Compare the Galaxy S5's photos to those of the iPhone 5s, Xperia Z1 and other rivals
0. phoneArena 25 Feb 2014, 14:04 posted on
The Samsung Galaxy S5 definitely has a lot going for it, and one of its major new features is the new 16-megapixel camera with a nice range of handy features, such as real-time HDR, selective focus and, of course, 4K video recording. Still, with the Galaxy S5 release date being scheduled for April 11, there's still some painful waiting time for us to go through until we can take that fancy camera for a spin, right...
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1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Some of the shots needed to be refocused (4 and 7) but nonetheless it looks promising. Can't wait for the final software shots.
11. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Here are certain things people are forgetting so quickly about GS5.
1. Increased sensor size compared to any other Galaxy devices (1/2.6-inch)
2. 1st time use of ISOCELL which they claim to be better than BSI sensors. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt2u8RH47lk)
3. Phase Detection AF (way better than contrast detection).
4. Live HDR mode.
12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Okay guys, so a few thoughts after looking up some other S5 shots. White balance, color gamut and dynamic range look pretty freaking good, good light or limited, I see proper results:
HDR is VERY impressive on these shots, considering the camera is facing the sun, the results are pretty dynamic:
Now with all that said, it appears there's quite a heavy processing going on, lot of noise to deal with resulting in heavier-than-ideal softness of the image. Mind you at 16MPs it still means boatloads of detail, but per pixel sharpness, Lumias and the Exmor RS are ahead. Dynamic range and color reproduction however is where Sammy gets serious with ISOCELL, speed should be good too.
Now here's where it gets interesting: the Sammy presentation showed a 4:3 sensor with some 16:9 filter layered over it. These photos are 5312x2988 pixels, which is 16:9, so it's possible that the sensor has 20 megapixels overall! (4 unused).
As far as jpeg compression goes, the 16MP images weigh in around 4MBs each, we could live with less processing, but it's not a final software.
15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Those photos look amazing! Samsung does the best when it comes to camera software, so I have no doubt they'll manage to make this a competitive camera.
29. Astoni (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The Colours are Extremely accurate! Im Wowed by the camera :)
3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1441; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I'm not sure, but for me the GS5 looks the best. After that Z1+5S, then GS4, the HTC One
4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Wow, the media was right, that GS5 color really do look like a band-aid... I like the other colors though... Can't wait to see what the Note 4 will look like, with it's curved display. :) Camera software is not finalized so no comment there.
5. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
The GS5 shots seem the worst to me, all of them are really dark. It is between the 5S and Z1 for me.
6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Situation 1 ("Galaxy S5" vertical sign): white balance is best on S5, per pixel sharpness and exposition on 5S
Situation 2 (room with bald fella): all except S4 are spot on with white balance, close in overall detail. Z1 is better than I expected, too close to call a winner
7. DnB925Art (Posts: 291; Member since: 23 May 2013)
IMO, from best to worse: GS5, IP5S, Z1, and HTC One. Thanks for the early comparison photos Ray!
8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Situation 3 (face on poster with strong light on it): S5 seem most naturally toned, but underexposed, 5S on par with level of detail, bit overexposed, rest is a mix, though Z1 is very well balanced
Situation 4 (black phone, white backgroud): S5 overexposed pretty badly, 5S looks the best, nice job by HTC One
Overall I guess the S5 needs some exposure tweaks, but white balance, level of details and focus seems to be pretty darn good. Is this 100% the ISOCELL sensor BTW?
P.S. Notice that Samsung's sensor is 16MP at a 16:9 aspect ratio, most interesting!
9. sergiobr (Posts: 422; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
S5 > Z1 > ... rest ! Waiting Note 4 with OIS. Can´t wait !
13. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 31; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
Only three things that makes GS5 a no go for me:
The design (Ok but....naaa)
No OIS (Would make the camera A LOT BETTER FOR LOW LIGHT PHOTOS)
And only 8gb available from the 16gb (Yes I know Micro-SD but me and M-SDs are not good friends)
Other wise This phone rocks.
Besides I'm also waiting for Nokias L1820 :D
Sorry for my english :)
17. UglyFrank (Posts: 441; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
The camera is pretty fast, OIS isn't needed as much because of that.
They sell too many phone for the OIS.
The image that showed 7.86GB also listed more than 2GB of miscellanous files.
18. AstronautJones (Posts: 271; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
I agree on the 16 gb. Hopefully the 32 gb is available with ATT. I would consider the blue color w/32 gb.
14. greyhulk (Posts: 120; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
What a horrible format to try and compare photos. You guys had to use a slideshow? Why could't you have cropped them and put them side-by-side?
16. wando77 (Posts: 299; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
Agreed.... I really don't like how phonearena compares photos. Rest of site is good though (apart from Ray's bias towards all thing apple)
21. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
No ois = no go for me. In my opinion ois is a must have for my camera.
30. Astoni (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
tbh is coudln't care less about Ois since i have stready hands.
22. Heatfan316 (Posts: 434; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Suddenly the GS5 doesn't look so bad, this will be a great camera phone!
42. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
once sony and nokia release their camera phones it will not !
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 11908; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
5S and S5 clearly are the best. That gold color is not the bees knees though, truly looks like a bandaid.
25. mokhtar (Posts: 247; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
to be honest .. gs5 looks simply like any other phone , i cant judge his camera from this text
however , i prefer the z1 shoots and s5 , 5s and htc one , gs4
31. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
because those cameras doesn't offer realistic environment colors and they're more often photo-illuminated while the galaxy S5 seems dark but it gives more realistic colored environment as you see in the first picture
26. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 433; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
I like how the 5S and Z1 brighten the whole image. Is the HDR on on both phones?
27. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
WOW the S5 camera is more realistic environment colors compared to the photo-illuminated 5s
33. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
and there's a reason the Lumia 1520 wasn't included??
35. elitewolverine (Posts: 1722; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
or the icon...since they are both 5in phones.
34. elitewolverine (Posts: 1722; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Odd, I don't see it, to me the s5 did great only in the projector shot, the other shots imo look much better. Heck I even digged the 5s over it which is horrible. I need my eyes checked. Where is my Samsung glasses at...seriously though I don't find the shots to be 'zomg'.
41. matck (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)
what we see is the basic user photography, s5 and exelent nothing to say
36. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 860; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
White Balance is off in just about every single S4 photo.
38. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
Don't hate but iphone 5S seems to be more on the dot if photos. I am waiting to see the full review and compare S5 with 5S I have the 5S and want to see how it compares.
40. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Are you kidding me the #16 photo as if the smartphone is in white background. OverExposure at its best lol.
43. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 51; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
I hate to say it. But the iphone 5s just seems to take better pictures. The 5s almost seems worse. Aaaaaah and I know I'll never go apple. F sakes. I hope the new HTC one is amazeballs.