Camera Test: Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs Moto X Style vs HTC One A9 vs Qiku Q Terra vs Yu Yutopia

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Camera Test: Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs Moto X Style vs HTC One A9 vs Qiku Q Terra vs Yu Yutopia

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2015 has seen some top-of-the-line smartphones that have excelled in the camera department. We look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, Moto X Style, HTC One A9, and Qiku Q Terra and how they perform with the snapper. The images taken are all in auto mode for better comparison.

Galaxy S6 Edge+

The one thing you can blindly trust about Samsung is their camera. The past few years, Samsung’s flagship devices have come with spectacular cameras that have become a kind of benchmark for other flagship devices. The primary camera of S6 Edge+ rocks 16 MP, 2988 x 5312 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus and LED flash, while the front camera has a 5 MP along with dual video call and Auto HDR.

Having one of the best sensors in the market is bound to get you some amazing captures. Pictures taken by the device appear incredibly crisp and clear, and the colours are close to what your eyes see. There is no added saturation here and the bench looks the right kind of orange. The wide angle shot also captures the sun, where other devices in this list have failed to do so.

HTC One A9

HTC’s new One A9 features a 13-megapixel primary BSI sensor behind an f/2.0 lens with OIS and a 4-Ultrapixel front camera. HTC launched the One A9 proudly ripping off the aesthetics of the recent iPhones. While the hardware may be still a way off, the HTC One A9 does well in the camera department.

The outdoor photos came out with a good amount of detail, accurate colors and spot-on white balance. The new One A9 delivers loads of sharpness and clarity. The device comes with a great deal of modes to improve the way things can be shot for the more professionally inclined. For example, there is a RAW mode that takes a little while to process the image, but it does this to give you the best shot possible.

Thanks to the AMOLED display, the images look bright and crisp. However, the shutter speed isn’t the fastest in this list, but that can be ignored for a phone that isn’t quite a flagship device. The colour of the bench and the flower look saturated, but it also gives the picture a certain attractive gloss. Indoor images look good too but it’s still a bit darker when compared to the others.

Yu Yutopia

The Yu Yutopia is one of those devices that have been launched under the moniker of ‘flagship killers’. Sitting comfortably between the Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 range, the Yutopia made tall claims which it failed to deliver. The camera, however, doesn’t fail at all.

The Yutopia sports a 21 MP Sony Exmor RS IMX230 camera, which is considered one of the most powerful modules in the market today. The rear camera is also capable of capturing 4K video. The camera is fast and responsive and captures a lot of detail. The Yutopia’s shutter speed is indeed fast, as the company claims, at least on auto mode.

Moto X Style

The Moto X Style sports a 21 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture on the rear, and a 5MP wide-angle lens on the front (both with flash). The rear camera does not come with OIS, but the camera is an improvement over the others in the Moto X lineup.

In normal to low lighting, the rear camera does quite well. The images are sharp and detailed with just the right amount of vibrancy and saturation. Like the HTC One A9, the Moto X Style also adds a bit of saturation and warmth to the colours, but without making the photos look unnatural. The images are also sharp when zooming into a picture. Furthermore, the X Style is the only other device after the Galaxy S6 Edge+ that was able to capture the sun in the wide angle shot.

One down side to the Moto X Style would be the lack of a full suit of manual controls, which other devices in the list offer. That being said, the camera interface is very simple to use. You can tap anywhere on the screen to take a picture, and swipe right for your basic adjustment setting or swipe left to view your previous snaps.

Qiku Terra

For a debut phone, the Q Terra is massive in all aspects . The 6-inch device not only has a big build and sturdy design, but comes with some impressive specs as well. The Q Terra features a 13 MP rear sensor and an 8 MP front.

On the camera front the Q terra uses a DuoScopic Camera System that integrates two 13MP Sony back cameras – a IMX278 color sensor along with a B/W IMX214 sensor. The phone combines the two instantly for better results. Adding to this, the phone also offers an 8MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture. The images are not only rich in detail but also have great colours.

