Nokia Lumia 930 wins our blind camera comparison, followed by Galaxy Note 4; HTC One M9 ends up last

Remember the Nokia Lumia 930? Yeah, that same high-end phone Nokia announced last April, flaunting a 20MP optically stabilized PureView camera. It might have been a year since the handset made its debut, but its camera has not lost its mojo just yet. In fact, the Nokia Lumia 930 just won our blind camera comparison after collecting over 6000 votes in its favor. That's quite an achievement, we must say, knowing how capable are the cameras of its competitors.

In second place we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which collected a total of 5936 votes – slightly less than what the Lumia 930 got. Yup, the winning spree of Samsung's phablet was bound to end sooner or later. In case you haven't been following our blind camera comparisons, the Note 4 has proven its capabilities over and over again, winning against flagships like the iPhone 6, the LG G3, the Xperia Z3, and even against a DSLR camera. 

So, what about the HTC One M9? How did its upgraded camera do? Sadly, the 20MP snapper on HTC's flagship phone didn't do too well. Its 1247 votes placed it last, trailing way behind the Galaxy S5, which finished in fifth place. Nevertheless, we'll give it another chance to prove itself. Speaking of which, our next blind camera comparison is coming sooner than you think.

Final results:

  1. Nokia Lumia 930 – 6032 votes
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – 5936 votes
  3. iPhone 6 Plus 4344 – votes 
  4. Google Nexus 6 3965 – votes
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5 – 3282 votes
  6. HTC One M9 – 1247 votes

Scene 1

Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy Note 4 (Photo A)
iPhone 6 Plus (Photo B)
Lumia 930 (Photo C)
HTC One M9 (Photo D)
Galaxy S5 (Photo E)
Nexus 6 (Photo F)

Scene 2

Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S5 (Photo A)
Nexus 6 (Photo B)
iPhone 6 Plus (Photo C)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo D)
HTC One M9 (Photo E)
Lumia 930 (Photo F)

Scene 3

Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

HTC One M9 (Photo A)
Lumia 930 (Photo B)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo C)
Galaxy S5 (Photo D)
Nexus 6 (Photo E)
iPhone 6 Plus (Photo F)

Scene 4

Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Nexus 6 (Photo A)
HTC One M9 (Photo B)
iPhone 6 Plus (Photo C)
Lumia 930 (Photo D)
Galaxy S5 (Photo E)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo F)

Scene 5

Scene 5: Which photo do you like best?

Lumia 930 (Photo A)
Galaxy S5 (Photo B)
iPhone 6 Plus (Photo C)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo D)
Nexus 6 (Photo E)
HTC One M9 (Photo F)

Scene 6

Scene 6: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy Note 4 (Photo A)
Lumia 930 (Photo B)
HTC One M9 (Photo C)
iPhone 6 Plus (Photo D)
Galaxy S5 (Photo E)
Nexus 6 (Photo F)



1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

6 plus with 8 mp camera did well !

15. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Now the power of the greatest phone is on display. All of you Samsung lovers are hiding and want to ignore the thrashing that your toy received at the hands of my MIGHTY LUMIA 930.

30. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lol. Dude, don't take too much pride from a handful 96 votes that your Mighty Lumia 930 got over the Galaxy Note 4. If you're going to weigh in on the significance of each test, your Nokia is trailing behind others in daylight performance and details, which are two of the very important areas in photography. I am a Samsung lover, by the way. :)

34. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

The Nokia is also a year old. Keep that in mind as well.

87. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Well, Galaxy S3 is 3 years old and takes daylight shots that are as good as current flagships, might even be better than the Lumia 930.

105. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

My wife has an S3 and an S5. Neither take photos as well as my 925 (and can't touch my 1020, except shot-to-shot times until the Lumia Camera 5 update hits), and my 900 running 7.8 takes better shots than the S3 (haven't compared it to the S5).

111. Android-HD

Posts: 4; Member since: May 27, 2014

Esta bien hijo, ya deja de fumar hierba!

