The Galaxy Note 5, Samsung’s latest phablet, has one of the most stellar cameras among all the flagship mobile devices released in 2015. DxOMark, an authority in photography benchmarks, ranked it second place in their best cameras in smartphones scoreboard.
After thoroughly testing the Galaxy Note 5, DxOMark gave its camera an overall score of 86. This puts the phablet just one point below the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Sony Xperia Z5, which are tied for the first spot.
During testing, the 16 MP rear camera of the Note 5 gave an outstanding performance in maintaining balanced contrast and exposure in both bright and low-light conditions. The phone’s built-in feature of detecting strong light situations that could result in overexposure was commended as well. This feature activates the HDR mode so that the camera can retain details across the tonal range. The reviewers noted, however, that white balance came out slightly yellow/pink under low-light tungsten lighting.
When it comes to detail preservation, DxOMark revealed that the Note 5 has some of the finest they have seen yet in smartphones. It only failed in one area: shooting wide, single-color areas such as the sky. Noise was visible in broad subjects that have no color variations.
The Samsung phablet did not disappoint in terms of video performance. It achieved a “Bright Light” score of 92 out of 100 and a “Low Light” score of 82 out of 100. It rendered excellent exposures and dynamic range when shooting in bright and low light conditions. Though, white balance suffered a bit in low light and when changing scenes. There were also a visible loss of detail and buildup of low-frequency luminance noise when videos are shot in low-light scenarios.
Aside from its highly regarded 5.7-inch AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 can also now boast its excellent camera performance.