Phototest of current smartphones, autumn 2014

A week ago, we held a vote on the site, in which you, dear readers, chose the best and worst shots, without knowing which smartphone is under which number.

In this article, we will sum up the results of the voting, as well as present our assessments of test shots. In order to correctly approach camera testing, we reduced all images to the same horizontal size, leaving the original aspect ratio to identify a frame with a smaller and larger viewing angles. In the same material, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with full-size photos that contain full EXIF ​​information.

In the text we will indicate the best and worst shots according to your versions. In addition, Roman Belykh will leave his opinion on the quality of the image received from a particular camera. At the same time, I want to note that Roman, like the readers, did not know which smartphone was under which number when evaluating the photos. That is, all the impressions described below were originally with numbers, not smartphone models, and for Roman this text, when device names are already substituted for numbers, will also be a surprise.

Phone model Number of megapixels Angle (mm) Lens aperture Image stabilization
Nokia Lumia 930 20 27 F2.4 Optical
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 12 31 F2.2< /td> Digital
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 16 29 F2. 0 Optical
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 13 31 F2.2 Digital
Sony Xperia Z3 20.7 28 F2.0 Digital
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 8 29 F2.2 Optical

Who is where?

  1. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  2. Nokia Lumia 930
  3. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR)
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto)
  7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR)
  8. Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart)
  9. Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual)

Content:

Shooting in good light (1)

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Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in HDR mode, 50% of respondents voted for it. Second place goes to the Sony Xperia Z3 with manual shooting mode, 18% of the votes were cast for it. Third place with a score of 14% also went to Sony Xperia Z3, but shooting in Smart mode.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 shoots the worst (27%), Samsung Galaxy Alpha (16%) is slightly better in Auto mode, and even better, but far from ideal, Samsung Galaxy Alpha in HDR mode (15%).

Roman's comment. In normal lighting conditions, almost all modern flagship cameras cope in the same way, the photo processing algorithms differ slightly. Therefore, it is difficult to choose a clear leader in these conditions. Nevertheless, it is necessary to choose the best shot, even if it is extremely subjective.

I believe the more detailed shot was taken with a Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual). It has a fairly wide viewing angle, but blurring is possible at the corners of the frame. In the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), the angle is smaller, the pictures are slightly cleaner, but the details in the shadows are slightly lost. Third place goes to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto).

The worst shot was taken with a Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR). The picture is overexposed, the details in the shadows are completely gone. Nearby, in terms of quality, there is a photo from Nokia Lumia 930 - the white balance is strongly distorted. The rest are about the same.

Shooting in good light (2)

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Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 30% of respondents. Second place goes to Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR), with 23% of the votes. Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) takes third place with a score of 14%.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, is Nokia Lumia 930 (55%), slightly better – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto)

(10%), and even better, but far from ideal - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (8%).

Roman's comment. As in the previous frame, I think that number 9 has better detail and a wider viewing angle, next to it is number 7, it has an unusual picture with an extended dynamic range. Third place - number 5.

The worst shot, in my opinion, was taken with camera number 2: unnatural colors, "soap", small viewing angle. 1 and 6 shoot a little better.

Shooting in good light (3)

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Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 22% of respondents. Second place is also occupied by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but in Auto, 16% of the votes were cast for it. Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) takes third place with a score of 15%.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 (64%) shoots the worst, slightly better – Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) (8%), and even better, but far from ideal – Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) and Apple iPhone 6 Plus (by 7%).

Roman's comment. Personally, I like the shot taken with the Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual). It seems to me that he has better worked out details, a wider viewing angle. However, again there may be "soap" in the corners. This is probably due to the fact that the lens gets dirty easily. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) shoots a little worse. Third place - Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart).

Worst shot - Nokia Lumia 930. Weak contrast, wrong white balance. Next come the Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Shooting in good light (4)

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Readers' opinion. Best Shot. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR) was once again the leader, with 44% of respondents voting for it. The second place is occupied by Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR), 14% of the votes were cast for it. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) takes third place with a score of 13%.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, the camera number 2 (45%) shoots the worst of all, smartphones 1 and 9 shoot a little better (14% each), and even better, but far from ideal - number 14 (8%).

