Sensor Size Comparison: iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs Note 4

May 3, 2015

In this article I want to take a closer look the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung S6 Edge and Samsung Note 4 sensors. We’ll compare them all side by side in order to see what makes them produce such high image quality, which allowed them to conquer the top three spots in DxOMark Mobile rating (as of 5.3.2015).

Before we jump straight into talking about the difference in more details, let’s first take a look at the camera specs of each smartphone. By the way, I am comparing the main/rear camera, not the front camera, which has different specs.

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As you can see from the above comparison table, the iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy Note 4 have some noticeable differences. Let’s take a look at the sensor sizes first.

1/3.0-inch vs 1/2.6-inch sensor size comparison

1/3.0-inch vs 1/2.6-inch sensor size comparison

As you can see from the above illustration, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Note 4, both have the same sensor size and their sensor is around 15% larger than the iPhone 6 Plus sensor. The things that we should carefully examine is the pixel size. We can see that the iPhone 6 Plus features a significantly larger pixels. The reason for this is that although the sensor is smaller in comparison to the S6 Edge and Note 4, it has fewer pixels on the surface. So on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, each pixel measured 1.5 microns, whether on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4, each light-sensitive pixel measures 1.12 microns.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 were able to outperform the iPhone 6 Plus on DxOMark tests. I looked a bit deeper, and you can see that the S6 Edge scored 84 in photo noise tests, better than the 75 of the Note 4 and 80 of the iPhone 6 Plus.

So although the iPhone 6 Plus has larger pixels, the S6 Edge sensor produced better looking images. The reason is probably due to more advanced sensor technology and maybe improved image processing that helped the S6 Edge to outperform the iPhone 6 Plus, although not by a large margin.



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