Samsung Galaxy S6 scores a solid victory against the iPhone 6 in our blind camera comparison


Boy, that Samsung Galaxy S6 has one great camera, doesn't it? The shooter may not be absolutely perfect, as you surely know if you've read our review of the Galaxy S6 camera, but it is definitely potent enough to beat the iPhone 6 in a camera comparison. And our readers seem to agree. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the winner in our blind camera comparison, and it beat the iPhone 6 by a mile. Samsung's flagship topped six out of six scenes, collecting about 9 times more reader votes than the iPhone. 

Surprised by the results? We aren't. the Samsung Galaxy S6 has proven to be an excellent shooter time and time again, especially in low light scenes. What's really surprising, however, is the margin by which it won this blind camera comparison. As a whole, the iPhone 6 has a very solid 8MP camera producing pleasing images with vivid colors. Still, our readers seem to prefer the sharper photos delivered by the Galaxy S6's 16MP camera.

That's all for today, folks, but it won't be long until we bring you a more thorough camera comparison. We'll be back with more photo samples, accompanied by our own analysis in search of what makes the Galaxy S6's photos better than the iPhone's, and where it might be leaving room for improvement. Until then, here's another look at the images used in the blind comparison, as well as the numbers of votes from our readers.

Final results:


  1. Samsung Galaxy S6 – 27063 votes
  2. iPhone 6 – 3033 votes

Scene 1: A walk in the park





Scene 1: Which photo do you like better?

Photo A (iPhone 6)
14.16%
Photo B (Galaxy S6)
85.84%


Scene 2: The ruins





Scene 2: Which photo do you like better?

Photo C (iPhone 6)
5.83%
Photo D (Galaxy S6)
94.17%


Scene 3: A colorful close-up




Scene 3: Which photo do you like better?

Photo E (Galaxy S6)
87.96%
Photo F (iPhone 6)
12.04%


Scene 4: Flowers




Scene 4: Which photo do you like better?

Photo G (iPhone 6)
9.34%
Photo H (Galaxy S6)
90.66%


Scene 5: Battleship ready




Scene 5: Which photo do you like better?

Photo I (iPhone 6)
17.16%
Photo J (Galaxy S6)
82.84%


Scene 6: Chill out




Scene 6: Which photo do you like better?

Photo K (Galaxy S6)
98.26%
Photo L (iPhone 6)
1.74%

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)
iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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112 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Yeah, if only it had expandable storage though

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Rather than complaining about minor things try to appreciate technology where it's due.

9. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

+1 32GB is more than enough for most people (but not for me lol)

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

S6 is great in almost every accept, but why do we have to alaways agree on compromises? Why can't no OEM make pocketable, waterproof phone, with great camera, internals, SD slots, wieh great screen, battery etc. Why there must be always something stupid? Lack of SD kills S6 for me, I won't spend 800$ for 128GB when I can buy SD for 50$.

19. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Every device has compromises, the S6 for example, had to give up many of those for design and ergonomics. Regarding the storage, upgrading is very expensive on the S6, but UFS 2.0 isn't cheap, especially compared to the type of flash memory used in microsd cards.

36. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

I agree about expensive upgradings but I think the should have make a version with removable mSD and any one who want the top mem speed could remove it. They made a dual sim one after all. It's called versatility. For some photos I like more the iphone approach e.g. scene 3. Too much contrast and very hard colours from the S6. (Still prefaire note4's camera) It would be better if the were reference photos from a good dslr (not a junk one). I know that both cameras had problems distinguishing between some red hues. S6 mostly. Remember this? > http://tinyurl.com/owkurh8 http://tinyurl.com/py2rh33 Can anyone tell me what happened with that, did Samsung fix it?

37. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Say what You want, but UFS is not necessary, there should be 16/32GB of it for system so it could run well and for music, movies, pictures normal flash memory, nobody will notice if picture load up 0.2 seconds faster than usually. Like on PC, no one will buy 1 TB SSD for storing documents or files, SSD makes sense when OS boots from it. And sacrificing SD slot has nothing to do with ergonomics, they could easily implement it, phone should be little thicker so camera wouldn't prount and battery would be much better. Look at Sony, they have it all, SD, waterproofing in not bulky chassis (Z3C), hell, S5 was almost perfect phone.

43. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

It wouldn't hurt having faster and faster storage wouldn't it? It will get cheaper as time passes. I know that they can add an SD slot, but they intentionally didn't, I agree that people should have choice. I guess they're very afraid of inconsistent performance. The bigger battery and thicker phone part, I fully agree with that, I don't get it why people want thinner with smaller battery.

45. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Actually nobody wants thinner phones, I've never met anyone who would rather have thinner phone than bigger battery. It just looks good in ads, but no OEM mentions battery in same ad. " I guess they're very afraid of inconsistent performance." Do You really believe that? SMH, and that's why pricing is so ridicolous. They just want to rip off customers who are stupid enough to believe that every decision Sammy makes is about making people happy. Same applies to Apple and many others,

108. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

The "inconsistent performance" statement actually holds. You have no idea how many people I know who got a phone with expandable storage and blame phone for when things like apps that are installed in sdcard either are slow or corrupt. Of course the blame cannot really be on the phone but the cheap "$4" 32 gb sd card they got from some chinese cellphone accessory retailer. By having the storage completely internal they eliminate the chance of normal people ruining the experience and blaming the manufacturer, of course this comes with the side effect of technologically versed people being upset (like myself) who own High quality sd cards. I for one have a 64 gb UHS Sandisk micro sd, but I got the S6 Edge anyways and so far am loving the phone.

75. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sd cards do not work with ufs 2.0' they on the way out, no joke they do not work, they removed as they do not work, no phone will have one if they are using ufs, get over it

102. tombcd

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I agree with you. We don't need a 5 mm thin phone. I would very much prefer the S6 to be around 8 mm but with bigger battery. It looks like many decisions that should be made by technical teams are made by marketing people these days (thinner, lighter, etc.).

96. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I have an S6 Edge. Samsung has S6 models with dual SIM cards. They certainly could have put a micro SD card slot in the device. But many keep saying they interfere with the speed of the UFS storage. I lpersnally haven't seen an as card slow down my past phones that I could tell. The way I see it. I spend 32 bucks per m OK month to pay for it. 32bucks is cheaper than $50. I still use an as card with my S6. I just attach it in the car which is all it need it for anyways.

97. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

It would not interfere, the problem is the performance wont be consistent, for example some of your files and apps are on internal, and some are on the sd, obviously accessing the ones on sd will be slower.

48. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

"Why can't no OEM make pocketable, waterproof phone, with great camera, internals, SD slots, wieh great screen, battery etc. " *cough cough* Z3 Compact *cough cough*

49. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah, I owned Z3 Compact for about 3months, incredible phone, but camera and washed out screen dissapointed me. I hope that with Z5 Sony will fix their awful camera algorithms, because the rest, casing, battery are simply amazing, probably my favourite Android phone along with M7 and Optimus G.

52. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

Oh well, I wouldn't say Z3 Compact has a washed out screen. Unless you were using AMOLED screen before? ;) As for camera - I own Z2 and most of my photos are taken with manual mode. I find SuperiorAuto not to be so superior, it tends to wash out colours, over expose, and during the night completely kills the proper white balance. But the manual mode is really great! I think that Sony went a bit too much ahead of the competition - Z2 killed everything year ago and even today I see no reason how M9/S6/G4 are better than Z2? Processing package doesn't matter to me, the difference is noticeable only when you are gaming. None of the newest flagship is waterproof, only one brings superior stereo speaker - at a cost of huge bezels - and the camera with f2.0 is still a capable performer. I'd love to compare photos from S6 and manual mode Z2/Z3.

50. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Xperia z3 compact? Or.z1? Those seems to match what you asked

56. suavemezie

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

But you cab buy 16GB iPhone for $800?

64. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Sounds like Sony Xperia Z3+ to me.

67. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

"..but why do we have to always agree on compromises? Why can't no OEM make pocketable, waterproof phone, with great camera, internals, SD slots, wieh great screen, battery etc. Why there must be always something stupid?" dude, you know what?? You're effin right! We shouldnt always have to agree with those. Maybe we should manufacture our own mobile dont you think? Lol.

74. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I take ufs 2.0 over an sd card reader in the phone any day, it keeps the phone running. Like new and supper fast even now after 2 months of use, my note 4 went lager and cramp after 1 month and is now very slow, my s6 edge is faster than it was when I 1st got it as they have removed small bug with Samsung service updates like the flipbord flick back on the home page ( I have had no filmware updates)

77. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

So, if you don't want to spend big bucks why you ask for the best internals and design for a phone? Take your budget and choose whatever you can and like.

110. alexcordogan

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I wish it had removable battery cause of bad battery life, but would never use an SD slot even when low on storage bc using it slows down the phone. That's why iPhones and nexus phones, which focus on performance, don't offer it. Agree with the rest of your comment though.

57. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

Supposed Iphone 6 won. What would you have said?

86. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's why there is a 64GB and 128GB model

73. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I take ufs 2.0 over an sd card reader in the phone any day, it keeps the phone running. Like new and supper fast even now after 2 months of use, my note 4 went lager and cramp after 1 month and is now very slow, my s6 edge is faster than it was when I 1st got it as they have removed small bug with Samsung service updates like the flipbord flick back on the home page ( I have had no filmware updates)

80. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Dear j2001m, there are ways to make your Note 4 run faster... The OEM has animation scales on, that you can turn down or even off.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTI_vKHXn3I I hope this helps you and others with any Samsung phone for that matter. O.o

69. waddup121 unregistered

gottem

98. engineer-1701d unregistered

i do know that i have the vr headset the 64gb went in one day hahahaha games and vids take 40gb

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