Fifteen smartphones are tested to see which one has the best flashlight (VIDEO)

Fifteen smartphones are tested to see which one has the best flashlight (VIDEO)
It is probably the one application that we take for granted on our smartphones. That would be the flashlight. Sure, we all end up using it, and there are times when we really need to have the capabilities of a good light available at a moment's notice. But not all smartphone flashlights are created equal. Some remind us of a weak penlight that couldn't cut the darkness of a total eclipse. Others blind you even if you stare at them for only a quick second.

A number of smartphone models, both very recent and some a few years old, were tested to see which handset gives you the best opportunity to see in the dark. The contestants included the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, LG G5, HTC 10, Nexus 5X, Apple iPhone SE, Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Sony Xperia M5, Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, Sony Xperia Z3+, Sony Xperia Z3v, and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

Note that this is far from being a scientific test and the results were subjective. Among the brighter flashlights were the ones on the LG G5, Nexus 5X and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. After a number of visual tests, these three handsets were still standing.  Which one took home the trophy for having the best flashlight? It was the Nexus 5X, which edged out the Galaxy S7 edge.

You can check out the entire process by clicking on the video below. Who knows? Perhaps you think that another phone should have been crowned the champion. 

source: XperiaFan



1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Haven't seen the video but let me guess, sony phones were the last? They usually have tiny flashlights which don't shine very bright.

20. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

the led on my z3 compact is not very bright as a flashlight (constantly on) but it emits a very bright light when taking a picture... they did this on purpose to save battery life during constant use... i like it the way it is... in fact i rather have that and use it whenever i want until my phone's battery is depleted if needed it, unlike Samsung devices that do not let you use led light when the battery is under XX%

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also having a brighter flashlight doesn't neccessarily mean it will result in better, especially on smartphones Since smartphone flashlights are so concentrated they can cause more harshness Its because for smartphones there's no diffuser and you can't bouce the flashlight of the ceiling or wall

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

e.g. Here's what I mean by flashlights causing too much harshness

39. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

My Eveready flashlight beats them all....

28. DarkMaster unregistered

Z series phone got best flash for photos...M5 and C5 is brighter but not good for photography,check out DxOMark scores for flash and you will see that Z5 scores the best( better than S7 and HTC 10 ) . but in the end it's just a software tweak ....

32. PhoneFixer unregistered

AGAIN pathetic rappe phone shown...oooh well

2. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

No Lumias or Blackberrys c'mon !!!!

8. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

If it were there, the 1020 would probably take it home.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Man, no box cameras with single use incandescent bulbs from 1935? If they were in this test, they would probably take number 1.

13. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

What about the bat signal spotlight? This test was rigged.

3. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

You guys are comparing flashlights now? Lol. This has gone too far.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Flashlights are important and too often overlooked. They can make the difference between a good and a bad picture when indoors.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO for older smartphones yes But IMO new flagship smartphones are at a point where flashlights only improve photos at extreme low light Since smartphone flashlights are so concentrated they cause too much harshness IMO Because for smartphones there's no diffuser and you can't bouce the flashlight of the ceiling or wall

30. AlikMalix unregistered

In that case just being the most bright isn't as important as having the right tone of light. Too bright will make people seem too pale, or objects look unnatural. A proper amount of proper toned light is best. I got a camera app that allows me to control whether to use the white light, the Yellow light or both of the LEDs on my phone to get proper color tones when shooting in darker environment. But yes, I've noticed that iPhone flash isn't as bright as LG 3 or 4 - it still lets me find or see in the dark, but I wouldn't mind if Apple installed a much brighter light on its back.

5. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Don't you ever use flashlight on your cell phone ? Its important when you have to take picture in low light conditions.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lol, what's wrong with that? Come on I want a good flash for good low light photography!

11. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Sometimes the flashlight can be of great importance I don't mean for taking pictures but in case of sudden electric shut down then a light from your pocket would be helpful . If a car stopped in the middle of the road in night then a powerful light would also be great . I agree it is too far to look of which is better or worse , but maybe if there is a bad flashlight on a phone then that should be noticed.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

How the Z series especially the Z5 had such a weak flash shocks me, as it has a great camera on the back. The C5 and M5 outperformed

10. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I use my flash light when im camping to see where im going in the dark.

12. Unordinary unregistered

I use the flasb light when searching for Techies life. Can't seem to find it.

21. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

I use the iFlash light to find wise wisdom upon searching on you. I never seem to find or iUnderstand it. Most iFans don't know what to do in between the yearly iRapture events. For some of them, perhaps those whose iFaith is faltering, there is a need to make all these mockups of the upcoming iHolyDevices, to tide them over until their patron, Saint Ive, brings down the real thing from iHeaven. iLight.

26. Unordinary unregistered

iSense the butthurt in you

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*chop chop* *flashlight turns on* Nothing beats that.

15. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Who won?? I do not want to see the video..

16. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Ok got it.

19. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

nexus 5x XD

17. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

He owns half the Xperia's that are sold in the US lol


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No Lumia 950/ has tripple of the brightest flashes around!

38. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

That's what I thought, it really is bright. However it looks like they were just testing a couple popular phones as well as every phone Sony has ever produced.

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