Samsung Galaxy S7 edge wins by a mile in our blind camera comparison, iPhone 7 is distant second

Boy, we knew that the Galaxy S7 edge had a real chance of winning this one, but we didn't expect it to lead by that much! Our blind camera comparison featured six different scenes and generated a total of 26,475 reader votes. Impressive, surely, but not as much as the fact that Samsung's curvy phone won in four out of the six rounds. With a total of 12,459 votes, it had more than twice the reader support compared to its opponents.

In second place is a phone we had high hopes for – the iPhone 7. Apparently, its images couldn't wow our readers as much, although it still managed to win in two out of the six scenes. With a total vote count of 5249, the iPhone 7 is far behind the Galaxy S7 edge.

As for the iPhone 6s and LG G5, they both finished closely behind the iPhone 7. The images from the former received 4749 votes in total, while the latter won the hearts of 4006 of our readers. 

And that's a wrap, folks! In our opinion, the cameras of all four handsets performed splendidly, but at the end of the day, our readers chose the Galaxy S7 edge as their favorite. Rest assured that another grand camera comparison is coming really soon, and we'll see how it fares in that challenge. Until then, feel free to give the sample images another look – we've embedded them in the galleries below. 

Scene 1: At the pond

Scene 1: which photo do you like best?

LG G5 (Photo A)
iPhone 6s (Photo B)
iPhone 7 (Photo C)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo D)

Scene 2: Pizza time

Scene 2: which photo do you like best?

iPhone 6s (Photo E)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo F)
iPhone 7 (Photo G)
LG G5 (Photo H)

Scene 3: The Opera

Scene 3: which photo do you like best?

LG G5 (Photo I)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo J)
iPhone 6s (Photo K)
iPhone 7 (Photo L)

Scene 4: By the sea

Scene 4: which photo do you like best?

iPhone 7 (Photo M)
iPhone 6s (Photo N)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo O)
LG G5 (Photo P)

Scene 5: A sunny afternoon

Scene 5: which photo do you like best?

Galaxy S7 edge (Photo Q)
iPhone 6s (Photo R)
iPhone 7 (Photo S)
LG G5 (Photo T)

Scene 6: A night at the museum

Scene 6: which photo do you like best?

LG G5 (Photo U)
iPhone 7 (Photo V)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo W)
iPhone 6s (Photo X)



1. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Nice 1 sammy

16. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Yeah , i'm only suprised how much hype apple gave the iphone 7 camera when it can't compete with other flagships .. !

21. Unordinary unregistered

Its obvious why the S7 won. Everyone here knows which photos are from which phones. The circlejerk is real.

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And you point the finger at others when the denial is real...

27. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 152; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Gotta tell you that you need to come out of blind apple love. The shots tell the truth. Nothing against you but still that was like lamest excuse ever.

34. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No the s7 won because it was clearly better. Although you still do have a point. People just vote because they have a clue which phones picture is which. In this case anyway, I think the galaxy s7 was the clear winner. Just my 2 cents doe

57. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

We all know that Samsung cameras have been leading the pack for some time now, but at the same time you will not hear anyone with an iPhone bitch about their photos.

62. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

They don't know any better, simple as that.

37. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Your "I hate any smartphone that isn't an iPhone" scheme is starting to look stupidly desperate. You need a new hobby.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course, Mr. Trump.

40. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I wanna see how the 7+ scores on DXOMARK

74. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*cant compete with half-year old flagships

77. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

True, bro. The older iphone even outdid the 7 in some shots, which is kinda embarrassing for Apple. I also don't know why IPArena didn't omit the older model for another new flagship like the V20 or even better, the Sony XZ.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

At this point the galaxy will continue to dominate the camera department for the foreseeable future tb. They're just too good. Heck, in day light shots, the galaxy s6 would probably have knocked everyone put of the park, (and that includes the S7). Well, till you get to low light shots, where the galaxy s7 has a very huge advantage. Now, as strange as this might sound, samsung might not own this year in photography. My heart tells me that that title will belong to the Google Pixel.. #saveuspixels

43. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

Seems people are more fond of oversaturated colours. Scene 1 at the pond. The S7 is so yellow it makes the water look murky. I gave that to the LG G5 as I did for Scene 5. Overall though the S7 is lot better. However they missed out comparing a few phones, the Xiaomi Mi5 and Nokia 1020 would have been interesting.

81. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

dual pixel is also important

54. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The S7 really does have a state of the art sensor. The dual pixel tech is really good.

92. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I have a friend who had an iphone 5 and she takes a lot of pictures. when the s5 came out I told her she could get and sd card and have a better camera than the iphone 5s and 6 and she went with it. she now wants to go back to an iphone and I sent the link to this article to her. I think I may have saved her... again.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Like I said, the iPhone 7's camera is no better than the might even say it's slightly worse lol.

11. tnt44 unregistered

I'd have to agree in most situations. That outdoor shot with the hotel and palm "bushes" is crisp and balanced on the 6S. The 7 has a slight haze and simply isn't handling things right. In my own personal usage I've found the 7 to really only be better than the 6S in low-medium light scenarios. Even medium to well lit indoor shots are a toss-up between the two. And outdoor, brightly lit scenes go to the 6S most of the time... for me.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No it isn't. sont know how you can be taken seriously with such quotes. As for the s7, well, let's just say that samsung has completely dominated apple and that isn't going to change anytime soon

25. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It could be true when it comes to lens (quality) consistency. If you head over to Dpreview and check out their studio tests of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, you'll notice that both their 7 and 7 Plus lenses are relatively soft and especially their 7 Plus suffers a lot in this department. If it were just one phone they tested, it could have been down to bad luck/ a lemon, but since both their 7 and 7 Plus have issues here compared to the previous iPhones they tested, it's hard to call it a coincidence. That being said, the new models do benefit from the brighter lens and less yellowish processing.

3. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Considering the s7 has been out 6 month thats great.

4. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

They should have thrown in the OnePlus 3.

78. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? Or isn't gonna win. Waste if time. Lol

5. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1136; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That was expected. Samsung is the best in smartphone camera`s.

6. fyah_king unregistered

I'm not surprise.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016


8. kingsbounty

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

very nice. s7 really nice camera phone and i think just Nokia 808 pureview can compete with it.

19. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No. The galaxy s7 will annihilate it.. Its as simple as that. People overrate those cameras a lot (808, 1020). They were ahead of their time but not anymore. #saveuspixels

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