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)
Photo B (Mi Note Pro)
Photo C (Note 4)
Photo D (Note5)

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)
Photo F (Mi Note Pro)
Photo G (iPhone 6 Plus)
Photo H (Note 4)

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)
Photo J (Mi Note Pro)
Photo K (iPhone 6 Plus)
Photo L (Note5)

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)
Photo N (Mi Note Pro)
Photo O (Note 4)
Photo P (iPhone 6 Plus)

Related phones

Galaxy Note5
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
Galaxy Note4
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
Mi Note Pro
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop


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