The Best Smartphone Camera 2022!

Last Updated on December 21, 2022 by Detective Dev

All right so we wanted to answer the Question once and for all what is the Best smartphone camera out right now Maybe you think it's the iPhone or maybe It's a Samsung Flagship or maybe it's One of those pixels now in years past We've done a blind voting using social Media polls which was really fun and Yielded some surprising results but that Would still depend on the matchups that I planted at the very beginning so I Specifically put the iPhone and the Pixel on opposite sides of the bracket Expecting the best ones to hopefully Meet in the finals but they never did And there's always a bit of human input It's actually possible I could have Accidentally put the second best phone Up against the best phone in the first Round and it got eliminated so this time We're going to solve all that once and For all welcome to the blind smartphone Camera test scientific Edition so here's The idea we took 16 smartphones that Came out during this year the flagships Your expected Heavy Hitters but then Also some mid-rangers as well all the Way down to the unexpected and then we Took the same exact photo with each one Of them harder than a sound because you Have to hold perfectly still for several Minutes straight but we actually did This for three different types of photos A standard daylight photo a low light

Photo and a portrait mode snap and then We take all these images compress them Strip them of their exif data and Assigned each one a letter now for Maximum statistical confidence we would Have to ask you guys to vote on every Single possible matchup at least once so A versus B then a versus C then a versus D all the way through and then B versus C B versus D over and over 16 choose two For my stat heads but that's clearly a Bit too much I mean we want to be Scientific but having you sit there and Vote over a hundred times for each Category was a bit of a tall ask so Instead we got a little clever with it And we built a power ranking system Actually an ELO rating algorithm which You might have heard of they use this in Chess they use this in table tennis and Basically in any video game you've Played where there's a bunch of Different match UPS all happening at Once and you need to form a ranking of Them but this time we'll be using it to Sort of form a power ranking of Smartphone cameras so basically when you Hit enough sanctioned matchups you're Given a rating based on the ratings of Your matchups so you along with Everybody else gets shown comparisons at Random and we have this little progress Bar along the bottom you vote for the Better photo each time and then after a

Little while we have enough information To determine your individual customized Statistically significant winner so we Built this whole site with the ELO Rating system in there we loaded up all The photos and then we actually tossed This first into our Discord to have some Of you beta test this before anyone else Knew it existed so we could experiment With the data formatting on the out end So we could make sure it was all Organized so actually shout out to Discord for sponsoring this portion of Today's video so with the launch of Their new server subscription feature we Opened up an exclusive premium area on Our Discord server where members can ask The team including me you know general Questions about tech or any of the Content and getting exclusive Insider Info that you won't find anywhere else Like this test and also if you're Wondering Discord does it right with Revenue split it's 90 10. so 90 going to The Creator so your subscription Directly supports us and if you're a Creator looking for more information on This particular feature and adding it to Your own Discord definitely check out The link below so anyway I dropped the Site in there a bunch of you got in There quick and voted and basically we Got the data back in this text format it Looks kind of messy at first but

Actually it's super helpful and we can Work with this a summary of how many Times every single matchup got voted on And the votes for each side and also Since I had a lot of help with building This site and loading up all the Pictures even though I know which phones Were involved I don't know which phones Took which pictures so I could blind Test myself and it was every bit as Engaging as I was hoping I could kind of Tell some of the phones that I think Took certain pictures but for the most Part I would just take a glance and if I Was seeing those two pictures side by Side on like Instagram or Twitter I'm Just picking the better one no pixel Peeping or thorough inspection it's just Picture on the internet vote and in the End my standard Picture Winner was G my Low light winner was K and my portrait Mode winner was also K so everything Looked like it was working the data Processing was working as we wanted so The only thing left to do Was send it live and here we go so as Soon as it went public you guys jumped Right on it it peaked at around 35 000 votes per minute and then ended up Totaling more than 21 million votes in About three days there were essentially Zero Bad actors and now we have a load Of data many of you may have gone Through this which means you've done the

Voting and now you have your letter Which means it's time to reveal all the Smartphones that were involved in this Test And here you go a through P that's all 16 phones right there in their orders Which means the winner when I blind took The test myself for my standard photo Was the pixel 6A My winner for portrait mode and night Mode was the pixel 7. but what were the Overall winners according to Statistics Over the 20 plus million votes according To science I don't know if there's any other Collection of data like this anywhere on The internet so this is super cool to Get into so let's dig into it so first Of all overall winner so with the Highest average ELO rating across all Three categories in third place is the Asus Zenfone 9 in second place is the Pixel 7 Pro and first place is the pixel 6A The People's Choice camera of 2022 But there is a lot of fascinating Information to unpack here so first of All doing well in one category did not Necessarily guarantee doing well across Any of the other categories right so the Pixel 7 Pro came in second fourth and First in the three categories the pixel 6A came in third second and second but The Oppo Find X5 Pro actually came in First for standard then third for low

Light and 15th for portrait mode this Basically means that if you wanted you Could argue for the the importance of This standard photo over the low light Or the portrait mode photos so let's say The standard photo is like three times As important to most people as the other Two categories which feels about right With that weighted importance on Standard photos then the Oppo Find X5 Pro becomes the overall winner which is Interesting and in case you're wondering Where the iPhone was and all this the IPhone 14 pro tested in sixth place Tenth place and fifth place but in Natural Curiosity for me anyway was to Ask what were the biggest losers which Ones got absolutely destroyed the most In this test And your Undisputed winners of losing The most is the Sony Xperia 1 mark IV And the Moto Edge 30 Ultra these phones Performed terribly in these tests so the Sony despite its world-class sensor and Extremely Advanced apps when in full Auto like the rest of these phones did Not produce good pictures and ended up With the lowest average ELO rating Across all three categories and then the Moto Edge 30 Ultra actually had the most Overall losses it took a bizarre Sequence of photos including an Extremely dark standard light photo and An incredibly over sharpened low-light