Outdoor pictures look quite decent with very little saturation. The colours look just like you would see them and the images stay sharp and clear even after zooming in. We found that the phone struggles on occasion to focus on a point. A few shots appeared blurry, but often the pictures were detailed and well balanced.


After taking several pictures with the above mentioned devices, we found that while the S6 Edge+ dominates the pack with its spectacular camera, other devices like the HTC One A9 and Yutopia feature some great sensors as well. The images are colourful and clear and the AMOLED display on the One A9 really adds more flavour to the pictures.

Qiku’s Q Terra doesn’t have much to brag about, but the device works well under outdoor conditions. Moto X Style is for the absolute basic photographers who want some quick, auto captures with no fuss. Though basic it may be, the X Style does come with a pretty solid camera.

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  • robdom973

    He said the hardware was way off on the A9. Buddy the hardware is the best part.

  • Shaeil Babur

    Samsung is best

  • Abu Ba Kar

    East aur west Samsung is the besr

  • Anas Farooqi

    Turboo 21 mP moto..

  • Sushant Sutar

    Comparison for a name sake…??

  • Yogesh Asnani

    Qiku has Best Camera.. 13 MP dual camera with 2 sensors

  • Rajarshi Ghosh

    Why wasn’t nexus 6P included?

  • Sangeeth K Murali

    GIONEE E8 is also a tough competitor

  • Rohit Gupta

    Moto x style is better than all visit to –

  • Yogesh Gaikwad

    Wat abt Mi phones where they claim hardware of Sony n Samsung

  • Rahul Gupta

    Nokia lumia 1020 and Yu yutopia and Samsung Edge+ camera’s very bad because i use that phone dirty camera. Best camera is lumia L.G Moto HTC Vivo And yu yutopia but Samsung’s all phone camera’s is bad dirty etc etc. I don’t like lul samsung phone. And Apple phone’s have good camera but not more than Lumia Lg

  • Ahmed Siddiqui

    Yup, Obviously, advertisement of Micromax & Motorola

  • Hunain Shafiq

    S6 edge + best camera

  • Aiyappa BN

    Sponsored I guess.

  • Ahmed Siddiqui

    Where the Hell is Nexus 6p & LgV10 ? They are being touted as the best Android Camers, and instead igyaan shows up with Yutopia.. Really bro ?

  • Mudassir Khan

    S6 edge +

  • VatsalSinh Chauhan

    Where is oneplus 2

  • ThiLak Tlk

    U must add honor 7

  • Rajdeep Pal

    Ya ..coz IOS Is lot more civilized than #buggy android.

  • Keshav Gowda

    so they didn’t tested

  • Keshav Gowda

    ios as no place android platform

  • Rajdeep Pal

    Where is apple?

  • RJ Babar

    Samsung galaxy s6edge

  • Ashwin Solanki

    Bakwas phone h bhai

  • Akash Khedekar

    Vivo x5pro was best camera

  • Rishabh Bhatti

    why a9 ? why not take htc’s flagship m9+ ?

  • Armaghan Abdullah

    All so beautiful give all to me

  • Farzand Khan

    Where is Sony, iPhone and LG?

  • Justin Rajput

    yu yutopia and htc one a9 was best camera

  • Himanshu Balayan

    Where is the 6p

  • Atif Jameel

    whers the hell is iphone 6s…..LOL

  • look4reality

    You should have added LG G4 in the comparison list.. And I think LG G4 worlds have won the race..

  • look4reality

    You should have added LG G4 in the comparison list.. And I think LG G4 worlds have won the race..

  • Don Varghese

    Where is Lumia 950.?

  • Rahul Jumani

    S6 edge+, htc one a9…. best camera

  • Arul Kumar

    How about Samsung A8

  • Moazam Khan

    Add close :3 Bot

  • Hussain Iqbal

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