Best smartphone for selfies in 2022: You decide in this blind test

The same rules apply as with all of our camera blind tests: we’ll show you six photos from six different smartphones, but we won’t reveal which photo is from which phone. So you vote “blind” for your favorite photo and we’ll look at the results in a week and pick a winner. Of course, we also reveal which smartphone is behind the respective photo.

With smartphones, we always take photos with the factory settings, without making any changes. We also took each selfie three times with each smartphone and then selected the best shot to eliminate outliers. Last but not least, we cropped the images slightly so that the individual smartphones and their selfie cameras with their slightly different focal lengths do not give each other away.

In order to further improve the image quality for comparison purposes, we also made sure that the selfie photos of all smartphones are not mirrored. We also activated or deactivated the bokeh mode across the board and also made sure that the beauty modes are deactivated on all smartphones.

Before we begin, here’s a quick note: each new photo grid is positioned randomly. For example, sample 1A and sample 2A were probably taken with two different smartphones.

Taking photos with the Pixel 6 Pro

The Pixel 6 Pro won our last blind camera test. / © NextPit

Example 1: daylight, bokeh off

Let’s start with the simplest shot: a daylight selfie with no bokeh. The background is a bit lighter than me, allowing the smartphone cameras to show how good their dynamic range is.

Example 2: daylight, bokeh on

The second motif is identical to the first, but here we have generally activated the bokeh mode for the selfie camera. We shot with standard bokeh settings in this blind test.

Sample 3: Inside, bokeh off

In the third pattern, the lighting conditions are reversed: here, Camila is more brightly lit than the background. Thanks to sufficient light, the selfie cameras should still have an easy time here. But don’t worry, the level of difficulty will slowly increase.

Sample 4: Indoor, bokeh on

Here, too, the previous motif can be selected, but in each case with activated portrait mode. Notice how neatly the smartphones cut Camila out of the background. The most difficult aspect here would be the ear jewelry.

Example 5: Backlight, bokeh off

For Trial Five, conditions get pretty extreme. Fabi has stood in front of the window and the selfie cameras have to prove whether they can handle extreme contrasts. Most smartphones do not manage to expose the background sufficiently. But which picture do you prefer?

Sample 6: backlight, bokeh on

The same applies here: Which smartphone delivers the best result in backlight when portrait mode is activated? We look forward to your votes!

Sample 7: artificial light, bokeh off

Mixed lighting conditions are a challenge for any white balance situation. Accordingly, the seventh sample is about how well the selfie cameras of the various smartphones captured Antoine. Pay special attention to the colors in the picture.

Sample 8: artificial light, bokeh on

In this next image, you can see the previous subject again, with portrait mode enabled. We found it interesting how the cameras reproduce the bokeh with the artificial plants in the background. Which one do you like the most?

Sample 9: Low light, bokeh off

One of the biggest differences in our camera blind tests is always in the dimly lit subjects, and selfie cameras are no exception. And on this subject, it was really, really dark: the only light here comes through a window that’s in the room across the hall.

Example 10: Low light, bokeh on

It becomes even more difficult when bokeh is activated, because some smartphones then no longer have the night mode for selfies, which was previously supported properly. Which recording is your favourite?

And now it is your turn!

Are you surprised by the sometimes quite clear differences between the individual selfie cameras? Or did you expect more drastic differences in image quality? We look forward to your feedback in the comments and, of course, to your votes in the polls!

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