Camera Comparison: Apple iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6

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Mobile phone cameras have come a long way. I remember the day I got my first camera phone, the LG VX8300. Back then, that LG had the top-of-the-line camera. It vastly improved on the traditional VGA varieties and it smashed them with its 1.3 megapixel camera.

In the year 2015, megapixels (mp) aren’t everything. We now know that more megapixels do not equal better photo quality. What really matters is the quality of the lens and the software that runs the camera. Apple has seen some negativity surrounding the iPhone 6’s 8mp camera because by today’s standards, 8mp seems relatively low. Android fan boys believe that an 8mp camera is primitive and the Samsung Galaxy S6 would inevitably reign supreme because its camera features 16mp.

Many reliable sources have done their own comparisons between the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 and I have compiled the opinions from three tech reporters below.

Lisa Eadicicco, a tech reporter for Business Insider, took a few comparable shots with each phone and developed her opinion on which camera is better based on first-hand experience. iPhone 6 photos will be on top while Samsung Galaxy S6 shots will be underneath.

iPhone 6 #1

Samsung Galaxy S6 #1

iPhone 6 #2

Samsung Galaxy S6 #2

iPhone 6 #3

Samsung Galaxy S6 #3

Photos taken with the iPhone 6 are colorful and vibrant. The photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S6 are also great. Eadicicco never mentions which of the outdoor photos represents the most natural color and it is impossible for us to tell because we weren’t actually there. She did mention that the iPhone 6’s “mug shot” (pun definitely intended) shows more natural color. Eadicicco goes on to say “The Galaxy S6’s photo is a bit yellowish due to the lighting.” Overall both phones took great photos, but Eadicicco declares the iPhone 6 to be the winner.

Daniel Howley, a tech reporter for Yahoo!, also spent some time with both devices. His camera comparison begins with his thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

“The result is a smartphone camera that takes incredibly sharp, colorful photos that look absolutely stunning. Even low-light photos, which Samsung’s phones have struggled with for some time, look amazing on the S6. The iPhone 6’s eight-megapixel iSight camera was equally impressive, capturing detailed images, with clear, though slightly muted colors. Both handsets offered beautiful images, but when it comes down to it, the S6’s camera squeaks by the iPhone’s.”

The result of Howley’s comparison is a near tie, with the S6 coming out on top by a hair.

Bryan Reed, a tech reporter for Boy Genius Report, also put the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 cameras head to head. Photos from the iPhone are again placed on top with the Galaxy photos underneath.

Reed mentions in his article “It looks like the S6 edge absolutely smokes Apple’s biggest iPhone in most important areas.” Personally, I disagree with Reed’s opinion. Photos shown above from the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 look nearly identical. The close-up shots are the most revealing, as the Galaxy S6 produces more detail when zoomed.

I’m here to say the Samsung Galaxy S6 features a phenomenal camera. In high-light, low-light, and everything in between, the GS6 produces amazing images. The iPhone 6 also produces astounding colors and crisp, clear images. As of early 2015, the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 feature top-of-the-line cameras and are going to be the best flagships for consumers to choose from.

Whether you choose an iPhone 6 or a Samsung Galaxy S6, you won’t be disappointed with photo quality. Both phones produce print quality photos that I would be proud to display around my home. Apple has been the leader in camera quality since the iPhone 4, and with serious competition from Samsung, expect the next generation of iPhone cameras to be even better.


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