Camera blind test: Double victory from China and the test dilemma



tl;dr: Who won?

Although some votes were extremely close and some of the winners were very clear, we have two winners this time – depending on the counting method.

If we added up all the percentage points across all of the challenges, the smartphones that outshone the rest of the competition in individual situations happen to have an advantage. In this case, a large advantage is included in the overall result. The result would then look like this:

Blind test winner by percentage points
Rank
Smartphone
Cumulative percentage points
1
Huawei P40 Pro+
197 percent
2
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
175 percent
3
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
146 percent
4
OnePlus 8 Pro
104 percent
5
Real X3 Superzoom
78 percent

Note: The survey ran on the French, German and English domains. We have averaged the results out for the evaluation.

But if we were to determine a winner over every challenge and reward the placement with points in every scenario, then we will arrive at a slightly different result. In this case, the first-placed handset receives five points, the second four, the third three, and so on. If there is a tie, the next placement is omitted. The results would then look like this:

Blind test winner by points
Rank
Smartphone
Total points
1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
27
2
Huawei P40 Pro+
25
3
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
24
4
OnePlus 8 Pro
16
5
Real X3 Superzoom
14

To cut a long story short: There is no “best camera smartphone”, there is only the best device for you. Have a look at the pictures, and best in direct comparison to your other options. Which particular image do you like the best? Compose your own picture and find out.

In addition, the above evaluation of the blind test depicts a problem that plagues any other test which require a score: If you count differently, the order within the high score list changes as well. Bear this in mind when you look at test reports in the future, regardless of which publication runs it.

In the following, you can see all photos with the respective devices in the subtext.

1. Indoor shots under artificial light

In the first scenario, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra was the runaway winner with one-third of the total votes. The dynamic range is wide, but the photo still looks natural. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and the Huawei P40 Pro+ follow in second place.

Comparison pictures: Indoor shot under artificial light
2. Portrait under daylight, 2x zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also wins the portrait comparison. This may have been due to the good reproduction of skin tones, but it may also have been due to the very strong bokeh which is standard – do you like very soft backgrounds?

Comparison pictures: Portrait under daylight, 2x zoom
3. 10x zoom, daylight

A powerful zoom does help a lot. Accordingly, the Huawei P40 Pro+ was able to assert itself here, which is not surprising in view of the image quality, especially when viewed at a higher magnification. A small surprise, on the other hand, is the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, which some of you voted to place it in second place before the Realme X3 Superzoom Galaxy S20 Ultra. My personal ballot would have looked different.

Comparison pictures: Blackberries under daylight, 10x zoom
4. Night shots with Night Mode

Huawei is well-known for their Night Mode – and could perhaps convince you as well. Correspondingly, the Huawei P40 Pro+ racked up more than 50 percent of the votes. In second place is the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro with only 23 percent. Ouch.

Comparison pictures: Night shot with Night Mode
5. Night shot without Night Mode

Without Night Mode, with several seconds of exposure, the tide turns quickly: In this scenario, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro achieved close to 50 percent of the votes, while the Huawei P40 Pro+ has to be content with second place at 29 percent.

Comparison pictures: Night scene without Night Mode
6. Ultra-wide-angle, daylight

In ultra-wide-angle, all of the smartphones delivered decent results overall. Nevertheless, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro remains at the top of the podium in the end, followed by the OnePlus 8 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Comparison pictures: Ultra-wide-angle, daylight
7. Selfie, daylight

OnePlus was able to catch up quite well when it came to selfies – but it was still not enough to catch up with the top. With 36 percent, the OnePlus 8 Pro prevailed here against the Huawei P40 Pro+ (32 percent).

Comparison pictures: Selfie, Daylight

What do you think of the results? Does your personal perception agree with the majority of NextPit users? We look forward to your comments!



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