaves. Use the red Zoom Button at the bottom right of the selected image to look closer :)

80. chromoid

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

Phone 5 is the galaxy s4 because blue is more than any. all samsung cameras adds unrealistic blue color to photos, since the dawn of time. one thing it is unfair for the lumia 1020 to be upscaled from 5 mp even if it was good enogh 5 to 13 is a huge difference if quality loss. it should be down scaled from the 38 MP photo. same goes to the other 8MP photos if there exist any in this test.

100. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Phone 5 is Nokia lumia 1020.

112. Alphadan

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

The GS4 is reasy to identify, it's got the narrowest FOV.

116. Assa7inKing

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

where are the RESULTS 4 THESE ?/

2. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Phone 5 in the first and 3rd photo, the 2nd photo its close between 5th and 6th phone. Overall phone 5 is the best and I am going to guess a Galaxy S4 due to the light drawn in camera not best performance on image #2

3. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I beg to differ! phone 5 is the best, that's final. But it's not a galaxy! If you observe the last photo, you can read the napkin's name on the fridge. conclusion: sharpest camera => 1020 I rest my case!

15. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

good eye , 1. phone # 5 2. phone # 2 3. phone # 1

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The idea here is not to guess which phone is used in every picture, but to say, sincerely and without trying to guess, which picture is better. This is because a blind test allows you to rate the pictures without being influenced by your brand preferences.

31. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

you can see the distinctive lumia 1020 noise in the sky so phone 5 is definitely 1020.

38. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

please keep the phone you think it is on your head! guessing will only make the trolls (who read the comets) vote for any other device! making it super hard for it to actually win

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