Camera

Fantastic looking photos are snapped by the two, but things just look better with the Galaxy S6 edge camera.

Sony's flagship sports a 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3” Exmor RS sensor, and Sony touts the new 25mm G Lens optics (f2.0), and other changes under the hood, such as boasting up to 12800 ISO sensitivity. Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy S line has always been synonymous with great camera quality, and the company wasn't about to drop the ball with the Galaxy S6 edge. Instead of focusing on the software side of performance, Samsung has taken a two-pronged approach by making sure to deliver some exciting hardware updates, too. To that end, the Galaxy S6 edge's 1/2.6”, 16-megapixel rear camera comes with a wider-than-before f/1.9 aperture lens and an optical stabilization gizmo attached to it.

The selfie snapper, too, has received a commendable update, and now offers 5-megapixels of resolution and an equally wide, f/1.9 aperture lens – whereas the Xperia Z3 is outfitted with a pretty ordinary 2-megapixel shooter. The handsets are adequately fast to shoot and record a snap, with Samsung's Phase Detection Autofocus System giving it an edge here, while the Xperia Z3 has a dedicated shutter button to the scale, so you can take a photo from a locked screen in a second or two.



Both phones produce high-quality photos, worthy of being converted to 4” x 6” printouts – and even larger layouts because of the amount of detail they capture. Combing through the results, ones captured outdoors where sunlight is plentiful, we’d give the Galaxy S6 edge the slight, minor advantage in overall quality. In particular, its warmer color reproduction makes our snapshots livelier in tone, whereas with the Xperia Z3, it exhibits a profound cooler tone; bluish in tone and sometimes washed out too. The cooler production is more prominent indoors under artificial lighting – florescent to be exact.

Even though the qualities rival one another when lighting is abundant for the most part, it’s the Galaxy S6 edge that shows its worth more under lower lighting conditions. For starters, its f/1.9 aperture lens proves most useful in capturing more light – so not only do photos comes out marginally brighter, but it’s still able to maintain a decent amount of sharpness and detail in the process. Oppositely, the Xperia Z3 takes some reasonable images, but there’s a little more noise with its composition. Going with their respective flashes, the Z3’s flash is a tad bit more powerful, garnering warmer toned colors for more vibrancy – while the S6 edge’s is more on the neutral side.


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
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No data
Sony Xperia Z3 3.2
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452
395


Both handsets can record 4K video at 30fps, as well as 1080p footage. The videos come out detailed enough, with good color presentation, and no skipped frames. Sony's digital image stabilization, called SteadyShot, performs almost as well as a mechanical OIS system, but the checkered flag still goes to the Galaxy S6 edge when it comes to overall performance. In addition to the sharp looks, focusing it smoother and audio recording has a more robust tone with it – whereas with the Z3, its sharper toned.



Multimedia

We have no complaints about the multimedia prowess of both phones.

Both galleries offer grid thumbnail views, and allow for rich picture editing from within the apps, as well as sport plenty of sharing options. Best of all, there are enough fun editing tools at their disposal to further enhance the look of photos. Video playback is excellent on both handset, too, as they support quite a handful of video codecs out of the box. Watching videos isn’t an issue with either of them, thanks in part to their sharp displays, but we have an extra layer of multi-tasking with the S6 edge’s experience – videos can essentially be played in their own windows, which can be placed on top of whatever we’re doing.

When it comes to the music players, we'd have to give one up for the Xperia phone, as it has a much sleeker and more comfortable interface. Both Z3's Walkman player, and Samsung's TouchWiz one have plenty of equalizer and visualization options built in, but the graphical environment on the Sony looks much more stylish than the reserved Samsung UI.


The Xperia Z3 also flaunts Sony's Digital sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), which brags to upconvert crappy tracks to a higher-resolution format – we can attest that there is a slight difference, though not as stark as if the tunes were high quality in the first place. Sony offers two waterproof stereo speakers at the front, which sound clean, but are somewhat muffled, while the Galaxy S6 edge only offers one speaker along the bottom edge, which is strong enough, but with a thinner and subdued quality.

Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 75.4
Sony Xperia Z3 74


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27 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Both good phones. Draw back for me is the there's no sd slot, removable battery is not a must, longevity is. Practical consumer would choose Z3 cause of the price difference apart from that we all know Z3 has a lot of useful unique features but I admit when it comes to camera S6 have the upper hand though Z3 is not far behind.

2. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The irony. PA gives the Z3 8.5 and calls it underrated.

5. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

8.5 is a very good score.

20. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I actually wait for some user reviews and take that rating as the closer to reality

25. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Z3 should be over 9...

