Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs iPhone 6 Plus: Optical image stabilization comparison (video)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs iPhone 6 Plus: Optical image stabilization comparison (video)
It took a while for manufacturers to get there, but now it seems almost certain – optical image stabilization in smartphone camares is here to stay. At least at the flagship level. 

Ineed, after making the step with the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is now also making OIS a part of the Galaxy S6's and Galaxy S6 edge's respective camera stacks. Put simply, this will allow the shooter to nullify a big portion of shake and tremors during video capture and also unlock the camera's potential in low light environments by letting it slow down the shutter and allow more light in. 

In order to test out Samsung's solution, we used a staging area that the company had erected for the purpose, and put both the Galaxy S6 edge and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus (also with OIS) next to each other on a wobbly platform. You can see the results of the test in the short clip below. Anybody impressed?

Related phones

Galaxy S6 edge
  • 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 2600 mAh(26h talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

my gerd...its great .

33. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Looks like a digital zoom was used on the iPhone.

35. ventureu

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

s6 lens is wide enough to capture more in front s6 the iphone 6 plus looks like it is zoomed. i hope it answers ur question

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Off-topic but the presence of too much orange in GS6's video and image is something to concern about. Hopefully they'll sort it out in a month's time before release.

5. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Yeah. Phandroid has some samples pics with the S6 and they all look like there was an orange filter applied to them.

7. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Without a reference, its hard to say, because they're filming a picture moving, not a real scene. It may be a software problem, because samsung does this things =D

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You don't really need a reference pic to see the sky is not entirely blue on GS6.

42. Kmdglee

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Tech2 u do realise that the sky's not entirely blue in both cameras.

44. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

It's not suppose to have a orangish tone either.

21. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I'm glad someone noticed, the iPhone still looks better, maybe not stable enough, but never the less better.

26. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

That's a software calibration issue. Also don't forget we don't know the actual white balance of the scene. I 'feel' that it's midway somewhere between iPhone and S6. Did you also notice loss of dynamic range on the iPhone 6+? Some part of the balloon gets over exposed and loss of detail.. S6 bit underexposed, which looks natural and doesn't lose any texture of the balloon.

3. verybeo

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

goooooooooooooood job sammy

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That is amazing, the 6+ looks like it was held by a fidgety baby whilst the S6 look so steady

8. Tarox

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

wow. well done!

13. draygomirem

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

But, as far as I know, the iPhone 6+ doesn't use his OIS for video... just for photos. Anyway, good job. Will be interesting to compare it with Nexus or LG G3 for example

14. windy

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

iPhone is closer to the picture therefore it's normal to see more shake. To have a fair comparison both phones need to film the subject from the same distance.

19. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

No it isn't. The iphone doesn't have as wide of an angle

30. windy

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Which baloon is bigger? The angle is not the issue here.

32. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

The distance is the same. The iPhone 6 Plus isn't zoomed.

40. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

iPhone 6 Plus doesn't utilize OIS during video recording, which is a stupid decision by Apple. End of story.

16. rthsh_r

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Still Iphone stands Great.. S6 is not looks like real... sakes from iphone 6 up and down...S6 is Totally waste more stable makes video useless

17. redmd

Posts: 1942; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The S6 Edge is shaping to be the better phone with OIS, however I still think 6+ has the better white balance.

22. chris2k5

Posts: 281; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Lol a demonstration set up by Samsung...Rigged

27. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

how do you even remember to breathe ?

43. Kmdglee

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Chris did u actually read the article??? Wow maybe u should try reading if u can. Samsung didnt set it up. Phone arena did. They tell us in the article

23. Dejavu_LT

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Sure, Galaxy looks way more stable, but white balance on 6 plus much much better.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple sucks, Android sucks.......and yes this is my personal opinion before fanboys will diss my comment! I mean you should buy the phone you like, no worries there but sometimes it feels like that people threat Apple and Android\Google as gods..... I laugh at those people! They start bashing people because they have different taste and don't like Android or iOS!

25. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

What's the point of this video? The Bottom video was clearly keeping beat with the music. Score one for the iPhone 6+ for keeping the beat...

28. numbertwo

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I prefer the shaking in iPhone 6plus over the deformations in s6 so far, it looks very unnatural. The white balance is also horrendous in the Galaxy.

31. 3_nity

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

More drama from samesong. LOL

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