DxOMark tests the Galaxy S6 edge+, challenges the Xperia Z5's top spot

Back when the Xperia Z5 was announced, DxOMark — an image quality rating website by software developer DxO Labs — was quick to get its hands on a unit, and proclaimed Sony's latest flagship to be “the best camera in a leading smartphone” that the benchmarking team has tested so far. The Xperia was scored 88 for photo quality and 86 for video, netting it an overall score of 87 – the highest DxO had given to any smartphone so far.

Well, on the 23rd of December, DxOMark got around to testing Samsung's curvy phablet – the Galaxy S6 edge+ and interestingly gave it the same score as the Xperia Z5 – 88 for photo quality and 86 for video, placing both handsets shoulder-to-shoulder on the top spot of the website's own rating board.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5, which has been reviewed by DxO in the past, got an overall score of 86 (87 for photo + 84 for video). One may find this a bit weird, considering that both it and the Galaxy S6 edge+ are supposed to have identical cameras. Well, it is possible that the test units had different sensors – Samsung ships the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5 with either a Sony IMX240 or a Sammy-made ISOCELL sensor for their main cameras. It's not variant-based, nor region-based, so there's no way of telling which one you would get if you were to enter the store and buy one of these phones right now.. Unfortunately, DxO didn't disclose which sensors were on the smartphones it was testing.

Of course, we could also accept that a single point can easily fall into an acceptable error margin. DxOMark tests and rates the performance of smartphone cameras in 7 divisions – Exposure and contrast, Color, Autofocus, Texture, Noise, Artifacts, Flash (Stabilization for video). It's possible that a point can slip here or there. The general rule of thumb is – if your phone of choice is towards the top 10 in such a list, you are most likely going to be happy with its camera. Do check out what our thoughts on the Xperia Z5's camera and the Galaxy S6 edge+'s camera were, too!

source: DxOMark

Related phones

Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

GS6 Edge: 87, 85 = 87 Z5: 88, 86 = 87 What?

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

Obviously z5 is still ahead in decimal points. It's like z3 vs s5 last year. Both had 79 points ( i might be wrong) but s5 was ahead in decimal points.

23. ph00ny

Posts: 2066; Member since: May 26, 2011

lol Their math = fail

30. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

but samsung now takes the top spot because of their alphabetical listing policy. well, no complaints over that. everyone should now realize why dxomark is a respected name.

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't trust their methods. According to them, iPhone 5s has a better camera than Nokia 808 pureview. You simply can't quantify a camera as there are so many different aspects. In some ways, Dxomark reminds me of antutu, quantifying a thing which can't be and leading to the inevitable, which is inconsistent results. BTW all note 5 and edge+ are IMX240, so it pretty much proves my point of how unreliable their testing and scores are.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I generally agree with you, but I've seen examples of these cams taken in the exact same lab conditions by another site, and the best turnouts for the Z5 come out slightly above the S6 family. I will say that the entire picture as a whole, I definitely give it to the S6 lineup due to consistency...it just looks amazing all over practically all the time. With that being said, the 950 XL rapestomps the Z5's results, as well as those from the S6 family. Not sure if DxO mark has testes these though... And the 5S being better than the 808? Rubbish, I say!

18. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

As far as the Note 5 goes yea it uses the same sensors as the other Galaxy models but it has some software tweaks.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So you know for a fact all the latest Samsung devices all use the Sony sensor? Then explain this - http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-to-tell-if-your-Note5-or-Galaxy-S6-edge-has-a-Sony-or-Samsung-camera_id73035 Seems you would be wrong. Generally I can agree with you, but this time you are 100% WRONG!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sammobile.com/2015/05/05/heres-the-difference-between-samsung-and-sony-camera-sensors-on-the-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/ "so it pretty much proves my point of how unreliable" posts from readers can be.

43. TyrionLannister unregistered

Dude, those images are from s6. Do you even read the posts. They say: "Assuming that this is still the case with the Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, you might want to check for yourself. " Nowhere does it mention that there is a note 5 or edge+ with isocell. So it pretty much proves my point on how unreliable posts fro, readers can be.

