mkbhd 2022 blind camera test

MKBHD 2022 Blind Camera Test: The Winners and How Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Did

Marques Brownlee popularly known as MKBHD launched the 2022 edition of the Blind Camera Test last week (13th of December 2022) with a twist and the result is out. We are going to check who the winner is and how Samsung S22 Ultra did.

MKBHD's blind camera test has always been done on social media using polls and he has always complained about how pictures look different across different social platforms (mainly Instagram and Twitter) where the voting takes place and the nature of the polls makes it unscientific.

This year, he decided to be more scientific about the system by using an ELO ranking system or rating algorithm and this time around it didn't happen on social media but on a dedicated page on his website (

According to him, it peaked at around 35,000 votes per minute, and in about 3 days, there have been over 600,000 people who voted which amounts to 21.2 million votes. The website is still up till the end of January (31st) of 2023, so you can still partake in the test.

There are 16 phones (mostly flagships) that came out this year and some manufacturers such as Google and Apple have more than one phone competing in this challenge/test but the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the only one representing Samsung.

There are also three categories this year which include Standard Day-Light, Low-Light, and Portrait Mode. Below are the smartphones involved (and letters representing them), the Winners of each category, and where Samsung ranks in each of them.

All 16 Smartphones and Their Letters

  • A - Huawei Mate 50 Pro
  • B - iPhone 14 Pro
  • C - Moto Edge 30 Ultra
  • D - Nothing Phone 1
  • E - OnePlus 10 Pro
  • F - Oppo Find X5
  • G - Google Pixel 6A
  • H - Realme 10 Pro+
  • I - ROG Phone 6
  • J - iPhone SE
  • K - Google Pixel 7 Pro
  • L - Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • M - Sony Xperia 1 IV
  • N - Xiaomi 12s Ultra
  • O - Asus Zenfone 9
  • P - Vivo X80 Pro+

MKBHD Personal Winners (When he took the test)

  • Standard: G - O - I
  • Low-Light: K - A - P
  • Portrait Mode: K - G - L

The People's Winners (The Winners You are Interested In)

Below are the winners of each category as well as the overall winners.

1.) Overall Winners (Highest Average ELO ratings)

  • 1st - Google Pixel 6A
  • 2nd - Google Pixel 7 Pro
  • 3rd - Asus Zenfone 9

Google Pixel 6A is the overall winner which is consistent with last year's result which the Google Pixel 5A won.

Samsung S22 Ultra came in 5th Place ahead of the iPhone 14 Pro in 7th Place.

The smartphones with the worst or lowest average ELO rating are the Sony Xperia 1 IV and Moto Edge 30 Ultra.

2.) Standard Mode Winners

  • 1st - Oppo FIND X5 Pro
  • 2nd - Google Pixel 7 Pro
  • 3rd - Google Pixel 6A

The iPhone 14 Pro came in the 6th place in this category while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra came in the 8th place.

3.) Low-Light Winners

  • 1st - Vivo X80 Pro+
  • 2nd - Google Pixel 6A
  • 3rd - Oppo FIND X5 Pro

In the 4th place is Google Pixel 7 Pro, 5th place is Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro came in 11th place.

4.) Portrait Mode Winners

  • 1st - Google Pixel 7 Pro
  • 2nd - Google Pixel 6A
  • 3rd - Realme 10 Pro+

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra came in 4th and the iPhone 14 Pro came in 5th.

If you are hearing about the blind camera test for the first time, you should watch the full video above and you will be caught up.

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