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Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime review

This device has been tested in 2017. Please note that the score and contents below refer to an older Camera test protocol.

Launched in September 2016, the Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is part of the Korean manufacturer’s mid-range line of smartphones, offering a 5-inch display with HD resolution and Samsung’s own Exynos 7570 quad-core chipset. In the camera module, a 13 Mp image sensor is combined with a lens that features a fast f/1.9 aperture and a 28mm-equivalent focal length. See our test summary and scores below to find out how the Galaxy J5 Prime performed in our DxOMark Mobile testing.

Key specifications:

  • Dual camera
  • 13 Mp sensor
  • f/1.9 aperture lens
  • 28mm equivalent focal length
  • LED flash
  • 1080p video at 30 fps
  • 5 Mp front camera with f/2.2 aperture lens

Test summary

Galaxy J5 Prime images in bright light show good exposure and white balance as well as low levels of noise.

The Galaxy J5 Prime camera is capable of capturing images with good white balance and low levels of noise in most shooting conditions. The autofocus is a little slow, but accurate, and flash images show good exposure. On the downside, dynamic range is very limited, resulting in clipped highlights and shadow areas when capturing high-contrast scenes. Levels of detail are low in most images and color shading becomes visible in low light.

In video mode, our testers liked the smooth exposure and white balance transitions as well as the low noise in bright light. The autofocus is quite unreliable in video mode, however, and refocuses frequently without any obvious reason. Level of detail in the Full-HD footage is low as well.

The white balance system deals well with indoor situations, but the level of detail is generally low.
Dynamic range is very limited, resulting in noticeable clipping of highlight and shadow areas in the frame.


  • Accurate white balance under most illuminants
  • Low noise levels in outdoor and indoor lighting
  • Accurate autofocus (but a little slow)
  • Good target exposure and white balance when shooting with flash


  • Accurate white balance in most situations
  • Smooth exposure and white balance transitions
  • Low noise in outdoor conditions


  • Very limited dynamic range
  • Loss of detail in many situations
  • Sometimes unstable autofocus when shooting indoors
  • Color shading in low light
  • Cyan-shift artifact
  • Very low levels of detail when zooming
  • No bokeh effect available


  • Underexposure in low light
  • Residual motion when walking while recording and in static scenes
  • Frequent refocusing
  • Loss of focus during tracking
  • Low levels of detail in indoor and low-light conditions

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