Blind camera comparison: vote for the best cameraphone

Blind camera comparison: vote for the best cameraphone
It has been several months since we did our previous blind camera comparison. Back in June, the Samsung Galaxy S5 won the most of our readers' votes, followed closely by the highly-acclaimed LG G3. Will it be a Samsung or an LG phone at the top spot this time around? Or will it be another maker's smartphone? Well, it all depends on which phone's photos you like the most. 

Below you'll find photos of three scenes captured with six highly capable cameraphones. All we ask from you is to take a look and pick a favorite by voting in the poll at the end of this post. To make the task easier, we've cropped areas of the images and put them together, side by side, but if you'd like to, you may examine high-resolution versions of the photos as well. Also, you may double-click on images to zoom in or use our slideshow gallery's fullscreen option for a better view.

So let the voting begin – you may cast your vote in the poll below the galleries! We'll announce the winner of our blind camera comparison, as well as its runner-ups, in a few days.

Which phone took the best photos?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Sony Xperia Z3



1. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Actually i was waiting for this...

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I don't trust these tests anymore. The user probably chooses dodgy settings for some phones and the best settings for a certain phone.

18. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

21. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

zedfer? eq5555?

25. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014


43. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

and frijj

82. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You tell me.

44. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

phone 4 is definitely the iPhone, those eye pleasing sky blues(but inaccurate) are very notorious :D Phone 2 for me.

53. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

yes i agree the sky in phone 4 is too blue it's like the color of the sea because if you see the sky from your window the sky is actually not that blue. so i voted for phone 2 too

147. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

IMO phone 4 and phone 5 are the worst and so they can't be the iphone, phone 2 is the best and might be the iphone, phone 1, 3 and 6 are very good and very close to what is IMO the best (phone 2). Only 4 and 5 are behind (less sharpness at the corners and more smearing of fine detail), anyway this comparison shows that all these flagships have reached a very good level. The test, anyway, should have included some night shots.

158. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"IMO phone 4 and phone 5 are the worst and so they can't be the iphone..." -boosook Phone 4 is prolly the ifone. Deal with it...

164. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I'm not an Apple fan nor an iphone user, but IMO the iphone is still the phone that gives the best results overall, even if it has "only" 8mp. Looking at the pictures again, I feel that phone 2 (the one I prefer) might be a Samsung. Btw, I'm not a Samsung fan either (but I recognize that Samsung take the best pictures, among Android phones). Btw, I feel that phone 4 (the one I don't like) might also be a Sony (and I'm a Sony user)... so you see... I'm not playing the "praise your favourite brand" game. ;)


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sure keep on dreaming with your iphone 6 is the best, iphone 6 sucks Bendgate, beardgate whats nexr.....

64. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You took a hashpull of articles, comparisons and the like as a citation for telling us that the iBend 6 is the best?

75. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

There aren't enough articles on the Galaxy Note Flex 4, yet, so that is probably the case. Unbox Therapy did find the Note Flex 4 to be equal to the 6+ in one category, though.

93. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, they didn't. It didn't bend nearly as much with much more force.

125. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

had the entire phone not split apart from the metal band, it just might have bent a little more.

105. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

110. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iPhone 6 did better than the Z3 in 1080p video lol. Add the 6+ with OIS and say goodbye to those marginal leads.

118. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Oh really bandwagon? Have you watched the second link? Get your eyes check Smurf, your a med student.

120. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

133. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013 OIS vs DIS and DIS wins without a doubt, at least on this video

136. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

are u serious?

161. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The video was flawed by physics. The z3's camera is at the center while the iphones is at the end. A 1in movement in the center would translate to 3+ in on the outside. Get any kind of ruler or straw, put your finger at the center and move it and twist it, watch how little the center moves compared to the outside. As a result the iphone ois was having to deal with far more movement than the z3 was.

176. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Same thing I reply to you on YouTube... Your argument is only partially correct, as the movements that will be felt more for the iPhone are the Rotational movements... but linear movements such as jumps up, and down from walking and jogging will affect both units equally. And in that specific case, the Z3 did a lot better than the iPhone 6 plus... Also I read somewhere that the iPhone do not take advantage of its OIS for video, it only uses it for low light photography, which would defeat its main purpose... I haven't confirm this though, but I think it was a GSMArena test that they realize there was no real OIS for iPhone's videos

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Ya and all the 3 shots are taken in basically same situations. Plus no reference shot once again. PA doesn't listen to the readers.

52. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Some low light shots should have been included. Most cameras take pretty good pictures if there's adequate lighting.

139. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

this. i picked no. 2, but in reality all of them take good enough pictures for my "average joe" use, which is mainly holiday snaps and posting on Facebook. What this shows me is that any modern phone's camera has gotten to the stage of "good enough" that I don't really need to give sh!t when it comes to day light shots. Some low light shots would have been good to compare.

49. 21babydoll12 unregistered

Agreed, it should be tripod mounted and focus should be center weight. Same ISO of 50-12500 samples and depth of field shots too.

95. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

I don't even feel like voting for this one as the comparison is done so halfheartedly. As always there is no closest to real reference pic. Also I really don't understand how can anyone fairly compare photos with such varied field of views? The smaller the field of view the less challenging it is, be it in terms of detail captured per pixel or be it in terms of the overall exposure & dynamic range. The phone cameras have now gotten so competitive that it gets harder to judge which one is the best. While one is better in one crop, the other is better in another. Really hard to do any justice here...

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