Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6s dominate our blind camera comparison, LG G4 and iPhone 6 – not as much

Boy, that iPhone 6s has a pretty good camera, doesn't it? We probably won't be far from the truth if we say it's one of the best smartphone cameras around. But its high-end rivals don't lag far behind and might even outpace it in certain situations. At least that's what we can walk away with after examining the results of last week's blind camera comparison.

Last week, we asked you to vote on 5 sets of images taken with the iPhone 6s, the Galaxy S6, the LG G4, and the iPhone 6. Votes alone rank the Galaxy S6 on top with a total of 4529 votes. By comparison, the iPhone 6s received 4270 votes, which is only slightly less. However, we must point out that the iPhone 6s took first place in three out of five scenes. The Galaxy S6 won in the other two. Therefore, the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6s are kind of tied in this round of our comparison. As for the LG G4 and the iPhone 6, they both performed well, but couldn't quite get as many votes as their rivals. 

But we're not done with our camera comparison yet. Pretty soon, we'll take a look at how these phones perform in low-light and night situations, where shooting conditions are traditionally trickier. Until then, feel free to take a second look at the daytime samples from our comparison.

Final results:

Samsung Galaxy S6: 4529 votes (winner in 2 scenes)
iPhone 6s: 4270 votes (winner in 3 scenes)
LG G4: 2345 votes
iPhone 6: 1370 votes

Scene 1: Ahoy, matey!

Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (LG G4)
Photo B (iPhone 6s)
Photo C (Galaxy S6)
Photo D (iPhone 6)

Scene 2: Roses are red

Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Photo E (iPhone 6s)
Photo F (LG G4)
Photo G (iPhone 6)
Photo H (Galaxy S6)

Scene 3: The opera house

Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

Photo I (iPhone 6)
Photo J (Galaxy S6)
Photo K (LG G4)
Photo L (iPhone 6s)

Scene 4: The sun clock

Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Photo M (Galaxy S6)
Photo N (iPhone 6)
Photo O (iPhone 6s)
Photo P (LG G4)

Scene 5: Grand Hotel London

Scene 5: Which photo do you like best?

Photo Q (iPhone 6s)
Photo R (iPhone 6)
Photo S (LG G4)
Photo T (Galaxy S6)



163. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

this is Iphone arena. PPl arent stupid. Vivid colors = android. Washed out colors = Iphone. Both phones have good cameras. But, like i said, Apple fans and still.. the results =))

162. vladone885

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I'm waiting for a real showdown between all great smartphones of year 2015: note 5/s6 edge+; iphone 6s plus (with OIS); xperia z5, nexus 6p; motorola x style; htc one m9+ supreme camera; lumia 950xl and lg g4. and that will be the end of discussion of iphone having a high end camera.

159. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Let's talk about the iPhone camera in any article and we should not keep saying it has better quality camera while Apple is the son of the Android

158. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Ha ha ha! DxOMark just release the test score for the iPhone 6s. It scored an 82, behind the iPhone 6! LOL! The Xperia Z5 scored an 87, Galaxy S6 Edge scored an 86, Nexus 6P an 84, LG G4 - Galaxy Note 4 - Moto X Style scored an 83!

156. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Like others have said, it is very sad that the Galaxy S6, which is way older than the iPhone 6s, still got more votes. The real issue is that this was Apple's chance to pass the Galaxy S6, since the iPhone 6s has a new sensor with more megapixels. The iPhone owners here are trying to declare a victor because they need one desperately. Apple probably won't improve the sensor on the iPhone for another 3 years and Samsung improves their sensors with each new model year. So if the Galaxy S6 is beating the iPhone now, imaging what is going to happen in 6 months when the Galaxy S7 is released. IPhone owners needed a win. Too bad they didn't get one, no matter how much PhoneArena tries to spin this.

153. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Not putting in night/dark shots is just unfair. You had it for all older blind camera tests and you happen to remove it on this test? We all know Samsung and LG have more advantage than the iPhones on those tests. Not putting dark/night shots, you might as well use a Note 4 instead.

