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Google Pixel XL scores a solid victory against iPhone, S7 edge in our blind camera comparison

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Earlier this week, we invited you to participate in a blind camera comparison – a race where you, dear readers, got to pick the winner based solely on what your eyes liked best. The phones that competed for your vote were the iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel XL, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. No doubt about it, all three are among the best shooters money can buy right now. The S7 edge, in particular, has been victorious in a great deal of camera comparisons we've hosted in the past. However, it fell short of winning the gold this time around.

By collecting nearly 18,000 of our readers' votes and winning in 4 out of 5 scenes, the Google Pixel XL is the undisputed winner of this blind camera comparison. In fact, it collected more votes than its opponents combined! In second place, we have the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which got a respectable 8226 votes, and the iPhone 7 Plus got the bronze with a total of 3990 votes. 

While the lead of the Pixel XL is impressive, it comes as no surprise that its images were liked by such a large number of readers. Its HDR+ mode, which is enabled by default, allows it to produce lively images with wide dynamics range. In scene 1, for instance, the Pixel's image has much more detail in the shadows. In scene 2, only the Pixel managed to capture the sky without overexposing it, and its colorful representation of the third scene easily grabs one's attention.

So, are you surprised by the results? Were you expecting the Pixel to win by a mile against its opponents? Let us know in the comments below!

Scene 1: The windmill

Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

iPhone 7 Plus
Google Pixel XL
Galaxy S7 edge

Scene 2: Reflections

Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S7 edge
Google Pixel XL
iPhone 7 Plus

Scene 3: Flowers

Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

Google Pixel XL
iPhone 7 Plus
Galaxy S7 edge

Scene 4: Candy

Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S7 edge
iPhone 7 Plus
Google Pixel XL

Scene 5: Markers

Scene 5: Which photo do you like best?

iPhone 7 Plus
Galaxy S7 edge
Google Pixel XL

The gallery below contains all the images used in this comparison in high resolution, as well as 100% zoom crops for side-by-side comparison of every set of images. You can zoom in with a double-click or use the full-screen mode for a closer look at each photo (desktop only).

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Google Pixel XL specs
  • Display 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3450 mAh
  • OS Android 10
Apple iPhone 7 Plus specs
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A10 Fusion 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS iOS 15.x
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge specs
  • Display 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo Samsung TouchWiz UI

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