Camera comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Sony Xperia Z3, LG G3, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 399+
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 continues to amaze us with its camera. It takes smooth and stable videos, as it turns out, with tons of fine details in them. Shakiness is reduced to a minimum thanks to the optical image stabilization. Night-time videos are noisier, of course, but still very fluid and pleasant to watch. Sound in videos is of good quality and neither too loud, nor too quiet.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus stand out with their extremely stable videos. Details are plentiful, although we don't see as much of them as in the Note 4's videos. In darker environments, the two iPhones produce noisier videos, but retain their smoothness and lack of shakiness. Sound quality, however, leaves room for improvement. It is slightly muffled and lacking in loudness.
Videos from the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 are smooth and have excellent details. But every tremble of your hand affects the footage noticeably, unless you manually turn on its software stabilization. At night, videos are still smooth, although noise is more prominent in darker areas. Sound in the S5's videos is very loud and clear.
The LG G3 keeps the video frame steady with its optical image stabilization. Details in its videos, however, are not as finely captured as they are with Samsung's top phones. Night-time videos are smooth and usable despite the noise. Sound quality could have been better – audio is loud, but annoyingly digitized.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is still capable of taking quality videos despite being a year old. It may lack OIS, but captures plenty of details in its shots. Night videos have a tolerable amount of motion blur and noise. Also, audio is loud and clear.
Videos from the Sony Xperia Z3 have excellent sound, but that's the only good thing about them. We noticed that its software image stabilization affects the footage's quality by adding unwanted pixelation. Detail quality is average at best and it gets even worse at night.