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

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

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)
Galaxy Note 4 (Photo B)
Galaxy S6 edge (Photo C)
iPhone 6 (Photo D)

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



1. centurions

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 13, 2015


34. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

But haters don't agree, especially those butthurt Sony fanboys

102. james_fuston

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Except for that part where Samsung uses a Sony camera module.

114. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet the camera module sucks in a Sony Xperia Z

135. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i dont know what you are talking about man. i love sony phones but only reason i like samsung phone is because of its screen and camera.

41. Gnobias

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Im sick of doing these tests now. I think they should let all the SMALL DOGS duke it out and let the finalist duke it out with Samsung. These guys don't deserve to fight the reigning champ from the getgo, they need to earn it.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung equals King in your little world. In the real world "choice" equals king. Most people, the smart ones anyway, buy phones that tie into the current eco system they use. That way, it keeps thing simple uncomplicated, and smooth. Samsung makes great devices, and I'm feeling the edge, but I have no real use for it, so why buy it.

56. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

What do you mean "I have no real use for it"?

58. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I meant exactly what I said. i didn't stutter.

70. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Lol. you have serious issues!!

86. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Because anyone who doesn't need the same things that you need has issues, right? The only social platforms I use are Facebook and Instagram. I'm an enthusiast photographer and prioritize my phone's camera above other aspects like its gaming performance. I'm using a Lumia 930 - any issues?

88. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

By issues, am referring to his attitude.. He said, the S6 was practically useless for him!!!! so what I wanted to know was like what does he do exactly on iPhone that he can't do on an S6, and then he just went all Queen Latifah for some reason!

91. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Cause he's butthurt that the S6 blows away Hus isuck!!! The S6 is the best phone Samsung has made.

95. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Read post 42 again, as it pertains to the eco system, not features. I think you're the one with issues, of the comprehension persuasion.

94. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He'd never understand That bro.

107. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

What he means is that it isn't an Iphone, so he have little use for it.

80. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Eco system"? Are you buying a greenhouse? A rainforest? The International Space Station?

85. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

He's referring to the app system. In case you actually didn't get what he said.

115. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just like you don't have real use for the Apple Watch, but you're going to buy it...right?

57. seven7dust unregistered

only to fanboys !!!

83. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

No one is King in this industry . It depends on in which region you are looking at throne.

116. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wll Samsung is king of the world see as they sell the most phones. What region does that cover. It doesn't matter if in your little neck of the woods they aren't. The have the world covered with more products, on more carriers and more sales. Isnt it true that by themselves, Samsung sells more phones than All OEM's combined? Even when you include Apple? I'd say that's the real king bro.

133. Simona unregistered

Samsung fanboy spoken

2. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Wow. S6 edge photos are superb !

32. adecvat

Posts: 644; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

What photos?

38. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

You will see.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao! It's a blind comparison lol, which ones are the s6 photos. In post 38, you said "you will see". That's how you cover yourself, with a blanket statement:D

54. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

It is so easy to distinguish the M9 and the iPhone. So yes, S6 (and Note4) photos are superb.

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


98. Exempt1 unregistered

It's true. Blurred photo's are the iPhone 6 and it's 8 Mega Pixel camera, cuz that's apparently "enough", when clearly it is not. Sammy's are now killing it with cameras. Each year, Apple loses another selling point. It's hilarious.

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