Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Nexus 6 blind camera comparison: you choose the better phone

Camera comparisons – we do them frequently here at PhoneArena, and each post is enjoying plenty of attention from our readers. That's no surprise at all since many are the people wanting to know which are the phones equipped with the best cameras. Today's camera comparison is of the blind variety, meaning that we're about to give you a set of photos and we'll ask you to vote for the images you like best. 

For this blind camera comparison, however, we decided to do things a bit differently. First and foremost, we're not going to hide the identities of the two phones going head to head. These are the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Google Nexus 6. But we've shuffled the images around so you still won't know which of the two phones was used for capturing each photo. And because of this, we're asking you to judge each pair of photos individually. 

We must note that we used the cameras' automatic settings throughout the shootout, with HDR and their LED lights set to off. All photos have been trimmed to a 16:9 aspect ratio and resolution of about 9.7 megapixels. Now that we've made this clear, we'll let you cast your votes below. Expect the results to be announced in a few days.

Scene 1 – Daytime

Let's start with a pair of photos taken on a sunny afternoon. The scene is ideal for judging how well the cameras preserve details when shooting in favorable conditions. 

Scene 1: Which photo you like better?

Nexus 6 (Photo A)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo B)

Scene 2 – Indoors

The following scene was taken indoors, inside of a mall's hallway. The lighting was moderate at best, yet still descent for our phones to produce acceptable images. Plenty of details and colors in the shot await to be analyzed. 

Scene 2: Which photo you like better?

Nexus 6 (Photo C)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo D)

Scene 3 – Afternoon

Now let's move onto a scene with a bit more contrast in it. Here we have the woods casting their shadows over the pathway and a monument in the background well-lit by the setting sun. Shadowy areas are usually tricky for smartphone cameras to capture in detail, so be sure to check those out carefully.

Scene 3: Which photo you like better?

Galaxy Note 4 (Photo E)
Nexus 6 (Photo F)

Scene 4 – Close-up

Here's a close-up of a bush's fiery-red berries (the kind you probably don't want to eat). Bright shades of red are usually difficult for a smartphone camera to preserve faithfully. So, which phone did a better job at it?

Scene 4: Which photo you like better?

Galaxy Note 4 (Photo G)
Nexus 6 (Photo H)

Scene 5 – Night

And lastly, we give you a night scene, the kind of which is tricky for most phones to capture well. Clearly, there's a huge difference in how these two devices perform in low light, so let us know which one you like better.

Scene 5: Which photo you like better?

Galaxy Note 4 (Photo I)
Nexus 6 (Photo J)

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)



1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Phone 1: Nexus 6 Phone 2: Note 4 Winner: Note 4

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I was shocked when the Nexus 6 beat the iPhone in the same test. Some times you get results you just don't expect. But I'll agree with you that I don't expect the Nexus to come out on top.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Seriously? The iPhone hasn't had the best camera since the 4S.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I wouldn't know. I just know people keep bragging about the iPhone cameras. And it's usually the same individuals who talk crap about Motorola cameras.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pretty sure the 6 and 6 Plus slapped the Z3 and G3 in the blind test.

30. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Papasmurf, didnt the G3 actually beat the 6?

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You tell me. Check the blind test from October and let me know the percentage of votes the G3 and Z3 got.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yet the iPhone continues to be used over traditional cameras.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not by serious photographers.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like you can determine what a serious photographer is.

32. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Quantity is not equal to qualify.. Apple is now only leading on quantity and not quality

39. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hey Mxyzeptik, You'd be the first person to point out Motorola's reputation for poor quality cameras... how does it make you feel knowing that the Nexus 6 beat the iPhone 6 in a blind comparison?

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'd like to test that theory but Google and Motorola botched the launch so the Nexus 6 is still hard to find.

45. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, then you're just going to have to take Phone Arena's word as well as everyone else who participated in the survey on the matter that the Motorola Nexus 6 has a better quality camera than the iPhone. Now if only Motorola & Google could keep up with the high demand. :P

47. HydrogenIsOne

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

HAHAHA, You can tell when the shot's different between the 6 and the Nexus 6. At this point, it's just fanboys down voting the iPhone, well because it's an iPhone. The Nexus and Moto camera's are s**t, and I know, because I have them.

48. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Holy crap, that is absolutely the most biased statement I've heard so far, the Nexus 6 is so incredibly better in image quality. Review the images, if you can't see it then you're blind.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Biased? Lol the pot just called the kettle black.

4. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Plot twist: it's all the way around. *mind-blown* *my face*

21. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Plot twist: Nexus 6 and Note 4 used for the shoot-out were rigged and have different camera than the store bought units.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The real plot twist: the two phones aren't actually the Note 4 and Nexus 6. This is just a social experiment to show that people will vote based on which they think it is. That's why they listed the names.

23. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The fake plot twist: All the pictures were painted by a art student from an unknown college.

40. Imaxxacre

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

The M. Night Shyamalan plot twist: The corporations (Apple, Samsung, Google, etc.) plateau on innovations, reveal themselves to be parts of a global conquest network conspiracy, then form a united empire with unrivaled influence and power.

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

Had you read the article, you would have seen that they mixed up all the photos. All the photo 1s are not from one device & the same with all the photo 2s. But, you were just so excited to comment that you didn't bother to note (no pun intended) that. Now you just made yourself look stupid. It's a shame that no one likes to read anymore.

28. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

No, I did read it. And my opinion still stands. Phone 2 is obviously Note 4 because photos are more saturated, while the Nexus 6 is a bit brighter. And in lowlight photos, Nexus 6 is obviously better. Watch when the results come out, and you'll see who made themselves look stupid

37. eip2015

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Probably you because it was explained and you still don't get it. The order of the photos isn't connected to which phone it is, they're mixed up. You're thinking all the photos on one side = a specific phone, every time, is just incorrect.

41. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm glad someone gets it. +1

50. g2a5b0e unregistered

The results are out. YOU look stupid.

35. sena7

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

Doubt that Phone 1 and Phone 2 are always the same phone.

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

SCENE 1 and Scene 2: 1st phone is better. Scene 3 and Scene 4: Both phones are nearly similar with minor differences. You could take either of these in these 2 scenes. Scene 5: 1st phone doing much better.


Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Expand them all to highest magnification and you can truly see the difference; for instance, the E photo in Scene 3 is much clearer at highest magnification then the F photo. You can see every detail on the light post and not so on the F photo.

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