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Image Quality and Performance

With its cutting edge hardware and latest Android version the Galaxy S5's performance is impressive all around. Apps open up quickly, scrolling and swiping is very smooth and processing tasks, for example in editing apps, take very little time. In our test only the gallery app seemed a bit sluggish at times but Samsung has fixed that with a firmware update, so make sure you have the latest software version running if your gallery seems a little slow. 

With Burst Shot activated in the settings the camera captures 30 shots in approximately two seconds. While this is quite an impressive number, as usual you don't have any control over shutter speed, so in low light you will inevitably end up with motion blur due to a slow shutter. This makes the mode pretty much unsuitable for the capture of indoor action.

The performance of the new phase detect AF system is reasonably fast in good light but not noticeably quicker than the competition with more conventional systems. However, in low light the S5 AF is one of the best, with fast and reliable performance even in very dim conditions. We found very few focus errors in our hundreds of samples shot while working on this review. 

It's also worth mentioning that the S5's battery performance is quite impressive, taking us easily through the day, even with heavy use. However, not only does the battery last long, it also charges quicker than most other devices we have used. So even if you do run out of juice on the Samsung, it'll take little time with the charger plugged in for you to get going again.

With its 16MP 1/2.6-inch BSI CMOS sensor the Galaxy S5 offers one of the most intriguing camera specs among current smartphones. Read on to find out how the high pixel count and slightly larger than usual sensor translate into real-life image quality.

Daylight, Low ISO

In good light the Samsung Galaxy S5 produces some of the best image output we have seen from a smartphone. Despite some blurring of fine low-contrast detail the S5 captures excellent detail with just the right amount of sharpening. At a 100% view the images look crisp without being oversharpened. 

Some grain can be seen in shadow areas or areas of plain color but it's all within well acceptable smartphone levels and at low ISOs noise reduction is less intrusive than on most other mobile devices. The high pixel count makes the Samsung's images more vulnerable to lens imperfections though and you'll find some softness towards the edges of the frame.

The images are free of artifacts, chromatic aberrations are well-controlled by the JPEG-engine and we could not find any moiré patterns in our samples. Colors tend to be a touch saturated and images are usually well exposed, although the HDR mode can be a useful tool in high-contrast scenes.

The samples below show how much detail is captured by the Galaxy S5 camera. There is some smearing of detail in the distant foliage but overall the levels of detail are excellent for a smartphone. In the right image you can see some of the edge softness mentioned above. 

ISO 40, 1/1332 s
ISO 40, 1/50 s
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Both images below show again good detail but on the left the S5's relatively strong saturation leads to an unnaturally warm rendering of skin tone. In the right image you can see that in bright and contrasty conditions the Samsung is, like most smartphone, prone to highlight clipping. 

ISO 40, 1/538 s
ISO 40, 1/241 s
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These are two more samples to demonstrate the level of detail captured by the S5 camera. For flower shots, like the image on the right, captured in Macro mode, the high saturation works better than for portraits.

ISO 40, 1/870 s
ISO 40, 1/198 s
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Low Light, High ISO

In lower light the Samsung Galaxy S5 again performs well. Good color is maintained across the ISO range and well-balanced noise reduction means that, while grain is visible at all sensitivities, it never becomes too intrusive or turns into ugly looking "noise-blotches". Traces of chroma noise are visible at large magnifications from early on but overall color noise is again well-controlled across the ISO range. The S5's high megapixel count also means that when images are down-sampled for web use or social sharing noise is averaged out, making even the ISO 2000 exposures usable for those purposes. 

Like on most smartphones the S5 uses very slow shutter speeds in low light to keep the ISO down. Without an optical image stabilization system this often leads to a slight softness through camera shake. If you need a 100% sharp low light shot it is therefore always recommendable to shoot a batch of images to increase your chances of having at least one good one. 

For the indoor portrait below the S5 only has to raise the ISO to 200 but increased noise levels are noticeable in the shadow areas if you view at 100%. Overall the image is still pretty clean though. The bigger problem is the slight overall softness caused by camera shake and the relatively slow shutter speed. In situations like this we would prefer the camera to opt for a slightly higher ISO and accept a touch more noise in return for a shake-free image. The ISO 320 image on the right shows some loss of detail at 100% but looks clean with pleasant colors when viewed at only slightly smaller sizes.

