Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Apple iPhone 6 – Camera Fight

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With Samsung having unveiled the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge recently, one query consumers will be considering is how good the camera in the smartphone is. The Galaxy S6 will naturally be up against the Apple iPhone 6, with Samsung having pretty aggressively targeted the iPhone series in some pre-release press conferences.

This is nothing new for Samsung. At the start of 2014, the Korean corporation bullishly signalled its intent to displace Apple as the world’s most successful manufacturer of mobile devices. This looks like a rather naive statement now, as not only did Apple have a truly stellar 2014, Samsung also floundered somewhat and saw it profits tumble by 60 percent.

Since then, Samsung has also seen Apple overtake its proud position as the biggest seller of mobile devices in terms of volume. Apple has long since been more profitable than Samsung, but the Korean company has always been able to rely on its mass-market appeal in native East Asian territories. It seems that this is changing, as Gartner has asserted that Apple has now usurped Samsung.

So the Galaxy S6 is a key smartphone release for Samsung. The Korean corporation is attempting to reclaim some of its market share from Apple, and certainly the initial reaction to the Galaxy S6 handset has been positive. One area where the Samsung may particularly look to better the iPhone 6 range is in photographic capability. Samsung devices have previously been well received in this area, and the Galaxy 6 purports to improve upon the acclaimed camera included in the Galaxy S5 last year.

But how does the Galaxy S6 perform against the iPhone 6 camera? Here is a rundown of the capabilities of the two smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Apple iPhone 6 - Camera Fight


There is little argument that the Galaxy S6 is superior in this department. Samsung has always packed its devices with spec, and the Galaxy S6 is no exception to this rule. But it was slightly surprising that Samsung didn’t arm either the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge with an improved megapixel rating over the Galaxy S5. Thus, both Galaxy S6 devices are fitted with a 16-megapixel snapper.

However, the iPhone 6 only has an 8-megapixel camera, so obviously the Galaxy S6 is superior in pure spec terms.

Low light shooting

This has been a problem area for mobile cameras. The Galaxy S5 had an excellent camera, and it was generally critically well received. The same can be said of the Galaxy Note 4 phablet which is also manufactured by Samsung. But both devices were to some degree maligned for their photographic capabilities in low light conditions.

It is interesting then that Samsung has evidently concentrated on this aspect of the Galaxy S6’s capabilities. It is always wise for mobile manufacturers to listen to the complaints of its audience and the critical community, and it was announced ahead of the unveiling of the Galaxy S6 that Samsung had been working on improving its low light shooting.

According to the Korean corporation, the sensor fitted in the Galaxy S6 enables the device to capture 25 percent more light, and this is then translated into superior photographic production in low light conditions.

However, the iPhone 6 was praised for its low light shooting when it was released, and even though Samsung has moved to attempt to improve the capabilities of the Galaxy S6 in this area, testing in such conditions suggests that there is very little to choose between them.

Optical Image Stabilization

Both Apple and Samsung have included optical image stabilization in their flagship smartphones for some time now, and the iPhone 6 was significantly praised in this department. Samsung has again attempted to upgrade the Galaxy S6 in this area, and it compares pretty favorably with the iPhone range now. However, it is difficult to say that it is superior to the performance of the iPhone 6, which remains at least an equal in optical image stabilization to any device available on the market.

Color comparison

Aside from the details included in the photograph, and the amount of light which is captured by the sensor of a camera, the clarity and the depth of color in a photograph is one of the primary ways of distinguishing quality. In this regard it would be said that the iPhone 6 does outperform the Galaxy S6. The Apple device produces both better colour saturation and superior white levels to the upgraded Samsung lens, proving that although the megapixel rating of the Galaxy S6 is superior, one cannot draw too many rash conclusions from figures alone.

Video shooting

Again, the iPhone 6 was praised for the quality of its video shooting when it was released in 2014. All of the statistics from the Galaxy S5, along with frame rates and resolution, remain identical, and the consensus of opinion after early testing of the Galaxy at 6 is that the iPhone 6 still edges out the Samsung device in this department. However, the Galaxy S6 does include 4K recording, and even though this is a niche technology at the moment, it certainly makes the Galaxy S6 worthy of consideration.


