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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review - Performance

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response N/A
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.2secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo (Locked)  1.7secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo (from off)  22.8secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.5secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
11.5fps (30 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The S6 Edge+ produces excellent image quality, despite its 1/2.6-inch sensor size being marginally smaller than the 1/2.3-inch sensors in typical compact cameras. Detail is well resolved in both close range subjects and distant landscapes, where many small sensor cameras are prone to smearing fine foliage detail. Colour reproduction and exposure metering are also first class and the camera produces beautifully vibrant and accurately exposed results.

We weren’t quite so impressed with the original Galaxy S6 camera’s low light performance, but the S6 Edge+ put in a slightly better performance, almost certainly due to software enhancements. Noise is now quite well controlled at the maximum ISO 800 sensor sensitivity and though smoothing is still apparent at ISO 400 and above, you’ll need to be scrutinising and 100% image size to notice. Fortunately, Auto mode rarely utilises higher sensitivities in low light thanks to the lens’ large maximum aperture and effective image stabilisation.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Lens test images

Lens Performance -  The fixed focal length, 28mm-equivalent lens produces distortion-free images, whilst corner sharpness only degrades slightly in the extreme corners of frame. Chromatic aberration is minimal and lens flare non-existent. The Edge+ will also focus as close as 5cm from your subject, which when combined with the large f/1.9 maximum aperture means you can achieve some attractive background bokeh blur.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Both grain and colour speckling are well controlled at low sensitivity settings up to ISO400. However, there’s more noticeable grain at ISO800 and noise reduction processing smears some detail. But when viewing at 50% image size or smaller, these issues are hardly visible.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto white balance does a good job of correcting both fluorescent and tungsten colour casts, but manually selecting the fluorescent white balance pre-set does produce an obvious magenta colour cast.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Digital filters

Digital Filters - Eight filter effects are included with the Edge+ camera app. These are: Monogram, Delicious, Gold, Film, Vivid, Pastel, Retro, and Nostalgia.

Panorama mode - The panorama mode will let you pan left, right, up or down. Thanks to Samsung’s powerful processor, the Edge+ is capable of capturing very high-resolution panoramas of over 3000 vertical pixels when panning portrait orientation. The results are largely free of any stitching artefacts or ghosting.

Video - Whether in Full HD (1080p) or Ultra HD (2160p) resolution, video quality is excellent with high detail levels and good dynamic range. UHD Video clips are limited to five minutes to prevent overheating and control file sizes. This is important, as our 21-second Ultra HD sample consumed 123MB of storage space, making a five-minute video around 1.7GB.

 



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josa 7 25 Czech Republic
17 Dec 2015 5:16PM
Impressive performace, RAW in phones is little over kill...

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