ISO 200, 1/33 sec
ISO 320, 1/33 sec
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Shadow noise and blurring of detail through noise reduction becomes more obvious as the ISO increases but again you have to zoom pretty far into the images below before those imperfections become too intrusive. The camera used a shutter speed of 1/17 sec for both images which poses a high risk of camera shake. Both pictures are the sharpest out of a series including various slightly blurry exposures.

ISO 400, 1/17 sec 
ISO 640, 1/17 sec
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Compared to the output of many other smartphones the Galaxy S5's output still looks decent at the highest ISOs. There is a lot of grain but still some fine detail left. Edge sharpness is still good and chroma noise well under control. Color is maintained very well.

For the image on the left the camera selected an unusually high shutter speed of 1/100 sec which freezes the motion of the moving subjects but also pushes the ISO to 1250. Nevertheless the image is still more than usable on the web or in social media. The same is true for the right image for the capture of which the S5 pushed ISO to its highest setting, ISO 2000.

ISO 1250, 1/100 sec
ISO 2000, 1/17 sec
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Flash

Tiny LED flash units mean that flash use on smartphone cameras is generally best avoided. Low output power often leads to noisy images and blurry subjects. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is no exception but still performs at least slightly better than many competing devices. 

Its LED flash provides enough power to keep the ISO relatively low, even in very low light, and by doing so can reduce image noise and maintain more detail than many competitors. As you can see in the samples below skin tones are rendered a little warm but that's arguably preferable to the cool color casts you'll get from some other devices. Red-eye effect is very well controlled as well.

As with most smartphones the only control over flash exposure you have is to switch it on, off or into Auto mode. The shutter speed of 1/30 sec is not going to freeze any fast motion but should help you get reasonably sharp images in most circumstances. 

ISO 125, 1/30 sec
ISO 250, 1/30 sec
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Comments

Total comments: 88
AnonGuy

Does the S5 still force you to choose a speed when recording the slow motion footage, or does it allow you to record 1x at 120 FPS and then slow it down later like the iPhone. This is kind of a big deal in choosing a phone since I use it for sports a lot and it's not useful to take this pre-slowed footage and import it into analysis apps like Coach's Eye and Ubersense. I need it at regular speed with all the frames (and Android doesn't have the Capability to let 3rd party apps record slow motion at 1x speed).

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Antoneeo

I own this phone and I am selling it because it fails very often to lock focus correctly. In the DxOMark report for focus it says: <<The overall score is 80/100 in bright light and 59/100 in low light.>>. For me loosing so many shots because of bad focus is unacceptable. I also own a galaxy Note 3 which is much slower at focusing but it is nearly 100% precise... it's a pity because the fast HDR is really amazing with this phone and the phone feels fast too.

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Glen Barrington

I own the S5, and like all phone cameras, the ergonomics were ignored, making it impossible to hold steady. In my mind, it is a camera of absolute last resort, I'd rather use a $30 Walmart 'special' kiddie camera. I'm not impressed.

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landam

Do you know that by using the Android device manager you can find your phone’s location if it’s stolen or lost. You can even make a call to your device even if the SIM card is replaced by a new one. You can lock your device remotely even erase all the confidential data. I found this info in here, http://www.spinfold.com/less-known-android-features/

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Lukemynick

Good review. Thank you for the job well done.
As for the S5 itself, good to see improvement based on the overall score. (8 to 8.2 IIRC)

Connect, what's next in line?

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Lars Rehm

Working on the Xperia Z2 now, but will probably be at least another couple of weeks :)

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edongzki

Nice review, samsung phones are awesome.

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nikanth

Great video features!

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Ronaldomu

Samsung has another version of S5 called K Zoom. What about that? As far as I know, its IQ is better than S5 and also it has a zoom. Waiting for your review about this :)

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Lars Rehm

It's not another version of the S5 but quite a different device with a built-in zoom lens, similar to the S4 Zoom. Some of the processing components are identical to the S5's though. I hope we can slot it into the review pipeline at some point.

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Ronaldomu

Thanks a lot. I read some reviews on the internet and found that IQ is much better than the S4 Zoom. But I do not know how better it is.

Wait for your reviews :)

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Carl bcn

Great review as usual on dpreview (well, connect), congrats for your work.
Like some previous poster, I also have some doubts regarding the S5 having better IQ than the S4. It's true the brush bristles show more detailed on the S5, but I have a hard time noticing a clear difference overall (I'm not saying it's not true, just that maybe it's not that obvious to me looking at the comparison image).

