Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 blind camera comparison: vote for the better phone

It has been a long while since our last blind camera comparison, hasn't it? Back in April, it was the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, the iPhone 6, the HTC One M9, and the Galaxy Note 4 competing against each other – a race that ultimately ended up dominated by Samsung's curvy handset. It was a competition that Galaxy S6 edge didn't just win. It single-handedly acquired more reader votes than all of its rivals combined. Today's comparison, however, is going to be a little bit different. Instead of featuring a whole bunch of phones, we've chosen to do a one-on-one blind shootout between two phones well-known for their awesome cameras. These are the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6

Below you'll find six scenes captured with the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 under identical conditions – same time of the day, same distance from whatever was being photographed. Both phones had their cameras set to their automatic modes, with their LED flashes and HDR modes disabled. But we couldn't include full-resolution images in a blind comparison as that would have revealed which phone captured each individual image. That's why we cropped the photos to the same aspect ratio after the shootout and scaled them down to the same resolution. Then we shuffled them around. 

All we ask from you now is to take a good look at the photos below and vote for the ones you like better. Simple, isn't it? And to make it easier for you to judge the quality of the images, we've included side-by-side previews which you can click and explore. Also, the slideshow galleries for each scene contain up to three close-up crops and a high-resolution version of each image. With this out of the way, let the voting begin!

Scene 1: A walk in the park

We'll start this comparison with a scenery captured in the park on a summer afternoon. Warm sunlight was illuminating the colorful garden while shadows from the nearby trees were cast over the pathway. Zooming in on the images reveals how well the two cameras capture details in farther objects. 

Scene 1: Which photo do you like better?

Photo A (iPhone 6)
Photo B (Galaxy S6)

Scene 2: The ruins

These are the remains of an old public bath complex, dating back from the days when the Roman empire was in its prime. The images contain plenty of fine details, and their color tone hints at how well the two cameras handle white balance. 

Scene 2: Which photo do you like better?

Photo C (iPhone 6)
Photo D (Galaxy S6)

Scene 3: A colorful close-up

Hemerocallis fulva, also known as а daylilу, is loved and grown for its attractive flowers. Here's a couple of them, presented in a bright, colorful close-up shot. One of the two phones has obviously gone for a more contrasty look, while the other has preserved more detail in shadowy areas.

Scene 3: Which photo do you like better?

Photo E (Galaxy S6)
Photo F (iPhone 6)

Scene 4: Flowers 

Here's another image demonstrating how well the two cameras handle bright, intensive colors. Differences in amount of sharpness added are easily noticeable when you take a closer look.

Scene 4: Which photo do you like better?

Photo G (iPhone 6)
Photo H (Galaxy S6)

Scene 5: Battleship ready

This torpedo boat, now over 100 years old, has long served its duty. Taking a closer look reveals how much detail the two cameras preserve and how much it is sharpened. Slight differences in white balance are also noticeable.

Scene 5: Which photo do you like better?

Photo I (iPhone 6)
Photo J (Galaxy S6)

Scene 6: Chill out

After a long, tiring day, it is time to kick back and chill out. Here's a couple of shots taken in the low-light setting of a cocktail bar. The photos demonstrate how well the cameras capture light and how good of a photo they can take when it is scarce. 

Scene 6: Which photo do you like better?

Photo K (Galaxy S6)
Photo L (iPhone 6)

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)



1. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

One has better colors, other has better details

37. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

You can always tweak the colors once you have taken a photo but its very difficult to enhance the details. Besides, the "better colors" actually seem unnaturally warm and inaccurate.

59. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

That's why I voted for "better details". And "lower detail" photos seem to have better dynamic range, that's what I meant with better colors (I know it's inacurate description)

84. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It isn't even a competition, it is just a straight up massacre. To lose that much detail for a minor advantage (if at all) in color reproduction isn't even. The difference is just night and day and there is no reason to even debate the matter.

86. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If anything the camera with the higher colour reproduction is over saturated.. I'm a details man when I take photos, because you can always tweak/enhance colour settings

98. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

That's why I voted for more detail

39. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

i think that 1.9 apreture has disadvantages is that i takes so much light in daytime resulting in removing photo details i think thats why note 4 gives better photos in daylight than s6.

52. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

One actually has less detail and less accurate colors: overblown reds, a yellow veil (fake "golden hours" for every shot in daylight) and desaturated low light shots to hide noise and WB difficulties. Look at the GSMArena review shots for example and you'll see what I'm talking about.

54. waddup121 unregistered

Scene 2, call of duty map

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

People guess which phone is Galaxy S6 from its characteristics (easily with various reviews before) and vote.

10. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

No its just because the S6 beats the iphone by miles....

19. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

By worlds... lightyears... milkyways. Bruh i think the iPhone 6 takes decent pictures but damnnnnnnn when u see the S6 u truly see what a good smartphone camera is.

69. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah i want such blind test between the S6 and LGG4. Would be nice to see. Iphone 6 is outdated and still using a 8 mpix cam thats older android allready beaten.

99. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

Yes.... but that's still more expensive than other phones

31. unregistered

This article was not even necessary. we already know the winner.

22. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

not everyone is like you who is married to there favourite brands... I actually voted on the ones that looks good in my eyes.

70. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Same here. I voted for the one with more detail , better color , better handling of light.

32. FluffyBled unregistered

In fact people would guess which phone is the iPhone since they clearly voted the worse pictures (and this case is not subjective)!

79. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

True. Find extremely over saturated image and hit vote. Nevermind if it is totally unrealistic. Never understood why majority of people like those pumped up colors. I mean, s6 has clearly better camera in terms of details but those artificial colors are crazy...

92. FluffyBled unregistered

Did you actually see these scenes with your eyes? If not, how can you tell which ones are realistic?

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Lol we already know who its gonna win

4. Retrospective1

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

B,D,E,H,J,K LOOK LIKE S6 to me...... So S6 hands down winner... Current undisputed camera champ... lol Until Note 5, not 6S Note 5

30. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

If you don't count lumia

33. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

42. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

You do realize that the cameras in the 1520 & 930 are from 2013. It took a company almost 2 years to match them in image quality, it shows you how good the Nokia now Microsoft imaging are.

34. FluffyBled unregistered

Yea ... those guys know what cameras they put in their phones! Still galaxies are in par with them!

71. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

G4 beat it in several domain and S6 beat the G4 in some others. But overall the G4 is superior for camera because its take beautiful picture with perfect color balance in all situation where the S6 sometime have a hard time with light and color ( but do have some finer detail in some pic ) What end the comparison is all the option you have on the G4 thats you dont have on the S6. Dont be a fanboy with your undisputed crap.

75. Shocky unregistered

LG G4 manual mode is better, but auto mode on the Galaxy S6 is better, as is the video recording and audio recording. Galaxy S6 has higher dynamic range where as the LG G4 over exposes light sources. It's not really clear which is better, the only ones that claim either way are fanboys or haters, of course we all know which one you are.

77. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The G4 has the benefit of RAW, which (if you know your tools and editing) can yield a better picture. But the G4 jpeg engine is horrible in comparison.

83. Shocky unregistered

That's true, not sure if the Galaxy S6 will receive this or not however like the manual mode it's not something many users will use. Had this on my OnePlus One and other than playing around with it when it was originally added, I never used it.

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