Samsung Galaxy S5 has the best smartphone camera, according to DxOMark

June 16, 2014

    We were quite impressed with Samsung’s new Isocell image sensor found the Galaxy S5, and DxOMark seems to agree. After finally finishing its comprehensive evaluation of the Galaxy S5’s camera, DxOMark has awarded the smartphone the highest score that it has awarded to any smartphone to date.

    DxOMark’s score is calculated from a rather extensive list of tests, including, noise, exposure, artifacts, color, and autofocus, for both photography and video capabilities. According to the results, the Galaxy S5’s camera scored 80/100, and was praised for its great exposure, white balance, and color rendering in good lighting conditions. As is typical with smartphone cameras, the Galaxy S5 suffers from higher noise and a loss of detail in low-light conditions. Overall, the tests suggest that the Galaxy S5 is a decent improvement over the Galaxy S4, and a score of 80 means that Samsung’s flagship shares the top spot for photography with the Sony Xperia Z2.

    When it comes to video, the Galaxy S5 offers up by far the best in its class, with a score of 79/100, compared with the Xperia Z2’s second highest score of 73. Quick and accurate autofocus and detailed textures helps the Galaxy S5 to excel in the video category, although low lighting conditions can again cause a little bit of trouble when it comes to color reproduction.

    For the sake of interest, here’s a list of DxOMark scores for the current top 10 highest performing flagship smartphones. Interestingly in these tests, the very best Android flagship handsets even manage to surpass the praised Nokia Lumia range.

    DxOMark Score
    Image Quality
    Video Quality
    Samsung Galaxy S5798079
    Sony Xperia Z2798073
    Nokia 808 Pureview778168
    iPhone 5S767872
    Sony Xperia Z1767774
    Samsung Galaxy S4757968
    Nokia Lumia 1020747964
    LG G2737764
    Nokia Lumia 925737569
    iPhone 5727470

    If you would like a more detailed look at how DxOMark comes up with its scores, and how the handsets performed in each of the test, you can find the Galaxy S5 test here, and a list of results for mobile devices here.

    DXOMark hasn’t yet put together its tests for the new LG G3, which is also sporting an improved camera, and there’s no mention of the HTC One M8 yet either, although the ultrapixel camera doesn’t appear to have improved much from the so-so original HTC One.

    What do you make of these results? Are you impressed by the Galaxy S5’s performance?


    • MasterMuffin

      So why would they not use the same camera in Note 4? I hope that rumor doesn’t come true!

      • droidtomtom

        That was my first thought too.

      • Jayfeather787

        Maybe a better camera. 20 MP?

        • MasterMuffin

          But more pixels doesn’t mean better as proved by Xperia Z2′s loss. I don’t think they can make a 20MP ISOCELL camera.

          • Jayfeather787


          • Rogue

            The Z2 didn’t lose it is tied! Sony’s issues comes from there software not the hardware Samsung has always had better software for there camera than all other android oem’s. The Note 3 is rumored to have a 16mp sensor from Sony with OIS, like the Z3 is coming with a 20.7mp module with OIS. Either way my Z2 takes amazing shots but I’ve rooted mine and side loaded a modded google cam and the processing is still better than Sony’s they really need to link they mobile and camera departments asap.

            • le_lutin

              You have a link to the modded google cam by any chance?

            • MasterMuffin

              Note 3? :D Agreed, Samsung’s camera software is amazing. BTW look at the video score of Z2, ouch

            • Rogue

              Opps I mean Note 4, le_lutin I’m looking for the link I’m at work and stealing wifi and it’s slow but i’ll post the link both that and the cyber shot xposed module.

      • Anonymousfella

        Usually the camera in Note series is moderately better than the one in S series. It wont be a generation gap(like 20MP) but will have improved low light capabilities and probably one more important feature either in software or hardware (like OIS)

        • MasterMuffin

          That’s why I find it hard to believe that they would use a 13MP camera by Sony as rumored

          • Anonymousfella

            That’ll be highly unlikely! :D

          • noy

            its actually a 16mp sony camera

            • MasterMuffin

              Still don’t believe it :)

    • peacekeeper05

      The S5 has also been winning Phonearena ‘s blind comparison 3x in a row. Only proves just how really great the camera on the phone is even without bias. I too have been really impressed with the rear camera of my S5. Couldn’t be any happier.