117. Dattack

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

So? Lumia 930 was released in July, the Note 4 in October. So that's not really special; not even a thing to use in a discussion

79. Agarwalm214

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

considering the fact that lumia 930 is an year old now...still it is the best of all..think how the even older lumia 1020 will smash each of these...

35. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

The power of the greatest phone.? Lolz somehow I think your only one of the few handfuls of people that think that. Meanwhile millions upon millions seem to think that Samsung and Apple makes the best phones, considering that thier sales are astronomical.

42. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I think it was a phone that hit a little to late is all. I have no clue or remember who i voted for, as i like to not worry about it. All i know is that between me and my friends note 4, the note 4 holds its own. however, we consistently use my dng files over the note 4s images for manipulation on the shots we use. And the 1020 when that is around with my wife.

114. dalydose

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

McDonald's has more sales revenue than any other restaurant. I wouldn't call them the "best". Sales is more a product of marketing induced perception than product quality. Apple is an amazing marketing machine. Samsung is an amazing spending on marketing machine. So...they sell the most.

48. maherk

Posts: 6956; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Winning by 98 votes and you call that trashing? Lmao wake me up when your phone has the best screen on the market, a great battery life, fast charging, multitasking, oh and most importantly, a decent app store lol mighty phone my @$$

51. maherk

Posts: 6956; Member since: Feb 10, 2012


64. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

winning is winning, if it would have swung the other way, i could only imagine your reaction. Best screen is subjective, not like the 930 is poor. I get 14-16hrs of usage out of mine, enough for me - not as good as the note 4 but then think of size differences. Considering we are comparing 2400 vs a 3200 battery sizes, i would HOPE the note 4 has better battery life. Decent app store? yes the one where it showed that average users of Android download 7 apps...yay 1.2million apps and you download 7...hmmm. I have over 150 apps on my 930, so i am not 'suffering'. And the app store is not created by the note 4 so that argument is very moot. Multitasking - great, wish more phones had it, never really used it on my note 3. But options is good right? So if options are good, then being able to choose a 930 is good too right? Or is options only good when it fits in small brains?

74. maherk

Posts: 6956; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1-winning is winning, and when did i say the opposite? Winning by 96 votes doesn't mean that it trashed our "toy". 2-Best screen is subjective? Note 4's screen won based on a scientific studies, not fans voting over which is better ;) 3- You mention batteries capacities, yet you deliberately exclude the screen resolutions and the true multitasking the Note 4 offers, and still, the Note 4 delievers a better battery life with quick charging. 4- 7 apps? Lmao Explains why i have 43 apps on my Note 4. And 150apps on your 930? How is that even possible when the WP app store only offers 17 apps lol 5-The Note 4 didn't create the Play Store, but it still offers it, so i have every right to use it as a point on how the 930 isn't the "greatest phone" 6-You not using multitasking on your Note 3(i am a bit skeptical about you owning the Note 3 after reading your comment) doesn't mean that the rest of android users doesn't use the multitasking power our android phones offer.

76. starjammer

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

I'm sorry but your reply has me lmbo. I'm a windows phone and android user and I had to appreciate the comedy you provide. Hats off to you sir.

81. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Aww only two responses from you? Running to forums? Seriously you are that insecure? It's ok we wont look... 1. Winning is winning, face it, its a fact, i never said thrashed, so maybe you can't read or just respond so blatantly (is that to big of word for you?) that you simply loose track of who said what. 2. I know display mates test, i still say subjective, because it can be 'perfect' but if someone preferes a different tone, then no matter what you do...its subjective (just like this test gasp!) 3. What's that? I cant hear you over me not caring, quick to point to 'science' for displays, then run to, this/that for the battery capacities....face it, IT BETTER BE better in a battery test on pure capacity, multitasking or not. 4. Oh now you dont like studies...make up your mind. Either you like studies or you dont. Face it, despite a million apps 7 apps per phone is all people download for the average user. I know counting ain't your strong suite, so we will just leave it at your app count. 5. Clap of hands...wait golf clap... 6. Be skeptical, could care less, as part of my job tech for phones, exchanging phones all is not my go to OS. I bought a z3 to replace my note 3. I had 4 of them, first 2 was samsungs error, the next was androids, the 4th had some issues but it was enough for me to move on. I have daily access to enough androids that I could care less what you believe. What i do know is that i just exchanged a Note 4 for failing to read the battery and was shutting off for inaccurate battery temp today. I exchanged an s4 for another sim card failure (thanks samsung for the bad batch i can give you color and imei ranges if you need em). (15 androids exchanges today alone). I have always been criticle of Android for the problems they have. Know how many iOS i exchange vs android? numbers much much much lower. WP? Not a big seller but it has been months since i exchanged one for any OS failure. I had one in 2 months for a bad charging port on a 521.