Also congrats for the pics and video samples taken in a wide variety of places and situations, your dedication is appreciated and makes a difference. Thanks.

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SergioMO

The video capture is amazing ! The stills with RAW mode will be perfect ! It was noticed that google will release RAW mode to Android very soon. That´s one of the best phones I saw, waterproof etc. Good job Sammy

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Gannett2012

Why is the video motion rather jumpy, there's a regular 'bunching' making thing look like they're moving in little bursts rather in one smooth movement. is it a YouTube thing?

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Glen Barrington

I own the S5, I guess it's a good thing that the camera is better than many other phones.

But I'm a photographer, and I've put the S5 through its paces as a camera. Let's just say it isn't likely to replace my Oly OMD E-M10 any time soon. It is NOT a serious photo tool.

It IS however, a really good phone and PDA, and as a photographer, I think that is a good thing.

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rondhamalam

Samsung cpu is slooooooooow.

What 8 core... It's just marketing gimmic.
The fact All Galaxy phones are SLOW !!!!

(I am a Samsung Galaxy user since 4 years ago)

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minzaw

It is opposite here There are FAST

4 upvotes
Toh

Something is wrong with your phone(s)!

2 upvotes
markshelby

The reviewer forgot to mention the incredible smearing of detail in both bright and low lights. For example, the S5 shows almost no stubble on the mens' faces, dramatically inferior to both the S4 (and the iPhone 5 for that matter.

Some contrasty portions are sharper with the S5, but low-contrast details are seriously a couple years behind, according to the comparison images in this review.

4 upvotes
rob579

I have the S4, my son has the S5. Photos and video are better with our S5. However, color on the DP comparison looks better on S4. Looks to me iPhone and galaxy are about equal. Blackberry also looks great here. I want that square blackberry, may be my next phone.

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Lars Rehm

not sure if any camera specs have been released yet for the square model, I would guess it'll take a long time before it actually becomes available in the shops. The Z10 which we tested some time ago had a truly horrible camera though, you really don't want that ;)

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grasscatcher

I have the BBQ10, with a square screen (you can take photos in other aspects, though). I was surprised to see how good the BB quality was on the comparison tool, although it's prolly different specs from my Q10.

That being said, I am probably getting an S5 in the near future. The BB OS is fantastic, but it is too late for many app developers. Android apps can now be loaded onto BB OS, but many are buggy, and I've not found a way to load paid apps yet. For example, I can load Panasonic's Image App onto my BB, but can't get it to NFC to my GX7, but my Nexus 7 lets the app NFC just fine with the GX7. OTOH, BB's keyboard cannot be beat if you do a lot of txting, typing, office-type work, etc. - probably the best phone for productivity (until Windows purchases the keyboard rights, then integrates seamlessly with Office products). I love my BB, but the S5 will be able to do more for me, at this point.

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Lars Rehm

yes, I've always found a physical kb much better for typing. Unfortunately it means you have to have a smaller screen though. BB has just announced a new device with a square screen and 1440 x 1440 pixels res, I think this is what the OP referred to in his post.

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rob579

Grasscatcher, you will be as happy with S5 as we are. Excellent phone. If and when I upgrade from s4, it will be a tough decision between S5 and Blackberry. I will heed Lars advice, I will need to see the camera specs when the square (whatever its called) blackberry comes out.

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Jogger

The square BB10 device seems squarely aimed at the business/enterprise market.. so, a high end camera may not be their top priority.

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rob579

If or when.

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grasscatcher

@Lars, I see it now, the BB Passport, 1440x1440 (my BBQ10 is 720x720). Looks impressive. I'm sure it will be a very productive tool. BB has, over the last five years or so, had very-well-integrated physical controls in addition to touchscreen controls (although they seemed to take a step backward on those ergonomics when going from the Bold to the Q10). Looks like the Passport will move that integration forward again.

I hope BB does well with their new offerings. They have a good OS, and it would be a shame if they disappeared - competition is always good for the consumer. I think I heard that they turned a profit last quarter, so maybe things are looking up! :)

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grasscatcher

I am looking forward to the S5. I think I'll get more use out of apps in the Android world with the S5, then I will out of the productivity-based BB. As I mentioned, I can sideload Android apps into BBQ10 now, but many of them don't work seamlessly (and some, not at all) like they do in my Nexus 7. If more developers would create apps native to BB OS, I could easily be swayed back to BB. Tthere are some native apps designed for BB OS that have extremely smooth animations, like BE Weather, that I have not seen anything comparable in the Android world. The ported apps don't have the same experience, so it will take more effort on the developers' part.

