Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Note 4, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro blind camera comparison, part 1: vote for the best phone


Although it has been only a week since the Samsung Galaxy Note5 got announced, we've grown quite familiar with it by now. After all, we've already given it the unboxing and review treatments; we can say with confidence that know Samsung's new phablet in and out. But there's still more fun to be had with the latest Note handset, so today, we're featuring it in a blind camera comparison.

This is part 1 of a multi-part blind camera comparison. Today, we're focusing solely on daytime stills in hopes of seeing the best these four cameras can produce. And speaking of cameras, it's about time to clarify what we'll be stacking up the Samsung Galaxy Note5 against. 

Contender number one is the iPhone 6 Plus, with 8 megapixels of resolution and optical image stabilization. Apple's phone has always been a formidable shooter and should prove a worthy contender in this race. Next to it we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which may be a year old now, but its 16MP cam with OIS should not be underestimated. And it will be great to see if there's a noticeable difference in performance between the two Notes' cameras. To make things spicier, we've also featured the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro in this comparison. It is a high-end Android phablet that will be standing its turf with a 13MP, optically stabilized camera.

Okay, now let us show you some photos! Below you'll see four scenes captured with these four phones' cameras. All we ask from you is to take a good look at the shuffled images and to vote for the one you like best. To make it easier for you to pick a favorite, we've included side-by-side preview images for each scene. And in a slideshow gallery you'll find close-ups of the same area of the frame, followed by the actual images in high resolution.

Scene 1: The back yard


Here's where our shooting session started. The well-illuminated sky and yard are in contrast with the trees to the left, which makes for a tricky shot.

Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (iPhone 6 Plus)
10.15%
Photo B (Mi Note Pro)
2.61%
Photo C (Note 4)
10.44%
Photo D (Note5)
76.79%

Scene 2: Hobbymasters


These images were taken later in the afternoon. Whoever the artist is, they got some skills!

Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Photo E (Note5)
42.58%
Photo F (Mi Note Pro)
19.96%
Photo G (iPhone 6 Plus)
6.96%
Photo H (Note 4)
30.51%

Scene 3: 16 Moore St


A scene like this is a challenge to expose with all the light scattered throughout the sky. Also, there's plenty of intricate detail to analyze in the close-ups.


Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

Photo I (Note 4)
66.92%
Photo J (Mi Note Pro)
6.7%
Photo K (iPhone 6 Plus)
2.6%
Photo L (Note5)
23.78%

Scene 4: A waving banner


If you take a close look at this scene, you'll see an ad promoting the iPhone's camera. But will it be the most liked camera in this particular scene?


Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Photo M (Note5)
32.31%
Photo N (Mi Note Pro)
15.19%
Photo O (Note 4)
39.73%
Photo P (iPhone 6 Plus)
12.77%

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46 Comments

1. MahmoudHamsharii

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

D, E, I, N I'm waiting

47. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

D E I M...

56. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Close my friends... D, E, I, O.... I've already put in my bet at "BetOnAnythingDotCom. Hehehe. O.o

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No low light photos?

50. Shocky unregistered

Trying to favor the iPhone, it would be too obvious with low light shots.

3. ushoda

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

no lumia 1520? no lumia 930?

4. FluffyBled unregistered

From what I've seen here, it would be healthier if you already gave up waiting for a lumia phone to be included in a blind camera comparison! (nothing against em!)

7. MrTheenD

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

Same goes to Sony Xperia phones.

10. ushoda

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

i guess it wouldn't be fair to other phones if they include high end Lumias

15. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

no one care about lumia not even microsoft this is a comparison of phones that people actually buy

8. phljcnth

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Move on or move along.

31. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

These aren't the pictures your looking for.

5. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

LG G4?

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

D,H,I,O. I Also Liked N In The Last Photo. Idk Why But I Like Bright Photos Best Even If Its To Bright Sometimes.

19. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

D, H, I, O - here aswell .

9. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

C,E,I,O

12. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

D, E, I,O shows great color, vibrant, less noise, sharp image A, G, K, P look worst here revealing to much noise, color kinda dull

13. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

this gonna bee The G4 forrrr sure iff this websiite dont cheat this timee

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

G4 is not even into the comparison...

16. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

lol, top voted pictures are the ones that look extremely over exposed. Also, the iPhone picture is very evident because the low megapixel count (vs the others) but that doesn't mean worse picture quality, it means less zoomability.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Proactive iRationalization. I like your moxie, kid.

20. Busyboy

Posts: 737; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Yeah, I agree. I dont understand why over exposed photos turn out the most popular here. Just because it's brighter, it doesn't mean its better.

23. gaming64 unregistered

Brighter seems to be most attractive maybe. Plus not all of us here are photographers or experts.

26. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

brighter, punchier, are always people's favorites. winner of blind camera comparison is not the one with best quality, it's what average people loves.

49. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Above image not even an overexposed photo

22. gaming64 unregistered

No shiz, Sherlock. Take it as a compliment.

27. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

You can manually change the exposure, but lower resolution image? c'mon...

24. satoofy

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

d l h j e o

25. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

D E I O

32. GeekMovement unregistered

I realized how important detail is after going to a gathering and someone took a group shot with his iPhone. There were maybe just under 40 people and he sent us a copy of the picture, but everyone's face was pretty much gone... (as we zoomed in)

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