Since the revival of Windows mobile with Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has always placed it and its OEM partners’ devices to have some of the best smartphone cameras available. With features varying from a dedicated camera button to photo software basically only featured on high-end DSLRs, Microsoft, with some encouragement from Nokia, has really attempted to set new standards for smartphone photography.
Naturally it has to when competing against such phones as the iPhone, which captures excellent point-and-shoot images with very little need to adjust camera settings, and a wide variety of Android smartphones, although that can be a mixed bag when it comes to picture quality. Presently, however, companies such as Samsung are bridging the gap between their devices’ camera performance with the likes of the Lumia line from Microsoft.
For starters, the Lumia 950 XL features a 20 MP Carl Zeiss PureView censor, 4K video recording, triple-LED RGB flash, autofocus, and optical image stabilization. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus features a 16 MP censor with optical image stabilization, auto HDR, LED flash and autofocus. Basically, each camera is more than capable, but the true test between these two powerhouse smartphones is the software fueling the cameras.
Each camera has its strengths and weaknesses. While the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus does really well without flash, the Lumia 950 XL triple LED RBG flash supplies sharper images with little noise. However, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus performs better with little light while taking 4K video. While the Lumia 950 XL attempts to capture as much light as possible in these scenarios, the video remains filled with noise and muddled.
Regarding standard point-and-shoot images between the Lumia 950 XL and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, things become harder to decipher. Neither phone has much difficulty with noise nor quality, however, color reproduction differs dramatically between the two phones. Although photography experts will definitely have their say, choosing a winner could come down to personal preference. Some people may prefer the sharpness of the Lumia 950 XL, while others may prefer the color saturation and depth from Samsung’s offering.
One can say the same thing regarding video quality of each smartphone. While recording, both the Lumia 950 XL and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus use optical image stabilization to minimize movement, however, once again, each device gives images that differ greatly regarding colour reproduction. In addition, you can see a remarkable difference in how swiftly each device adjusts to different light conditions and environments.
Overall, it is obvious that the Lumia 950 XL and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus produce stellar images. It will boil down to personal preference between the two, however, both phones have their distinct advantages.