Google Pixel 6A crowned as world's best camera smartphone in blind test with over 21 million votes
As has become the norm over the past few years, YouTuber Marques Brownlee has, again, created a massive blind test comparison across the most popular camera smartphones on the market, with some rather incredible results. Previous iterations of this contest were held on Twitter, but this year's test was hosted on a website, allowing for better image quality and more votes.
The blind test offered hundreds of pictures across three categories: standard, low-light, and portrait. Using an ELO system for rankings, results were conclusive: the Google Pixel 6A consistently puts out the best pictures. Or, at least, the pictures liked best by the voting audience. The Pixel 6A finished first, followed by the Pixel 7 Pro, and then the Asus Zenfone 9. The Galaxy S22 Ultra placed fifth; the iPhone 14 Pro seventh.
On the other end of the scale, the Sony Xperia IV comes out as the worst camera smartphone of the lot, followed by the Moto Edge 30 Ultra with its 200 MP camera, the Nothing Phone (1), iPhone SE (2022), OnePlus 10 Pro, and Xiaomi 12S Ultra—in that order.
There is, admittedly, a lot of information to unpack, and readers would be best served watching the video embedded at the end of the article. The gist of the story is rather consistent, however: users liked the images that were bright but not too bright best, and the darkest images least. While Pixels have shown superb camera capabilities across the board, Google has received plaudits for its handling of darker skin tones, with its Real Tone technology generally regarded as being best in class. These test results corroborate that.
Seeing as previous iterations of this test have also seen Pixel phones come out on top, empirical data points solidly at Google's Pixel series of smartphones being the best—at least purely in terms of image aesthetics. The Pixel 6A continues that trend in style, and can usually be had for under US$400. What's not to like?