iPhone 6s vs Galaxy S6, LG G4, iPhone 6 blind camera comparison: vote for the best phone

Voting for this blind camera comparison has ended. 

There's no denying that the iPhone 6s is a great smartphone, and those who have read our in-depth review are well aware of that already. It is fast, well-designed, and packed to the brim with goodies of all sorts. Its camera, in particular, has been getting a lot of attention. The iPhone 6s is equipped with a 12MP main shooter – up from the 8MP one on its predecessor – and it is well-capable of snapping pretty photos. Is it better than its high-end rivals, however? That's the question we'll try to give an answer to with our blind camera comparison.

A blind camera comparison is one where you get to vote on the photos you like best, but without knowing which phone took each particular image. What's more, we've shuffled the photos for each scene around to make the comparison even more interesting. And interesting it should be, given the phones we've selected. The iPhone 6s will be racing against three other very capable phones. Among them is the Samsung Galaxy S6, whose 16MP camera with OIS has proven itself as a great shooter. The LG G4 is also joining the fun. Its 16MP camera with OIS is also among our favorites and should give the iPhone's a run for its money. We've also thrown in an iPhone 6, with its 8MP camera, in the competition. After all, it will be great to know how much better is the latest iPhone model compared to its predecessor.

Before we move onto the images, we must make it clear that in this blind camera comparison, we'll be examining daytime images only. We've decided to do a low-light camera comparison separately, and it is coming at a later time. Also, we must point out that all images have been downsized to the same resolution to make it impossible to tell which phone each photo came from. Don't even bother digging for EXIF data as that's gone too. Now that we have this cleared up, let us present you with the five sets of images we're asking you to vote on.

Scene 1: Ahoy, matey!

We snapped the photos of this scene late in the afternoon, when the sun was nearing the horizon. This explains the slightly warm tone seen in all four images. You may use the side-by-side preview image below (click to zoom in) to compare how well the cameras represent colors, shadows, and highlights. The slideshow gallery below contains close-ups cropped and stitched together for a better look at the detail produced by all four cameras. And images 4 to 7 in each gallery are high-resolution samples that you may examine. 

Scene 1: Which photo do you like best?

Photo A (LG G4)
Photo B (iPhone 6s)
Photo C (Galaxy S6)
Photo D (iPhone 6)

Scene 2: Roses are red

This close-up shot was taken a few minutes later, with the setting sun providing us with its warm light. Here we see how well the four cameras capture naturally saturated colors – whether they represent them faithfully or choose to boost their saturation for a more striking effect. Traditionally, red is the color that almost every phone's camera has troubles preserving accurately. Which of the four did the best job at it?

Scene 2: Which photo do you like best?

Photo E (iPhone 6s)
Photo F (LG G4)
Photo G (iPhone 6)
Photo H (Galaxy S6)

Scene 3: The opera house

We captured this scene at noon, when sunlight was plentiful. The façade of the opera house contains a ton of intricate ornaments, which makes it suitable for judging how good the cameras are at preserving details. Also, some cameras are better than others at preserving the natural blue shade of the sky.  

Scene 3: Which photo do you like best?

Photo I (iPhone 6)
Photo J (Galaxy S6)
Photo K (LG G4)
Photo L (iPhone 6s)

Scene 4: The sun clock

This scene is a bit more contrasty than the rest. While the building and trees are well illuminated by the noon sun, shadows of age-old trees are cast over the garden. Not much use for that sun clock in this tricky spot, is there? Anyway, take a close look at the images and vote for the one that looks best to you.

Scene 4: Which photo do you like best?

Photo M (Galaxy S6)
Photo N (iPhone 6)
Photo O (iPhone 6s)
Photo P (LG G4)

Scene 5: Grand Hotel London

And lastly, we have this shot of a fancy hotel's façade, which is suitable for judging how well details are represented by each camera. Also, we can judge how well whites are balanced by each snapper by looking at the white sections and ornaments that are present.

Scene 5: Which photo do you like best?

Photo Q (iPhone 6s)
Photo R (iPhone 6)
Photo S (LG G4)
Photo T (Galaxy S6)



1. iMichael unregistered

The 6s and 6s+ have the best smartphone cameras by a mile!


Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

Lol yeah right. PA hates Sony. The Z5 would have been a better contender than the iPhone 6

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Agreed, why putting ip6 in a place it doesn't belong? This is a 2015 camera shootout. We already know that ip6 has the inferior camera.

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Because it increases the chances of an iPhone winning by that much. For that matter, I half expect them to combine the results for the iPhones in the end and claim something like "post people prefer the iPhones pictures on the whole".

41. jimjam unregistered

because they wanted to see if the tiny improvements of the ip6s really make a difference with real pictures that people see. It will be interesting to see which one is better ip6 or ip6s.

38. masi0

Posts: 6; Member since: May 19, 2012

This is why DXO is profession expert on testing camera, not PA :)

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Not really, most reviewers say the s6 is still better.

12. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

But looks like Sammy is facing stiff competition this time, it wont have the runaway win it had last time as below. Note 4 vs iPhone 6 vs Canon DSLR - 86%, 6%, 8% Sammy should up its game in the Camera department to get such healthy lead. But one thing that should be accepted is that there is no phone which can compete with S6 in the Manual/Professional mode.

31. Shocky unregistered

The LG G4 has a better manual mode, the Pro mode on the S6 doesn't offer as much. Of course you can just use the manual camera from the play store, if you really want the extras.

46. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

camera controls of g4 are much better than s6

44. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

never mind.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

IQ of 10!

34. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Nah there's complaints the 6S camera isn't that much better aside from more pixels over the old iPhone 6 camera.

36. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Ok Apple is the best ! lol iphone 6s sample in low light ...https://www.flickr.com/photos/phonewisdom/15269949492/sizes/o/

37. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

they should include NIGHT SHOTS. LG G4 is the best here

43. discharge unregistered

Ok there gay I Michael I see your lover there Tim crook Samsung has better cameras I sell phones as a rep and seen all Apple and android Apple don't even come close idiot

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course you would say that, even if it isnt even true...BY A MILE!

2. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

All pics are great but I think S6 will win

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

iphone 6 and 6s seem to produce similar images

45. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@shahrooz : they produce sharper, but also unrealistic darker, outdoor images. But that's pretty much it.

7. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

since people in this kind of blind test only focus on details instead of colors or dynamic range, i guess the S6 will win again...

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Sorry but the dynamic range and true colors are more than excellent on the S6 and better than the 6, which has been tested on DXMark for example, a site that looks beyond focus on details.

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not that detail isn't important, but at this point the iPhones win no objective metrics at all.

14. T-rex unregistered

true, since there is no reference shot, the only thing left to decide with is the resolved detail which is definitely superior on s6 the only other thing that people can judge on is dynamic range and which is a bit relevant here since that is easy to see, but other than that there is no way of telling which is better on the basis of color reproduction.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha iphone will never win the camera test, because pictures taken with the iphone are not that good! Just check the pictures!

11. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You need to check your eyes and most probably your head too.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Well i did maybe it's time to check yours! The G4 is better, hell even my 3 years old phone kills the iphone 6s.

53. alexcordogan

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Why? Do you prefer blown out skies and jagged details

13. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You pretty much can tell, which photos belong to the S6, over saturation.

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Just like iPhone's lack of details and colors.

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