3. josephnero

Posts: 785; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

i would buy Z3.cheaper and suits me

4. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I do like the z3 design better, and the sd anf ip is a must for me. Other than that, the s6 is awesome

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what about s6 active, it have microSD slot and water proof

6. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

And once again the killer feature of the Z3 (along with the Z2 and Z3 Compact), the integrated active noise cancellation, doesn't even get a mention. Which it turned out for me to make or break a smartphone. Ok, the S6 is fast, but also the Z3 fast enough, the S6 has better camera, but the camera of the Z3 is also good enough. However when I want to listen to my music in the tube or in the plane there is only one telephone with which I can. And that's the Sony. Other advantages of the Z3: unlike what the article says, most Z3s run Lollipop and it's nearly stock and super reliable. And when the glass back of the S6 becomes a smudgy mess, you just run the Z3 under the tap and it's like new. The S6 may be a great up to date phone, but the Z3 really wins an everyday usage scenario, which is what technology is all about.

7. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

It's embarrassing to compare a monster S6 with an old-spec Z3. Just saying.

14. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Ha! Yea, embarassing for the S6 when the old-spec Z3 is right there with it and even surpasses it in some areas, especially in the 'actually behaves like an Android' area. The garbage TW UI is still a deal breaker along with the messed up Navi buttons. ie. in the Clock and Phone app, there's no swiping between tabs on TW...fail.

17. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

No need to argue with that troll @LionStone he's one of the most racist fanboy here.

18. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

LOL @SuperNova Fanboy is gonna fanboy as always I knew it you will come to say some word for look down other people that who's not used samsung. Actually S6 it's look too luxury you know ? not austere. I not sure why sony do the same design for many phone but the austere design it look not luxury not prominent for robber looting and was a perfect tools for the customer. S6 was prominent phone and risk for the looting. please save your ass :p

27. zurkomander

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

lol, shut up, ure lame

8. Geek.T

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

Z3 is Still an excellent phone perfect dimension for my single hand operation . Battery backup is excellent. i really like the feel n look of handset specially copper one Camera is still great (Not best) i just love Xperia UI and Xperia Apps(Walkman,Album). My Nexus 5 is getting old now and Z3 will probably be my next .

9. DragonSlayer

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Samwung galaxy s6 ftw.

10. DragonSlayer

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Samsung galaxy s6 ftw.

11. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

In Benchmarks and all Z3 cannot come near S6 but normal day to day usage will be good on Z3 than s6.

12. Onami

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

I must admit that S6 is slight better than Z3 (camera,performance and battery life isn't bad w fast charging). However in my country you can get a brand new Z3 with 400-550 usd and 900 usd for a S6 edge. So I still go for Z3 (waterproof, sd card, better design imo).

13. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

For half of what Samsung is charging for the S6, I rather take the Z3.

15. NihonDaisuki unregistered

This is pathetic that in Japan the logos of SAMSUNG are taken out of the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge because they literally hate Korean brands... Japanese people are smart so they know which one's crap and which one's great!

16. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Really funny the reviewer compliments the S6's display with it being one of the brightest yet the Z3 actually had the brighter screen. And did he really try to say the curves on the S6 had functionality? Really trying there... Besides higher specs on paper and benchmarks for the S6, in real life, it doesn't really translate to much difference at all. There sure seems to be some bias, especially in the camera dept. The Z3 camera took better pictures, I stopped looking at #14 because they all were just better looking than the S6. The only thing I can give the S6 is faster charging and wireless is a plus but that's it. Things like faster (not really), lighter (not a + to me), deeper? really? multi-window on a 5"ish screen is not great sorry, not to mention the TW UI is still very bad. The curved edges offer nothing of value and only adds unnecessary cost to the user. All the +'s for Z3 are actually viable. And I will add, actual Android software keys, dedicated camera button, dual front speakers and a UI that actually behaves like an Android device.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You forgot one of the most important parts of being a "mobile" phone. The size. OIS, wireless charging, super fast modem, 64 bit chip, and it's way smaller than the super brick Z3 and the S6 technically has more screen real estate when factoring in the software buttons to boot. I am currently rocking a Z3 but I am considering the S6 after passing on the GS5 and GS4. It's just a seemingly brilliant phone.

19. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

It's both perfect tools but someone in here always look down to other people that's who not used the Samsung.

23. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

lol sany fanboys are really annoying haha

24. kirbzz101

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

i was once a samsung user ( Galaxy Note 2) and after using it for like 2 months, to be honest i regreted and hated being with it. The touchwiz really sucks and the phones speed started to crash and the sensors gone dead and the camera was slow and everything was just ugly as it is. Now, im using the Sony xperia z3 for almost 5 months and still very impressed by this phone. Surely, its not very popular out there because u know, sonys marketing is not that good, which i find it good coz it sets me apart from the crowd. Most of the time people asks me by their first glance on my phone wether its an iphone and im like no! its Sony :). Also, the z3 features are outstanding, like the water-resistant, double speakers, camera, the design ( which the s6 copied!!) and the software. Well, my point is that i was also a samsung fan (for a short time) and the s6 may be very good, for now, but im telling you in terms of well built in long lasting features, durability, sleekness, premium and attractiveness that lasts, Sony no doubt.!

26. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

bought this one on Aliekspress:http://goo.gl/a08Q1Т very good phone

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