Roman's comment. The highest quality picture, in my opinion, is taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto): nice detail, natural colors. It was difficult to determine further, probably the second place is occupied by the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Obvious outsider - Nokia Lumia 930: "soap", unnatural faded colors. Slightly better shots Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR).

Shooting in good light (5)

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Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), 31% of respondents voted for it. Second place is occupied by Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) and Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart), they were given 14% of the votes each. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) are in third place with 8% each.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 (45%), slightly better - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (22%), and even better, but far from ideal - Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) and Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (by 11%).

Roman's comment. I liked the picture taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In my opinion, it is not as contrasty as all the others, purer in color. Nice picture "draws" Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR). Everyone else shoots about the same.

The worst shot was hard to choose. I liked Apple iPhone 6 Plus least of all: pale colors, artifacts, soapy image.

Shooting at night

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Readers' opinion. The best shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 63% of respondents. The second place is again taken by him, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto), with another 22% of the votes. Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy Alpha in Auto and HDR, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are third with 3%.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) (35%) shoots, slightly better - it is in a different mode, Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (25%), and even better, but far from ideal - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (18%).

Shooting at night (2)

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This block of photos was not submitted in the blind vote.

Roman's comment.If we look at photos in terms of detail, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 did a better job in two modes, Auto and HDR: you can read the inscriptions printed in small print on ads. However, I did not like the work of noise reduction, the colors are oversaturated, the small viewing angle. In second place would put the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, the detailing is a little weaker, but in general, the picture is closer to the original, the “noise reduction” works more correctly, the colors are more natural. Third place - Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual): low detail, but a wide angle, nicer colors.

Примерно одинаково плохо вышли снимки на остальные устройства.

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Мнение читателей. Лучший снимок. Лидер привычный – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), за него проголосовали 39% респондентов. Второе место занимает Apple iPhone 6 Plus, за него отдали 30% голосов. Наконец, Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) занимает третье место с результатом 11%.

Мнение читателей. Худший снимок. Хуже всех, по вашему мнению, снимает Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (57%), чуть лучше – Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (24%), и еще лучше, но далеко до идеала – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR) (5%).

Комментарий Романа. На мой взгляд, более четко смотрится фотография текста, сделанная на Apple iPhone 6 Plus: хорошая детализация по всему кадру. Второе место – номера Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) и Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR). Третье – Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR).

The Nokia Lumia 930 did the worst. The text turned out to be very smooth, fuzzy. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also took no better pictures.

Conclusion

In fact, it was difficult to comment on this photo test, since almost all flagship cameras shoot approximately the same. The difference mainly lies in the viewing angles and various features like auto-HDR, improved autophoto, and so on.

If you are looking for a smartphone-camera among the presented devices, then the only device that provides completely manual settings is Nokia. However, it shoots badly by itself, so even the "manual" parameters do not save it.

If you choose a photo flagship, then only from Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3. The first, it seemed to me, is more versatile: fast and accurate. The second one copes well in some conditions, fails the task in others.

As for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it disappointed me a little. No, the pictures from it come out quite at the level, but nothing more.

Phototest of current smartphones, autumn 2014

A week ago, we held a vote on the site, in which you, dear readers, chose the best and worst shots, without knowing which smartphone is under which number.

In this article, we will sum up the results of the voting, as well as present our assessments of test shots. In order to correctly approach camera testing, we reduced all images to the same horizontal size, leaving the original aspect ratio to identify a frame with a smaller and larger viewing angles. In the same material, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with full-size photos that contain full EXIF ​​information.

In the text we will indicate the best and worst shots according to your versions. In addition, Roman Belykh will leave his opinion on the quality of the image received from a particular camera. At the same time, I want to note that Roman, like the readers, did not know which smartphone was under which number when evaluating the photos. That is, all the impressions described below were originally with numbers, not smartphone models, and for Roman this text, when device names are already substituted for numbers, will also be a surprise.