      • _X_

        I love my S5!

    • MichelleMAnderson

      Quick and accurate autofocus and detailed textures helps the Galaxy S5 to excel in the video category, although low lighting conditions can again cause a little bit of trouble when it comes to color reproduction.

    • chaki-

      Then again, like i always stated before….it is a matter of opinion. I am tired of listening what is the best. At the end when you go in the store you can play a bit and chose what suits you best.
      The One has 4MP but that didn’t scare people to buy it.
      It is a good quality of course, i won’t deny it.

      • Anonymousfella

        The camera is the only thing which can be called bad about the M8.The people who bought it were obviously didnt mind it and bought it since they were enamoured by its design. This is an objective test after all so there will be a phone which will be called the “best”

        • das

          m8 is a ugly brick and shit camera

          • Jack Jennings

            Good, that’s helpful.

        • xoj_21

          i prefer OLED SCreens >(

    • Scott Ricketts

      I moved from the M7 to the G2 about a month and a half ago and could not be happier. I will be shocked if the final G3 is enough of a difference to get me to upgrade so quickly again. The S5 was my backup choice, but Sammy’s rooting problems really steered me off. Looks like they’ve gotten on the S5′s now, but I’ve endured that inability to hack before and don’t want to go back to it.

      • Alex

        S5 rooting is easy now

    • Eman Philic

      im a head banging sony user who loves to see sony wins at its best
      honestly if i have money i will go for samsung s5 because its the Best going ryt now

      • xoj_21

        they have to fix their lcd and put better DACAMP in their phones.IPS is agood step but they were on the first to jump on OLED and dont have OLED Screns yet.
        and their software well doesnt perform well

        • Eman Philic

          correct! sony has a good quality hardware and built but unfortunately software is a complete crap which doesnt make the hardware perform well
          best camera became a loser with sony camera app. so sad.
          one thing is my Xperia V display is almost same as Z1c display where it has used Trilumious display,XR techn and BE2 techn but still lil better than my Xperia V. XV is a 2012 model and now its 2014 and still display changes in every device and all fails. sick freak bastard work from sony :/

    • Michael Muyunda

      I never knew there was a way to test cameras, I always thought it was opinion. There goes all the peoples claims that the 5s has the best camera.

    • Frank Mirović

      haha lol and G3? :D Shamesung fanboys :D

      • kluster

        s5 beat the G3 in phonearena’s blind camera test

        • Frank Mirović

          Beat what? It didn’t. G3 has better and more realistic photos unlike S5′s overshaprpened, unrealistic photos, sure the G3 has slightly warm tones but nothing that cannot be tweaked. G3 has the best low light camera, OIS, panoramas.. What does the S5 have? The “Advanced” ISOCELL gimmick, crappy low light. The only thing is the detail in videos but without OIS it doesn’t matter. You better check your facts fanboy.

          • kluster

            i said phonearena’s blind camera test can you read? check it out if you dont believe me lol dont be so butthurt if your precious G3 didnt live up to expectations (and assuming you have one in your possession that makes you so sure it has the better camera than the s5?)

            • Frank Mirović

              I own a Nikon D5300 and an iPhone 3GS. Not into that rubbish and don’t be mad. You can still sleep soundly.. ;)

            • Anonymousfella

              iPhone? And you say you’re not into rubbish? Sure!

            • Frank Mirović

              Idiot, it was a gift and it’s an old model so… You’re not competent to write here brother.. It’s a fact. Don’t waste up anymore space with your spamming. Thank you.

            • Anonymousfella

              Praising the iphone in an Android blog? And on top of that you’re calling me an idiot? Wow. I have no more words for you

            • Frank Mirović

              Once again you show how stupid you are. The fact that the iPhone 3GS is an old crummy phone indicates that I have no interest in smartphones and that I own a Nikon which further means that I’m more into pro photography. The G3 offers more realistic pictures, fanboy. Accept it and study more before you leave any comments.

            • Anonymousfella

              Why are you commenting here if you’ve no interest in smartphones?

            • Frank Mirović

              I’m talking about cameras so..

          • xoj_21

            LG g3 lowlight is awful.

