Camera performance is one of the most important features people look for when buying a new high-end smartphone. Since the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S6, we have seen a lot of camera comparisons. No test can ever be flawless, but some comparisons are better than others. Here is a new camera comparison from PCMag that depicts camera performance of flagship smartphones as accurately as possible.

PCMag compares the camera performance of Samsung Galaxy S6, Apple’s iPhone 6, HTC’s latest One M9, LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z3. Sascha Segan and Jim Fisher of PCMag tested these smartphone cameras on five parameters. And then assigned them a rating (for each parameter) between one and five. One points to the weakest while five points to the strongest camera. They found that the Galaxy S6 packs the best smartphone camera.

Galaxy S6 vs others: backlit main camera

Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 vs. HTC One M9: Camera Comparison

Here the Sony camera shows a blow-out background. The Galaxy S6 provides the clearest image. In terms of backlit main camera, PCMag assigned five points to the S6, four to Xperia Z3, three points to the iPhone 6, two points to LG G3 and one point to HTC One M9.

Galaxy S6 vs others: daylight camera

Here the iPhone 6 is the clear winner (with five points) as it offers slightly more pleasing color and exposure balance, notes PCMag. It is followed by the S6 (four points), LG G3 (three points), HTC One M9 (two points) and Xperia Z3 (one point).

Galaxy S6 vs others: low-light main camera

In low-light conditions, most smartphone cameras fall apart. The image is almost always blurred. But LG G3 stands out in this aspect. It shows clean text with a slight green cast. It is followed by the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6, HTC One M9 and Xperia Z3 in that order.

Galaxy S6 vs others: low-light selfie

Which smartphone camera captures the best selfie in low-light conditions? Can you guess from the above images? Of course, it’s the Galaxy S6, which has the widest angle. The iPhone 6 shows a lot of details, but a lot of noises, too. It is followed by HTC, LG and Sony.

Galaxy S6 vs others: outdoor shot

Samsung’s phone with a 16-megapixel camera once again delivers top-notch performance (five points). The iPhone 6 (four points) does pretty well with its 8MP camera, but it doesn’t match up with the S6. Sony’s camera is just decent (three point), while LG (two points) and HTC (one point).

Conclusion

The Galaxy S6 leads the pack with 23 points in total, followed by the iPhone 6 with 19 points, and LG G3 with 14 points. Sony’s camera got only 10 points while HTC One M9 could manage just 9 points.