Your phone takes the best pictures, right? That’s why you bought it.
Not so fast, says tech vlogger Marques Brownlee in a YouTube video, where he pits the top five smartphone cameras on the market in a blind test against one another to see which one comes out on top.
While not entirely scientific (every smartphone camera’s resolution, features, and software will differ, as will a manufacturer’s JPG processing, not to mention differing focal lengths, sensor sizes, and lenses), it does provide a look at what average users see as they make their smartphone choice.
It’s interesting to note that the biggest differences center around how each manufacturer approaches color, and that some apply a lot heavier sharpening than others (check out some of the moire on the backpack photos).
At one point, Brownlee talks about the dynamic range of the phone cameras in a shot that includes the interior of a car mixed with an exterior scene, but this perhaps reveals more about the flaring characteristics and shadow/highlight recovery of the cameras and software than anything else. You’d probably need a Xyla Dynamic Range Test Chart to truly see what the differences between the cameras are.
At the end, Brownlee has the big reveal and talks about how, most of the time, it’s confirmation bias driving which camera ends up being the “favorite.”
Check it out and keep track of what your picks are for each photo. Did it match what your favorite smartphone camera actually is? Let us know in the comments below.
[via Marques Brownlee]