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

June 16, 2014
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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.

Handset
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?

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