Phone model Number of megapixels Angle (mm) Lens aperture Image stabilization
Nokia Lumia 930 20 27 F2.4 Optical
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 12 31 F2.2< /td> Digital
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 16 29 F2. 0 Optical
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 13 31 F2.2 Digital
Sony Xperia Z3 20.7 28 F2.0 Digital
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 8 29 F2.2 Optical

Who is where?

  1. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  2. Nokia Lumia 930
  3. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR)
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto)
  7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR)
  8. Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart)
  9. Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual)

Content:

Shooting in good light (1)

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/01-9.jpg"/>

Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in HDR mode, 50% of respondents voted for it. Second place goes to the Sony Xperia Z3 with manual shooting mode, 18% of the votes were cast for it. Third place with a score of 14% also went to Sony Xperia Z3, but shooting in Smart mode.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 shoots the worst (27%), Samsung Galaxy Alpha (16%) is slightly better in Auto mode, and even better, but far from ideal, Samsung Galaxy Alpha in HDR mode (15%).

Roman's comment. In normal lighting conditions, almost all modern flagship cameras cope in the same way, the photo processing algorithms differ slightly. Therefore, it is difficult to choose a clear leader in these conditions. Nevertheless, it is necessary to choose the best shot, even if it is extremely subjective.

I believe the more detailed shot was taken with a Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual). It has a fairly wide viewing angle, but blurring is possible at the corners of the frame. In the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), the angle is smaller, the pictures are slightly cleaner, but the details in the shadows are slightly lost. Third place goes to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto).

The worst shot was taken with a Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR). The picture is overexposed, the details in the shadows are completely gone. Nearby, in terms of quality, there is a photo from Nokia Lumia 930 - the white balance is strongly distorted. The rest are about the same.

Shooting in good light (2)

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Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 30% of respondents. Second place goes to Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR), with 23% of the votes. Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) takes third place with a score of 14%.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, is Nokia Lumia 930 (55%), slightly better – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto)

(10%), and even better, but far from ideal - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (8%).

Roman's comment. As in the previous frame, I think that number 9 has better detail and a wider viewing angle, next to it is number 7, it has an unusual picture with an extended dynamic range. Third place - number 5.

The worst shot, in my opinion, was taken with camera number 2: unnatural colors, "soap", small viewing angle. 1 and 6 shoot a little better.

Shooting in good light (3)

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Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 22% of respondents. Second place is also occupied by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but in Auto, 16% of the votes were cast for it. Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) takes third place with a score of 15%.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 (64%) shoots the worst, slightly better – Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) (8%), and even better, but far from ideal – Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) and Apple iPhone 6 Plus (by 7%).

Roman's comment. Personally, I like the shot taken with the Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) camera. It seems to me that he has better worked out details, a wider viewing angle. However, again there may be "soap" in the corners. This is probably due to the fact that the lens gets dirty easily. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) shoots a little worse. Third place - Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart).

Worst shot - Nokia Lumia 930. Weak contrast, wrong white balance. Next come the Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Shooting in good light (4)

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Readers' opinion. Best Shot. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR) was once again the leader, with 44% of respondents voting for it. The second place is occupied by Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR), 14% of the votes were cast for it. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) takes third place with a score of 13%.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, the camera number 2 (45%) shoots the worst of all, smartphones 1 and 9 shoot a little better (14% each), and even better, but far from ideal - number 14 (8%).

Roman's comment. The highest quality picture, in my opinion, is taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto): nice detail, natural colors. It was difficult to determine further, probably the second place is occupied by the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Obvious outsider - Nokia Lumia 930: "soap", unnatural faded colors. Slightly better shots Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR).

Shooting in good light (5)

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/05-9.jpg"/>

Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), 31% of respondents voted for it. Second place is occupied by Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) and Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart), they were given 14% of the votes each. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) are in third place with 8% each.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 (45%), slightly better - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (22%), and even better, but far from ideal - Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) and Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (by 11%).

Roman's comment. I liked the picture taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In my opinion, it is not as contrasty as all the others, purer in color. Nice picture "draws" Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR). Everyone else shoots about the same.

The worst shot was hard to choose. I liked Apple iPhone 6 Plus least of all: pale colors, artifacts, soapy image.