Photo that it's the only one to have two Million total votes against it now Here's another interesting thought Votes per dollar if we wanted to sort by Bang for the buck basically which ones If we account for the launch price the MSRP which one was performing the best Relative to its price and the two Winners for votes per dollar by far are The pixel 6A no surprise over 4 200 Votes per dollar and the realme 10 Pro Plus also sneaks in there the only other Phone up over four thousand votes per Dollar sneaky good camera phone for 379. And then the obvious losers again are The 900 Moto Edge and the one thousand Six hundred dollar Sony Xperia one four Also I just had to I had to look through The text files and find the biggest dunk Just the biggest overall match-up Discrepancy between two phones in any Category and I found it that would be Portrait mode pixel 7 Pro versus Sony Xperia 1 mark IV with the pixel winning 98 of the votes here so to the 1523 Review that voted for the Sony here not Sure what you saw that the rest of us Didn't but overall just more than seeing Which ones got the most votes is seeing Why certain phones and certain pictures Got the most votes and the best way to Do that was actually just putting all of The photos in order side by side in Order of how many votes they got and

That's how we started to see some really Interesting patterns so like for example Last time in the head to head we kind of Established that in a case of a versus B If one photo's a little brighter than The other it'll probably win But how far can that go is there a such Thing as too bright in this case and it Turned out yes this is all the standard Mode photos in order and yes the three Darkest photos are the three biggest Losers hands down they crushed any Shadow detail in my hair and the Extremely comfortable sweater I'm Wearing on but right Above that is three of the absolute Brightest photos like these were just Overexposed straight up matter of fact It looks like we kind of got this order Of great photos then too bright then too Dark so it shows me that good exposure Wins but if you're gonna miss then yeah People would rather have it be too Bright than too dark with night mode Altogether and in order you can kind of See a bit of the same thing so the most Neutral correct exposures generally one If they were sharp this time there's About four good exposures Vivo x80 Pro Pixel 6A Oppo Find X5 Pro and pixel 7 Pro then there's the two brights which People mostly preferred over the two Darks also there were some seriously Wild things happening with some of these

Photos in low light the Vivo I mean it Absolutely nailed it it's clearly the Low light King the s22 ultra Interestingly came in fifth place even When completely missing focus on my Stationary face and hitting the Background for some reason uh the iPhone 14 pro did an enormous amount of HDR That had me looking kind of green like a Zombie but it still came in 11th place Here The Moto Edge Plus as I mentioned kicked Out maybe the most over sharpened photo The world has ever seen and then in dead Last is the iPhone SE the only phone in This test that does not have night mode And the sad thing is like it does have Ois it does have a decent sensor and it Does have a new processor but Apple just Feels the need to protect their more Expensive phones with more premium Features so they didn't give the SC Night mode and it suffered big time here Then in portrait mode we have the most Variety of them all because not only are We judging things that we normally would About a photo like sharpness color Exposure Etc but we are also now adding Cut out quality and artificially blurred Background quality and every phone uses A slightly different focal length for Their portrait mode by default some of Them do a 2X portrait mode some of them 2.5 some of them 3x some of them even do

1X but combining all of these factors The pixel 7 Pro absolutely dominated Portrait mode this was The Runaway Winner here in this category great Cutout great exposure great colors and a Nice soft background it nailed it but Guess what the pixel 6A was in second And the real me 10 Pro Plus snuck in There in third right above what I Consider the best cutout of the entire Competition which came from this Galaxy S22 Ultra I think it's pretty close to Perfect at Edge detection here pretty Sim similar to the Zenfone 9's cutout But a better overall photo so it got Fourth place instead of seventh I was Also curious if there would be a Correlation between how many votes a Phone got and whether or not they used More of a telephoto focal length just Because it maybe would feel more natural Having a blurred background if you're at 3x but when we lined it all up there was Almost no trend line at all and no Correlation so that was interesting Really the only other definite thing I Noticed about portrait mode photos is That the three worst photos that got the Fewest votes by far were also by far the Brightest photos so see it turns out you Can overdo the brightness and that I Think that is basically it So summary time just from all the data That we have things that we learned

Number one is that being really good in One of these categories did not Necessarily guarantee being good at the Others that's clearly reflected in the Data Two is that pixel 6A and the real me 10 Pro Plus turned out to be the best bang For the buck as far as a smartphone Camera from the phones that came out in 2022 and the pixel 6A being the overall Winner actually matches with it winning Our bracket style social media polling Blind test from last year which the Pixel 5A won and last but not least yeah Brighter photos do typically win but you Can in fact be too bright so I think This mission was a success we learned a Lot I will say congrats to the pixel 6A On the People's Choice Awards so to Speak and you know what we're going to Leave up the voting website till let's Say through the end of this year till The end of January how about so January 31st is the last day you'll be able to Go to and blind test Yourself and I think we'll replace the Letters now with the actual names of the Phones now that it's been revealed but We don't want to have to pay for all This terabytes of data processing Forever so that's deadline so thanks to Y'all on the Discord for helping us beta Test this thing thanks to Zach for Helping us build this site and implement

The ELO style power ranking system And thanks to you For watching Catch you guys in the next one Peace

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