Galaxy S6 vs Asus Zenfone 2 camera comparison: $600 flagship against a $300 midranger

Galaxy S6 vs Asus Zenfone 2 camera comparison: $600 flagship against a $300 midranger
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.

Indeed, we found Samsung's new flagship camera to be a great all-around performer in our review, but how many times better is it from the camera of the sub-$300 Asus Zenfone 2. Well, a Taiwanese photog has taken to the streets, and is answering that question with the barrage of photos below. Overall, it seems that the snapper on the S6 isn't many times better than the 13 MP shooter of the Zenfone 2, despite the price tag difference, and the "only" f/2.0 aperture of the Asus phone.

Not only that, but the Zenfone 2's PixelMaster technology does a better job at credible color representation than the warmish, slightly oversaturated colors that come out of the S6. Samsung's finest, however, resolves much more detail, and fares better in low-light, though the Zenfone 2 is no slouch then, either. Have a look for yourself, and tell us what you think about this $600 phone vs $300 phone camera comparison. Be patient, as these are the full-size photos, with the Galaxy S6 first (the wider 16:9 photos), and the Asus Zenfone 2 second (the regular 4:3 frames).


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)
ZenFone 2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

normal daytime pictures look great on both phones with a slight win for the s6 over the zenfone but then the night time shots from the zenfone are just god awful, overall the s6 is the clear winner. the zenfone definitely takes great daytime phones and for 300$ it just might be the best camera found on a mid ranged phone.

10. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I don't think the low light pictures are that bad, in fact they are better than I expected. I was not really expecting the ASUS phone to perform better for half the price, more taking into consideration it has no OIS which is a big factor for low light pictures. Iin general I think that the differences are smaller than I thought they will be.

11. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

I partially agree as I personally liked the zenfone pictures in the daylight that little bit more. Mainly because they appear slightly colder than the samsung which I guess is personal preference. I agree about the night time shots though they are a lot better than other phones in such conditions.

22. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

zenfone2 camera is very bad at night. looks washed out and dry ...shame on asus.

29. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Shame on Asus? Where do you get off. The Zenfone 2 is 1/2 to 1/3 the price of the S6. Find a Samsung phone that takes better night pictures at this price range and show a comparison. Until then, shame on you!

30. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

the galaxy alpha takes pretty good pictures and it cost 300$ the galaxy A5 takes better pictures an the alpha and it cost 335$

32. vinaysingh22sept97

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

A5 is good phone but not the level of zenfone 2 in performance..... even the zenfone 5 takes better quality images than A5

35. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

i guess so

23. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Honestly, the ZenFone 2 produce good day time pictures and still make the phone cheap. I think I would rather pick up a ZenFone 2 and save myself $300. I could almost get a GTX 970 for that money.

2. seven7dust unregistered

not bad till we get to the low light comparisons.

3. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

zenfone really keeps up with samsung in camera department. If camera is the main factor for any one purchasing, i think they could save lot of money by choosing zenfone. But of course, , samsung is the clear winner performance wise

4. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

the 1st image somehow reminds me of The good ol Fuji Provia.

5. canned.acid

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

So whats your point .. Just coz the camera on the S6 isnt a 100 times better compared to the zenfone we should ignore all the other factors where the s6 clearly kicks the zenfones @ss and consider saving the 300$ ... Is this the only thing that really matters when someone considers investing in a flagship device be it a S6 or the M9 or the G4

7. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The whole article is all about camera comparison so... What's your point?

16. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

His point is that they are factoring only the camera into the price. The doubled price isn't just for the slight increase in camera quality. It's also for the better processor, screen, ram, and storage.

28. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

But this is just a camera comparison. They never said "Galaxy S 6 vs ZenFone 2 showdown!" So why are you bringing other stuff into the comparison?

33. vinaysingh22sept97

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

here zenfone 2 is clear winner in terms of camera... not only in camera but also in other segments specifically the 4GB RAM hits a kick on Samsung's @ss.... also in terms of price.... Intel's processor is also good Samsung charge very high price without any reason.... not only Samsung there are many like Sony, HTC, Apple etc.

39. psychok9

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Are you kidding? Zenfone 2 camera seems to have half of the resolution or less... even worse than the light goes down. They aren't comparable, sadly.

6. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

HTC has to make collaboration with Asus in future.

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

not bad for asus good work,sammy is still king..

9. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I honestly say the S6 photos are much better than the Zenfone 2. In nightime, Zenfone 2 is a total loser here; images look blurry and distorted. But Phonearena clearly didn't emphasize this, otherwise they turn their attention away and focus on price tag difference to downgrade the S6 perspective value... This is another attempts to defame Samsung again. Phonearena, the site I trust the most, please stop writing any paid articles already.

13. barcas

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I agree,So lets see the same test with the Zenphone & the iphone & see what results come out. Is the iphone not still more expensive than the S6?

18. samurai_techie

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

how the hell PA didn't ban this bot? and who the hell like his nonsense comment? stupidity at the best............

25. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Go watch your japanese p**n movie. I don't have time to fight with you, loser.

21. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Come on, PAs being neutral on the camera thing. Defame? Do you even know the meaning of that word sammy boy? If you think PA write articles to demoralize your fanboyism, you've got lots of issues in your life.

24. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I didn't realize that defending my logic can hurt a jealous hater's feeling that much. Relax dude. You have right to get some fresh air.

37. TerryTerius unregistered

They just ran an article a few days ago about there being very few meaningful differences between a low-end $100 phone and a top of the line flagship. This article (I would assume) was done in that same vein of reporting. I guess some people will scream "Controversy!" at every opportunity.

38. vinaysingh22sept97

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I think you have color blindness or you are totally blind.... can't you see that Asus take more clear pictures than s6....

12. barcas

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The Zenfone does look good in daytime but to me its colours are more oversaturated not the Samsung's. Also what bugs me is most articles i have read (including from this site) say the samsung has now got very accurate colours & not oversaturated yet he now says they are??

14. kracio

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Those pix r all different! It looks like my non existing daughter went out to take some photos which look different, taken from different angles which changes the whole perspective of those pix! Plus did u use the low light mode on Asus, cause i saw another comparison on youtube where that phone kicked asses in low light !Sami was second and Iphone next to it. DO it more like a Pro phone arena!

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