Samsung Galaxy S5 wins our blind camera comparison... again; runner-ups are One (M8) and Xperia Z2

Wow, people do seem to like the Galaxy S5's photos. Once again, Samsung's flagship smartphone has won a blind camera comparison of ours, and with a considerable lead, at that. To be more specific, 753 of the 2477 people who voted liked the S5's images best – that's 30.4%. The HTC One (M8) got second place with 470 votes (18.97%), which is interesting since the smartphone didn't do this well in our previous blind tests. With only four votes less (466 votes, 18.81%), the Sony Xperia Z2 finished in third place.

As for the other two phones, the iPhone 5s couldn't get in the top three, although it didn't fall behind by much either. Apple's smartphone won the hearts of 417 of all voters, or 16.83% of all who voted. And in last place, but not too far behind, we have the LG G2. It did pretty well, but got the votes of only 371 people, or 14.98% of all participants.

So, did the results from our blind camera test surprise you, or was everything as you expected it to turn out? Let us know!

Which phone's photos do you like best?

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Phone 5)
30.39%
HTC One (M8) (Phone 1)
18.97%
Sony Xperia Z2 (Phone 2)
18.85%
iPhone 5s (Phone 4)
16.83%
LG G2 (Phone 3)
14.97%




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127 Comments

1. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

LG G2 - Last! HAAA!!!!!

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2476; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It's also the oldest device up there, so I would be surprised if something didn't beat it.

11. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It has a Snap 800, making it current gen, put the note 3 up there, it is about as old as the G2, it wont finish last!

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Galaxy S4 had beaten G2 in an earlier blind test. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Lumia-1020-beats-the-iPhone-5s-and-Galaxy-S4-by-a-mile-in-our-blind-camera-comparison_id48050 G2 didn't loose because its old, it lost because its bad. Simple as that.

27. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2476; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Way to take my comment out of context. I simply stated that I would've been surprised if it had beaten out newer competitors since they were released months after the G2. Normally newer devices bring something new to the table in terms of technology, so it would be a logical conclusion that those newer devices would have a greater chance of outperforming older devices. And it is worth mentioning that it is the oldest device out of the group which could be one of the reasons why it isn't up to par with the latest releases. The same could be said for the iPhone as it was released around the same time as the G2 and also came second to last. So please refrain from snarl remarks as if you know what I'm talking about. Read and re-read my comments again before assuming I am just some fanboy arguing for a brand. It's all about context and perspective.

52. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

G2's camera was never on top places because trying to achieve better contrast, makes dark and bright areas on photos flat black and white. Along with not so good stabilisation, even if it is hw, constant refocus in moving objects (video), no remov. battery and no ext. sd (for Europe that is), reasons I didn't buy it. Rest is cool. LG sees no reason why to replace it now with another 5incher and goes to 5,5. Huge for a phone. Anyways, this photo comparison was very narrow themed. Greens leaves moving and cement. I 'd like to see people, fabrics, sea or water, food. Also multiwindow detail comparison. I voted S5 for the clearer image although it has oversaturated colors and and contrast is too much. Z2 did better job in these two areas, imho. But guess what: if someone goes to photo comparison tool in both PhoneArena and GsmArena, can determine that S4's camera captures more details than S5's. In PhoneArena's see that the mustache of the little dog in the center appears as clear lines in S4's but in S5's are dessolved. Hairs of the cat's ears on the dog's left, in S5's are blurry and dissolved. Eyes are more clear shaped in S4's photo etc. Now compare S4's 13mpx datail and Z2's 20mpx!

113. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

NEVER ON THE TOP LISTS? BUT YOU CAN'T DENY ITS ONE OF THE BEST!

51. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Tha most hated 4mp got more votes than the "more mp cameras" of spny apple and lg?lol this is the funny side of this blind test...i really love to see the faces of those ultrapixels haters after reading this article..hahaha

54. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

*sony

75. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No doubt, the One takes fantastic photos. But I think the nicebiggest problem is the inconsistency in the indoor and low light photos. With those types of shots, the One would struggle a bit but I'm hoping the One M8 well contact that. Even so, there is still the public perception that more MP is better. HTC is losing money trying to prove that the MP don't matter. They have what is arguably the best phone on the market, but many won't give it achance because all they hear is 4 MEGApixel. And how many sore reps are gonna take the time to explain the difference when it's so much easier to point customers to a familiar 8 megapixle or higher device? HTC needs to just give the consumer what theywant for now and change minds after the red ink stops.

86. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Stfu. Where are the HTC haters now?

102. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Relax dude. It's not all that serious.

114. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

THIS POLL IS A BIG JOKE! Z2 HAS BETTER CAMERA QUALITY THAN HTC M8 OR GALAXY S5! IM AN LG G2 USER AND G2 IS BETTER THAN IPHONE5S OR HTC M8! IN OVERALL CAMERA TESTING /COMPARISON.

125. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

LMAO.. relax dude...this is a blind test..no one knows what phone used on every picture..the readers here voted the best pic for them and it turns out that m8 makes it on second place..whats with the Caps lock? Cant accept that you voted the M8? LoL .... A butthurt fanboy like you makes this PA blind test more interesting.hahahaha

122. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

NoFanboy huh LMAO, HTC is proud of you.

2. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

WTF?!

3. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

How the hell is lg g2 last?

77. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Guess what. How the hell Z2 is behind M8.

112. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

THIS IS JUST FOR FUN! IM AN LG FAN BUT I DO BELIEVE XPERIA Z2 HAS BETTER CAMERA QUALITY THAN S5, OR HTC M8! AS FOR LG G2 IT HAS BETTER CAMERA THAN HTC M8 OR IPHONE5'S. OFCOURSE THIS POLL IS BASED FROM INDIVIDUAL'S EYES BASING FROM THOSE PHOTOS ONLY ! THEY ARE NOT EXPERTS TO EXAMINE EVERY ANGLES AND DETAILS. MY RANKING IN REAL LIFE 1 Z2 2 S5 3 G2 4 IPHONE5S 5 HTC M8 THIS POLL IS AN EXAMPLE OF SAYING "BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER" EXPERTS AND PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS KNOW THE REAL DEAL!

121. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

Dude putting everything in caps doesn't help your situation, it's just a camera comparison not a life altering event. And stop posting this everywhere you're filling up the comment section. :P

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Jeez. Voted for iphone lolol xD

5. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

There you go, S5!

6. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Can you imagine if Sammy had put OIS into the GS5? There would be nothing better to come along in a very long time, except maybe the Note4.

22. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

no OIS = slimmer phone OIS = Bulky phone like lumia

26. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

925...

64. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Still bulky.

67. steedsofwar unregistered

errr... The LGG2 isn't bulky. It has OIS.

69. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It also came in dead last behind phones with no OIS.

73. steedsofwar unregistered

Umm... We can all see that. How is this relevant to the bulk of a phone? It isn't.

78. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

But Nokia has different OIS technology.

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