SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 5
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 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. However, the Note 5 suffers from heavy-handed noise reduction in low light, which smoothens out details, giving subjects an overly smooth and muddy appearance.
The Note 5 does well with HDR, and there’s no ghosting to be seen. While its HDR seems to render more even tones, the Nexus 6P retains highlights better. The Note 5’s panoramas have some odd seams, and it has problems achieving an even, overall exposure.
The Note 5’s 4K videos are fine in both good and low light, and its optical image stabilization does quite well – neck and neck with the iPhone 6s Plus. The problem is that OIS isn’t available at the 4K resolution. It only works at Full HD and below. Besides that, the Note 5 has one major weakness: rolling shutter is quite obvious when you move the camera.