Camera

The Galaxy S5 offers numerous inventive shooting modes, like real-time HDR and Selective Focus, yet its picture and video quality is on par with the iPhone 5s.

The Galaxy S5 packs a new 16 MP camera that features 1/2.6” 16:9 sensor with 1.1 micron pixels, a six-elements f/2.2 aperture lens, and LED flash. Thanks to a new phase detection auto-focus, it also brags with one of the fastest focusing times in a smartphone camera, at 0.3 seconds. The iPhone 5s houses an 8 MP shooter with two-tone flash, five-element f/2.2 lens with smaller 1/3” sensor that sports much larger, 1.5 micron pixels. The iPhone 5s' autofocus times have been measured to be between 0.5 – 1 second, depending on the light situation, which is slower than the S5 on paper, but in reality feels very, very fast too.

The Galaxy S5 camera app offers an abundance of shooting modes, including a new Selective Focus camera option, that will capture at different focus settings, leading to a blurred-out background, and more artsy photos. It also has a rel-time HDR mode that delivers instant results, both for stills and for video. The iPhone 5s flaunts a very simple, easy to use camera app. It focuses only on the main options, such as Panorama and now-automatic HDR capture, but does them extremely fast, and with good quality.



The iPhone 5s has consistently delivered great results in our camera comparisons, but how does it fare against the new technology in the S5? Pretty well, actually, at least in terms of color representation, which is more realistic and true-to-life, than the slightly overblown colors that come out of the Galaxy S5. However, the colors of the S5's photos are still pretty correct and pleasant to look at, even making the competition look washed-out in comparison. Samsung's phone captures more detail, akin to its 16 MP camera resolution. Its photos look sharper, and more defined, but there is way more noise creeping up in the scene, especially visible when you zoom onto the pieces of sky in the frame, for instance, or indoors. Both handsets expose most of the scenes correctly, and there aren't any glaring white balance issues.

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Samsung's phone can record 4K video at 30fps, as well as 1080p video at 60fps. The iPhone 5s makes do with 1080p video at 30fps, which, however, is more than adequate for any purpose, The Galaxy S5 video is fluid, with very steady autofocus, and quick exposure adjustments while panning around, while the iPhone 5s dropped the focus for a brief moment in the cloudy, rainy day. Footage from Samsung's phone looks more vivid, thanks to the oversaturated colors, but less true-to-life than what the iPhone 5s is able to capture.




Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
3
300
243
Apple iPhone 5s 3
3.5
582
316




Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
Apple iPhone 5s 1
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 81
Apple iPhone 5s 74


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34 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3097; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

S5 over 5S any day

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Who ever wrote this article love iPhone more. The Samsung S5 to date has the most accurate display to date.http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S5_ShootOut_1.htm

13. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup. All the tech sites are found by ifans. No matter what name of the site they use, and what they pretend to be. About the display , should I believe on ifan "review" or this: “[The Galaxy S5] has a long list of new records for best smartphone display performance including: Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle,” DisplayMate concludes. " It's same thing about the (useless)FingerPrintScanner. Soon we will see that S5's FPS works better than iphones from different angles, simply the iboys didn't make the right set-up. And everything else. S5 beats to the groung iphone5S in everything(even the desugn)

17. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

"the Galaxy S5 is both faster and more accurate than the HTC One and iPhone 5s." ..gsmarena's review of the galaxy s5 camera

18. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

"the Galaxy S5 really makes the "LCD offers more natural colors" argument useless." .....gsmarena's review of the galaxy s5 display (& dislaymate)

24. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

PhoneArena on S5 Display the S5 screen still has that cold feel, as its screen emphasizes green and blue. Here we should note that although the AMOLED screens of Samsung flagships are not very color-accurate, most people like them for that “wow” factor of their oversaturated imagery. GSMArena on S5 Display The color rendering has also been tweaked and now the Cinema mode offers as true to life colors as any other smartphone on the market. Not that the Galaxy S4 wasn't close enough for most purposes practical, but the Galaxy S5 really makes the "LCD offers more natural colors" argument useless. And, as usual, Samsung offers more saturated screen modes if you prefer your images punchy rather than accurate.

2. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Give a child both the phones and he can tell you which one is better, why such a BS and biased article for it.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

One app a the time

4. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Ah, more click-bait to get the views and arguments a'flowin.

6. Agarwalm214

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Someday phonarema will say iphone 5s camera is on par with lumia 1020 :P This site is so much biased towards iphone..

29. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Here is one-hand FPS unlock on S5https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvz1Vd4SvZg

7. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Screen and camera of iPhone on par with s5?......... Of course they are bwahahahaha

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Man this bias of phonearena is world famous. I've seen many people commenting on other sites about phonearena bias. PA dont become like BGR. See what gsmarena(the most reliable review site) said about iphone's screen and camera. Lol.

9. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Better Display Better processor Better camera Better OS Better features better battery Better storage Except design Now you tell me which phone is better?

10. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

s5 is obviously the winner. Seriously, I've never heard from pa claiming that an opponent smartphone has won against an iPhone

11. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I am not surprised. 5S is still the king. What I do wonder, is why there are still people who buy Samsung. Even Chinese brands offer more premium looks and better displays.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You've got the Sammites crying with that one lol.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol If they are cranking out premium handsets in the sweat shops EASILY, and it takes the best Korean manufacturer in the world to do the GS5, then you might want to rethink if the sweat shop process is truly the premium one here. It obviously doesn't cost a lot or the china brands wouldn't use those materials.

12. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

lol , this is just hilarious all new android phones are keep losing to iphone :)))) i'm just waiting for lg g3 , and PA be like : LG G3 2K 550 ppi screen is equal to iphone 5s and we liked i phone's more... you guys are awesome...keep it up for steve jobs ;)

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why don't you stop coming to this site, go buy all these phones, and do your own reviews.

14. teknoboy

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

İphone 5S is better than galaxy S5 ;)

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Lol did you see during the finger print sensor comparison when he was saying the s5 sensor was more finicky then he purposely tried to make it fail by swiping bent and swiping fast, only the 3rd time when he tried to make it fail it failed because he barely touched the sensor. No doubt the 5s implementation is better just saying the s5 wasn't bad itself even when he tried to make it look bad.. Display Yh pa I'll take display mate more seriously, people who are qualified to test display, I have no idea what method you use. 1 handed use yes 5s is better obviously but the s5 does have a 1 handed mode where the whole screen shrinks to the size of a 4" or any size you want making it easy to reach all areas with 1 hand.

16. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

You guys are fast becoming a fkcing joke. Your bias is crystal bloody clear.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very good article, unbiased, and accurate. +1 PA.

22. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

yeah.. the iboys & ifans just be like: " i can fap to this"

25. Agarwalm214

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Lets see what happens when PA compares iphone with xperia z2 :P

26. alfipratama

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

vote it here polarb[dot]com/polls/161442

27. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

UFC is a promotion company. What you mean to say is "we are staging an MMA combat".

28. registrar

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

It's quite obvious that PhoneArena doesn't know what it's doing. 1. The photo comparisons were taken at different orientations (portrait vs landscape), changing the color balance. 2. Photo comparisons in low light were not exposed to the same amount of light. 3. Photos were taken at different angles and were laughably amateur. It's sad because I am choosing between these two phones soon, but after seeing all the bias in favor of the iPhone, I don't know if I can trust the word of any non-technical person anymore regarding this topic. Also, I don't know who Daniel P. is, but he sure seems like an idiot. I'm going back to GSM Arena for more trustworthy reviews. At least they are objective over there.

30. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

Go to anandtech. Com and read the review for s5 I would recommend for anybody if they need toread review for any tech products.

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