When cameras were first included into smartphones, the simple fact that it was possible to take a picture with a device which you could carry around with you at all times was revolutionary. Today, smartphone owners expect a great deal more from cameras, and there is no doubt that both the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 now offer photographic capabilities that are extremely competitive with digital cameras. Perhaps they are not yet the equal of high-end professional devices, but it is interesting to note with relation to this that there are already some intriguing rumours that the iPhone 7 will deliver such quality.

Both devices now perform superbly as cameras, and both have their own particular strengths and weaknesses. In terms of which is the better to purchase, it is necessary to pay heed to what one actually wants from the camera. Many consider the iPhone 6 to be the superior photography device, however the Galaxy S6 produces superior color quality. Video shooting is excellent in the iPhone 6, but this does not offer a 4K option, which could tip some consumers towards the Galaxy S6.

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Christopher Morris
Christopher Morris is a passionate player of video games since the days of Space Invaders, and is extensively published on the subjects of Business, Technology and Politics. Chris also contributes to Yahoo.

17 Comments on "Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Apple iPhone 6 – Camera Fight"

  1. Why does the samsung need 3GB of Ram? I can render/operate everything on iOS8 i can imagine and never experienced ‘Lag’

  2. Winner is Samsung Galaxy S6 .. Why?? Lets take a look on it’s specs please.. This device has 3GB Ram, 32GB internal Memory, 5inch display with corning gorilla glass 4, fingerprint sensor (paypal ceritfied) and 20MP Camera with LED FLASH!!.. Now who is still saying that apple iPhone is better than samsung galaxy s6??

  3. the galaxy s6 is the clear winner

  4. Jason D. Gilmore | Mar 16, 2015, 10:34 am at 10:34 am |

    Seriously doubt apple owns the hardware, they use a lot of samsung components and I’m sure the chip is made by another company.

  5. Jason D. Gilmore | Mar 16, 2015, 10:31 am at 10:31 am |

    The iPhone 6 does not have image stabilization, the 6 plus does, but not the 6 just fyi.

  6. Yes the galaxy is superior in specs, the iphone has a 20nm processor backed up with 1gb of ddr3 ram. The galaxy has the first in a mobile phone 14nm processor with 3gb of ddr4 ram, their is no comparison. The iphone can be as optimised as much as you want, but nothing in the iphone comes close to the power of the s6 for anything. A 720p iphone screen is outclassed by 2k screen. The galaxy is also vr headset ready, and wireless charging and has a curved front screen. Actually the 2 phones are like night and day in the tech world. one is fully future proofed high tech device, the other is a basic phone with mid range specs.

  7. Jon Rickenbacker | Mar 15, 2015, 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    It would be so nice to read an unbiased review. Just once.

  8. Not too sure where you get OSI being included in the iP6 and color accuracy has been touted as too saturated on the ip6

  9. He is not comparing Iphone 7 He is only comparing Iphone 6+ which is in the market LOL for you

  10. right. that one pic Samsung wants to show us… come to reality and compare them when S6 is released. I can make DSLR photos look bad compared to iPhone camera…. what is the point?

  11. Sebastian Bartlett | Mar 14, 2015, 11:27 am at 11:27 am |

    Recently Samsung haven’t been increasing the megapixel beyond 16 the S5, Note 4 and S6 all have 16mp and they each perform better than the last so it seems at last Samsung is attempting to optimize its software.

  12. I worked for a cell phone company and we went to an Apple iPhone 6 training. They told me the reason why they only use 8mp camera is because they own both the hardware and software. So they can tune it to get optimum performance. Samsung has to continuously increase megapixels to get optimum performance from the software that was provided to them. Now you know.

  13. Jason Henderson | Mar 14, 2015, 5:14 am at 5:14 am |

    This is nothing more than a iPhone fanboy rant article. Bogus.

  14. Useless article

  15. No mention of the GS6s f1.9 that is vastly superior to the iPhone 6s f2.2. And in Samsung’s GS6s press event the side by side picture of a night scene blows away the iPhone in low light.

  16. Only the Iphone 6+ has OSI (Optical Stabilization) while the 6 does not. Megapixels are fewer in the Iphone, but that’s not the be all and end of of spec; sensor size is often more important. I’m sure the Galaxy S6 probably will be better than the 6, but a better test would be with the Iphone 6+, which, other than mp, will be closer in overall reproduction of image.

  17. You’re comparing GS6 with Iphone6. Why mention iphone 7 when it is not in the market yet… interesting to note also the next gs6 will deliver such quality too!

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