Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins our blind camera comparison, iPhone 6 is distant second

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins our blind camera comparison, iPhone 6 is distant second
Last week we had the chance to review the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and one of the many things we liked about it was its 16MP camera. Apparently, there's a huge chunk of readers who are impressed by the snapper as well, judging by the results from our blind camera comparison. As you can surely guess, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 got first place. With nearly 43% of the votes, it ended up miles ahead of the iPhone 6, which got second place. The latter received a bit over 22% of all votes.

With a not-so-impressive result of under 12%, the Samsung Galaxy S5 finished in third place, followed by the year-old Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 11% of the votes. Even further behind we have the Sony Xperia Z3, which only 7% of our readers favored. Last in line, with less than 5% of all votes we have the LG G3, which didn't do as well as it did in our previous comparisons.

But we're not done here. Our in-depth camera comparison pitting the Note 4 against other high-ends is coming soon, and it will be interesting to see how well it holds its ground in more challenging shooting scenarios. Stay tuned, and thanks to all 6179 of you who voted!

Which phone took the best photos?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Sony Xperia Z3



1. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Let the war commence.

3. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

expected results

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah I figured this much. The iPhone 6 has a good camera but the Note 4 literally kills it. Samsung has the camera in their phones producing EXCELLENT images. 16MP ISOCELL & OIS combo is just hard to beat!

25. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's probably a Sony IMX240 sensor in it, not a Samsung ISOCELL.

49. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

No, he have a 16:9 ISOCELL sensor, Sony IMX240 have a 4:3 aspect ratio.

70. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

note 4's all version of it have sony sensor. just read the posts.​iants-camera-sensor-t2901512

175. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Korea version is ISOCELL International version is IMX240

179. aggressor

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

all versions note4 IMX240

178. aggressor

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

note4 have same 16:9 aspect ratio ant take much better picture that ISOCELL

26. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maybe, but without reference photo this comparision is pointless, we don't know how it looked in real life, so most people chose photo with more vibrant photo (myself included)

34. maherk

Posts: 6873; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

IFFFF that's the case, then people do prefer vibrant colors! Like Duhhhh still if you're trying to find a lame excuse on why the Note 4 won, I ll tell you to go ahead and search for Note 4 camera reviews, the majority, if not all said that it delivers the most accurate colors in photos taken within the latest flagships.

37. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

it is not a lame excuse...He is right...stop the fanboyism

165. Dral29

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2014 just people's reactions... If people only picked on what they saw and not which device was used and they chose the one with more vibrant colors... so be it. People prefer vibrant, people usually want fantasy instead of reality. Cartoons, The simpsons, family guy, etc. those are vibrant colors not real life colors you know what I mean. And people dont complaint about it...

43. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Even I didn´t chose any of the oversaturated ones myself I fully agree. Most of the people have gone with the pictures with the most contrast even if they are unrealistic. I found the Note 4 oversaturating the greens and the iphone 6 on the reds and blues. So I voted for phone 5 (GS5). But a reference picture would help to know if I´m right in my assumption.

44. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I don't think you need a reference unless you're testing color accuracy.

103. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I voted for number 2 because I thought it pretty clearly had the best detail and dynamic range when examined carefully. Also, it helps to use a color-accurate monitor (IPS panel) rather than an LED phone or tablet. I still wish PA would implement a better photo viewing experience for these comparisons. Have no idea how much these photos are being compressed, downsized, degraded, etc.

159. uaDPJ

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

If you look at the photos, the iPhone 6 actually had a more vibrant, and saturated blue sky.

184. t.est

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

I agree with your statement, but I do think that it's visible that the Not4 has too vibrant colors. I at least reacted on that. To me it seems like the iPhone 6 may have the most color correct image, but as there is no reference as you say, so we can't know. The iPhone 6 seems also to have more contrast, beautiful sky and the lamp is more black than others. This leads me to think that the iPhone 6 still will struggle a lot with low light pictures. While in good light do better colors. I think the other photos in the test looks washed out compared with the iPhone pictures. Which makes me think the other makers have focused more on getting better pictures in low light conditions than Apple. The Note 4 winns on details. I would like them to use Nokia Pure View cameras as reference, for if they do better than Nokia with the camera, they'we done a good work. But I doubt that is the case.

58. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

This combination gives for a Note 4 a better low light performance, better outdoor performance, better details capture, better stabilization with low light, better focus, and more speed than Z3.

68. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I don't think you know what the world "literally" means.

124. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Cute, the grammar Nazi is here. lol What the "world" literally means...

130. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Ha, touché. That literally made me decide to give you a thumbs. :)

145. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You are a good sport. :-) +1 to you as well

85. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

samsung note 4 dont have isocell its sonys sensor now

169. cachirulojr

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Samsung have a isocell senson, as galaxy s5, but it hav opptical image stabilization is some better

102. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Disappointed that PA did not include the Lumia 930 though. It has a great camera.

146. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@haikallp phones with huge amount of camera pixels doesn't mean it's the best. There are factors needed to consider as well. For example: Lumia 1020.

152. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

If you noticed Phonearena didn't include 930 and 6 plus for a reason I think coz they knows 930 and 6 plus beats note 4 easily even tho 930 comes with option of 16MP camera DNG.

123. pert22

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Are you ok? Blue lamppost, blue asphalt, yellowness and medium dr wins apple haters and paid samsung fanboys wins

133. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

apple haters? is there anything to love about apple? note 4 wins a blind test, hands down... why not ppl will become samsung's fan boys when everything is great in note 4? dont be a jealous ifan, dont worry apple will match note 4 in 2020... just wait 5 years more

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