Shooting at night

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/07-9.jpg"/>

Примерно одинаково плохо вышли снимки на остальные устройства.

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Мнение читателей. Лучший снимок. Лидер привычный – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), за него проголосовали 39% респондентов. Второе место занимает Apple iPhone 6 Plus, за него отдали 30% голосов. Наконец, Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) занимает третье место с результатом 11%.

Мнение читателей. Худший снимок. Хуже всех, по вашему мнению, снимает Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (57%), чуть лучше – Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (24%), и еще лучше, но далеко до идеала – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR) (5%).

Комментарий Романа. На мой взгляд, более четко смотрится фотография текста, сделанная на Apple iPhone 6 Plus: хорошая детализация по всему кадру. Второе место – номера Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) и Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR). Третье – Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR).

The Nokia Lumia 930 did the worst. The text turned out to be very smooth, fuzzy. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also took no better pictures.

Conclusion

In fact, it was difficult to comment on this photo test, since almost all flagship cameras shoot approximately the same. The difference mainly lies in the viewing angles and various features like auto-HDR, improved autophoto, and so on.

If you are looking for a smartphone-camera among the presented devices, then the only device that provides fully manual settings is Nokia. However, it shoots badly by itself, so even the "manual" parameters do not save it.

If you choose a photo flagship, then only from Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3. The first, it seemed to me, is more versatile: fast and accurate. The second one copes well in some conditions, fails the task in others.

As for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it disappointed me a little. No, the pictures from it come out quite at the level, but nothing more.

Phototest of current smartphones, autumn 2014

A week ago, we held a vote on the site, in which you, dear readers, chose the best and worst shots, without knowing which smartphone is under which number.

In this article, we will sum up the results of the voting, as well as present our assessments of test shots. In order to correctly approach camera testing, we reduced all images to the same horizontal size, leaving the original aspect ratio to identify a frame with a smaller and larger viewing angles. In the same material, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with full-size photos that contain full EXIF ​​information.

In the text we will indicate the best and worst shots according to your versions. In addition, Roman Belykh will leave his opinion on the quality of the image received from a particular camera. At the same time, I want to note that Roman, like the readers, did not know which smartphone was under which number when evaluating the photos. That is, all the impressions described below were originally with numbers, not smartphone models, and for Roman this text, when device names are already substituted for numbers, will also be a surprise.

Phone model Number of megapixels Angle (mm) Lens aperture Image stabilization
Nokia Lumia 930 20 27 F2.4 Optical
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 12 31 F2.2< /td> Digital
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 16 29 F2. 0 Optical
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 13 31 F2.2 Digital
Sony Xperia Z3 20.7 28 F2.0 Digital
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 8 29 F2.2 Optical

Who is where?

  1. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  2. Nokia Lumia 930
  3. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR)
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto)
  7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR)
  8. Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart)
  9. Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual)

Content:

Shooting in good light (1)

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/01-9.jpg"/>

Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in HDR mode, 50% of respondents voted for it. Second place goes to the Sony Xperia Z3 with manual shooting mode, 18% of the votes were cast for it. Third place with a score of 14% also went to Sony Xperia Z3, but shooting in Smart mode.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 shoots the worst (27%), Samsung Galaxy Alpha (16%) is slightly better in Auto mode, and even better, but far from ideal, Samsung Galaxy Alpha in HDR mode (15%).

Roman's comment. In normal lighting conditions, almost all modern flagship cameras cope in the same way, the photo processing algorithms differ slightly. Therefore, it is difficult to choose a clear leader in these conditions. Nevertheless, it is necessary to choose the best shot, even if it is extremely subjective.

I believe the more detailed shot was taken with a Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual). It has a fairly wide viewing angle, but blurring is possible at the corners of the frame. In the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), the angle is smaller, the pictures are slightly cleaner, but the details in the shadows are slightly lost. Third place goes to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto).

(10%), and even better, but far from ideal - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (8%).

Roman's comment. As in the previous frame, I think that number 9 has better detail and a wider viewing angle, next to it is number 7, it has an unusual picture with an extended dynamic range. Third place - number 5.

