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Samsung Galaxy Note V Mobile review: ‘Phabulous’ mobile image quality

Wednesday December 23 2015

Mobile Review
DxOMark Mobile
86

Overview

Billed as a ‘Phablet’ – a phone/tablet hybrid – Samsung Galaxy Note devices have been very popular with consumers looking for an all-in-one solution. Launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smart phone, the new Galaxy Note V is a very similar proposition but aimed towards a different type of user. Like its sibling the Note V scores a very high 85 DxOMark Mobile score. For almost all criteria the Note V achieves very high performance, very close to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Photo

Auto HDR records all the tones

For contrast and exposure the Galaxy Note V achieves good results both in good and low light environments. In very strong light some of the brightest highlights tend to become over exposed but the Note V’s HDR mode, which is triggered automatically in such scenarios, does a good job of bringing details at both ends of the tonal range.

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With the automatically triggered HDR mode kicking in, high contrast exposures are good with a full range of tones recorded on the left images and only the very brightest highlights over exposed in the centre. In low light 5 Lux conditions (right) images are still usable

Color pleasant in almost all conditions

As the Galaxy S6 Edge +, Generally colors are pleasant in all lighting conditions too, although better, as you’d expect, in good daylight with some color shading visible when shooting indoors under a tungsten light source.

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Shooting with bright light outdoors, colors are vivid, pleasant and realistic

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Under low light tungsten lighting (20 Lux) white balance turns slightly yellow/pink but the colors remain pleasant

Some of the finest detail we’ve seen to date

Detail preservation from Samsung’s latest devices is some of the finest we’ve seen although, as also noted on the S6 Edge Plus review, noise becomes visible in areas of blocked color such as a sky, even shooting in good light.

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Very good detail preservation but with a build up of fine luminance noise in the sky

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Under 20 Lux light conditions although details are generally good

Great autofocus but...

Autofocus performance is very commendable, with generally fast and accurate performance under all but the weakest light sources. That said we did record some inaccuracies and out of focus shots specifically when using the Note V’s Macro mode.

Respectable Flash performance

The LED flash produces a burst of light that’s nicely centred in the frame and although there’s some light attenuation when using flash as the only light source, it’s respectable. Detail preservation also remains strong when using flash, but again a build up of noise is visible and especially in the corner of the frame. Finally when mixing flash with a tungsten light source white balance turns yellow. 

 

Video

Great videos for all lighting condition

Shooting video on the Galaxy Note V, exposures are excellent in both lighting conditions, achieving a Bright Light score of 92 (out of 100) and Low Light score of 82. Dynamic range is well controlled too, with nicely preserved detail in both the brighter and darker parts of the video.

Overall video color rendering and white balance are good, with the exception of slightly dull color in low light, and white balance is a little slow to adapt when changing scene.

There’s also a visible loss of detail in videos shot under low light conditions, as well as a build up of low frequency luminance noise, especially around the edges.

Autofocus performance is good in video mode with accurate tracking in most cases, except when changing scene where autofocus is a little slow to trigger. Stabilisation is also good in bright lighting conditions with some minor jitter artifacts noticeable on indoor walking motion.

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
87
Exposure and contrast
90
Color
86
Autofocus
88
Texture
90
Noise
86
Artifacts
76
Flash
87

Pros

-       Good exposure and dynamic range in most lighting conditions

-       Very good white balance

-       Very good detail preservation in good lighting conditions

-       Vivid, pleasant and realistic color in most lighting conditions

-       Good flash performance

Cons

-       Ringing strongly visible

-       Noise noticeable in blocks of color

-       Some autofocus failures in macro mode

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
84
Exposure and contrast
87
Color
83
Autofocus
86
Texture
84
Noise
89
Artifacts
89
Stabilization
76

Pros

-       Very high level of detail shooting in good lighting

-       Good exposure and color rendering

-       Good tracking capabilities

-       Good autofocus in low light

Cons

-       Loss of detail in low light

-       Temporal luminance noise visible on edge transitions

-       Jitter artifact noticeable on indoor walking movement

-       Autofocus does not trigger on specific scenes