Low-light camera comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and HTC One M8

Low-light camera comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and HTC One M8
Two days ago, we showed you how the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M8 fared against each other in Samsung's own low-light box setup (which is actually a small composition within and two holes big enough for a smartphone camera to peek in and take a picture). In that exact test, Samsung asked us not to use any flash and also make use of several different camera modes.

We simply can't take enough of this low-light camera setup, so we took a few other phones and we returned! This time around, we took an iPhone 6, an HTC One M8, a Galaxy S5, and, of course, one of the more interesting and well-designed Android flagship of late, the Galaxy S6 edge. The latter, which we expect to perform pretty well in low-light conditions. The reason for this is, naturally, the wide lens of the rear snapper, which has a pretty large aperture of f/1.9, one of the larger in the industry now.

Larger aperture means more light inside the sensor, which leads to better-looking photos - that's on theory, but is the Galaxy S6 edge that good in low-light conditions in real life? Well, check out the test shots that we took and feel free to share your opinion.

Note: The samples right below are full-sized, so you might need to wait a little before they load. Sorry.


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66 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Is it me or did the S5 (photo 4) seems to be the best?

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

just you. its dark. look at the lamp on the left. you can barely see it.

8. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

you can barely see any lamp with the iphone

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Had my screen on low brightness. Cranked it up and can say S6 did the best followed by the iPhone 6. S5 beat the M8 surprisingly imo.

37. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Did the best in what? Best to see the lamp? Lol, there are two other objects in the set-up.

43. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

There is a Russian site that did a full comparison, not just a single shot mock up. But what you people who can't understand how advanced Samsung is in Camera Tech. I'll remind that Samsung NX1 is simply stomping all over the Top DSLR competitor's offerings in High End Cameras. Furthermore.... Samsung is now the largest CMOS sensor maker ahead of Sony. They in fact contract out production of their own CMOS sensors to Samsung. There is one huge difference between all these others and Galaxy S6 camera technology, that's the BEST for low light conditions. That is it's 1.8f lens assembly. You see Samsung designs and makes all of their own lens in house too. Now that's the real reason S6 will win any comparison to anything from Apple or most every other smartphone maker on the Planet! ;-P

52. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Cool story. The lamp looks better on the S6 while the bench looks better on the iPhone. The motorcycle also looks better on the iPhone, but I can see how some people would prefer it on the S6. They're both very good and in the grand scheme of things, the difference is pretty negligible. I'd be satisfied with either picture.

68. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Better get yourself a new pair of glasses. The S6 and Edge Camera's are so much more advanced it's pathetic. Apple hasn't changed the their camera much in 4yrs. Details are bound to suffer in iPhones. We are comparing a high quality optics 1.9 aperture lens design made by Samsung (one of the leading Optics manufacturers on the planet.... haha...) to Apple's, which are all made by Chinese random outsourced inferior "Purple Haze" optics! haha.... Low light comparison can't be good for Apple.... you fool!!!

9. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

its only you, s6 edge (photo 1) and iphone 6 (photo 2) win here.

62. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

yea.. rantao333 is the sheriff here

11. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Just in color reproduction...I feel like the S6's detail is fantastic and unparalleled, but white balance and colors seem a bit washed out. Still going to give the phone a whirl.

15. FluffyBled unregistered

Nah ... it's the 2nd best after the s6 since the other two are to noisy

38. RizwanYaqoob

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Go home, you're drunk

48. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

overall, does look like the better picture lol. but this is for the low light test

59. sticker

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

S5 with tint issue?

61. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Me thinks S5 the best too

2. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

im the only one who is waiting for LG G4?

21. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

...yes.

25. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

If they will fix screen quality, performance and battery life I will get G4 :-)

30. FluffyBled unregistered

They should fix the whole phone that means!

35. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Nah. G3 got very good camera, great speaker(louder than m8) and great design. I like also LG UI and option to choose apps where you want to hide buttons.

60. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

laggy ui :S

42. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G3 BEST Smartphone of 2014! LG G4 BEST Smartphone of 2015!......

57. alexthe10

Posts: 21; Member since: May 13, 2014

I'm right behind you using The G3 now but we can't denied the s6 edge has caught my attention of G4 is not near the s6 I'm dumping LG I chose the G3 over the s5 due to touchwiz

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

s6 is alot brighter imo

4. phenomium

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

And what you are afraid to show this test with Nokia Lumia 1020,930 ,I think I know the answer ;)

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

Yeah, the're old and irrelevant here. People want a great phone that can shoot good pics, not a great camera that can call.

18. phenomium

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

Lumia 930 is for you ONLY camera?

24. TyrionLannister unregistered

Pretty much yeah. It's battery life and limited storage makes it pretty much useless. 1520 is nice though.

41. phenomium

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

Low battery life hehe hpics.li/4a0a175 , you are a samsung funboy

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