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Pro photographers deliver the final word on which smartphone has the best camera

Published Mar 3rd, 2015 1:45PM EST
iPhone 6 Vs. Galaxy Note 4 Camera
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Everyone wants their smartphone to have a killer camera and megapixel counts don’t tell the entire story by any stretch of the imagination. PhoneArena draws our attention to a new survey of photography experts conducted by that really looks like the final word on smartphone camera quality for this generation of devices.

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Anyone who’s followed these kinds of surveys in the past will not be surprised to learn that the Galaxy Note 4 generally bested its rivals in most of the criteria measured, although the iPhone 6 and the older Lumia 1020 from 2013 performed admirably in many conditions as well.

Overall, the Note 4 came out on top for photos taken in perfect conditions with strong sunlight, for photos taken against strong sunlight, for details and contrasts in shadows, for pictures taken on cloudy days, and for details and colors for pictures taken at night under artificial light. In other words, the Note 4 was the top-rated smartphone camera for five of the eight categories measured, which made it the best overall smartphone camera according to pro photographers.

However, the iPhone 6 isn’t far behind — it got the highest rating for white balance and details, and also finished second or third in six of the eight categories measured. The Lumia 1020’s camera, meanwhile, was ranked as the third-best overall camera, behind the Note 4 and the iPhone 6.

You should really check out’s entire survey of pro photographers by clicking here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.