The worst shot, in my opinion, was taken with camera number 2: unnatural colors, "soap", small viewing angle. 1 and 6 shoot a little better.

Shooting in good light (3)

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/04-9.jpg"/>

Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 22% of respondents. Second place is also occupied by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but in Auto, 16% of the votes were cast for it. Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) takes third place with a score of 15%.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 (64%) shoots the worst, slightly better – Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) (8%), and even better, but far from ideal – Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) and Apple iPhone 6 Plus (by 7%).

Roman's comment. Personally, I like the shot taken with the Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual). It seems to me that he has better worked out details, a wider viewing angle. However, again there may be "soap" in the corners. This is probably due to the fact that the lens gets dirty easily. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) shoots a little worse. Third place - Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart).

Worst shot - Nokia Lumia 930. Weak contrast, wrong white balance. Next come the Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Shooting in good light (4)

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/03-9.jpg"/>

Readers' opinion. Best Shot. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR) was once again the leader, with 44% of respondents voting for it. The second place is occupied by Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR), 14% of the votes were cast for it. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) takes third place with a score of 13%.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. In your opinion, the camera number 2 (45%) shoots the worst of all, smartphones 1 and 9 shoot a little better (14% each), and even better, but far from ideal - number 14 (8%).

Roman's comment. The highest quality picture, in my opinion, is taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto): nice detail, natural colors. It was difficult to determine further, probably the second place is occupied by the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Obvious outsider - Nokia Lumia 930: "soap", unnatural faded colors. Slightly better shots Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR).

Shooting in good light (5)

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/05-9.jpg"/>

Readers' opinion. Best Shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), 31% of respondents voted for it. Second place is occupied by Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) and Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart), they were given 14% of the votes each. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) are in third place with 8% each.

Readers' opinion. Worst Shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 (45%), slightly better - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (22%), and even better, but far from ideal - Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) and Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (by 11%).

Roman's comment. I liked the picture taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In my opinion, it is not as contrasty as all the others, purer in color. Nice picture "draws" Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR). Everyone else shoots about the same.

The worst shot was hard to choose. I liked Apple iPhone 6 Plus least of all: pale colors, artifacts, soapy image.

Shooting at night

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/07-9.jpg"/>

Readers' opinion. The best shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 63% of respondents. The second place is again taken by him, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto), with another 22% of the votes. Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy Alpha in Auto and HDR, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are third with 3%.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) (35%) shoots, slightly better - it is in a different mode, Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (25%), and even better, but far from ideal - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (18%).

Shooting at night (2)

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2014/image/phototest-2/9/low/06-9.jpg"/>

This block of photos was not submitted in the "blind" voting.

Roman's comment.If we look at photos in terms of detail, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 did a better job in two modes, Auto and HDR: you can read the inscriptions printed in small print on ads. However, I did not like the work of noise reduction, the colors are oversaturated, the small viewing angle. In second place would put the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, the detailing is a little weaker, but in general, the picture is closer to the original, the “noise reduction” works more correctly, the colors are more natural. Third place - Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual): low detail, but a wide angle, nicer colors.

Примерно одинаково плохо вышли снимки на остальные устройства.

Съемка текста при искусственном освещении

Мнение читателей. Лучший снимок. Лидер привычный – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), за него проголосовали 39% респондентов. Второе место занимает Apple iPhone 6 Plus, за него отдали 30% голосов. Наконец, Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) занимает третье место с результатом 11%.

Мнение читателей. Худший снимок. Хуже всех, по вашему мнению, снимает Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (57%), чуть лучше – Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (24%), и еще лучше, но далеко до идеала – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR) (5%).

Комментарий Романа. На мой взгляд, более четко смотрится фотография текста, сделанная на Apple iPhone 6 Plus: хорошая детализация по всему кадру. Второе место – номера Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) и Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR). Третье – Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR).

The Nokia Lumia 930 did the worst. The text turned out to be very smooth, fuzzy. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also took no better pictures.

