IMAGE QUALITY & PERFORMANCE - SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE5
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 manages the best balance between pleasing color and detail capture in good light. The lens is mostly sharp, with some softness in the left upper and lower corners. There is hardly any barrel distortion.
But the Note5 suffers from heavy-handed noise reduction in low light, which smooth out details, giving subjects an overly smooth and muddy appearance.
The Note5 does well with HDR, and there’s no ghosting to be seen. While the Note5’s HDR seems to render more even tones, the Nexus 6P retains highlights better. The Samsung Galaxy Note5’s panoramas have some odd seams, and it has problems achieving an even, overall exposure.
The Note5’s 4K videos are fine in both good and low light, and its optical image stabilization does quite well, neck to neck with the iPhone 6s Plus. The problem is that OIS isn’t available at the highest 4K resolution, it only works at Full HD resolution and below. Besides that, the Note5 has one major weakness; rolling shutter is quite obvious when you move the camera.
The Note5 performs best in good light, with vibrant colors and rich details.