Every year, the popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee – better known as MKBHD – shares his own blind smartphone camera test based on the choice of his followers on the internet. MKBHD has just released its 2020 blind camera test and surprisingly, iPhone 12 Pro Max lost to OnePlus 8T in the first round.
The test is not scientific and consists only of revealing which photo people think is best based solely on the images, without any other reference. Marques shared the photos on his social networks a few days ago so that his followers could vote for the photos they preferred.
Last year, the iPhone 11 Pro was beaten in the first round by a photo taken with OnePlus 7T Pro. But if you thought the results would be different this year with the iPhone 12 Pro Max cameras, then you are wrong.
The photos were taken with 16 different smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Pixel 5, Huawei Mate 40 and Apple’s iPhone SE and iPhone 12 Pro Max. To our surprise, both iPhones lost to their rivals in the blind camera test.
The iPhone SE camera was compared to the Moto Edge + camera, but MKBHD followers chose the Moto Edge + photo as the best. Then the photo taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max was placed next to a photo with the OnePlus 8T – which also beat the iPhone.
The two best photos based on people’s choices were taken with the Zenfone 7 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, and the winner was the Zenfone 7 Pro.
Marques explains that the photos were not edited or even modified before they were taken, as the idea of the test is to find out which phone can take the best photo using just the automatic controls. While the photos taken with the iPhone SE and Moto Edge + are very similar, the photo taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera was overexposed in the window, while the OnePlus 8T fared better with its HDR.
He also mentions that things like exposure, white balance, and saturation usually determine how people see a photo and then choose which one looks best. While the photos from both iPhones captured a lot of detail, the color temperature turned bluer because of the sky behind the window – affecting the whole photo.
You can watch the entire blind test below:
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