What’s the best smartphone camera in the world? There’s no certain answer, of course, but in general the top contenders every year seem to be phones made by Apple and Samsung, with manufacturers such as LG and even Sony often in the mix. Android Authority recently conducted a blind camera shootout that asked its readers to pick the best photos that were snapped with four different phones: The iPhone 6s, the Galaxy Note 5, the LG G4 and the Sony Xperia Z5. In the end, Android Authority’s readers decided to go with… the iPhone 6s.
Among Android Authority readers, 38% picked the iPhone 6s as having the best camera while the Galaxy Note 5 finished a close second with 34% of the vote. This isn’t to say that the iPhone 6s had the perfect camera for every situation, however, as Android Authority’s gallery showed plenty of instances where it snapped inferior pictures compared with some of the Android phones.
For instance, in one nighttime photo of an Adidas shop with a white-on-black sign, Android Authority found that “the iPhone 6S completely misjudges the white balance,” which resulted “in a dark image that fails to capture all the details.” The Galaxy Note 5 and the LG G4, on the other hand, fared much better with clearer images that had more balanced colors. Part of this is because the Note 5 and G4 both have optical image stabilization that helps out in low-light situations, while the iPhone 6s still uses digital image stabilization.
All told, the iPhone 6s’s camera still handles colors and details quite well and was still voted as the best overall smartphone camera by Android Authority readers. Check out the full camera shootout results by clicking here.