Droid Turbo 2 vs Nexus 6P vs iPhone 6s vs Galaxy S6

October 28, 2015

Motorola Droid turbo 2  camera

In this comparison article we’ll compare the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 camera versus that of the Nexus 6P, iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6/S6Edge. The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 was announced on October 26 2015, and already tested and positioned at the forth place at DxOMark mobile rating table, right after the Google Nexus 6P. In fact both the Nexus 6P and the Droid Turbo 2 have achieved the same overall score of 84.

The Droid turbo 2 did achieve a slightly lower score in the mobile photo ranking, but scored higher in the mobile video parameters. Both phone’s main cameras have praised for their high detailed photo in daylight, but the 6P seems to do better in low-light compared to the Droid Turbo 2. Exposure and white balance are accurate on both phones. DxOMark also mentioned some strong image luminance and chromatic noise apparent in videos, that the opposite of the Nexus 6P which has shown ..”low noise in all conditions.”

Let’s take a look at the main camera specs to understand the key differences between all those four smartphone main cameras and learn about the cons and pros of the Droid Turbo 2 camera versus its peers.

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As of the time of writing, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge has achieved the highest total score on DxOMark, although the difference in score is relatively small.


The Motorola DROID Turbo 2 has the highest resolution among all the four but also the smallest pixels (1.1 micron). It doesn’t have the smallest sensor, the iPhone does, but due to its high resolution the pixels are very small. This is quite obviously the reason why its performance is less impressive under low-light conditions and when shooting at higher ISO sensitivity. This doesn’t prevent the camera to perform amazingly well in well-lit environments, and indeed, there is almost no visible noise when shooting in good lighting conditions (source: DxOMark).

The Nexus 6P on the other hand performs better in low-light due to its bigger 1.55 micron pixels. Both the Nexus 6P and Droid Turbo 2 have the same fast f/2.0 aperture, so the amount of light that passes through the lens to the sensor is the same.

Both the Nexus 6P and Droid turbo 2 lack an optical image stabilization.  The NExus 6P handles it very well and has less need for it because of the larger pixels and fast aperture combination, and that explains its excellent low light performance. The sensor size of the Nexus 6P also has something to do with it, because for the given 12.3-megapixel resolution, it allows larger pixels to be used.  I seems that Google has chosen the optimal sensor size and resolution to stand well against the current and future competitions.

We can see that unlike the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 main camera, the other companies preferred to stay in the safe-zone and not pass the 16MP resolution mark. The sensor size and pixels doesn’t always tell us about the overall performance of the camera, and that’s certainly true regarding the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge performance.

The S6 has the second smallest sensor and the second smallest sensor pixels. That said, it’s low light performance is very good, but not on par of that of the Nexus 6P, but in daylight it’s just a beast. Of course unlike the Droid Turbo 2 and Nexus 6P, it doesn’t feature an optical image stabilization, the iPhone 6S Plus does as well. This helps the camera to maintain optimal exposure when shooting in low-light, because it can use a slow shutter speed to allow more light, while still maintaining a sharp image; it’s good for static shots, but not for moving subjects where you need a faster shutter speed to freeze motion, especially when shooting in low light.

All the four cameras have a fast AF system. The Droid Turbo 2 utilizes 192 AF phase detection point, the same as the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6, so you can expect very good subject tracking performance from all of these phones. The Nexus 6P utilizes a difference Laser AF technology, which is also fast and accurate, but more useful when shooting close subjects than when needing to track subjects that are more than 10 meters away from the camera’s sensor.

The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 camera was designed carefully to allow people to get a very detailed image with superb clarity when shooting in optimal conditions, which explains its excellent performance in daylight. But it also maintains relatively decent performance under low-light conditions. If it had an OIS it could certainly do much better, because it doesn’t have the large pixels to back it up.

All those new cameras keep pushing the iPhone 6s Plus and 6s down (currently at the ninth and tenth positioning on DxOMark mobile rating table). The main reason for that it that the iPhone 6s Plus features the smallest sensor among the four and doesn’t utilize’s the Stacked sensor technology, which could have improved the image quality. It also has the slowest aperture (F2.2) among the four, so regardless of the 6s Plus OIS, it struggles to compete against the new comers. It doesn’t mean its camera is bad, on the contrary, it’s an excellent camera.

If you are searching for the best camera for low-light shooting, the Nexus 6P, even without OIS, was able to outperform most of the current-gen phone cameras in low light. DxOMark also mentioned that as of the time they’ve written their reviews, it’s “by far” the best low light performer.

It seems that the DROID Turbo 2 will be the best choice for those of you who mainly shoot in daylight and enjoy shooting photos at the highest resolution. It’s great for macro shots but for any type of photo where capturing the most details are of a great importance.

Overall, the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 camera will give you excellent image quality, mainly for daylight shooting, fast subject tracking performance and accurate white balance. In future articles we’ll see how it copes against the LG G4, Note 5 and other phone cameras that we haven’t covered in this article.

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