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Lars Rehm

yes, BB hardware has always been nice and so has the software but the've missed the boat with touchscreens and it's going to very hard to catch up. Even with the nicest hardware consumers will only give yo their money if they can install all the latest apps. If they can't sales will be low. Sales are low means developers are not interested in your platform => spiral of death. Same is true to a degree for Windows phone, great hardware but nobody wants to develop apps for a platform that has under 5 percent of the market. That said, I honestly hope, BB can make it back, could only be good for competition.

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ConanFuji

I find my note 2 pics look better than my note 3 ones.
Is cramming too much pixels hurting the IQ?

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AnonGuy

Yes. It also slows the camera down. This is why HTC and Apple phones are faster to a greater degree than they otherwise would be. Their devices only have to process 4 and 8MP images. I find the Galaxy S3 I had takes better Pictures than my Note 3, and TBQH I'm a bit miffed that I returned an iPhone 5S for the Note 3 because the camera processing is way too aggressive in the worst of ways, and the processing times for low light shots are an abomination. I find the S4 is both faster and better than the Note 3 in Low Light, despite using what we're told is the same Sensor and having a weaker CPU/GPU. The way Samsung can release a flagship that degredes in performance in some ways compared to their weaker devices defies logic.

Their image processing isn't that good. You cannot shoot a low light picture on these phones that doesn't look like a watercolor painting due to the aggressive noise reduction, and if you don't use Night Mode you're be lucky to get a picture at all.

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Peter62

Sorry, but the Galaxy S4 is BETTER!

Look for yourself at the studio scene image comparison, low light, then look at the coloured, concentric cirlcles !

Another reason not to buy the S5!

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Lars Rehm

you are looking purely at high-contrast detail there which depends mostly on sharpening. Look at the low-contrast detail, like the fabrics and the paint brush and you'll see that S5 resolves better detail.

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Peter62

I watched almost every detail, to me it seems that the S5 is not better than the S4.

In the lower right corner the S4 is clearly sharper. All in all, it could be a tie.

And the iPhone 5s is better than both Samsungs.

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Vladik

Peter, I dont see how iPhone is better. I hate Samsung phones, but the camera works pretty well, not worse than iPhone for sure. I use Lumia 1520 right now and it's way over hyped, it only takes good photos under perfect conditions.

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zodiacfml

He's right. I checked. The S5 doesn't resolve any better and it is a bit slightly inferior probably due to NR.
It is even worse in low light test since the S5 is at a lower ISO with less color resolution.

I hope in the future that this MP race in smartphones come to a stop. Sony can make a case of making new small resolution sensors by marketing them similar to HTC one's Ultrapixels.

These sensors might also be lens limited.

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Ken Sky

Why is the review framed as " the best Android phone"? Doesn't the reviewer know that the smartphone market is dominated by the Apple iPhone? Surely the comparison should be against the 5s. I recognize the 6 will appear in the not too distant future but as of July 2014 this phone appears to be the best on the market.
P.S. I use an iPhone 5.

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chadley_chad

Firstly, the smartphone market is NOT dominated by Apple ... Unless you're dumb enough to think Apple has sold as much or more than Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony, Google etc etc combined!

I've owned all generations of iPhone, but MUCH prefer my 4S in every way, including quality of images which has the edge in my opinion. That's my opinion of course, but as I've owned every iPhone and the S3 and S4, I think my opinion means more than someone that hasn't!

Another case of a blinded Apple fan (great marketing Apple!)

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iShootWideOpen

Typical Android drones. You think you're too smart to be fooled by Apple's marketing.
Ask your phones manufactures and OS maker where they get their inspiration.

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CheetahCJ

Why don't you ask Apple where they got their ideas for iOS 8? Look outside the Apple bubble once in a while and you'll see it's all been done before. But go ahead and listen to Apple's marketing BS. They make you think you have the latest and greatest, when in fact the whole world is years ahead. Think Different.

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Wye Photography

I think I prefer the AGFA Syncho box camera (I have one somewhere - almost forgot about that).

