The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus was already reviewed on DxOMark on December 23, 2015. It achieved the same high score of 87 as the Sony Xperia Z5. I’ve went over the detailed rating table, and we can see that the Z5 overall score for both photo and video tests is higher by one point compared to the S6. The S6 did however shown better exposure and contrast, better noise performance and considerably less artifacts in video recording.
That beings said, the Z5 did better in all the other parameters, including better stabilization, better color reproduction, better textures and autofocus performance. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has one of the best video recording performance when shooting in daylight, but it’s performance falls short when shooting in low-light.
In order to better understand how the Galaxy S6 Edge+ performed so well, let’s take a closer look at its specs.
- 28mm (35mm equivalent) focal length
- LED flash
- 1/2.6″ BSI sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/1.9 aperture
- Smart OIS + VDIS
- Auto real-time HDR
- 4K / UHD video recording, 720p120 slow motion recording
- Manual control: Exposure compensation, ISO, WB, Shutter speed
- Burst mode
- Scene recognition
- Image effects
- Phase-detection autofocus (Subject tracking/continuous autofocus)
Front-facing camera (FFC)
- f/1.9 fast aperture
- 120-degree wide selfie angle
- Auto real-time HDR
As you can see from the specs, the Galaxy S6 edge+ has all the right specs to promote a great image quality performance. That being said, the rear camera features a pretty high resolution relative to its sensor size. The pixels are small, and that might explain the less impressive results in DxOMark tests. Many other reviewers reported low amount of noise in all lighting conditions and loss of image details when recording videos in low-light. But in optimal light, the S6 Edge Plus is a beast. It doesn’t mean that it’s bad in low-light, far from that, but it just makes you wonder how good it was is Samsung had opted for a lower resolution sensor, ilke 12MP or even 8MP.
I assume that most people share their images at lower resolutions via social networks, so it the noise in low-light images should be less apparent. the white balance and color is very accurate and the optical image stabilization and manual mode does help in this regard, allowing you to shoot at lower shutter speeds using lower ISO sensitivity. This reduce image noise, allowing to maintain better color definition and loss of image details on most part.
Here’s a video sample taken with the Galaxy S6 edge Plus in 4K at 29fps
It demonstrated the AF performance and shallow depth of field effect, which looks pretty damn good. You can also see how the guy who recorded this video changes the exposure manually while recording the video. The video look very sharp with excellent color reproduction and contrast. The auto exposure also seems to work incredibly well. Add all that to the gorgeous 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED display with GG4, fast octra-core processor and all the other goodies; there is very little to complain about, isn’t it?
Certainly a high-end camera which is expected for a Samsung flagship smartphone. On the downside though, the phone lacks a microSD slot and a removable battery, which might be a turn off for some you. You can buy the phone in either 32GB, 64GB, but obviously that adds up quite a lot to the price. The battery is better than the S6 Edge one (3000 mAh vs 2600 mAh) which was reported average, so it will last longer, which is important if you intend to take lots of shoot during the day.
The S6 Edge+ main camera is certainly one of the best cameras out there, and a very respectable alternative to the Sony Xperia Z5 camera.
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