Samsung Galaxy S5 wins our blind camera comparison, followed by the Xperia Z1 and... Oppo Find 7a

Samsung Galaxy S5 wins our blind camera comparison, followed by the Xperia Z1 and... Oppo Find 7a
Ha, we bet you didn't see this coming. Last week we did another blind camera comparison, asking our readers to vote for the photos they liked best, and to spice things up a bit, we threw in images from two lesser-known handsets – the Huawei Ascend P7 and the Oppo Find 7a. Both of these two well-made Androids come with 13MP cameras which can produce eye-pleasing images, so there was a good chance of seeing one of them finishing in first place.

Neither of the two phones got the top spot, however. Actually, it was the Samsung Galaxy S5 that won the gold, having collected a third of all votes. The Sony Xperia Z1, which was chosen best by a fifth of those who participated, came in second place, followed closely by the Find 7a, which got 19.1% of all votes. Apple's iPhone 5s, as good as its photos may have been, got only 11.7% of all votes. Next up we have the Huawei Ascend P7 in fifth place with a score of 7.2%, followed by the HTC One (M8) and the LG G2, which got only 4.5% and 3.7% respectively.

But we've not seen the last of Huawei and Oppo yet! Their two flagships are both starring in our upcoming camera comparison, so consider this a teaser.

Which phone's photos do you like best?

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Phone 4)
Sony Xperia Z1 (Phone 6)
Oppo Find 7a (Phone 3)
iPhone 5s (Phone 1)
Huawei Ascend P7 (Phone 7)
HTC One (M8) (Phone 2)
LG G2 (Phone 5)



1. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013


17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Oh yeah...

29. steedsofwar unregistered

I actually thought the Oppo 7a was the most detailed and most vivid. Exposure and dynamic range was also very consistent. I own the G2 and i knew from the first scene that that was the G2. I rated the S5 after the Oppo and thought iP5s was third place.

35. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

if the OnePlusOne's camera is as good as the Oppo 7A. then it's my next phone

41. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

I voted for #4. But it's a close call between #1 and #6 for the 2nd place me. but,,, "Ha, we bet you didn't see this coming.".. Yeah.. I didn't expect they'd excluded a non-1020 Lumia phone (eg. 1520 or Icon) for this comparison. Considering they've included the 1520 the last time they did a Blind Camera comparison. I do think they should've included the Z2 camera photos as well (to compare with the other 2014 Android flagships)

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That S5 camera is freaking so bada$$. plus it's a water proof phone. What a WIN Samsung has., when will you ever review the NEW Sony Xperia Z2???

34. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well, fanboyism aside... the S5 is still better than Z2... camerawise the Z2 has only small improvements over the Z1. Check this GSMArena comparisson. But in my opinion the iPhone 5s is still very overrated... I recently made a comparisson with my Xperia Acro S and the only shots where iPhone 5s was better were at night without flash... and even so some colors were off.. I have seen a recent trend ever since the S4 and iPhone 5 where Night Shots of Landscapes would come out define but lights colors would become all white, instead of their natural tones (which in my test, most were yellow)

47. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The review came out & the Sony Xperia Z2 got rated better than the Samsung Galaxy S5. Z2 got 9.2 VS. S5 got a 9.1 Now all we need is a camera comparison.

67. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"Sony Xperia Z2 got rated better than the Samsung Galaxy S5."...from whom??? LOL If it was rated from the tech media guys , they would even rate M8 and iPhone5S better than S5. So, what is your point, again???

85. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You are kidding right? lol


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Plus UI lag + UNACCEPTABLE design + more bezel than GS4. When it's comes to UI lag I have suffered with GS3 even when the phone was just 6 months old. My sister is mad at how her gallery opens 2 seconds after she has tapped the icon and the general sluggishness on her galaxy s4 (stock kitkat). I can imagine what GS5 owners would have to go through. I have to admit that cameras have been fantastic on samsung galaxy s phones in the past three years but they have to get the basics right. The Sony Xperia Z2 on the other hand transcends the Galaxy s5 in every way.

38. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's ugly, it's plastic, it lags, blah blah blah... At the end of the day, S5 has the best camera, the best battery, one of the best screens, one of the highest consumer satisfaction scores, genius marketing, and most important of all, it's the best selling phone right now. What does Z2 have? A lot of talk with no substance.

53. PRoChandra

Posts: 8; Member since: May 08, 2014

It has been proved already which one is better... And best seller doesn't mean Best alrounder...... Lol and PA just gave a sarcastic comments of S5's "display" and "processor powering" passage during Z2's review.... Wash your face poor and check it yourself that you might understand better.... Samsung sells more with a bit aggressive Marketing strategies and misleading gimmick stuffs

65. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Wash my face poor? LOL What's up with Sony fans and cheap shots? Hopefully, Sony's Z2 is as good as what their fans say they are. Samsung could use some competition. Alghto

68. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

ROTFL It you ask the tech media guys - M8 and iPhone5s are "the best". Do you remember how they were bashing the 5" smartphones? Do you remember how they said that Note(with S-pen) is the a flop? Do you remember how they were bashing smaller than iPad tablets? ...and so on. Should we believe them ????

82. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

You must be joking right? Samsung is lucky PA didn't include the 1520 let alone the 1020 in this comparison! I bet my old N8 could take better photos than an S5 Also the 1520 has the best battery based on the trusted GSMArena!

83. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

'Best Camera'. Duh... Z1's camera with a bigger sensor captures more details than the S5. Let alone the Z2. As a Photoshop guy, I advice you not to be deceived by an addition of extra vibrant colours. Despise that, I still view the S5 as a better option for most users than the Z2, although Sony Z2 is a very close second and it's the company is catching up very quickly these days.

43. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

The S800 CPU on the Korean S4 does not lag like the S600 S600 is a weak Cpu


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

So what? It's my sisters fault that she couldn't fly all the way to South Korea? Is it her fault that she trusted samsung with her money? And SD600 will run just fine on an AOSP rom so isn't it samsungs fault?

62. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I owned a GS3 and an HTC One which supposedly ran so much smoother than the GS3 due to a less intrusive UI. They both lagged slightly. Now I've moved onto the Snapdragon 800 powered Note 3. It still lags slightly. I've used iPads, iPhones and multiple Windows Phone handsets they all lag ever so slightly. Gallery issues would be because she has too many pictures that the phone is loading up thumbnails for. I've had this problem on every phone I've owned. Overall OS slowdown is normal, I've had that issue with every phone and every OS I've owned. Sorry you're not alone in this and you're not some intentional victim Samsung was looking to exploit. Software bogs down after 6 months, even AOSP ROMs I've used. You want to fix your issues nuns your phone every six months. It's not an optimal solution but it works and helps even iPhones....


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I am not talking general lag, I am talking about sluggishness. Like really annoying sluggishness due to heavy and poorly optimized software.

66. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It is Samsungs fault

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010


2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yaaay voted for 6 :). Anyways, no real surprises there. The results are pretty much what I predicted. I wonder how so many people voted for M8 lol. Maybe a bug

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

really unexpected results

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


9. Amir1 unregistered

Hmm no, actually quite expected. z1 always win or second in camera blind test in different websites. s5 has good camera but colors are unnatural = saturated. 5s also has fake colors and also pic is not detailed in comparison. i guess some people like saturated colors so s5 chosen but its not as good as z1 in detals and real colors in comparison to reference. i prefer natural colors. in blind test i unknowngly choose z1. no wonder. g2 camera is not that good anymore in comparison, find 7 are as good. so overall, not really surprises. well, i say that after i watched dozens of comparisons. so maybe i'm spoiled. in my trained eyes, z2 has the best camera on the market as of now. z1 is second, s5 is third.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I think S5 actually has more details. But just by a little bit. But Z1/Z2 have definitely a lot more natural colours.

69. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

How do you know what are the "natural colours" on blind test, when you have no clue, what are the colors of the real scene???? Or you juss repeat old iBS?

73. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

More details is what I saw as well, but on smartphones that entails over-sharpening. Over-sharpening and over-saturation will catch most readers' attention, but I thought #6 was the actual better camera. Knowing the results now, I very much stand behind that judgment. Popularity =/= better.

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