Conclusion

In fact, it was difficult to comment on this photo test, since almost all flagship cameras shoot approximately the same. The difference mainly lies in the viewing angles and various features like auto-HDR, improved autophoto, and so on.

If you are looking for a smartphone-camera among the presented devices, then the only device that provides fully manual settings is Nokia. However, it shoots badly by itself, so even the "manual" parameters do not save it.

If you choose a photo flagship, then only from Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3. The first, it seemed to me, is more versatile: fast and accurate. The second one copes well in some conditions, fails the task in others.

As for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it disappointed me a little. No, the pictures from it come out quite at the level, but nothing more.

Phototest of current smartphones, autumn 2014

A week ago, we held a vote on the site, in which you, dear readers, chose the best and worst shots, without knowing which smartphone is under which number.

In this article, we will sum up the results of the voting, as well as present our assessments of test shots. In order to correctly approach camera testing, we reduced all images to the same horizontal size, leaving the original aspect ratio to identify a frame with a smaller and larger viewing angles. In the same material, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with full-size photos that contain full EXIF ​​information.

In the text we will indicate the best and worst shots according to your versions. In addition, Roman Belykh will leave his opinion on the quality of the image received from a particular camera. At the same time, I want to note that Roman, like the readers, did not know which smartphone was under which number when evaluating the photos. That is, all the impressions described below were originally with numbers, not smartphone models, and for Roman this text, when device names are already substituted for numbers, will also be a surprise.

Phone model Number of megapixels Angle (mm) Lens aperture Image stabilization Nokia Lumia 930 20 27 F2.4 Optical Samsung Galaxy Alpha 12 31 F2.2 Digital Samsung Galaxy Note 4 16 29 F2.0 Optical Samsung Galaxy Note 3 13 31 F2 .2 Digital Sony Xperia Z3 20.7 28 F2.0 Digital Apple iPhone 6 Plus 8 29 F2.2 Optical

Who is where?

  1. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  2. Nokia Lumia 930
  3. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR)
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto)
  7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR)
  8. Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart)
  9. Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual)

Content:

Shooting in good light (1)

Readers' opinion. The best shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in HDR mode, 50% of respondents voted for it. Second place goes to the Sony Xperia Z3 with manual shooting mode, 18% of the votes were cast for it. Third place with a score of 14% also went to Sony Xperia Z3, but shooting in Smart mode.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. In your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 shoots the worst (27%), Samsung Galaxy Alpha (16%) is slightly better in Auto mode, and even better, but far from ideal, Samsung Galaxy Alpha in HDR mode (15%).

Roman's comment. In normal lighting conditions, almost all modern flagship cameras cope in the same way, the photo processing algorithms differ slightly. Therefore, it is difficult to choose a clear leader in these conditions. Nevertheless, it is necessary to choose the best shot, even if it is extremely subjective.

I believe the more detailed shot was taken with a Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual). It has a fairly wide viewing angle, but blurring is possible at the corners of the frame. In the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), the angle is smaller, the pictures are slightly cleaner, but the details in the shadows are slightly lost. Third place goes to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto).

The worst shot was taken with a Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR). The picture is overexposed, the details in the shadows are completely gone. Nearby, in terms of quality, there is a photo from Nokia Lumia 930 - the white balance is strongly distorted. The rest are about the same.

Shooting in good light (2)

Readers' opinion. The best shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 30% of respondents. Second place goes to Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR), with 23% of the votes. Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) takes third place with a score of 14%.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, is Nokia Lumia 930 (55%), slightly better – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto)

(10%), and even better, but far from ideal - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (8%).

Roman's comment. As in the previous frame, I think that number 9 has better detail and a wider viewing angle, next to it is number 7, it has an unusual picture with an extended dynamic range. Third place - number 5.

The worst shot, in my opinion, was taken with camera number 2: unnatural colors, "soap", small viewing angle. 1 and 6 shoot a little better.

Shooting in good light (3)

Readers' opinion. The best shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 22% of respondents. Second place is also occupied by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but in Auto, 16% of the votes were cast for it. Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) takes third place with a score of 15%.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. In your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 (64%) shoots the worst, slightly better – Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) (8%), and even better, but far from ideal – Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) and Apple iPhone 6 Plus (by 7%).

