Popular tech YouTuber MKBHD is wrapping up this year with his annual blind smartphone camera test. The iPhone 13 Pro made history in the MKBHD channel by ‘edging’ out the Motorola Edge from the competition. This is the first time an iPhone has passed the first round. However, its victory was short-lived, with Google’s Pixel 5a booting the iPhone 13 Pro from the competition. Last year, the iPhone 12 Pro Max lost to the OnePlus 8T.
MKBHD’s blind camera test pits 16 smartphones against each other by shooting the same scenarios with different cameras. The photos are labeled with different letters to eliminate bias. Then they’re posted to social media and users are asked to vote for the photo that they prefer.
The first round saw the iPhone 13 Pro scoring a historic win against the Motorola Edge. Its win comes as no surprise since the Moto Edge’s picture shows the window as completely blown-out. Whereas the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera displayed its excellent dynamic range by capturing not only the darker foreground details but also the lighter background.
However, the next round saw Apple’s high-end phone lose to Google’s budget phone, the Pixel 5a. Funnily enough, the $449 Google Pixel 5a also beat the $899 Pixel 6 Pro in the very first round. The Pixel 5a ultimately took home the crown by winning a majority of the votes.