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In our brightly lit studio scene the Samsung Galaxy S5 can take advantage of its 16MP sensor and resolves more detail than most of the competition. This is true for high-contrast detail as it can be found in the resolution charts in our test scene as well as low-contrast in the feathers and fabrics.

Well-balanced sharpening means that edges look crisp without any halos or other sharpening artifacts and low levels of noise reduction at base ISO ensure less blurring of fine detail than the competition and pleasant rendering of low-contrast areas in the frame. The image is also pretty clean, with very little noise in areas of plain color and no artifacts, but a touch of lens softness is noticeable towards the edges of the frame.