DxOMark Gives Samsung Galaxy S5 Top Camera Rating and Best in Mobile Video

June 16, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

Anybody that follows me knows that I love my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – The Note series of devices make a lot of sense to me.  Does this love of my Galaxy Note 3 translate to a love for all things Samsung…not really…Samsung makes a lot of design decisions that I do not agree with, but I would be lying if I told you I am not happy when my brand of smartphone wins some recognition.  And the reason that I am happy because I am hoping this awarded feature gets on the next Galaxy Note device, so when highly respected DxOMark chooses the Samsung Galaxy S5 as top mobile camera (tied for first with the Sony Xperia Z2), I listen and get excited.  However, after looking at the list of competitors, I was disappointed that the HTC One M8 was not included – I can understand why the just released LG G3 was not there, but in a mobile camera ‘shoot out’ I would like to see all of the flagships currently for sale…and why is the Note 2 on the list, but not the Note 3

The Galaxy S5 comes with a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, an F2.2 maximum aperture, ISOCELL technology, 4K video and phase detection AF – although there is no Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system.  It scored 79/100 and shared the top spot with the Sony Xperia Z2, beating out both the Nokia 808 and 1020, as well as the Apple iPhone 5S and LG G2.

The Galaxy S5’s camera received praises for “good auto-exposure, pleasant, rich and realistic colors, good white balance, low noise levels in low light conditions and good sharpness, details in the center of the frame and good image quality with flash.”  However, besides a lack of consistency in the accuracy of the Auto Focus, there was “a noticeable loss of detail in low light conditions and non-uniform sharpness across the image field.”

With a score of 79/100, Galaxy S5 easily won in video quality and was declared as “the best mobile video tested to date.”  The second place Sony Xperia only received a 73/100 as a comparison score.  The Galaxy S5 video was “well-balance,” with “good autofocus” and a “good rendition of texture.”  It was hit for “color inaccuracies under some lighting conditions,” and “residual motion is higher than the best devices.”  For the complete test results, hit up our source article below for all of the details.

Please hook up with us on our Google+ Page and let us know how you feel about mobile cameras and which is your favorite – I am disappointed with some missing devices, however, any time you rank as high as Sony or beat out the Nokia models, you have to feel good about your Samsung camera – I guess it all comes down to if you are happy with your mobile photos…as always, we would love to hear from you.

Galaxy S5 Camera Test