Camera comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Sony Xperia Z3, LG G3, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3

Today we bring you another of our camera comparisons, and the star of the show is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. We've chosen to compare it against some of its biggest rivals...
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140 Comments

116. Craig747

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

Actually there's rumors that the iPhone 7 could have a 16mp camera.

140. Aliagha

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

You already said RUMORS

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey that was my favorite panorama of them all! C'mon! +1

92. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Having a keen interest in photography since long, I know a thing or two about cameras and I find such reviews absolutely flawed. So much so Iv'e stopped paying too much attention to such reviews. Looking at such a biased review, however, compelled me to write this time. Seriously it has come to a point that it might sound justifiable if manufacturers start suing such lame reviewers who seem to have an unchecked liberty of imposing their personal remarks upon others, so that at least they start taking their jobs more seriously. Agreed that in terms of video recording Z3 isn't the best and panorama is the lowest. Still Z3 has undeniably one of the best camera in the whole lot & to put it as the worst by staging up a review that sets the ground to make it look like the worst reflects the dull mind of an incompetent reviewer to say the least.

5. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

sony have best details yet you give worse scores to it.sony should ban samsungarena really.

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I have to agree on that one. No way Z3 deserved a score of 7 on that one.

63. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

The iphone 6 & 6 plus the only two phone NOT to have Bluetooth or NFC so basically email the photo and there is thishttp://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Apple-iPhone-5,Apple-iPhone-6/phones/7378,8346 same phone but bigger

35. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Well they had to give the iphones at least second place,,so they had to do that,,, Otherwise z3 would easily be the 3rd spot holder,after Note 4 and S5.

79. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

frkin superior auto man. I dont even look at comparisons anymore. I know the truth for myself, my own pictures with Z3 on manual mode; http://imageshack.com/a/img538/6448/F4djqf.jpghttp://imageshack.com/a/img743/3702/p7TGMe.jpg Anyone with a brain should have the capacity to press on manual mode and select the highest megapixels.

141. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

LOL that's a great idea! I would love that.

6. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

What happened to Z3?? Hahahaha. Well better luck next year. Im still waiting for a Ultra version. My z ultra camera suck

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Haha. Ha. Ha. hahahha... Ha....

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

U need to see doctor dude.....

26. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Why? :O

39. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

u r laughing so hard....lol

42. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

and dxomark lab scores are different...... http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles

62. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah. But I would like to test iPhone 6 camera myself, because it's hard to believe it would beat Z2/Z3. I've compared iPhone 5s so many times to my Z2 and the camera is just simply inferior. But then again, dxomark is supposed to be a good site so I dunno

94. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

My dear do this and you'll get the whole story. Go to GSMARENA and use their camera comparison tool. First select the Z3 Superior Auto and pit it against iP6 and Lumia 1020 or even NOTE 4. Then select the Z3 20mp shots and compare at full res and also scaled down to 16, 8 or 5mp (Lumia gives its best results at 5MP in that list) and compare. I am sure you'll end up wondering what is up with PA??? or even DXOMark... Z3 is simply untouchable...

97. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah I just checked. The manual mode has taken a HUGE leap from the Z2. I hope they will update it with the 4.4.4 update on Z2.

98. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Actually no update may bring that to the Z2 and the reason is pretty straight forward i.e. the hardware of the Z3's lens module is updated from the Z2 & Z1. This is why the full res pictures are simply amazing and noiseless. Having said that, its quite funny to see PA technically placeing Z3 even below the Z2 when the hardware on the Z3's camera is actually better / upgraded.

99. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hmm. Might be. But at least on the Z3 Compact there's still the same clear distortion around the edges just like with the Z2. I'm sure they did some software tweaking too.

124. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

iPhone cameras are not as good as they used to be 3 and 4 years ago, now they're good competing with a last year flagship or a midrange phone, and yes your Z2 takes better pictures than the 5s the 6 and 6+ .. remember this is iPh0nearena here they can't just admit defeat easily

9. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Sony and their abnormal camera software. When will they learn? Softwares from their excellent cameras like the simple RX series won't hurt sales or something. I do hope they'll do better also in sound an display.

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Damn did not expect that from the Z3!

11. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

why do sites do this to the xperias? before, when the 8MP photos delivered better sharpness compared to the manual mode, they used the fully 20.7MP manual mode. now that the manual mode is already looking better, they decide to use the 8MP superior auto mode and declare that the xperia z3's photos have the worst details. can you at least be consistent? i wouldn't mind the scoring. just please be consistent. does anybody here feel weird that the galaxy s5's photos suddenly become not as good as when the first reviews and photo comparisons came up? seriously?

101. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

its simple,its because authors love iCash and Samcash,they dont even mind using their brains just to have reliable comparison results,but anyway,xperia manual mode is amazing,we just need to use our brains,not like them(authors)

12. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

just use manuel mode on z3 , it will oblitirate all these phones.

71. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Keep dreamin..

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice. Sammy FTW. I only like iPhone's camera.

17. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

just search for z2,s5 camera comparions on pa , except panoroma mode it did beat s5,note 3 but now even though z3 have better camera then z2 it cant beat s5.if you want warm photos use white balance , if you want more detail use 20mp mode.
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