Results: Big 2017 blind phone camera comparison!


Which phone has the best camera?

It’s hard to tell, but judging phone cameras objectively is even harder when personal brand preferences get in the way of objective judgment. That's why we took nearly all of the hottest camera phones of 2017 and shot a bunch of photos with them, but we removed all camera information, so that you can vote on your favorite picture without knowing which phone took it.

The phones in this comparison are:


Now, you have cast your votes and the results are in.

Scene 1: A restaurant by the port



Which photo do you like the most?

A1 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
12.09%
B1 - iPhone X
42.5%
C1 - LG V30
5.62%
D1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8
10.27%
E1 - OnePlus 5T
13.82%
F1 - Google Pixel 2 XL
15.72%

Scene 2: The road



Which photo do you like the most?

A2 - iPhone X
29.88%
B2 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8
16.02%
C2 - LG V30
21.91%
D2 - OnePlus 5T
8.5%
E2 - Google Pixel 2 XL
22.2%
F2 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1.49%

Scene 3: The old theater



Which photo do you like the most?

A3 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8
7.14%
B3 - OnePlus 5T
20.31%
C3 - Google Pixel 2 XL
12.25%
D3 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2.48%
E3 - iPhone X
27.49%
F3 - LG V30
30.34%

Scene 4: A lighthouse against the sun



Which photo do you like the most?

A4 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3.47%
B4 - LG V30
61.86%
C4 - iPhone X
9.32%
D4 - OnePlus 5T
3.08%
E4 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8
14.63%
F4 - Google Pixel 2 XL
7.64%

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42 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So its between x and v30!!!

2. M.H.Mimul

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2017

Ahh the no.1 is my favourite one iphone x

3. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

All great camera camera phones.

4. chris2k5

Posts: 244; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

HAHAHAHA WOW SO MUCH FOR PIXEL 2 being the best camera. YOU PIXEL FANS VOTED for the iPhone X.

8. itzikman

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Just check on DxoMark mobile reviews!

25. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I don't think DxoMark has much of a credibility these days. Take them ratings with a grain of salt.

17. MobileNico

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

2nd isn't bad. And it's phone arena fanboys voting, not professional reviewers. I've seen that faceoff go either direction in other comparisons/reviews. Still damn good cameras on both devices.

18. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I didn't vote. All I know is my Pixel 2XL photos raped my S8 photos

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not surprising since this comparison didn't have any low light scenes or other difficult scenarios In good lighting its mainly down to personal preference Many people prefer the higher saturation and exposure of the iPhone X

27. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

How can we be sure that the pictures won by Iphone X are indeed taken from the phone's camera? Just asking.

29. Milen_Y

Posts: 112; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

There's a link to a Google Photos album in the article.

5. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

I like said in the original post, most people vote for the brightest photo. This makes the whole comparison stupid and worthless. Most people have no clue how to compare photos.

36. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

And we call that preference.

6. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

amazing results exactly in the decending order of price tags except huawei :p Pixel has an amazing camera backed up with AI and surprised to see iphone X come out on top! would've been interesting if sony and htc flagships were also put into this comparison

9. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

V30 above the Note 8. I'm actually happily surprised

10. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Any one with a brain will see the battle was rigged. Where is the actual low light? Day time shots look all the same!

22. jjface

Posts: 229; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

Low light as well as moving people.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

As called out in the original poll, without the 100% crops this has a huge gap in deciding which is better beyond thumbnails (which most will use to decide). Good to see the mix in performance though. All have strengths and weaknesses.

19. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I opened the original photos and viewed them with zooming

12. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Not bad for the V30 considering it has the worst auto mode out of all the flagships. So imagine the results if manual mode was allowed. Just to switch things up just once I would like to see PhoneArena do a best quality camera comparison where manual mode for the phones that have them come into play.

13. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

V30 gave me happiness lul

14. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

IPhone X came out top, so like DxOMark said, iPhone X is best phone for stills.

15. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Still quite surprised how much more votes X got in some scenes, because the differences nowdays with these cams are very small.

21. jjface

Posts: 229; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

It is called a blind test for a reason.... half the voters are blind.

16. Ahsanzafar

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

yoooo apple is back in the camera game with a bang !

20. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Imagine if using the V30 with manual or Google Pixel software AFAIK, Google Camera app can be downloaded to LG V30 without root through XDA I hope PhoneArena make a comparison between stock camera of LG V30 and the Pixel Camera downloaded to V30

31. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You need to go to the specific LG V30 forums for that but I can truly say that Google's software makes all the difference. I've installed it on my V20 and have been pleasantly surprised by the results and especially at night. I have the best of both worlds now. An awesome HDR+ mode and an insane manual mode.

23. FeloniusMonk

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

" the Pixel 2 XL won the selfie (scene 6), as well as scene 5" 1+1=3 wins. Math is hard.

41. FeloniusMonk

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Thanks for fixing that.

24. tomskytot

Posts: 37; Member since: May 10, 2014

Good to see LG is still kicking not to mention the manual mode capabilities.

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