Samsung‘s flagship has managed to get another medal pinned to its shirt, this time from photo and video test suite DxOMark. But while the Samsung Galaxy S5 technically shares the top spot with the Sony Xperia Z2, it does outrank Sony’s camera smartphone in the video category.

That spot was once occupied by the Nokia 808 Pureview, a smartphone that was specifically designed for such a use case. However, last April, Sony‘s own latest flagship unseated it, making the Xperia Z2 the king of the hill when it comes to mobile photography needs. That victory might be a tad short-lived as now it has to share that rank with the Galaxy S5, at least for the overall score.


DxOMark tests smartphone camera performance on still photography and videos separately before grading the average. In the realm of photos, the Galaxy S5 scored 79/100, which is actually lower than the Xperia Z2’s 81. While the test showed that the smartphone performed well overall, with good auto-exposure, accurate color reproduction and low noise in low light conditions, the auto-focus system was less than ideal and there was still some noticeable loss of detail in low light.

It is in video capture, however, that the Galaxy S5 shone the most, bagging a score of 79/100, significantly higher than the 73 of Sony’s device. Testers billed it as the best mobile device tested so far, with good autofocus and good textures. However, it is all not perfect yet. The Galaxy S5 lacks that much desired Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which is rumored to arrive with the Galaxy F, a.k.a. Galaxy S5 Prime. But even so, it still managed to produce high-quality videos.


This draw between Samsung’s and Sony’s devices might be a curious situation to watch in a few months. In particular, the Galaxy Note 4 that is expected to be announced in September is rumored to ditch Samsung’s ISOCELL technology. Instead, it is rumored adopt a 16 megapixel camera using Sony’s own IMX240 sensor. It will be interesting to see whether it will give Samsung an edge over Sony’s own Xperia flagship, or if it will prove the superiority of Samsung’s technology, at least when it comes to smartphone cameras.