44. ph00ny

Posts: 2066; Member since: May 26, 2011

I can confirm at least on my Note 5, it uses Sony sensor

3. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wow, that's one messed up eye to say that Z5 surpasses S6 series.

5. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Hmm.. I think, they test the sony sensor variant.

6. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

of course you do....because Samsung's ISOCELL can't be good right?!...I don't get why people said the Note5 and Edge+ had the exact same cameras as the S6 and S6 edge..it's obvious that samsung made some algorithm improvements to them and it shows

7. Shocky unregistered

Or they just updated the firmware? The hardware is the same, depending on which sensor you have of course.

10. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Perhaps..it's a great camera nonetheless

31. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

it can't be a different hardware because as dxomark claims they buy the device themselves from the market. they don't rely on units loaned by manufacturers. the hardware are usually similar in a specific region. it is most likely just the software that's changed.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The latest phones from Samsung will have either the Sony IMX240 or the Samsung ISOCELL. Unless you install an app that tells you which you have, you wont know because side by side tests have shown no significant difference. http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-to-tell-if-your-Note5-or-Galaxy-S6-edge-has-a-Sony-or-Samsung-camera_id73035 http://www.sammobile.com/2015/05/05/heres-the-difference-between-samsung-and-sony-camera-sensors-on-the-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/

8. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Well not sure how the comparisonof Z5 with s6 edge + but I am pretty sure it is better than note5. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_fRFqFeQ6tM&feature=youtu.be

9. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

this site either post pro samsung/appel or S***ing on others, for most sony. Very rearly otherwise. Strange that a site this big is so baised.

11. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Yes PA seem so biased. I guess they tested out the wrong Z5. I believe some versions of Z5 beat all Samsung devices.and some versions are garbage . PA please test out the Z5 and Z5 premium dual versions which are sold in India ,Malaysia ,Philippines and other Asian countries. I believe the European version we have right now doesn't seem to impress us at all. After seeing the manila shakers z5 camera comparison I believe Z5 is the best smartphone camera on the planet. Sony is not lying. Imx 300 rocks.

13. T-rex unregistered

After watching manila shaker Philippines video, note5 is no match for z5 premium, but I don't understand; why do so many reviewers have to say so many opposite things about the same camera on Z5

15. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

That is because not all versions of Z5 have the same image quality. I have noticed Asian users seems to have a better camera than us . It might be possible to find a Z5 which beats the note 5 and s6 edge+ after all.

17. T-rex unregistered

if that's the case then that's so bad of Sony. why spread so many different qualities and earn a bad name

12. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Undoudtedly Note5 has the best camera. No competition at all.

16. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Z5 in some asian countries specially beats the note 5 easily. Check out manila shakers video on YouTube Z5 vs note5 vs G4 vs 6s . Version we have in europe is entirely different. It is not as good as the Philippines version.

22. ph00ny

Posts: 2066; Member since: May 26, 2011

Why in the world would manufacturer put poor quality hardware in their devices? How close are they in terms of image quality?

24. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

How is that possible?? I thought Sony use the same sensor (IMX 300?) in all of their variants unlike Samsung does it to S6 (ISOCELL ver vs IMX ver). Mind to explain it in details?

25. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Same sensor.but different devices will give different image qualities. One user from India says z5 has 3 different image qualities from 3 devices he used at a shop. Quiet astonishes right? There is one version which the dxomark and manila shaker guy has which beats note5/S6/6s/G4 and rest of all... Lol I want to find this device.

26. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I'm considering to get dual sim variant of this phone. Since you mentioned that Z5 that beat Note 5 and others is Philippine's Z5, I hope I will probably purchase that phone as I'm living in SEA. xD

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In this case it doesn't matter because the S6's and the Note 5 use either Son'y or Samsung's own sensor. This site has photos taken with both and the differences are to small to even worry about it. http://www.sammobile.com/2015/05/05/heres-the-difference-between-samsung-and-sony-camera-sensors-on-the-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/

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