This is the Android smartphone with the best camera

This is the Android smartphone with the best camera

A few days ago we showed you a selection of photos shot with five of the current flagship Android smartphones. We didn't say which phone took which photos, and asked you to tell us in a blind test which smartphone camera you thought was best. You answered and we now have the results, which show a definite victory for one phone in particular. Did you know what it was?

We took our list of smartphone contenders from the prestigious DxOMark rankings and put your keen eyes to the test to see if you see the same things that DxOMark's extensive testing does. We randomly assigned letters of the alphabet to the phones and then took sample shots of a variety of subjects with each one. We then shared the galleries and asked you to vote for the one you thought was best. 

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Smartphone C was our clear winner. / © ANDROIDPIT

With an overwhelming majority of 40 percent, camera C was our clear winner. But the big question is, which phone does camera C belong to? Did you guess right? It was none other than the Xperia Z5.

Our clear first place winner was also the same camera phone that DxOMark named the best smartphone camera so congratulations guys, your eyes did not deceive you. But what about the runners-up?

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We had a tie for second and third place as well as fourth and fifth place. / © ANDROIDPIT

Oddly enough we had two two-way ties for the remaining four spots. Cameras D and E came in equal second with 22 percent of the vote, and cameras A and B tied for third place with eight percent each. We knew you guys wouldn't be happy with a vague tie, though, so we dug into the numbers behind the percentages to get a definite list, but boy, was it close.

Enough with the suspense: here are the smartphones with their corresponding letters and the votes each received.

1st place: Sony Xperia Z5 (smartphone C) 40 percent (575 votes)

2nd place: Moto X Pure Edition (smartphone E) 22 percent (321 votes)

3rd place: LG G4 (smartphone D) 22 percent (316 votes)

4th place: Nexus 6P (smartphone B) 8 percent (111 votes)

5th place: Samsung Galaxy S6 (smartphone A) 8 percent (109 votes)

Motorola deserves credit for having massively stepped up its photography game. / © ANDROIDPIT

As you can tell, with a split as close as two votes, the results could have flipped between the second and third place holders and the fourth and fifth place holders if I had pulled the results even just a minute later. But the Xperia Z5 definitely took first place, both according to your judgment and DxOMark's extensive testing.

The Moto X Pure Edition just nudged out the aging LG G4 for second spot and, the Galaxy S6 came in last, getting beaten by a nose by the Nexus 6P. Considering the Galaxy S6 is the oldest of these phones, perhaps this isn't too surprising, but it's definitely time we reassessed what we think is the best camera phone on Android.

Did you pick the winner? Would you have guessed the order correctly? Tell us what you think below.

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  • Marinko Agic Dec 21, 2015 Link to comment

    O yeah...In yours face Samsuck boys!

  • Jesse Guthrie Dec 19, 2015 Link to comment

    You can't just throw out pictures and have them rated. Each person needs to be there to see the scenery that is being photographed. I think the most accurate picture should be the winner, not the most beautiful.

  • Michelle Mitchell Dec 14, 2015 Link to comment

    Of all the phones my friends and family are LIKELY TO OWN, my LG G4 is, by far, the best. People actually ask me to take photos with my camera since they know they will turn out better.

  • The Multiverse Dec 13, 2015 Link to comment

    This is a ridiculous test. Again. The pictures were taken non-staticly and at different times with different lighting, so under different circumstances. I mean, come on man!

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      Deactivated Account Dec 14, 2015 Link to comment

      I 100% agree that's what I posted on the original article. It is a non static environment changing cloud cover and head lights which could effect the auto adjustments for light and color. This is a stupid test and totally non professional. They should redo this test under controlled or static environment, or at least have all the cameras take the picture at the same time not minutes apart.

  • Luka Dec 13, 2015 Link to comment

    Wow, I can't believe that S6 did so bad...
    I think it can make much better photos than that.
    However, Z5 wins this hands-down.

  • Mike White Dec 13, 2015 Link to comment

    Except for camera, I will also consider about relevant apps.

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    Deactivated Account Dec 13, 2015 Link to comment

    well done Moto and Google what a difference 12months makes.
    I'm not too bothered about camera quality (just as well..with a moto X 2nd gen) but come upgrade time my choices for a top quality android camera are getting better and better almost on a monthly basis.
    But... really the best camera is the one you've got... and how you use it can make all the difference...

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