Conclusion


As we said earlier, megapixels aren't all that matters in a camera, and Apple's new smartphones are your living proof. In fact, we can confidently say that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are two of the best cameraphones we've had the chance to test so far. Both produce excellent photos and videos with their 8MP cameras, be it in day- or night-time. Add their ease of use to the mix and you get a camera that's tough to beat.

Now would be a good time to reiterate that the iPhone 6 Plus has a slightly better camera. This became obvious when we compared its night-time photos against those from the iPhone 6. But the difference is rather minor, and unless you're very serious about the quality of your photos, the iPhone 6 should do just fine for your needs.

Grabbing the bronze prize in our comparison, the Nokia Lumia 1520 reminded us that the potential in its 20MP camera should not be underestimated. Nokia's phablet stood out with its extremely detailed images, and had it done better in our indoor test, it would have won the metaphorical silver medal.

As for the LG G3, its 13MP camera couldn't manage to top any of our test categories. Still, it stood its ground with its all-around great performance. The snapper produces very eye-pleasing details in daytime, and given the right conditions, its night photos can leave you impressed.

Then there's the iPhone 5s – a phone that can give the big boys some serious competition even though its 8MP camera has been around since last year. That is especially true when taking videos. In fact, the 5s is, more or less, as good as the iPhone 6 in that respect.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S5 couldn't rank among the top three phones in our comparison. Its daytime photos are detailed and with decent color reproduction, but its low-light performance leaves lots of room for improvement. Its videos are great, but not excellent.

The Sony Xperia Z2 also performed rather disappointingly. Despite having a whopping 20 megapixels to work with, its camera can't match the clear, detailed images produced by its competitors.

Lastly, the HTC One (M8) grabs the attention with its intricate camera setup, but the actual results are often underwhelming. The photos produced lack the details its competitors can produce, and the color accuracy leaves room for improvement.



The final score for each phone represents its average rating, but note that we're only taking into account the Details, Color representation and Indoor categories in the final score. We're factoring all the others (such as Night and Panorama) out, since those represent situations where users are less likely to take images in. Video recording isn't included either, since we consider it a separate thing from photo-taking. We've done this in order to end up with a final rating that is representative of a camera's performance in those areas, which we think are most important to users.

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215 Comments

4. RudioX

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Not bad the new iPhone Flex is doing great, oups the iPhone 6 Plus, sorry!

153. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Nice one!!!! But where is moto x and z3????

160. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

From PA comparison april 14 2014 S5 scores: Color - 8.5 now 8 Detail - 8.5 now 9 indoor - 7.5 now 5!! Night - 7.5 now 5!! Video - 7.5 now 8.5 Interesting no??

171. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow they removed my post. WOW! Again they show a black Note 3 yet it's not included in this comparison. I mean if the iPhone 5s is included, why isn't the Note 3 included? Also why are the numbers so different from the other comparison, as spin9 has posted??? Fishy... +1

180. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Because the scores are relative to which phones are being tested. Doesn't take a genius...

193. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Because the scores are relative to which phones are being tested. Doesn't take a genius..." -E.N. And it doesn't take a genius to realize that if the scores were indeed relative to each other, then there should be scores of 10's and 1's. I don't see any of those. Hence, the scores are not actually relative to each other. Simple math.

199. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Regardless of why they aren't using a 1-10 scale, it's still absolutely clear the scores are relative, hence "Camera Comparison". If the scores were truly absolute, there would be criteria for each numerical score in each camera category, independent of which other phones were tested.

197. maelisone

Posts: 1; Member since: May 28, 2012

if it's really like this how its works , they will put the best phone = 10 in the individual test and others 9 8 7 .....

181. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

If the concert is at night, how would it make sense for there not to be a lot of lights?....

182. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@SuperAndroidEvo I can relate to you. PhoneArena deleted my previous comment too which talks about "They did not include Sony Z3 because it is no match to iPhone 6, not to mention they created the sensors for iPhones for years"

183. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

A quick question for PA: Do you believe in freedom of speech? if so, why is every of my post deleted from the comments section? I only said this article contradicts with one of your own that had blind camera comparisons which i thought you didn't remember. I say it again. You are pathetic PA.

191. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

PA is becoming more and more pro-Apple/anti-Samsung. Just like CNET. Have you noticed CNET's 1-week coverage of the 2014 iPhone 6+ vs the 2013 Note 3? It's as if the Note 4 doesn't exist. It's quite comical

173. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Things change at PA when iPhone is IN ;)

176. jsdechavez

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

The Lumia wins in low light (esp in that 50% voucher crop)..whatever this website does.

187. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Yeah it's no secret PA is iPhone biased. Like @spin9 posted up, the scores for the S5 changed from thier scores last year.?? It's the same phone so why..??

195. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

The z1 had 7,66 average rating. How can the Z2 get a 7 with a better camera than Z1?? And again outdated flagship for Sony

216. iwalk

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Friend, think of it this way... lets suppose they gave the sony z1 an average rating of 8, then the z2 was released and it was a better phone so they gave it 9, then the z3 was released and obviously it will be better that its predecessor so they gave it 10 out of 10. the question now is, what will they give the z4 if they released it next year and if sony made it better than the z3 ? 11 out of 10 ?? u see how is that not rational ? so obviously they give a rating for the phone based on its rivals, how well its doing against other competitors ? so z1 had 7,66 based on how well it was doing 'back at that time', and z2 got 7 based on its rivals at the time they released it

210. saurabhkumarshs

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

yeah.. completely biased comparison to advertise iphone 6 i think.

202. jamesng

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

re: video on lumia 1520 "And the sound is quieter than it should be. In fact we can barely hear our own voice in the video."-->maybe it's because directional sound is turned on? in which case sound from behind the phone is not recorded... and so much noise on the iphone 6. some of the other phones may have white balance issues, but you can tweak it by changing one setting (don't give me the bs of all auto; the phone has that function for a reason). You can't minimise noise (well you can but you'll destroy the pic...might as well use my old lg viewty).

207. baghdadguy

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

I don't Know if this site Phone Arena OR IPHONE Arena

209. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

There were lots of brands of phones in the test... Oh, you mean because the iPhone won? And if it wins a test the site must be biased, but if an Android device wins it's fair? I see. Great logic.

5. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Credit where its due. Apple takes great pictures. Period. (And I'm a Nexus guy)

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It would be easier to accept the results if PhoneArena was not so biased in Apple coverage. The issue is that you can manually mess up the image for one camera or another to accentuate your advertised choice. I have tested the iPhone 5 and 5s myself and the pictures they take a subpar compared to what they show here. I have compared them to the S5, S4, PFI and Nexus 5 and the best by far was the PFI, then S4, S5, 5s, N5, and 5. Also, a control should be present taken with a DSLR.

16. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

On the other hand, you are biased against Apple, so nobody can't tell if you are speaking truth.

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I speak the truth! I can prove it: People on this site call me a little kid. Everybody knows that truth comes out of the kids' mouths. :)

39. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Shut up, the grownups are talking lol

77. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I can vouch... ArtSim98 SPEAKS the TRUTH!!! +1 for speaking the truth!

158. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You're exactly right, his past comments have shown he is clearly biased. "I have tested the iPhone 5 and 5s myself and the pictures they take a subpar compared to what they show here." - according to him, Phonearena somehow managed to make the 5S take better pictures than its really suppose to... that's a pretty interesting accusation.

48. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

How is it that in every apple article you find a way to discredit anything that is written. If you hate this site and MANY others that have the same results then go somewhere else. Accept or respect their articles for once instead of being a female dog

66. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

APPLE ALWAYS WIN ON PHONE ARENA.Galaxy S5 photos looks better than Apple new phones.Everyone knows that S5 takes the best photos apart from Note 4. nexhttp://mobile-review.com/review/samsung-galaxy-note4.shtml

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