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

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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


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



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Scene 1: which photo do you like best?
LG G5 (Photo A) 16.48% (796 votes) (796 votes)
iPhone 6s (Photo B) 19.46% (940 votes) (940 votes)
iPhone 7 (Photo C) 4.28% (207 votes) (207 votes)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo D) 59.78% (2888 votes) (2888 votes)

4831 votes



Scene 2: Pizza time


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



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Scene 2: which photo do you like best?
iPhone 6s (Photo E) 16.52% (760 votes) (760 votes)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo F) 31.46% (1447 votes) (1447 votes)
iPhone 7 (Photo G) 48.91% (2250 votes) (2250 votes)
LG G5 (Photo H) 3.11% (143 votes) (143 votes)

4600 votes



Scene 3: The Opera


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



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Scene 3: which photo do you like best?
LG G5 (Photo I) 12.69% (569 votes) (569 votes)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo J) 56.97% (2554 votes) (2554 votes)
iPhone 6s (Photo K) 14.79% (663 votes) (663 votes)
iPhone 7 (Photo L) 15.55% (697 votes) (697 votes)

4483 votes



Scene 4: By the sea


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



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Scene 4: which photo do you like best?
iPhone 7 (Photo M) 20.23% (861 votes) (861 votes)
iPhone 6s (Photo N) 11.63% (495 votes) (495 votes)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo O) 43.81% (1865 votes) (1865 votes)
LG G5 (Photo P) 24.34% (1036 votes) (1036 votes)

4257 votes



Scene 5: A sunny afternoon


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



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Scene 5: which photo do you like best?
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo Q) 35.2% (1455 votes) (1455 votes)
iPhone 6s (Photo R) 27.24% (1126 votes) (1126 votes)
iPhone 7 (Photo S) 12.8% (529 votes) (529 votes)
LG G5 (Photo T) 24.77% (1024 votes) (1024 votes)

4134 votes



Scene 6: A night at the museum


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



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Scene 6: which photo do you like best?
LG G5 (Photo U) 10.55% (440 votes) (440 votes)
iPhone 7 (Photo V) 16.95% (707 votes) (707 votes)
Galaxy S7 edge (Photo W) 54.15% (2258 votes) (2258 votes)
iPhone 6s (Photo X) 18.35% (765 votes) (765 votes)

4170 votes

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posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:24 34

1. scarface21173 (Posts: 252; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Nice 1 sammy

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:36 53

16. ashrafalhujaili (Posts: 73; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:44 19

21. Unordinary (unregistered)


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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:49 63

26. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3674; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:50 39

27. kumarabhishek591 (Posts: 112; Member since: 22 Feb 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.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:58 8

34. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 11:56 6

57. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 847; Member since: 02 Feb 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.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 12:59 5

62. ebilcake (Posts: 974; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 10:15 26

37. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3144; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 11:15 5

51. tedkord (Posts: 14710; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Of course, Mr. Trump.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 10:22

40. zeeBomb (Posts: 2304; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


I wanna see how the 7+ scores on DXOMARK

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 23:18 3

74. ibend (banned) (Posts: 6747; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


*cant compete with half-year old flagships

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 23:49 2

77. Jango (Posts: 340; Member since: 24 Oct 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.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:40 9

17. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 10:51

43. BoardDWorld (Posts: 117; Member since: 17 Aug 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.

posted on 03 Oct 2016, 09:28

88. wkz09753 (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Oct 2016)


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posted on 01 Oct 2016, 08:35

81. hungpakto (Posts: 43; Member since: 30 Sep 2016)


dual pixel is also important

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 11:41 6

54. combatmedic870 (Posts: 944; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


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

posted on 06 Oct 2016, 12:58

92. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:26 34

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3393; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Like I said, the iPhone 7's camera is no better than the 6s.....you might even say it's slightly worse lol.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:33 5

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.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:33 1

12. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:48 3

25. Macready (Posts: 1537; Member since: 08 Dec 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.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:28 23

3. scarface21173 (Posts: 252; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Considering the s7 has been out 6 month thats great.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:28 4

4. ebilcake (Posts: 974; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


They should have thrown in the OnePlus 3.

posted on 01 Oct 2016, 00:29 2

78. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:29 10

5. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (Posts: 1004; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


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

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:29 6

6. fyah_king (Posts: 1147; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


I'm not surprise.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:30 3

7. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


*popcorn*

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 09:31

8. kingsbounty (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2015)


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

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