Popular YouTuber MKBHD did a massive blind smartphone over the last few days on his social media channels which comprised of 16 different smartphones. The blind camera comparison received millions of votes on Twitter and Instagram Stories and included heavyweights like the Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, OnePlus 6T, iPhone XS, iPhone X, HTC U12+, and Galaxy Note 9.
The shootout also included some mid-range and budget devices like the LG V40, Pocophone F1, BlackBerry Key2, and the Palm phone. Outright, it is easy to dismiss these handsets in front of devices like the Pixel 3, iPhone XS, and Mate 20 Pro which are known for their camera prowess.
Turns out though, in reality, things are quite different. Despite all the claims from Apple about iPhones having the best camera in a smartphone, the iPhone XS and iPhone X were knocked out in the first round itself. What’s even more embarrassing is that the iPhone X was knocked out by the far cheaper $300 Pocophone F1. Add to that, the iPhone XS lost to the BlackBerry Key2. Yes, the BlackBerry Key2.
There were other upsets in the first round of the blind camera comparison as well. The Pixel 2 lost to the LG V40 while the Pixel 3 lost to Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro.
In the second round, the results were again surprising. The BlackBerry Key2 got more votes than the LG V40 while the Pocophone F1 beat the Galaxy Note 9. The Key2 ultimately lost to the Mate 20 Pro but the Pocophone F1 continued its impressive run and reached the final round beating the Hydrogen One.
As for the ultimate winner? I will not ruin that for you. See the video to find the winner yourself.
Let me repeat what I just wrote above and what you saw in this blind camera comparison. The $999 iPhone XS got knocked out by the BlackBerry Key2 while the iPhone X lost to Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 in the very first round itself. Sure, it was not a detailed camera comparison and as Marques rightfully points out in the video, people usually ended up preferring the brighter photo with more contrast and saturation. The compression from Twitter and Instagram also meant that any advantage the likes of the iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9 or the Pixel 3 had over their competitors in terms of sharpness and details were all but washed away.
The results, however, are telling and shows that if you only post photos from your smartphone on social media, the difference in camera quality between these devices are far smaller than what one would have otherwise believed.