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Galaxy Note 5 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Which is the smartphone world’s real camera king?

Published Aug 24th, 2015 12:35PM EDT
Galaxy Note 5 Vs. iPhone 6 Plus Camera
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When it comes to making world-class smartphone cameras, the real battle normally boils down to Apple and Samsung. PhoneArena last week had its readers participate in a blind camera comparison between the Galaxy Note 5, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and last year’s Galaxy Note 4. It turns out that the Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t just take the best pictures of any previous Galaxy Note handset, but it takes the best pictures of any other smartphone on the market today.

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In total, pictures taken with the Note 5 received the most votes from PhoneArena readers among all devices, although we should note that the Note 4 wasn’t far behind. The iPhone 6 Plus and the Mi Note Pro both lagged pretty significantly behind Samsung’s previous two flagship phablets.

And in case you were wondering, this is only the first part of PhoneArena’s latest blind camera comparison. While this part dealt with photos taken in bright natural light, the second comparison will deal with photos taken in low-light situations where you expect the optical image stabilization technology found in both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 5 to really shine.

The real battle will occur in September, however, when Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus will likely come with a significantly upgraded camera that should be more worthy of battle with Samsung’s new phablet.

Check out the full camera comparison for yourself by clicking here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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