iPhone 5s tops our blind camera comparison, Xperia Z1 Compact takes last place

iPhone 5s tops our blind camera comparison, Xperia Z1 Compact takes last place
Did you know that back in 1995, Apple presented a prototype of a PDA with a built-in digital camera? This conceptual device known as the Apple Videophone was developed to allow video calls to be made over a data connection. Today, some 19 years later, we have the iPhone – a versatile smartphone that can be used for not just FaceTime chats, but for taking high quality photos as well. Its 8MP main snapper is liked by many, including a considerable fraction of our readers, as it turns out. In fact, Apple's iPhone 5s was ranked first in our latest blind camera comparison.

For those who missed it, last week we took a bunch of photos using six of today's most popular high-end smartphones. (You can see all of the original images here.) Then we posted the images side by side without revealing which phones we had used and asked people to vote for the photos that they liked best. The results? Over a third of those who participated in the poll chose the photos taken with the iPhone 5s. With half as many votes, the Sony Xperia Z1 took the silver prize, and the LG G2 came third having collected some 16% of the votes. In fourth and fifth place respectively we have the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Trailing behind all of them, to our surprise, is the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. For some reason, Sony's masterpiece of a smartphone didn't get much of our readers' love even though its 20.7MP cam is actually a very potent shooter.

So how are you, guys, finding the results? Surprised to see the iPhone 5s taking the first spot? And do you think that the Z1 Compact deserved to be last? Tell us down in the comments!

Which phone's photos do you like the most?

iPhone 5s (Phone 1)
Sony Xperia Z1 (Phone 5)
LG G2 (Phone 2)
HTC One (Phone 3)
Samsung Galaxy S4 (Phone 4)
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Phone 6)



1. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Oh, my G2 sits in the middle. Good.

52. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Results aside, can we get a tripod and a fixed angle/distance to take these pictures. The first two vary a lot between the different cameras and the only real good one is the last one. Given this is a better test than the one preceding it with blurry pictures and what not, yet just a bit more finesse and we can finally have a very controlled and equal experiment for once.

88. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

man!!!!!!!!!!! was really hoping xperia z1 comes in first. that xperia camera app still needs some improvement for the noise reduction and high vibrant colours(fake wam colours that poeple really like)

78. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

I dont believe PA!!!!

91. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

Butthurt much?

108. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Lol no remember then iPhone cane in like 3rd last time and all of a sudden it's the best... hmm kinda funny how the votes changed


Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Nokia Lumia 1020 is in a league of its own?

7. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Yes. BB Z30 as well.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol........ouch +1

9. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Nice one +1, but the 1020 is epic anyways.

32. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Even more so after gdr3. And I knew 1020 couldn't be in there.

37. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yup. Everyone chose photo #1 because of the bench photo.

70. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I chose phone 1 because it seemed to do better in all three frames. Now I am mortified that I voted for the stinkin' iPhone.

3. papss unregistered

Good for apple. They do consistently good in the camera dept

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

The f*cking stupid thing in any PhoneArena blind camera contest is people trying to guess which photo belongs to which phone, and giving bias decision. But more stupidly, many people believe in initial comments with their guessing. Next time no comment available please

19. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Well, I'm no Apple fan, but I have to say that, in this test at least, the iphone pics do actually look better.

45. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They do and he is also right people are looking for their favorites, for that matter some people called it out in the comments fairly accurately. Still, more competition never hurt and as long as we have equally good looking shots at least you can't go wrong picking any one of those phones.

110. XperiaShubhi

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 01, 2014

Well apples got camera from SONY!!! google it!!

47. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

That wtf moment when you vote for the phone you hate with a passion

111. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

just shows how stupid one can be... how can you 'hate a PHONE (lol) with a passion'??

48. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah , if people know phone 1 is the iPhone. It will be ranked last. This is how bias this site's users have become .

51. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

lol not really, it usually is the WP and iPhone people that vote only for one phone. The Android crowd is at least diverse in their own ecosystem of usually 3+ phones. Even in the last one there was a good spread of votes between the droids.

80. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Agree. Are most people on this site under 21? I don't understand why adults would hate Apple with a passion. Every time I read articles on this site, there are so many immature people who love nothing more than to hate something. As a mature adult, I just don't get it.

90. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I don't get it either. I mean, can we just appreicate what technology brings to us? Hate is such an offensive word

54. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

you're right. cause every other picture i see in every phone the image looks the same. typical of them to show their favortism.

4. ezMoney

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

I thought the Z1C has the same camera as the Z1? So why the difference?

6. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Probably caused by bad software optimization on Z1 compact.

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

of course not. it's based on votes. if you look at 5 and 6 they're very much alike. they just didn't have the punch of an iphone 5s and sony fans were lost on where to cast their votes.

55. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How is that possible when they both have the same technology

62. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

superior auto is a hit and miss affair.

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