Galaxy S6 edge vs Note 4 low-light camera test gives props to the new flagship (video)

Galaxy S6 edge vs Note 4 low-light camera test gives props to the new flagship (video)
From the new lens and the whopping f/1.9 aperture for the rear camera, to the added optical image stabilization, and the improved wide-angle ratio of the fresh 5 MP front camera, there are plenty of new features to go around in the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge camera module.

At first look, it carries the same resolution as the snapper in the Galaxy S5, so what's so different about it, right? Well, resolution is only a part of it, and Samsung has upgraded the both the rear and front camera units of its new flagships in very meaningful ways, registering them for the smartphone camera top marathon. Just look at Samsung's own description: "Quick Launch, Tracking AF, Auto Real-time HDR(Front & Rear) , F1.9, Low Light Video(Front & Rear), High Clear Zoom, IR Detect White Balance, Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus." Whew, let the last one close the door.

The ultimate test for a smartphone camera these days, however, are its low-light abilities, as in bright sunlight every unit takes passable to great pictures now. Well, the F1.9 aperture seems to indeed make a difference, as can be attested with the real-life, improvised low-light comparison between the S6 edge and the Note 4 with its bog standard F2.2 one. As you can clearly see below, the S6 edge soaks in much more light, exposing the night street scene in a lighter, clearer manner.

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

wow i am sold .are you sold maherk(ceo of samsung troll)??

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Especially that note 4 already destroyed ip6+ in night shots. That 16billion dollar R&D starting to pay off.

6. seven7dust unregistered

Nah he just likes samsung, nothing wrong with that, they are a good company after all. samsung has really good cameras and their flash chips are second to none, even Apple prefers them to toshiba or micron. really hoping the new iPhone uses UFS, it's wonderful technology. But I just hopes he stops trolling on Apple threads, with the same old arguments about price. Still don't get this Holy war with Apple products , Some people like iO.S they use it , others like Android they use , Some like Samsung hardware , So they buy it, at the end of the day , it's not like Samsung are donating me free phones. So guys just buy what ever you like....and remember more competition = better. peace.

12. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

20. maherk

Posts: 7013; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And what did you achieve in your life other than mentioning my name on every article? Mr. Hypocrite

14. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"Still don't get this Holy war with Apple products" It stems from the nuclear war Apple started against Android. For a long I wouldn't even consider purchasing any Apple products but a few months ago I bought a used iPhone 5 to check out iOS. It's not a bad OS but it's not my cup of tea.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Honestly,(and I can't speak for everyone), it stems from Apple's holy war with everyone else, their method of taking advantage of the broken patent system to get patents that are over broad, cover concepts instead of specific solutions, and are often stolen work of others. Then they use that to keep others from advancing in the market. They once claimed in court that tapping an icon to unlock a screen violated their slide to unlock patent (which was a stolen concept to begin with), because "a tap is a zero length swipe." Their actions make phones less advanced than they could be, while making them more expensive because of the legal costs. That harms all of us. Note, to be fair, it seems they might be heading in the right direction with Tim Cook at the helm. The lawsuits have stopped pretty much, but the patent system abuse hasn't. They're still trying to patent overbroad concepts and the work of others. Once they stop that, I'll have zero issue with them. I don't care what brand anyone buys, that's their business.

15. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Are you hurt?

17. maherk

Posts: 7013; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lol get a life you pathetic stalker

2. Biernot unregistered

Germaaaanyyyyyyy :D Great Video Lars. As always ^^

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

S6 is a beast. I'm waiting for the official release in my country.2 days ago apple has increased prices of their hardware where I live. 840usd for ip6 16GB and 770 for the ip5s 32GB. No thx apple, I'll get S6 instead.

8. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Wut? Where do you live? :(

13. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

In EU, but we're not in the euro zone yet. The US currency is getting pricier and pricier thus the price increase. Strangely enoug prices for Samsung's hardware stay the same. That apple greed :D.

5. soldier820

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Well would have been nice if it was in English language. I cold not understand a freaking word. But I see the difference

11. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Basically he said he was shocked at how relatively good it performs under the challenging conditions, both in terms of speed (which he says and shows is a good improvement over the Note 4) and output quality. The latter thanks to the effective stabilization, brighter lens and better processing. He stated that even his system camera was struggling to achieve focus (specifically regarding speed) under those conditions.

22. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Exactly what I thought he said.

32. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You could even look at the video and see how impressive it was. He was being recorded taking pictures and the video shows how low the light was BUT on the S6, it was like if it was 5pm instead of what looked like 9pm. The fact that it was doing this real time and not post processing was VERY impressive. Even compared to a note 4 (current king)

7. RajRicardo

Posts: 503; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Someone get a Z3 in there. Sony, now fix the damn software.

30. rsiders

Posts: 2012; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Agree the only small fault besides the slipperyness of the phone. Everything else is superb. With the right software the camera can be even better.

9. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

I have never been overly keen on samsung phones, largely because of the design and touchwizz. But this is seriously impressive work.

10. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I hate samsung but holly s**t that camera is a beast. Im jelly. Seriously considering of jumping back onto the dark side.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple is the dark side, you have it backwards.

16. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

am getting one.... i trust despite relatively small battery for that screen size and resolutions(qhd), the device could last a day comfortably...

23. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

galaxy alpha had a 1840 mAh and it was good enough to last for a day so i guess battery life here won't be a problem despite of having a thinner battery ;) also AMOLED screens are battery-efficient

26. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Displaymate as tested and it's uses 20% less power then the s5 screen and 25% less power of the iphome 6 screen and so on, so the small battery with all ther other power saving of the cpu and mem and so on will easy last better than anything with a bigger battery of 500mAh more above it with easy, you also have the supper power saving mode that lasts a very long time as the screen uses no power when using black, on my note 4 edge the other day I did not plug in my charger right and my. Power was saying running out, changed over and it lated for 2 more days, I was able to use the net and phone and txts and so on in this time, the phone was at 10%, this will work even better on the new s6 edge

33. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Imagine the new s6 edge produce two day usage, iphone will be completely destroyed.. Which already is now by looking at this video. It's just amazing how the camera is. I'm so impressed.

18. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Ok my next phone is the S6.

34. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

The Green S6 Edge is calling my name!

21. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I see the sales of the phone skyrocketing when people buy it and testify of how good it is. Samsung if you have indeed imported greatly on this phone expect a record sales numbers.

24. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Best camera until Note 5 or S7.

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