152. alekos21

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

phone arena fraud lg g4 best camera phone ever. your america china made icrap worth nothing

151. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

PA please conduct a blind camera survey between S6 and iPhone 6s to clear the confusion. We can have two winners when one of them is clearly ahead. A humble request

141. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Here the winner is decided by the audience who gave the most votes and the winner was the all-powerful S6 with 6 months of em to second place but little progress beloved iPhone. But it is clear that the test was done in automatic mode, because in pro mode Samsung and LG would not give him a chance at his beloved iPhone ... Win is win galaxy rule.

140. marcolero

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I downloaded all the photos Phonearena site comparing the G4 , the Iphone 6s and the Galaxy S6 , over 60 photos. Unfortunately, PhoneArena just put the photos in the G4 did poorly in blind test . Biased

139. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

i6s cant produce nice red, but lots of people still love it. now move to "low light test"

136. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

If i remember it well my vote was C, E, J, M, T... Mostly for Galaxy S6 doesn't matter if it doesn't win but it's great because it meet my expectation. We need more comparison anyway there is no low light/indoor situation here...

132. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

We need to have more phones.

125. Tripax

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 12, 2014

While the S6 have won the blind vote, I think that even in photographs that lost to 6S, I think the S6 fared better in the pictures, there is people to sleep.

120. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

The iPhone won 3 out of 5 shots...It won, it has the best day light camera, between the old 6, LG and S6.

119. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Ok so Samsung won by the total of votes, But iPhone nailed 3 scenes! That's awesome for a runner up against a winner that got 2scenes. Hahahaha

147. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It is more like Samsung Nailed two scenes and was close second on 3 scenes, Apple was first on 3 scenes (not distant win) and then got invisible for the next 2.

109. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

My life is over, the sammy life is over, i voted for both the iphone and s6

105. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

This needs to be coupled with a 20 minute 4K video test. Oh wait, only one phone, the iPhone, will do that.

157. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

..and run out of storage in the process (especially if it is the ridiculous 16GB iPhone). Good job!

104. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Pretty impressive that after over 6 months later, the iPhone 6s just ties with the S6, whereas after 6 months, the S6 left the iPhone 6 in the dust...great job Samsung, now expecting the S7 to repeat history.

97. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

But since S6 and 6S tie for first place, the phone with the most douze points wins. So iPhone 6S wins this one.

99. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Do you mean douche points? Je ne pense pas que l'iPhone et préféré car le numéro douze.

94. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

If these were top 4 Eurovision voting results (12,10,8,7), the iPhone 6S and Galaxy S6 both get 54 points, the G4 with 41 points, and the iPhone 6 with 36 points,

90. nsnand

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Anxious to throw in Lumia 950 in the mix...

85. talon95

Posts: 1012; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

While I can appreciate a 3-2 victory for iPhone, I don't think that is how you want to pick your camera. You want to choose an all around good camera, not one that wins big and loses big. The Galaxy was very consistently at the top so in this case I would go with most votes, or an average rather than wins and loses. Both are excellent, there's no shame in second or even third place. I also think there was a lot left untested that also should count toward best camera. Time to take a picture, low light, modes, pro mode, motion tracking, and focus speed for instance.

84. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

My eyes must be deceiving me but I can clearly see that the g6s is the best camera followed by a tie between the lg g4 and iphone 6s+ that's just my opinion. I'm a wp fan so you cant say that i'm bias (no wp phones were there)

83. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Damn good phone. Apple has a good camera. All these phones do. Can't wait to get my 6s plus. Phone of the year. No bloat ware and updates on time. Maybe Samsung step it up next year. Right now iPhone offers the better over all package.

81. kick413

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Ok iPhone 6S took 3/5, while S6 took overall votes. They're both awesome cameras, lets stop the war.


Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

When the iPhone won in camera samples the S6 was right behind. However when the S6 won the iPhone was far behind. PA's logic is sort of okay because although the iPhone won 3 out of 5 but the S6 won more votes its hard to choose. I myself would have chosen the S6. Tough choice

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