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...
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145 Comments

60. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's like the Gore/Bush situation. Gore won the popular vote but Bush supposedly won the electoral college.

63. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But you can't call a tied election. Gotta have a winner even if it leaves half the voters fuming for the next four years.

13. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

iPhone owners seem to be grade school drop-outs and can't do proper math. The S6 got the most votes and won.

78. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

In 2 categories out of 5. Dude, don't embarrass yourself. I have owned 3 generations of Nexus phones, 3 generations of Galaxy phones, 2 generations of HTC and an LG G2. Currently using the Z3 and waiting for my Nexus 6P. Stop being a fanboy troll. If someone wins more matches in the Premier league than everyone else, 'goal difference' means zilch.

102. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Are you a high school dropout? I've owned $40,000 worth of phones and I am a reseller on Ebay. I've owned almost every modern cellular phone known to man. Go back to school poor child and go back to flipping burgers at McDonalds.

123. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

hey guys do you do logic? just because iphone win on 3 out of five it not like it obliterate S6 completely, it just mean people only like iphone slightly more.. and it anly show how s6 completely obliterate iphone on the 2 photo. final vote decide it all, its not like rock paper scissors game where you win on 2 out of 3 after all.

6. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

iPhone should have the win here with 3 scenes. I'm an Android guy. Don't know how it is in the states, but it's like saying Apple and Samsung were in an election to win. Apple won most of the 'electoral areas' geographically. Apple won in more states or wards or constituencies than Samsung did. In the states that Samsung DID win in, it won very well but not in enough states. Apple wins the election.

35. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Iphone 6s hahas just been launched whereas s6 is 8 to 9 months old lol still s6 got more votes and look at ip6 there lol

79. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I agree, but a win is still a win. Simples. And I loath iOS lol. I shouldn't have to 'validate' all my comments with statements like that except for fear of being branded an iSheep.

114. keekai05

Posts: 116; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

You're new here right? In PA, most people always down vote Apple. So the guys who voted for Apple on this blind test are also "Android users" who normally trash every single article about Apple.

124. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Obviously this is not the same like election dumbass! you can put more random photos and there will be ties or S6 win out of all photos still with the same vote result! don't try to pretend as fair guy when you fail on simple logic!

148. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

you is a moron

7. Shocky unregistered

With no reference it's hard to say, it's just personal preference really between many of these images. Try again with more images and a reference image with a high end DSLR. Otherwise we are largely guessing which one has the correct colours and lighting.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17136; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

People have been asking for that for some time here. For some reason, PA just won't do it. The one time they did include a DSLR, it wasn't for reference, it was part of the comparison, and they didn't use it right.

25. Shocky unregistered

As a measure of what the voters prefer it's interesting but that doesn't mean the winning image is more accurate. Some images appear over-saturated and some over-sharpened yet they still seem to be receiving a huge amount of votes. If anything it shows the majority of users here don't know what to look so, however again without reference some things are just educated guesses.

16. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

259 more people liked the S6 pictures compared to the 6S, easy win for Samsung.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How is it a tie when one clearly got more votes? There is no tie. Just because you wanted your favorite to win, iPhonearena, doesn't mean you get to discount the winner. The Galaxy S6 won period. Get over it. Fair is fair. I certainly didnt expect the g4 wi beat the S6 and I expected the iphone to be close because the iFans know that the iPhone takes washed out pictures and has very soft greens and blues and they were goign to try to upvote more because they know the galaxy has saturated colors. In my case, I wrote down my vote and in to of the shots I actually voted for the iPhone 6S because the 2 shots were simply better. I don't like over-saturated colors except in certain instances. When taking pictures of the sky or flowers/landscapes, I prefer Samsung deeper richer and sharper colors even if they don't look natural. It just looks better. If Apple would have put a 16MP camera or use 1.9 aperture lens, it probably would have one. It's Apple cutting corners again when they didnt have too. The next Galaxy will probably have a 20MP sensor and Apple will likely finally come to 16MP and they will still lose. All the phones did great as stated by the writer. Good show from all the OEM's. But there can only be one winner and Samsung is the king yet again.

39. Shocky unregistered

I'm not sure I agree, over-saturation in some images for the Galaxy S6 just looks wrong. It's about time they included some colour options for the camera in a similar way they did for the display. Also didn't we have a similar result with the G4 where the S6 won more tests but received less votes overall? yet I definitely wouldn't say the LG G4 takes better images.

107. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

It doesn't matter if Apple iPhone 6S lost into this blind comparison. It just a blind comparison and people can vote even they don't really have the phone. Apple iPhone 6S/6S+ still selling million again. Not sure the sells of Note 5, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge Plus.

142. iushnt

Posts: 3067; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Note 5, s6 family are also selling in millions, you don't have to worry about that

115. keekai05

Posts: 116; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Calling the site iPhonearena and yet you get to post on every articles here?Hmmm interesting...

19. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

They "forgot" to mention that the S6 was cropped for all shots to match the iPhone 6 and 6S longer focal length and aspect ratio. And cropping always results in more visible artifacting and noise combined with less sharpness at pixel level. In other words, favors were done to the iPhone, because of this.

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And they still lost. HAHA! CHEATERS CHEATERS CHEATERS.

103. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That only occurs when using the Digital Zoom cropping, is that what they did? That doesn't occur when the whole photo landscape has been taken at a larger MP size then they just shrink down the size (which should actually make it sharper) to match the iPhone's smaller picture (which is what I recall them doing in other photo contests), in which case, it's fair...

130. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Downsizing doesn't change the focal length, nor the aspect ratio. They had to crop because the S6 has a wider focal length and different aspect ratio (3:2 vs 4::3). In reality, moving closer is often an option too to get the same framing, but they have never done that for these tests. As for downsizing/downsampling giving a benefit... at these relatively small sizes.. hardly. To me the more interesting comparison would be a 10 MP comparison at the same or similar aspect ratio with similar object enlargement, meaning, different distance to the subject if the focal length differs, to equal the playing field.

21. almostdone

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I'm a Android guy but I have to give credit where it's due. Well done Apple for improving the camera on ths 6S. A tie for the top. :)

24. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

As it was, is, and ever shall be. The iPhone and Galaxy S trade off the top spot every 6 months. Good for both and good for consumers.

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That is false. The iPhone has lost the blind camera photos since the release of the Galaxy S5 and the Note 4. That is a span of time of more than 2 years and now almost 3.

58. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Not this time around. I wonder who'll take the next comparo: Note 5, 6S Plus, or Nexus 6P?

30. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Apple should've increased the aperture size.

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