Nokia Lumia 1520 tops our blind camera comparison while Nexus 5 ends up last; HTC One (M8) finishes sixth

Nokia Lumia 1520 tops our blind camera comparison while Nexus 5 ends up last; HTC One (M8) finishes sixth
Blind camera comparisons are a great indicator of which phone takes best photos. Bias is brought down to a minimum since voters pick the images they like best, without knowing what phone they're actually voting for. And according to our most recent one, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the king of the hill, although it isn't leading by much. Nokia's phablet got first place, having collected 17.9% of our readers' votes. The highly-acclaimed LG G2, however, was a close second with a result of 13.95%, and the Sony Xperia Z1S finished in third place with 12.91%.

We were expecting for HTC's new flagship, the HTC One (M8), to be rank higher than it did, yet it ended up in the lower middle of the chart. With 10.71% of all votes, the new HTC One is sixth among the bunch. Still, it was more liked than its predecessor, the 2013 HTC One Model, which got only 7.69%. Trailing last is the Google Nexus 5 with a modest score of just 4.86%. Thanks to all who participated in our blind camera comparison!

Which phone's photos do you like the most?

Nokia Lumia 1520 (Phone 1)
LG G2 (Phone 7)
Sony Xperia Z1S (Phone 3)
Samsung Galaxy S4 (Phone 9)
Apple iPhone 5s (Phone 4)
HTC One (M8) (Phone 5)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Phone 6)
HTC One (2013) (Phone 2)
Google Nexus 5 (Phone 8)



1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

But....but....does it have Apps?

7. jsdechavez

Posts: 806; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

This a blind camera comparison, kid.

99. steedsofwar unregistered

WOW! I'm very impressed to see my G2 in second place! I even blindly voted for Phone7. I felt phone7 was the best but never knew it was my G2. I was split between 7 and 9 and i was sure it were either the Lumnia or the Z1. Ironically, I did feel that phone1 performed the worst especially in the first clip. So i'm even more surprised it came first.

20. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Are Skype, Whatsapp, Viber and many more called "Apps"?

26. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Few basic apps, which work better on ios and Android....

38. HASHTAG unregistered

Nexus4lifes.... Your post just says that you've never used a WP.

64. Pokeem

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

G2 has the best camera for an android phone. by far the best night shots. look at all this new phones. non of them can compare to the 6 month old G2. not in the camera, not in battery and defently not at screen vs general size (has the body of an S4 and a bigger screen then the S5).. just buy it. it will cost you way less then all the others phones and preforme the same..

81. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I don't know if you've noticed but most of phones here are older than G2

97. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I will disagree with Hashtag and agree with Nexus4lifes. I have a 1020 and as a business travel WP is kind of a waste, I fly Delta and WP app is pretty much useless(no boarding pass or skymiles information). There is no Hilton Honors app. As for games no Candy Crush. A battery that has to be refreshed and can't be displayed in the status bar. Meanwhile my Note 3 and iPhone 5 does, glad I had connections and got the Lumia for free. It's great camera and good signal but WP8 has some way to go.

46. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Someone is mad their phone got placed last

30. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

did you have the chance to catch that lesson in english about hyperbole?

67. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Oh yeah... Viber... That app on WP8 doesn't even notify you when you get a call or message.

74. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

It does notify u like on android actually... I have a 920 and i am using it regularly.i have a galaxy note 10.1 so I know how viber is on android

51. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


52. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Go Nokia......I'm waiting for 930 2nd April or 19th April.

63. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Proud owner of Lumia 1520 and S4. The 1520 has been tested by many blogs (including DpReview) and resulted in very good results. DpReview's 1520 score was only beaten by 1020. This blind camera test only strengthen that. Guess I'll skip the S5 to replace my S4 since the S4 still can holds its own againts newer flagships. Can't wait for 930!

70. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Correction...there are 350,000+ if you're talking about apps.

54. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Was this gonna be a surprise? I woulda been shocked it a Nokia device didnt win. But yea...if you want a great camera phone....go Nokia...if you want apps....go elsewhere... :-)

89. CyberAngel

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Darn! My S4 Active holds water, but can't hold over million apps! Do I need them? Absolutely! Do I have a time to use more than about twelve in one day? Yes...if I don't sleep too much... Hmmm...which to use this night...let's see if I have... Off-line maps like HERE Maps? Nope! Refocus? No! Nokia Camera? No! eBay? Yes! I'll go and buy something from the eBay...

55. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

proudly saying yes. and how is this related to the camera comparison? butthurt much, so that's your excuse? The community has spoken


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Oh please stop the Bullsh!T about lack of apps! You live in the past! And this about cameras, probaly you own the google nexus 5 whahahah

2. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Damn,note 3 is 7th!!

36. utg001 unregistered

what surprised me most is M8 beating the Note 3

40. SleepingOz unregistered

Right! They should have posted pictures taken by a DSLR as reference.

47. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Thats what i was thinking 2 because now everybody just looks at what they like (colors)

82. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

The truth has been said +1

78. drazwy

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Can't say I'm surprised. As an owner of a Note 3, I've been talking about how bad the camera is on it and how difficult it is to get a good shot out of it for a while now. After no one agreeing with me, it's nice to see it proved out through a blind test.

103. utg001 unregistered

Well, thanks for the heads up. I was probably going to get Note 3 for multitasking rather than a WP of which I am fond of. Hardly any device gives you everything.

3. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

and the galaxy S4, one of the oldest phones there is still doing well. I might skip the S5 this year.

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I was thinking the same, Samsung built a gem with the S4, it's still holding its own amongst the latest and greatest with larger sensors. :)

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