Compare the Galaxy S5's photos to those of the iPhone 5s, Xperia Z1 and other rivals

Compare the Galaxy S5's photos to those of the iPhone 5s, Xperia Z1 and other rivals
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?

Wrong! We simply can't wait that long, guys. We have taken one of those Galaxy S5 demo units Samsung has displayed at MWC 2014 and snapped a bunch of pictures with it. What's more, we've also taken those same shots with a bunch of rivaling handsets, such as the iPhone 5s, Xperia Z1, Galaxy S5 and HTC One. Want to get an idea of how all of these cameras stack up against each other? Well, go ahead - check the pictures out in the following gallery, but do keep in mind that the GS5 unit we used wasn't final (running non-final software), so results may differ with the retail version of the Galaxy S5 (it might easily be even better)!

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1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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. ( 3. Phase Detection AF (way better than contrast detection). 4. Live HDR mode.

39. johnehms09

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 17, 2014


12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

19. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

HDR is freaking good! Are you BoneXDA?

29. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The Colours are Extremely accurate! Im Wowed by the camera :)

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

This is good..kind of unexpected.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 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: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

IMO, from best to worse: GS5, IP5S, Z1, and HTC One. Thanks for the early comparison photos Ray!

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The same ranking I would give. +1

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

S5 > Z1 > ... rest ! Waiting Note 4 with OIS. CanĀ“t wait !

13. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 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: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 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: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I agree on the 16 gb. Hopefully the 32 gb is available with ATT. I would consider the blue color w/32 gb.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It will.

14. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 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: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 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: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

No ois = no go for me. In my opinion ois is a must have for my camera.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iPhone 5S proves otherwise.

30. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

tbh is coudln't care less about Ois since i have stready hands.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31660; Member since: Feb 05, 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: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 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: Oct 29, 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: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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: Oct 29, 2013

WOW the S5 camera is more realistic environment colors compared to the photo-illuminated 5s

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