Shootouts

Shootout: The one smartphone camera (of 2015) to rule them all

By Bryan Chan & Alvin Soon - 15 Jan 2016

Introduction

Which smartphone has the best camera?

Which smartphone flagship from 2015 (and continuing into 2016) has the best camera of them all? we’ve rounded up the Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Google Nexus 6P by Huawei, LG V10, Samsung Galaxy Note5 and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and pit their cameras against each other to see which has the shiniest one.

  Apple iPhone 6s Plus Google Nexus 6P LG V10 Samsung Galaxy Note5 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Sensor Size  1/3-inch  1/2.3-inch  1/2.6-inch  1/2.6-inch  1/2.3-inch
Megapixels  12MP  12.3MP  16MP  16MP  23MP
Focal length (in 35mm equivalent)  29mm  26mm  28mm  28mm  24mm
Aperture  f/2.2  f/2.0  f/1.8  f/1.9  f/2.0
Auto-focus  Phase-detect  Laser  Laser  Phase-detect  Hybrid 
Optical Image Stabilization  Yes  N.A.  Yes  Yes  N.A.
Flash  Dual LED  Dual LED  LED flash  Dual LED  LED flash
Raw output  N.A.  N.A.  Yes  Yes  N.A.
Front-facing camera  5MP  8MP  5MP (dual cameras)  5MP  5MP
Front camera aperture  f/2.2  f/2.4  f/1.8  f/1.9  f/2.4
Max. video resolutions
  • 3,840 x 2,160 (4K)
  • 1,920 x 1,080 (Full-HD)
  • 3,840 x 2,160 (4K)
  • 1,920 x 1,080 (Full-HD)
  • 3,840 x 2,160 (4K)
  • 1,920 x 1,080 (Full-HD)
  • 3,840 x 2,160 (4K)
  • 1,920 x 1,080 (Full-HD) 
  • 3,840 x 2,160 (4K)
  • 1,920 x 1,080 (Full-HD)

Before we start the shootout, here are a few testing notes:

  • We compared the highest quality possible shots for all the smartphones, which means comparing them at their highest megapixel count for stills and highest resolution for videos
  • Each smartphone has varying levels of manual control, so without the ability to conduct strict apples-to-apples tests like ISO, we compare how each camera generally fares in good and low light
  • We also focus on the better camera on each smartphone, which means the rear-facing camera. 

Now, let’s get on with the shootout.