Here are the "advantages" of the AFGA

1) Mine cost £1 on the bay of e
2) Don't have to worry about focus - no focus, its fixed.
3) Only two apertures from which to choose.
4) Built in Yellow filter.
5) out Holgas a Holga
6) out instagrams instagram
7) No need to worry about shutter speed, there's only one.
8) No contract needed.
9) No one would want to steel it.
10) Don't have to worry about IQ, it's just crap.
11) You look less of a prat using one than using a tablet.
12) Can't see, no worries, neither can the AGFA.

No, seriously, although I don't like Android the IQ of the S5 looks pretty good.

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Lars Rehm

you forgot to mention it's also got better battery life ;)

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Wye Photography

LOL, Thank you Lars, that's a pretty important thing to forget.

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Geo1

Item 9: Not so sure about that. I am a collector of such things. ;-). You have good taste in the finer things in life!

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Wye Photography

@ Geo1 Just for you... ( and my typo corrected)

9) Apart from collectors of such things, no one would want to steal it.

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Toh

I buy junk and sell antiques. Some fools sell, some fools buy!

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Greg Gebhardt

Got to borrow a S5 a few days ago and compared it to my iPhone 5S and all I can say is Apple needs to STEP UP to get even close to the quality of the S5!

Guess I will remain jealous as I am not moving to an Android device.

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Markol

What? The top of the line latest Samsung does not have OIS?
I have this on my rather cheap (in comparison) Nexus 5 and it works much better than I'd have thought.
I just assumed that this is now standard with high end phones but it seems not. I for one think this is inexcusable.

Here's hoping Nokia releases a true successor to the 808 with Android. Now that would be something I would buy.

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Death89

At one point I'd have disagreed with you. But until MS get up to speed and offer basic things like smart dialling, removable storage, accessible battery and USB OTG in the camera flagships, I'm sticking to my cheaply bought second hand galaxy note.

I loved my Nokia N8 until it died, and would like to have that sort of capability in my phone again. But I'm not going to but a half done concept like the 1020 (I say half done based on the inferiority in camera to the 808 in stills and shot to shot time, and also the points I mentioned above). Once they release a complete package I'll bite. Until then as a past symbian user I can only choose android.

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Mike FL

"31mm focal length"? Samsung just did not get it as most of Samsung none P&S cameras.

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Lars Rehm

I actually think 31mm is not too bad a compromise. Yes, a wider lens is nice to shoot landscapes but virtually useless for portraits....so it really depends on what you are shooting. If it's a mix of things I think 31mm works quite well.

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LensBeginner

Panorama technology, both real-time and in post, has evolved enough to render a true wide lens on a smartphone not desirable anymore, IMHO.

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Lars Rehm

Good point, the pano mode on the S5 is excellent, the one in the Google Camera app has some pretty good options, too

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Mike FL

Lars Rehm,

Before you go too far, please disclosure your relation with all the phones/products which you reviewed/reviewing.

I do believe this is the rule of Amazon who owns DPR.

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Lars Rehm

Are you suggesting I have some special relationship to Samsung? Because if you do I can assure you that's not the case. I get the test model from them for the review and send it back after the review, just like with the manufacturers of all cameras and smartphones I have ever reviewed.

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keeponkeepingon

To me it looks like a fair review but I can follow his logic:

Amazon does not sell the iphone*.
Amazon does sell the Samsung Galaxy S5
Amazon owns dpreview so Lars works for the anti iphone pro S5 Amazon

*You'll find the iphone on amazon.com but all are sold by 3rd party sellers. Here's a search on iphones sold by amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_undefined?keywords=iphone&qid=1405071127&rh=n%3A2335752011%2Ck%3Aiphone%2Cp_76%3A2491146011%2Cp_6%3AATVPDKIKX0DER&sort=price-desc-rank

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Lars Rehm

you should go back and look at our iPhone 5s review. If I am not totally mistaken it was pretty positive indeed.

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LensBeginner

...of course I was talking about trade-offs, a panorama mode is no substitute for a true wide lens, but OTOH it is also true that digital zoom is no substitute for a more "normal" lens...

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Lars Rehm

your point is totally valid, it's good to have a wider lens in some situations but for general shooting a less wide one makes more sense for most users. Given smartphones do not offer interchangeable lenses this is always going to be some sort of compromise though.

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keeponkeepingon

Lars, I think both this and the iPhone review are well done; I was just theorizing as to the posters logic.

Regarding wider: wider is better for selfies hence wider is better for smartphones.

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Lars Rehm

yes, I understand where you are coming from. Selfies are typically taken with the front cam though ;) Which is some newer ones offer extra-wise angle views, makes perfect sense there...

