We all know that the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 both have good cameras.
But when it comes to comparing cameras between iPhone and Android, it often comes down to this: which one do you think looks better?
Camera tests aren’t totally subjective. As testament to that fact, DxOMark Mobile has tested some of the best smartphone cameras on the market. In the company’s latest round of testing, the Galaxy S6 came out ahead of its biggest competitor, the iPhone 6.
Why the Galaxy S6 has a Better Camera than the iPhone 6
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 lost to the iPhone 6 in the last round of testing. Despite having twice as many megapixels as the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S5 was found to have worse overall picture and video quality.
After that test, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both topped the DxOMark charts with a score of 86 out of 100.
Things have changed with the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge both scored 88 points out of 100 (they have the same camera). The iPhone 6 Plus, in comparison, scored 84 points.
In terms of video, the Galaxy S6 scored 84 points compared to 79 on the iPhone 6.
Here are some specific points that helped the S6 beat out its biggest competitor in the iPhone 6:
-Very fine detail
-Low noise levels when shooting video in bright light
-Nice white balance in outdoor conditions
-Video performance was found to have “very good control of image noise” along with strong autofocus performance
-Above all, the S6 outperformed the iPhone 6 when it comes to texture detail. The greater resolution allows the camera to capture far more detail than the iPhone 6.
Overall, the iPhone 6 performs impressively well for a camera with just an 8MP sensor. But Samsung has finally combined higher sensor resolution with better software to create the world’s best smartphone camera.
Why It’s Not Quite the Perfect Camera
Both the iPhone 6 and S6 suffer from a similar problem: both phones have poor optical image stabilization.
The S6 has a noticeable wobble when the phone experiences vibration while shooting video. As a result, the S6 scored 56 points in the optical image stabilization category.
Before Apple fans get too excited, the iPhone 6 was found to suffer from the same problem and scored just 59 points on the same test.
You can view the full Galaxy S6 testing results at DxOMark.com here. The Galaxy S6 and Note 4 are currently rated as the world’s best smartphone cameras – although some are expecting the upcoming LG G4 to blow both of these devices out of the water.