Cameras

Despite identical resolutions, Galaxy S5 gives way to the S6 edge's camera quality by a large margin.

Both the S6 edge and S5 have a 16 MP camera module on the back with a single LED flash, but the S6 camera is equipped with an optical image stabilization mechanism. The sensors are 1/2.6” in size, and here is where the similarities end. Instead of the bog standard f2.2 aperture of the S5, the Galaxy S6 edge offers a whopping f1.9 aperture and 28mm focal length equivalent, which throws a wider frame net than the 31mm equivalent of the S5.


As for the frontal cameras, while the S5 comes with your run-of-the-mill 2 MP shooter, Samsung placed a 5 MP wide-angle unit on the S6 edge, capable of 1080p video recording, and real-time HDR both for stills and video. Samsung's Phase Detection technology on the S5 lets it focus very quickly even in low-light scenarios, and the S6 edge is no worse, adding Tracking AF to the mix, which lets you follow and snap fast-moving objects without blur. While shot-to-shot times are a fine second or two on the S5, depending on the quantity of light around, the Galaxy S6 edge performs even faster, due also to the quick memory lane it has that records the shot almost instantaneously.

The Galaxy S5 camera interface sports a bewildering variety of shooting modes, color effects, and neat depth-of-field tricks. These are present on the S6 edge, too, though it has a slightly less cluttered interface, and more options to choose from, such as real-time HDR, Fast Motion, VR 360, and others. Galaxy S5 has manual shooting options, letting you change the ISO and exposure, for instance. The S6 edge offers a so-called Pro shooting mode, which, however, offers the same adjustments, and still no shutter speed management, so it is on par with the S5 in the manual settings aspect.


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 S6 edge 2.3
2.8
No data
No data
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
3
300
243

Both handsets can record 4K video at 30fps, as well as 1080p footage, plus HD slow-motion. The videos from the S6 edge are amazing, with a great amount of resolved detail, fine color presentation, and almost instant continuous autofocus. They sometimes get a tad choppy when panning quickly around, but you can always turn on the 60fps mode, and the imagery will just float around without a hiccup, though looking a bit unnatural. Galaxy S5 also shoots very smooth and pleasant videos with a good amount of detail, though the colors appear a bit colder than reality, and continuous autofocus is not as fast as on the S6 edge.


Multimedia

It's rather weird to watch videos on a curved display, but the Galaxy S6 edge throws in the 1440p VP9 efficient streaming codec, while both phones support every major video and audio format.

Both galleries offer grid thumbnail views, and allow for rich picture editing from within the apps, as well as sport plenty of sharing options. Video playback is excellent on both handset, too, as they support DivX/Xvid/MKV files out of the box, and the players offer plenty of extras.

The S6 edge, however, sports the world’s first 1440P/VP9 hardware based codec for energy-efficient streaming video. Here comes the only complaint we have about that bendy-curvy S6 edge display – watching videos on a wraparound screen is quite the unorthodox experience, and we'd gladly take a flat panel here, instead of the curved one.



When it comes to the music players, Samsung's TouchWiz has plenty of equalizer and visualization options built in, but the graphical environment still leaves something to be desired. Galaxy S5 and S6 edge offer one loudspeaker, which is strong enough, but with a subpar quality on the S5.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 0.53
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 75.4
Samsung Galaxy S5 81

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9 Comments

1. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

And during S5s reign you'd think there's not much you could do any better but look at S6 edge blow! Btw I like the fact that she uses gloves to hold these two phones lool.

2. adecvat

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

S5: cheaper, microsd, removable battery, same camera.

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

same camera HAHA, no one cares about the stupiud sd slot and battery, look at the pre orders. NO ONE

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Apparently, the same number of megapixels = the same camera to you. Your opinion officially means nothing now because it's clear you know nothing about tech with that comment.

5. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

+1 for this reply.

6. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Well, I care. I need a MicroSD slot. Galaxy S5 camera=more accurate colors. Galaxy S6 camera=more quality in low light. That's my opinion

7. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Wrong wrong wrong. The maximum luminance for the S6 is not 553. It's 750+. According to one website, it's 784 nits. There's something called Automatic Brightness in High Ambient Light. Why doesn't this website get it? Anyone can test this themselves. Put the phone in direct sunlight and watch the display get much brighter. Or you can use the light from your car's headlights or something really bright. A flashlight is not bright enough and won't work.

8. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

yeah just like the S5 , its over 698 nits if im correct. they are basing on the maximum screen brightness slider. not the automatic.

9. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I have the S5 and I found this comparison very very offensive.

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