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keeponkeepingon

For some reason I never take selfies with the front facing cam. I've got long arms and I gota have all 8mp for this beautiful face. (The real answer is I spent way way too long with my 3Gs (no ff camera, old habits die hard...)).

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Bervilat

It does have exposure compensation, just open the gear menu.

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Lars Rehm

you are actually right, it's hidden so far down the menu that I actually did not see it. I have corrected this in the review. Thanks.

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Bervilat

Yes, the placement is stupid, but you can drag it to your favorite settings that stay always on screen.
Another quirk that I found is that when spot metering is selected, the camera does not measure where you tap to focus, but actually in the very center of the frame.
Very weird and not intuitive, since there is no visual clue of the metering region, but after you get used you can force the camera to expose where you want, while selecting a different focus point. You can also hold the on screen button or the volume button to recompose while the focus and exposure are locked.

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Lars Rehm

yes, given that I have used the phone for more than a couple of weeks and not seen it I have to agree with you on the placement ;)

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Stacey_K

I've used one of those box cameras in the picture, it actually was pretty decent :P

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Stuart001

I've got a few and still use them occasionally. Wonder if my grandchildren will be able to use my Samsung in 2084?

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gskolenda

The video on this camera is crap! terrible, horrible rolling shutter, absolutely useless for me. Wife has the Galaxy Note II same problems!

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Joe Ogiba

Not useless for others.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_g180YYvX0

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gskolenda

Were talking quality here, not crap video, why would someone even use garbage video, let me guess the beat way to shoot video is vertical LOL!

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esmu urdis

Yea that's all a bit relative gskolenda, my mate who is a cinematographer sees anything below block buster movie standard as crap video

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Lars Rehm

Well, I actually found the S5 video very usable. Are the samples in my review in line with your experience or are we dealing with some kind of sample variation here?

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gskolenda

Well Lars, I look at it this way what you find usable, to me is crap! I just have higher quality levels than your review here., The video is also way over compressed. I know what I see and how it holds up in Post. that's the bottom line!

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Lars Rehm

Fully agree, this is all subjective. We have to remember though that this is a smartphone and therefore should not expect RED quality. Are other smartphones significantly better? No, they aren't. Many, in fact, are worse. So things need to be put into perspective. If smartphone video quality does not suit your purposes that's a different matter.

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Chris Noble

Good for you DPR for reviewing the cameras built into cellphones! Something that should be of keen interest to every avid photographer.

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makofoto

Heidelberg ... excellent choice of locations! :-)

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Lars Rehm

indeed, always worth a visit :)

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0MitchAG

I loved Heidelberg, Dresden and Rothenburg Altstadt and although across the border, Innsbruck too, for the beautiful cathedrals and churches. I wish I could be there again, because for an Australian there is simply nothing here for comparison.

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Lars Rehm

haha, I imagine. Churches and other old "stuff" everywhere here which makes for nice photo opportunities. On the other hand I do miss the mountains of the Pacific Northwest :)

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The Name is Bond

Where's the FL? According to another site it's 31mm.

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Lars Rehm

yeah, it is 31mm equivalent, I have just added it.

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Digital Suicide

Don't like Samsung phone cameras because of focal length. Not mentioned in here about S5, but I'm pretty sure it is about 30mm FFE. Lumias does better job with 26mm.
By the way can't find the gallery of 29 images on page 11...

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Richard Shih

Thanks. It's now fixed.

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Menneisyys

Smearing is awful even at base ISO. In no way a contest to the Nokia 808 WRT plain still IQ.

I *really* hope Samsung comes out with a Nokia 808-alike - with a huge sensor and great (prime) lens. Just another branch of their Zoom / Camera series, with photo buffs wanting a prime-"only", large-sensor, high-end phone-based camera would be a killer. The current lineup (unless you do need zoom)? Not so much, regrettably.

All in all, I won't ditch my Nokia 808 for the S5. The 808 is a perfect non-smart (I in no way use the Net on it, particularly not for browsing - the Achilles' heel of Symbian) phone for me. And, when better IQ is needed, I take my Fuji X-E1...

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Petrogel

when better IQ is needed, buy yourself a Samsung (an S5 for example)........ :-)

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gskolenda

Not for video!

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PhotoPoet

Place my "who cares what I think comment" here. iPhone vs that phone, this phone vs that camera, there is no single/right answer, as with cameras each of us has our own subjective "the one" and its not based on review "facts"...

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