            • Frank Mirović

              Compared to other Android smartphones it’s the best.

      • Flip Jumpman

        You don’t even own a G3 so how do you really know? You own a iPhone 3GS and you’re hating on Samsung… Be quiet please!

    • 5566

      Lumia 1020 weak spot: crappy video & really really sh*t panorama picture taking among all the flagships.

      • MasterMuffin

        And slow taking pictures. The stills are amazing though

    • Abd
    • Kula

      If they did a blind comparison throwing in images from the Oppo Find 7, S5 would be below it :)

    • kula

      Oppo Find 7 trumps the S5 O.O!

    • Adon

      BS,sorry.The has a very good camera,one of the best. BUT ITS NOT THE BEST CAMERA Phone,by a long shot. The NOKIA Lumia 1020 wears that Crown flawlessly,ok it minor issue like slight slow p,and less video shotting option. Dxomark needs a eye transplants and glasses on top of that.

      • Jesus

        Nokia? They are more or less irrelevant as people don’t care about them anymore… Especially with Windows on it.

        • Adon

          The Lumia 1020 has a superior camera.

      • George Av

        Ahhh A nokia fanboy, we don’t see these to often. Just because it’s got a 41mp sensor, manual controls and a zenon flash doesn’t mean it’s the best. These guys are serious go read their part on the 1020. Fanboy.

    • James Sarino

      Hmmm, they’ve reviewed some earlier devices like the Samsung Galaxy S2, but no reviews on any of the Nexus phones?

      • PoisonApple31

        Nexus phones are not known for their cameras.

        • James Sarino

          True, but then DxOMark reviewed tablets (almost all are not known for their cameras either). I did notice the HTC One and M8 were not reviewed either, but it would be nice to see how those, and the Nexus 5′s camera (which is surprisingly good IMO) stack up regardless.

          • Stephan Hall

            Nexus stands on it’s own. It is what it is! It’s an unlocked phone especially attractive to the customization and android enthusiast crowd. It does compromise is some areas but if you are into custom roms, etc, etc it is a great choice. It has a great display … very quick. Pure Kit kat, fast updates ….. But not a phone for everyone. King of value. I’m a Nexus 5, big time fan, but it’s not necessarily the best phone …. I’m realistic. If I were to buy another phone today …I’d buy it again … For me …. it’s the best! It’s just something about the Nexus 5 experience that is addicting!

    • Truth dude

      I think what I want is Lumia 1020′s OIS, xenon flash, and manual controls for ISO, Shutter speed, and focus, on a galaxy device which isn’t as thick as K zoom. I’m a photographer and that is why I’m still sticking to 1020

    • Paul Robin Hidalgo

      Waiting for the G3 camera test. Laser pew pew!

    • Aussie Droider

      It’s amazing how everyone roots for their brand name so hard no matter what:

      “But what about Nokia’s, no one ever reviews them” – Well DXO did and they are average.

      “But what about the HTC One phones” – DXO didn’t bother reviewing them as the HTC One X camera is better

      “But Samsung is the best” – only if you’re willing to wait a year for grainy low light photos.

      According to DXO the Z2 and S5 are the best at the moment from their perspective in testing methods. Other testing methods from other experts may prove otherwise. Deal with it and move on.

    • V-Phuc

      Where’s LG G3?

    • Stephan Hall

      If I were making a choice between the S5 and the M8 . . The nod would go to the S5. It would have to be GPE however! Great hardware!

    • Stephan Hall

      It’s what your priorities are. There is no best. They are all great devices. The S5 has a great camera. But many people don’t like touch whiz ….. some do. I have no “dog in the fight”! I’ve neither a Z2, S5 or M8. If I were to buy a phone today … it wouldn’t be any of these three and I know what they bring to the table! I sometimes fall into the trap of criticizing others choices and say my device is better. But one doesn’t elevate the status of their device by putting down another. The S5, Z2 and M8 are the best devices for many but not for some. Just saying …….

    • Sebastian Jena

      because no LG G3 in the comparison, that’s why.

    • Save Lowest

      a bit disappointed…but the phone is ok
      on the box it clearly states: AMERICAN SIM CARD ONLY….that should have been stated instead of “International Verison” don’t you think? Read more…