The most famous Tech YouTuber carried out a photo blind test with pictures from 16 different smartphones. You will certainly never guess the outcome.
While many smartphones present great similarities in most aspects (almost identical design, excellent quality OLED screen, autonomy exceeding the day …), the most striking point to differentiate them is certainly the photo. It is therefore important for a smartphone to take good photos.
Every year, the most famous Tech YouTuber, MKBHD, performs a blind test on its social networks to let its community vote and choose the best camera from a selection of 16 phones. And like every year, the result is particularly surprising, but in order not to spoil the surprise, we give you time to watch the video before commenting on it if you haven’t seen it yet.
An unexpected winner
When you think of a photo-gifted smartphone, the first names that come to mind are usually Apple, Google, Samsung and Huawei, with Oppo possibly not far behind. Yet none of these brands made it to even the final.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max was knocked out by the OnePlus 8T, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was overtaken by the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra in the semi-finals, while the Pixel 5 and Huawei Mate 40 Pro all got both were released by the Asus Zenfone 7 Pro, the big winner of this competition.
What should we deduce from it?
Should we deduce from this that the Asus Zenfone 7 Pro is the best smartphone of 2020 for taking photos? Not really. First of all, each round of this contest consisted of only one photo, usually during the day. Even if some tours are carried out in conditions that can be difficult (in particular against the light), no phone has been put into competition in the most demanding category: night photos on a moving target.
Then, note that the protocol of MKBHD is to put the smartphone on a tripod in order to always obtain the same result on the 16 phones. This may tend to benefit some phones with poor stabilization while others will have worked this point.
Moreover, and this is certainly the most important point, displaying two photos on the same screen for comparison requires reducing their size, which means that the 10 million voters gave their opinion not on the finesse of the photo for example, but more on its colorimetry and its brightness.
When comparing two photos side by side, we will always tend to prefer the one that is brighter and with more saturated colors. It is not necessarily the “bestTechnically speaking, but the one that will catch the eye the most. This is all the more true as each social network will apply its own compression algorithms, often transforming the end result.
Anyway, the Zenfone 7 Pro achieves an excellent journey here, proving that Asus is today a player that should not be discredited in the smartphone market. After all, they still made the excellent Zenfone 2…