Samsung Galaxy S6 edge tops our blind camera comparison, HTC One M9 lags behind

One of the many reasons to get a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is that its outstanding camera will be at your disposal at all times. Seriously, the 16MP snapper excels at taking photos, as we said in our Galaxy S6 edge review. Our readers seem to like its performance as well – The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge won our last blind camera comparison, and it won it by a mile ahead of the runner up. In fact, Samsung's curvy flagship collected more votes than all three other phones combined!

In second place, we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which also performed pretty well, but not well enough to truly wow our readers. Then we have the HTC One M9 winning the bronze. HTC's new flagship did a great job in daytime, but couldn't outpace the competition in the low-light scenes. The iPhone 6 collected 47 votes less than the One M9, which put it in fourth place.

Surprised by the results? We aren't, to be honest. The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge impressed us with its camera performance as we were giving it the review treatment, and it's going to take some serious camera power to outrun it. As for the HTC One M9, it appears to be performing well only under favorable conditions. Is the camera to blame or the software behind it? We can only guess. 

That's all we have to say for now, but in the very near future, we'll follow up with a post adding more images to the comparison, along with our opinion on how the cameras performed in each scene. Until then, here's another look at the images used in the comparison and the votes that they collected.

Final results:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge – 19599 votes
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – 7062 votes
  3. HTC One M9 – 4956 votes
  4. iPhone 6 – 4909 votes

Scene 1 - Outdoor

Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy Note 4 (Photo A)
iPhone 6 (Photo B)
Galaxy S6 edge (Photo C)
HTC One M9 (Photo D)

Scene 2 - Night

Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S6 edge (Photo A)
iPhone 6 (Photo B)
HTC One M9 (Photo C)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo D)

Scene 3 - Indoor

Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

HTC One M9 (Photo A)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo B)
Galaxy S6 edge (Photo C)
iPhone 6 (Photo D)

Scene 4 - Indoor with flash

Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S6 edge (Photo A)
HTC One M9 (Photo B)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo C)
iPhone 6 (Photo D)



1. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Good job, Samsung. I expect Apple to match the S6's camera on the iPhone 13.

6. DarkRadeonFX

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

With a 9mp xenomorph retinal apple fanboys will still believe it.

20. seven7dust unregistered

why 13 why not 20 ? Apple haters will never buy iPhones anyway, I prefer the low light sample of the iphone over the orangey s6 check out scene 2 photo a , hate thoose colors, I would never enjoy a camera like that but for camera Note 4 still beats both and wins overall in my book. In the end it comes down to personal preference yet again.

43. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Good lord I hate comments like that. No, no it doesn't come down to personal preference, it just doesn't. Personal preference for what you want to buy, sure. But this is not a subjective test. This is a test to see which camera can reproduce what is in front of it most accurately. It does not matter what you like, one is better at it than the other. Color reproduction also matters and you can say one is better than the other on that as well. But OVERALL, the S6 Edge handily beats the others in this competition. When you say "I don't care I like the iPhone anyway", all you prove is that you are still experiencing a great deal of cognitive dissonance and cannot get yourself to be objective. You then try to say you like (usually that you own) another device from the opposing camp to seem unbiased but honestly, you're only trying to convince yourself.

54. seven7dust unregistered

I gave my reasons , orange tones in low light is not something I like , as I said I overall prefer the note 4 images more , for me low light matters a lot and the s6 doesnt cut it, I'll pick a iPhone camera over it for that reason alone and give note 4 high marks. if you can't respect that then your have issues, as I said personal preference to not like orange color isnt blind , I've found that this a consistent problem on multiple low light photos of the s6 I've seen.

75. Z3R091 unregistered

They should change the topic "Samsung Galaxy S6 edge tops our blind camera comparison, while iPhone 6 came out last"

56. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Hey, I'm not an iFan myself, but the overall night scene (not the zoomed in detailed shots) from the iPhone photo looks the best and most realistic in terms of color and clarity. The Sammy phones both had oversaturated yellow/red colors and the color dropoff towards the right was dramatic when you can't even see that in the iPhone shot. There were some wicked lens artifacts on both of the samsung shots. Don't get me wrong, I find it amazing that we have such good cameras on phones, and I think the S6 and Note4 win this by a wide margin, but the night shot overall scene was best captured by the iPhone. Oh yeah, the HTC camera/implementation sucks, how disappointing.

68. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

iphone 6 has good camera its so much better than htc I think. still i say megapixels count is matter also.

82. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

It is not better than HTC'S. That is a stupid comment.

80. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

You are an idiot. HTC"s camera does not suck. In fact it is pretty much the same camera in the Lumia 930 which was praised. Also The implementation is great. Low IQ yank

91. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

No it is not the same sensor. On Lumia 930, "One of the best implementation of OIS on a smartphone to date". But its not there in HTC which itself will ruin it by todays standards.

93. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Yes it is the same sensor. The exact same sensor. OIS is a gimmick on smartphones and useless. All it provides is a placebo effect by idiots like you who think's it's this magical fix. Go learn about photography mate. The M9 camera is outstanding. And I can prove it. How do you function being so dumb?

77. guitarch94

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

It does come to personal preference when you don't have a DSLR image reference to compare. Yes S6 does produce sharpest and clearest pictures (probably the best in the market today), but does that mean the colours are accurate? Are the pictures oversaturated? What about the white balance? What's the most realistic representation of the scene? If we can't answer that then everything is up to personal preference.

31. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

59. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G4's camera 16mp with improved OIS+ LASER AUTO FOCUS is the real challenger soon

81. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

It's going to have a 15MP camera. Not 16. OIS is pointless in a smartphone. Laser autofocus is a silly gimmick.

78. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014


2. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Another glow for samsung s6 and another blow for htc m9!

94. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Not after the software update. Phandroid 'After the recent camera update the M9 is on par with the likes of Samsung and Apple' the M9 uses the exact same camera sensor as the Lumia 930.

3. AndreaWijayanti

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

S6 Edge will be mine. Samsung = King

4. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

No Lumia? I know it's a 2 year old device but maybe a 1020 in here? Or an 808?

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't think they are relevant as a phone anymore. Yes, they have better cameras but anyone buying a Galaxy S6 would not think about buying a 1020, let alone an 808 which is not even on sale now. However, the next lumia flagship will be a great contender. I'm pretty sure it will use the same Toshiba sensor as the M9 and blow the M9 out of water,

47. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

808 is no match for note 4... I have both at a time(808 for official phone number and note 4 for personal)... note 4 take great shots on the go, whereas I have to manually adjust the settings of 808 most of the time to get a great shot(pretty enoying, inst it?)... Moreover, 808 has an issue of focusing on very close objects

16. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Forget it, they won't include a 2 year old device in this comparison, even if the camera is way better. Actually, there's no need for PA to include it here anyways. The Lumia 1020 is already one of the best camera phone in our heart and 808 is the grandpa cameraphone that we all love.

24. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I'm still pissed that the 1020 never came to Verizon lol.

34. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013 S6 wins " the details from the Galaxy S6 again are extremely impressive - comparable with the 808 PureView, if not better even"

48. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

What comparable with 808? Even note 4 is a better camera phone overall than 808, then how come s6 will not be better? Please guys come out of this false perception that 808 or 1020 has the best camera... I admit that they are great in their own respect but its not like they are the only one... blind comentors like you folks made me waste my money on buying 808(can you imagine the torture of using symbian in this age?) please stop calling one perticular phone as the best if you dont have any experience of using it side by side with the other phone... p.s. I am using both note 4 and 808 at a time

67. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Me too Note 4 and 808. The comment is from the author.

61. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Using HDR? Don't focus on anything moving...without it what are the shots like? Also, lets pull the full file size and compare. Just saying there is more than meets the eye. Simply put the 808 has more MP and will capture more details no matter what, how those details are presented however is extremely key.

5. DarkRadeonFX

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

U no why they didn't include a Lumia......even a 2 year old 1520/930 will kill them all..

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