iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy S5 And Galaxy Note 4 – Camera Samples Analyzed

Ramish Zafar
Posted Sep 21, 2014
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Despite lacking high camera resolutions as their main industry rivals, Apple’s iPhones are still known for their high quality photographs. This is due to the fact that Apple chooses to focus on individual aspects of the iPhone’s photograph taking ability, rather than choosing to simply beefing up the camera resolution.

The same principle has been followed by the iPhone 6 with the Cupertino based manufacturer choosing to keep the camera resolution on the device the same. The iPhone 6 has a camera resolution of 8 megapixels with iSight on board.

This is the same as the resolution on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus also feature a five element f/2.2 aperture lens with BSI and true tone dual LED flash. The iPhone 6 Plus does however have Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that was eliminated on the iPhone 6 due to thickness reasons most probably.

So given these specifications and improvements, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus stack up to their main rivals in the photography department. Smartphones in the Android world have cameras with high resolutions.

The Samsung Galaxy S5, though launched before the iPhone 6, comes with a staggering camera resolution of 16 MP which is boosted by Samsung’s native ISOCELL on board. The iPhone 6 Plus’s rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a similar resolution of 16 MP and Optical Image Stabilization on board. So how do these two stack against each other? Let’s take a look.

iPhone 6 – Camera Sample 1.

The iPhone 6 manages to capture color contrast and depth combined with detail quite efficiently. Given that the resolution of the lens isn’t that much up to bar, detail and depth are captured nicely indeed.

Galaxy S5 – Camera Sample 1.

The sharpness of this image belonging to the Galaxy S5 outstanding indeed. In addition, different varying levels of light are also accounted for nicely.

iPhone 6 – Camera Sample 2.

Once again, the overall difference in light ambiance and the contrast and variety of colors captured by the 8 MP camera are stunning indeed. Even the lights inside the Robeson CC have been captured without any blurring or loss of detail at a distance.

Galaxy S5 – Camera Sample 2.

The result of this heavy light photo is very sharp indeed. In fact, it looks no less than taken from a DSLR.

iPhone 6 – Camera Sample 3.

Once again, the sharpness and balance of the image is very strong even in a moderate lightning scenario.

Galaxy S5 – Camera Sample 3.

Another low light scenario, this time for the Galaxy S5. Once again, perhaps due to the ISOCELL on board, the camera does not fail to disappoint and rather captures great detail.

iPhone 6 – Camera Sample 4.

Top detail. Top detail. Top detail. That’s all that we’ve got to say for this camera sample taken from the iPhone 6. Simply outstanding indeed. All those who have pre-ordered the device and are planning to do so will not be disappointed.

Galaxy S5 – Camera Sample 4.

Oh but who are we to think that the Galaxy S5 will lag behind. Samsung’s 16 MP rear snapper does not disappoint in the detail and focus department at all.

iPhone 6 – Camera Sample 5.

Do we really need to say more about detail here? Just keep one thing in mind that the light is not as strong as the other shots due to the snap being taken indoors.

Galaxy S5 – Camera Sample 5.

That is one sharp image.

Now let’s up the bar a little bit and take a look at the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s pride; The Samsung Galaxy Note 4. For comparison between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus the camera samples of both the devices are the same images.

iPhone 6 Plus – Camera Sample 1.

The iPhone 6 Plus captures sunlight and overall color and detail much better when compared to the iPhone 6. The image turns out to be much more realistic and better looking.

Galaxy Note 4 – Camera Sample 1.

The Galaxy Note 4 demonstrates amazing photographic abilities with the snapshot above. Not only are the varying levels of light accounted for in great detail, but the image has great sharpness and amazing contrast as demonstrated.

iPhone 6 Plus – Camera Sample 2.

Once again the difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus is evident, though not as strongly as in the previous image. The iPhone 6 Plus shows better sensitivity to light and captures details slightly better than the iPhone 6.

Galaxy Note 4 – Camera Sample 2.

The Galaxy Note 4 takes a stunner of a picture outdoors which shows how much effort Samsung really has put into the device’s camera. Clear detail as well as an overall striking ambiance are strong features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

iPhone 6 Plus – Camera Sample 3.

Not much difference is present between the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus in this low light outdoor scenario, though it appears that the iPhone 6 just might have captured detail more effectively.

Galaxy Note 4 – Camera Sample 3.

The Galaxy Note 4 shows a great overall balance of light and objects of varying color intensities in this low light indoor scenario.

iPhone 6 Plus – Camera Sample 4.

The iPhone 6 Plus does not fail to disappoint in this high definition image scenario. With the only major difference between the two variants of the device being OIS at this point, the images appear to be quite similar.

Galaxy Note 4 – Camera Sample 4.

The Galaxy Note 4 blows the mind away with this absolute stunner of an image taken at night time. Not only is the black sky differentiated, but the strong lights of the bridge are also captured efficiently providing great contrast and tonal difference for a striking image indeed.

iPhone 6 Plus – Camera Sample 5.

We thought that greater detail was not possible in the iPhone 6 world with the last snapshot of the device above. How wrong were we. The iPhone 6 Plus manages to capture dust and other scratches on the lens above in even greater detail. For comparison sake you can see the difference between the scratches on the table.

Galaxy Note 4 – Camera Sample 5.

Amazing white and light balance once again by the Galaxy Note 4. Note again that the image above has been zoomed in, so the detail does not fail to impress.

Well that’s it folks. These are all the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 camera samples we could find for an efficient comparison. With it’s higher resolution and advanced features the Note 4 stands out as the clear winner in this contest. But for all the Apple lovers out there, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus both prove to be excellent devices for on the go picture taking purposes.

In fact, if you’re not looking for high level photography, they should prove to be sufficient for all of your picture taking needs. Nevertheless, we hope we made the difference clear and have helped you to make the better choice.

Thanks phonearea, techradar and androdollar for the images!

 

 

 

 

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