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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Mobile review: Bigger and better for photography

Wednesday December 23 2015

Mobile Review
 
DxOMark Mobile
87

Overview

With a DxOMark Mobile score of 87-points, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus ties for best score on our database alongside the Sony XPeria Z5. Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone just edges out its sister model, Galaxy S6 Edge, which now sit in 2nd place with a DxOMark Mobile score of 86-points. These Samsung and Sony top of the range devices are setting a new standard for mobile image quality.

Photos: 

Great exposures in all conditions

In good lighting conditions exposures are in the main excellent with good dynamic range thanks to the S6 Edge Plus’s HDR mode, which is triggered automatically in bright conditions.

In very high contrast scenes there was the occasional failure, with the brightest highlight becoming over exposed, but nothing too alarming.

exposure_HDR

Exposure is good in all lighting conditions, even in scenes with high dynamic range thanks to HDR mode, which is automatically triggered. Even under extreme low light conditions of 5 Lux (right) images are usable

Under low-light conditions again exposures are generally excellent with good dynamic range and strong color.

Excellent white balance and color reproduction

Both white balance and color reproduction are also excellent in good light with the S6 Edge Plus recording vivid, pleasant and realistic color.

Shooting under a tungsten light source white balance turns slightly yellow/pink and some color shading is visible too, but again it’s far from offensive.

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In good lighting conditions white balance is accurate and color rendering is good

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In low light (20 Lux) under a tungsten light source white balance turns slightly yellow/pink but the colors remain pleasant

High levels of detail preservation for bright light and low light condition

High levels of detail preservation were recorded too, with intricate details such as brickwork clearly visible. The downside of this great detail however is that a build up of noise is noticeable even when shooting in good lighting conditions. It’s not offensive, and most people probably won’t notice it at all, but if you have a tendency to pixel peep it’s there.

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In good light, although fine detail is recorded by the 16Mp sensor, some noise is visible, too

Good detail is also recorded in low light and under a 20 Lux light source only the very fine details become lost. Although a build up of luminance noise is evident again shooting under these conditions but it’s well controlled compared to many smart phones we’ve tested.

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Under a tungsten 20 Lux light source good details are recorded with only the finest details becoming lost. Some luminance noise is visible in these conditions but it’s very good compared to other smart phones we’ve tested under the same conditions

Great Flash and Autofocus

Using flash with no additional light source, results are excellent with good detail, well-controlled noise and pleasant color. Mixing flash with a tungsten light source, color reproduction starts to get a little unstable however, with white balance inconsistencies between consecutive frames where some pictures turn more yellow than others. Finally the S6 Edge Plus’s autofocus is fast and accurate in all lighting conditions with just some minor instabilities and overshoot occurring in preview mode.

Video: One of the best camcorder available on a smartphone

Just like with stills, video exposures on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are generally very good with pleasant color reproduction. This is particularly so in bright light conditions. Video captures also a very high levels of detail.

This isn’t so in low-light however, where there’s a visible loss of fine detail compared to moving images shot outdoors, with some temporal luminance noise also visible on edge transitions shot under these circumstance. Handheld walking movement on videos shot in low light results in some noticeable jitter artefacts on your videos too, which can be a little distracting during playback. Autofocus can also be a little slow to adapt to changing scenes shooting video indoors, but outdoors it’s much more responsive with good tracking capabilities, too. 

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
87
Exposure and contrast
90
Color
86
Autofocus
92
Texture
90
Noise
86
Artifacts
76
Flash
86

Pros

-     Very good detail preservation in good light

-       Very good white balance

-       Good exposures

-       Good color rendering

-       Flash: Good exposure, detail preservation, noise, white balance and color preservation with no additional light source

Cons

-       Ringing strongly visible

-       Slight noise noticeable in all lighting conditions

-       Slight aliasing noticeable on some pictures

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
85
Exposure and contrast
87
Color
83
Autofocus
88
Texture
83
Noise
89
Artifacts
89
Stabilization
75

Pros

-       Very high level of detail shooting in good lighting

-       Good exposure and color rendering

-       Good tracking capabilities

-       Good autofocus

Cons

-       Loss of detail in low light

-       Temporal luminance noise visible on edge transitions

-       Jitter artifact noticeable on indoor walking movement

-       Slightly slow autofocus response when changing scenes in low light