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Blind test with smartphone cameras brings surprising result

The discussion of which phone has the best camera endless and in many ways purely subjective. As we keep talking here, we have reached a point in mobile photography where any device you buy (above a certain value, of course) will offer very satisfactory results.

Since then, how about a blind test so that very different devices face each other in continuous and fun battles? It was exactly what the YouTuber Marques Brownlee (O MKBHD) did and the results were not pretty for the iPhones, as you can see above.

The enterprise's YouTuber it was ambitious: he selected 16 relatively recent devices and established an elimination system, placing competitors in brackets (think of the final stages of the World Cup) and excluding the losers from each round until only the big winner is left. The jury? No one less than the millions of followers of Brownlee, who voted for the best photo in each of the disputes on Instagram and Twitter all without knowing which device had taken each photo.

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The Apple devices selected for the competition were the iPhone XS it's the iPhone X. In the first round, they hit head on with the BlackBerry Key2 it's the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and, amazingly (or not), both were defeated in popular votes!

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Brownlee pointed out these two and some other results as surprises: both smartphones Pixel (2 and 3) were also eliminated in the initial phase, for the LG V40 and for the Huawei P20 Pro, respectively. Pocophone was devastating in the votes, surpassing, in the following phases, the Galaxy Note9 and nothing less than RED Hydrogen (yes, the smartphone dedicated to photography by the famous camcorder manufacturer); s in the final he was defeated by the great champion, the Huawei Mate 20.

I recommend that you watch the video because it was really fun, but be warned spoiler below we have the final results of the competition:

Blind testing of MKBHD cameras

Brownlee made an important point about the results. Voting took place via Twitter and Stories from Instagram, two platforms that compress images a lot and significantly decrease their quality. For this reason, a number of important points in analyzing the quality of a photo (level of detail, noise, sharpness) end up being less visible and the public tends to compare two aspects specifically: brightness and contrast. The devices that went further in the polls were precisely those that presented stronger processing, with brighter and saturated images, but not necessarily those of higher quality, according to him.

I, however, make a counterpoint here: with the exception of specific exceptions, most of us use the camera of our phones to take pictures that, precisely, will be posted on Instagram or Twitter. There is, therefore, a validity in the results if people saw those photos on these platforms and found them more attractive, so maybe Apple (and other manufacturers that did badly) would benefit from thinking about these aspects as well, not just naturally or not. degree of realism of the photo.

And you, what do you think?

via 9to5Mac