While itâ€™s no secret that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a pretty stellar camera, its quality has now been made official. DxOMark has declared that everyoneâ€™s â€˜phavorite phabletâ€™ has the third best smartphone camera currently on the market.
DxOMark is something of a touchstone resource for image quality comparisons. Â Their analysis of camera quality of devices across the board is widely regarded as both thorough and unbiased. Theyâ€™ve given the Galaxy Note 5â€™s camera a score of 86, ranking just below the tied-for-first camera cappos: the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Sony Xperia Z5. The pair eked out the win by a hairâ€™s breadth with an 87 each.
What makes the Galaxy Note 5â€™s camera so outstanding? DxOMark points to the 16 MP rear shooterâ€™s ability to maintain balanced contrast and exposure regardless of whether or not lighting conditions are ideal. The Note 5 has a built-in feature that detects when high-light situations would result in overexposure and activates its HDR mode to ensure that details are retained in both shadows and highlights. They do note that some whites come out a little bit â€œyellow/pinkâ€ in low lighting conditions, however.
In terms of detail retention in general, the Note 5 scores very high marks, delivering some of the finest clarity that DxOMark has seen in smartphones to-date. The only area in which the camera flags a bit is in large, single-color areas â€“ like the sky. Shots with broad areas without color variation do come out with a bit of noise in them. However, in lower lighting conditions, detail isnâ€™t compromised at all.
Samsungâ€™s Galaxy Note 5 looks like itâ€™s got some staying power to continue to be competitive through 2016 and beyond. Although it doesnâ€™t often feel like a specâ€™ed out power device, it has proven to have not only provide smooth and reliable performance on a gorgeous 5.7-inchAMOLED display, but it also boasts the kind of software and design elements that make interacting with it a very natural experience. And if youâ€™re looking for a smartphone to make a run at replacing your digital camera, look no further.