84. maherk

Posts: 6956; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Starting with your point #1, I realized that I am replying to a dyslexic kid, who didn't get the point that I was explaining my initial reply to your fellow WP sheep who went crazy because a windows finally achieved something in the smartphone industry!! Win is a win, i know that, but 96 votes doesn't say it trashed the Note 4, nor does it make it the greatest phone lol Anyways, i ll leave it here, i know you guys are planning for a party to celebrate this trashing of the Note 4. See you in 2 years from now, that's when a windows phone will wait to achieve something other than this, again, trashing.

92. Akonilouie

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

U all talk like ur creators of these phones. Nobody wants to hear ur opinion if ur just gonna insult others

124. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

We get it. you like note4. The other dude likes lumia 930. You both have valid reasons for liking the devices you do. Move on, not everyone has the same wants, needs, use cases. Eg. Just because my favourite food is chicken doesnt mean it is the best and everyone else should agree with me, that sort of thinking is, to put it plainly, stupid

75. maherk

Posts: 6956; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh, and don't forget to go running to WP forums asking for some backup lol you guys have been busted before doing this, and i wouldn't be surprised waking up tomorrow to hundreds of angry mobs attacking my comment. Adios.

67. Busyboy

Posts: 733; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Don't be butthurt the Note 4 lost. The 930 won, whether it be by 1 vote or 1000. And stop trying to bring the 930's downfalls, this is a camera comparison so keep it at that.

73. maherk

Posts: 6956; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He called the 930 as the greatest phone, and I was just illustrating how it is FARRRR from being the greatest. And i didn't say it didn't win smartass, I just pointed out that winning by 96 votes doesn't mean that trashed the Note 4.

78. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Your problem is that you're comparing a phone that is almost a year behind the note 4 in specs. Obviously the note 4 is better but that is also subjective to differnet people ie apple vs Android, people will claim the iphone 6 to be a better phone, even though it isn't in hardware. So what the 930 has better camera which won by 60 odd votes. Don't act so butthurt that a year old (nokia) device has a better camera. Considering it's Nokia which have always done nice cameras.

83. maherk

Posts: 6956; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Again, you ignorant WP fools, he named the 930 as the greatest phone and i was pointing out that winning a camera test doesn't mean it is the greatest. Not once I said the 930 didn't win the test, I acknowledged the win, but was pointing out that neither does this win make the 930 as the greatest nor does 96 votes point out to a trashing of another phone!! Chill out Windows fans!! Glad you came out of your caves to celebrate this win, you ve been hiding for so long that you really needed some air.

93. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

C'mon get over it, the Note 4 has a great cam, no doubt, in this instance it was beaten by a better one in the L930. Next time maybe not

119. evildemon

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Bah its a bit unfair compairing a phablet to a smartphone. How about taking on the 1520 on battery life? In that department note 4 gets TRASHED (and i mean big)... Not to talk about the sh1tty materials from note 4 :\

58. MrET1

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

Did you see the S6 in this comparision? Me neither. Guess where it would have ended if it was included, before the 930 and note 4

65. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

Well I am a proud owner of a Lumia 930 and very happy seeing it come first in a blind test against all those phones but I won't call it the greatest phone. For me it was my LG G2. But yes I liked when u said MIGHTY LUMIA 930 :P

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