Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Beats iPhone 6 and Others in DxOMark Mobile Camera Test
Smartphone makers put a lot of focus on their device’s cameras these days. Each year, we see smartphones being released with better camera specs than the predecessors, with flagships integrating the best of all. In fact, for many of us, they have replaced the dedicated cameras.
But one area where DSLRs and the like still outshine the mobile devices is the picture quality. Nonetheless the phone makers are trying to improve this aspect as well, which is very much evident from this year’s flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, HTC and others.
With that said, not all flagships are created equal though. Some devices are definitely superior to others in this regard, integrating camera sensors with more megapixels and useful features like optical image stabilization (OIS), which ensures better picture quality in low-light and helps in video recording.
Well I’m not here to give you a Photography 101 lecture, but rather, what I can tell you is that if you are looking for the best all-around camera phone, apparently nothing can match Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge.
A renowned camera testing publication DxOMark has recently tested various smartphone cameras for both stills and videos. These included Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The test concluded that Samsung’s latest curved flagship with the score of 86, is well ahead of the rest of the smartphone competition.
With 16 MP sensor on the back, the Galaxy S6 Edge allows its users to take sharp photos with vivid colors, while keeping the noise well-contained. As for the video, quality is nothing short of amazing in both bright and low-lit conditions.
Galaxy S6 Edge’s overall score is an average of the Photo sub-score of 88 and a Video sub-score of 84, which means the smartphone is slightly stronger for still, but it still beats its competitors on video side with resolutions, including 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, and even 720p@120fps for slow-motion effects.
Next to the S6 Edge is Galaxy Note 4 with 83 points, whereas iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have scored 82 points each. Galaxy S6 Edge is 7-point higher than its predecessor, the S5, which sits right below the latest iPhones in fourth place overall with 79 points. While DxOMark has not yet tested the normal Galaxy S6, it should also perform equally exceptional, as it comes with the same camera configuration – both on the front and back – as its edge counterpart.
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