Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs HTC One M9, iPhone 6, Galaxy Note 4 blind camera comparison: vote for the best phone


See, we told you that our next blind camera comparison was coming sooner than later, and by popular demand, this time we've included the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge along with the HTC One M9 – two of the hottest new high-end smartphones this side of the universe. Will it be one of them reigning supreme once the voting ends, and will any of the two be able to outrun the competition? Well, that's up to you to decide with your votes!

Speaking of competition, below you'll find four sets of images taken under identical conditions with these four very capable handsets. The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and the the HTC One M9, both of which we've already reviewed, by the way, are running against two other high-ends known for their outstanding cameras. These are the iPhone 6, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

What you need to know before casting your vote is that we're not telling you which of the four smartphones was used for capturing each photo. That's what makes it a blind comparison. In addition, we've shuffled the images around, meaning that Photo A in Scene 1 and Photo A in Scene 2 were most likely not taken using the same device. We've also scaled down the phones' high-resolution images and cropped them to the same aspect ratio. Practically, you have no clues to help you tell which of the four phones was used for a given picture.

That said, we're now kindly asking you to vote for the images you find best. And to help you in choosing, we've included galleries with close-ups along with high-resolution images. The winner of this blind camera comparison will be announced in several days.

Scene 1


The weather outside was not cooperating on the day we took this set of images – it was an overcast afternoon. Nevertheless, all four smartphones did a pretty good job, we have to say. Although we do notice differences in the way colors were captured by their cameras. 


Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy Note 4 (Photo A)
8.66%
iPhone 6 (Photo B)
2.45%
Galaxy S6 edge (Photo C)
41.77%
HTC One M9 (Photo D)
47.12%

Scene 2


And here's the same scene taken later that evening. A scene like this poses a real challenge to any camera, be it a phone's shooter or a stand-alone unit, due to the lack of available light. Unsurprisingly, some of the cameras we're comparing did better than others. 


Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S6 edge (Photo A)
64.09%
iPhone 6 (Photo B)
5.5%
HTC One M9 (Photo C)
0.92%
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo D)
29.49%

Scene 3


Mr Lee has taken quite a beating over the years, but he's still standing strong. And today, he's modeling in our close-up shot. The scene was captured under nothing but indoor lighting. 


Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

HTC One M9 (Photo A)
0.85%
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo B)
2.78%
Galaxy S6 edge (Photo C)
90.88%
iPhone 6 (Photo D)
5.49%

Scene 4


And lastly, here's a set of images testing the performance of the cameras and their LED flashes. The distance between the cameras and the subject is around 5 feet.


Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S6 edge (Photo A)
17.85%
HTC One M9 (Photo B)
3.92%
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo C)
37.02%
iPhone 6 (Photo D)
41.22%

Related phones

Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
One M9
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    HTC Sense UI
iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1810 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
Galaxy Note4
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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