Roman's comment. Personally, I like the shot taken with the Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual). It seems to me that he has better worked out details, a wider viewing angle. However, again there may be "soap" in the corners. This is probably due to the fact that the lens gets dirty easily. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) shoots a little worse. Third place - Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart).

Worst shot - Nokia Lumia 930. Weak contrast, wrong white balance. Next come the Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Shooting in good light (4)

Readers' opinion. The best shot. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR) was once again the leader, with 44% of respondents voting for it. The second place is occupied by Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR), 14% of the votes were cast for it. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) takes third place with a score of 13%.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. In your opinion, the camera number 2 (45%) shoots the worst of all, smartphones 1 and 9 shoot a little better (14% each), and even better, but far from ideal - number 14 (8%).

Roman's comment. The highest quality picture, in my opinion, is taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto): nice detail, natural colors. It was difficult to determine further, probably the second place is occupied by the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Obvious outsider - Nokia Lumia 930: "soap", unnatural faded colors. Slightly better shots Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR).

Shooting in good light (5)

Readers' opinion. The best shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), 31% of respondents voted for it. Second place is occupied by Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) and Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart), they were given 14% of the votes each. Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Auto), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) are in third place with 8% each.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, Nokia Lumia 930 (45%), slightly better - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (22%), and even better, but far from ideal - Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) and Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (by 11%).

Roman's comment. I liked the picture taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In my opinion, it is not as contrasty as all the others, purer in color. Nice picture "draws" Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR). Everyone else shoots about the same.

The worst shot was hard to choose. I liked Apple iPhone 6 Plus least of all: pale colors, artifacts, soapy image.

Shooting at night

Shooting at night

Readers' opinion. The best shot. The leader was Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), voted for by 63% of respondents. The second place is again taken by him, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto), with another 22% of the votes. Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy Alpha in Auto and HDR, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are third with 3%.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. Worst of all, in your opinion, Sony Xperia Z3 (Smart) (35%) shoots, slightly better - it is in a different mode, Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (25%), and even better, but far from ideal - Apple iPhone 6 Plus (18%).

Shooting at night (2)

This block of photos was not submitted in the "blind" voting.

Roman's comment. If we look at photos in terms of detail, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 did a better job in two modes, Auto and HDR: you can read the inscriptions printed in small print on ads. However, I did not like the work of noise reduction, the colors are oversaturated, the small viewing angle. In second place would put the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, the detailing is a little weaker, but in general, the picture is closer to the original, the “noise reduction” works more correctly, the colors are more natural. Third place - Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual): low detail, but a wide angle, nicer colors.

Shots were about equally bad on other devices.

Shooting text under artificial lighting

Readers' opinion. The best shot. The usual leader is Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR), 39% of respondents voted for it. The second place goes to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with 30% of the votes. Finally, Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR) takes third place with a score of 11%.

Readers' opinion. Worst shot. In your opinion, Sony Xperia Z3 (Manual) (57%) shoots the worst, slightly better – Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (24%), and even better, but far from ideal – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR) (5% ).

Roman's comment. In my opinion, a photo of text taken on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus looks more clear: good detail throughout the frame. Second place goes to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Auto) and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (HDR). Third - Samsung Galaxy Alpha (HDR).

The Nokia Lumia 930 did the worst. The text turned out to be very smooth, fuzzy. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also took no better pictures.

Conclusion

In fact, it was difficult to comment on this photo test, since almost all flagship cameras shoot approximately the same. The difference mainly lies in the viewing angles and various features like auto-HDR, improved autophoto, and so on.

If you are looking for a smartphone-camera among the presented devices, then the only device that provides completely manual settings is Nokia. However, it shoots badly by itself, so even the "manual" parameters do not save it.

If you choose a photo flagship, then only from Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3. The first, it seemed to me, is more versatile: fast and accurate. The second one copes well in some conditions, fails the task in others.

As for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it disappointed me a little. No, the pictures from it come out quite at the level, but nothing more.