The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the contender for the best Android smartphone of the year 2014, while the iPhone 6 is the flagship iPhone of the year. Both Samsung and Apple may be sworn enemies, but they both have been remarkably consistent when it comes to camera performances of their devices. Last year too, when we had the Samsung Galaxy Note III and the iPhone 5s, we could barely find a winner among which of the two had the better camera and the story is pretty much a repeat telecast when comes to 2014.
The iPhone 6 does not have the best camera on an iPhone, as that laurel is reserved for the iPhone 6 Plus, while the Note 4 at least on paper is behind the likes of the Sony Xperia Z3 for the crown of the best Android camera smartphone. Yet, both the devices pack a very powerful punch when it comes to camera performance.
In terms of specifications, the Note 4 outweighs the iPhone 6 by some distance. The Note 4 has a 16 MP sensor with OIS as well as a Dual LED Flash while the iPhone 6 has an 8 MP unit with 1/3″ sensor size and each pixel measuring 1.4 microns. Both the phones are capable of recording in 1080 P while the iPhone has an additional ability to record in 240 FPS. While this is the story of the specifications, how do the two devices match up when it comes to delivering real life performances? Here are the results of some of the shots we took with both the phones.
As you can see from the shots above, in most of the shots the Note 4 picks up better details in the shots than the iPhone. The images are slightly over-saturated, as the images taken by the iPhone have a more natural hue, we were glad to see that Samsung has really worked on its post processing this time. Even in low light and challenging indoor conditions, the shots taken by the Note 4 were better lit and were less noisy when compared with the iPhone. The landscape shots from both the devices were pretty much equal while the Note definitely took the cake in producing details on the macros. Overall, both the smartphones performed extremely well in the camera test and eventually the higher MegaPixel count on the Galaxy Note 4 with better image details is what swung the tide in its favor.