We pitted the iPhone 6S camera against Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and there was a clear winner

The two best smartphone cameras come from the two biggest mobile companies in the world: Apple and Samsung.

With the launch of the iPhone 6S Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 5, we have a new standard for smartphone photography.

So how do the two stack up? Check out our comparison below.

The iPhone clearly wins this one, as the colours are rich and deep, and the brightness is more accurate. The Note 5's picture might seem better because it's brighter, but it's completely overblown and colours are washed out.

The iPhone's picture has a lot more depth.

Also, look at the dome and the sky towards the top. The iPhone captures variations in the clouds on this overcast day, and the dome is clearly defined from the sky. It's a good example of how the Note 5 overexposes in this picture.

The iPhone's new 12-megapixel camera captures even more detail than the Note 5's 16-megapixel shooter in this case. The letters in the sign are much clearer in the iPhone's picture.

Many of you will think the Note 5's picture is better, and it is if you just want to 'shoot n' show.' But the colours are washed out and flat, and the picture is generally overly bright. The iPhone's colour and brightness are more accurate.

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The Note 5's picture is overblown and colours are washed out again. You can see deeper colours in the iPhone picture.

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But the Note 5 captures an incredible amount of detail, more than the iPhone in this shot. You can see more detail on the rock in the Note 5's photo, and the leaf edges are sharper.

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The iPhone is a clear winner here, as colours are rich, deep, and accurate compared to the washed out and relatively flat colours in the Note 5's picture.

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But, again, the Note 5 trounces the iPhone when it comes to capturing detail, which are relatively softer on the iPhone's photo.

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Here's a dark environment. The iPhone's photo looks cool compared to the Note 5's warmer, more inviting photo. But the iPhones photo is more accurate, and colours look a little oversaturated in the Note 5's photos.

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The apple's colour is almost identical in both pictures, but the floor's grey colour is better captured by the iPhone. The Note 5 is affected by the area's yellow lighting.

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This photo was taken at night. The iPhone captures more light here, and the Note 5 over compensates with yellowish tinting. Also, the blacks in the Note 5's picture almost look grey compared to the iPhone's picture.

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No contest here. The iPhone has the better selfie camera. I look normal in the iPhone selfie with colour on my face, but the Note 5 makes me look like I've been dead for a couple of hours.

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Blue Steel or deer caught in the headlights? The iPhone uses its screen to create a flash effect for the front-facing FaceTime camera, and it's very good. The Note 5 obviously doesn't have a front-facing flash.

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Final word...

The iPhone 6s Plus is the new reigning champion of smartphone cameras.

In some cases, the Note 5 does offer a better picture if you just want to 'shoot n' show' without the need for any editing. But the Note 5 overcompensates for darker parts of pictures by brightening up the picture too much, and colours are too often washed out and flat as a result.

However, the Note 5 is still unrivalled when it comes to sharpness and detail.

Many smartphones that take pictures with accurate colour tend to look gloomy and dull, even in bright sunlight. But the iPhone offers an excellent balance of colour accuracy and enticing brightness.

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