How to tell if your Note5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ has a Sony or Samsung camera

How to tell if your Note5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ has a Sony or Samsung camera
As the Samsung faithful may know, the South Korean manufacturer is making use of two different sensors for the main camera with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge: the Sony IMX240 and a home-made ISOCELL unit. This, more than anything, prompted us to check our own Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ review samples to see which one they got, and also make us wonder whether the same split will be true with the new phablets. A quick web search suggests that yes, there's once again going to be a difference from device to device.

Now, while both camera sensors come lugging very similar specs sheets, it's likely that there'll be a difference between the performance of the two, at least so long as we have a replay of the Galaxy S6. In that scenario, the Sony IMX240 unit delivered more tempting, saturated colors within images, so some preferred it over the less-extreme ISOCELL sensor. Here's an example shot, courtesy of SamMobile:

Assuming that this is still the case with the Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, you might want to check for yourself whether you've got one or the other. Here's how to do it in under 2 minutes:

Related phones

Galaxy Note 5
  • 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(22h 3G talk time)
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)



1. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Any mayor differences between the cameras? And as an European, what camera does the Edge+ have?

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5654; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Here's SamMobile's full comparison IMO the only big difference out of those was HDR where the IMX240's shot seems to have a very strong blue tint But to be fair, its a very short comparison with only one HDR shot, could be one of those unluck bad shots Also no low light test There's probably not much difference Otherwise the media would made a bigger deal out of it (and rightly so)

2. hamboza

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Is there anyway to figure which one is it when buying and not after having bought it? just wondering...

20. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

no since all of them are packaged and the only way is to test the pictures or download the app that will tell you what is running.

3. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Their performance is roughly the same. You get one of the best camera phones around.

4. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

You are picking it wrong ROFL.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

well here it is Samsung's ISOCELL looks a little washed out by an inch,..

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

I think it looks better. The IMX20's yellow looks a little reddish with red halos around the black text.

16. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I have the ISOCELL on my S6 and at first I was disappointed but then I actually went out and took pictures and it takes amazing pictures. The Sony is no better or worse when I compare. They just have different qualities to the pictures.

6. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Yay , i got the Sony sensor. Not that it makes any real difference , but happy :)

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

My s6 edge plus has the sony sensor in it

10. roscoe7677

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

64 gig model with Sony camera Ordered mine online from T-MOBILE in the US shopped to KY.

11. roscoe7677

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Note 5

12. Sdiq572

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

My 128 GB Note 5, S6 edge and S6 edge+ is Sony Sensor from Indonesia Sent from my iPhone 6s

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


13. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sony sensor as well on my wife's new note 5. Strong blues but tolerable. Sharpness is better than my xperia z3 compact if pictures are open in photoshop. Samsung might be using the isocell for the western countries coz as far as I know, sony can mass produce sensors quickly. Now I'm wanting nokia's answer on samsung's upgraded cameras. They've been living under the rocks since their best camera on 1020.

14. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

my 32gb SM-N9200 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (dual sim, HongKong edition) have Sony.

15. loroloco

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Sony camera, 32 GB s6 edge in Peru, not so much difference between both but this one is better.

18. GeekMovement unregistered

Kind of leaning on the Samsung camera in that comparison.

21. janniklindquist

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

S6 Edge Plus 64GB with a Sony-sensor. Bought my phone from the carrier 3 here in Denmark

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