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When the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) came out, model comparisons also came out with a vengeance, which is understandable, especially if you own a Samsung Galaxy J5 2015. If you’re planning to replace your old model with the new one, you would want to know what’s new and what’s improved. Otherwise, it’s a worthless investment, if you can call it that.

The good news is the Galaxy J5 (2016) has several improvements, such as a bigger HD display, RAM size, and battery life. It is shipped with Android Marshmallow, and has a new feature called bike mode that notifies you of an incoming call, while notifying the caller that you are on a bike.

What about the phone’s camera?

Specs-wise the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and the Samsung Galaxy J5 is almost identical. Both models have 13MP rear shooter with f/1.9 lens aperture, 5MP front shooter, video recorder at 1080p at 30fps, and an LED flash. They only differ in the front camera lens aperture, which is at f/1.9 for J5 (2016) and f/2.2 for J5 (2015).

So it follows that daylight shooting for both cameras using the rear shooter has identical outputs in terms of color and brightness. Closer inspection, however, would show that the Galaxy J5 (2016) has warmer colors, while the Galaxy J5 delivers sharper images.

When it comes to night shooting in the outdoors, both cameras showed a bit of difference in noise control and color, with the new model giving off darker colors and showing better noise control capability.

There are also noticeable differences with on-flash shooting, even when the outputs initially appear really bright. Because the Galaxy J5 (2016) has a warmer tone, its color is much more distinguishable as opposed to the lighter tone of the Galaxy J5 2015.

With regards to selfie shooting, both the old and new models delivered a decent performance, especially because the brightness level is at its peak and the color tone is most accurate.

While the Galaxy J5 (2016) takes the score for most camera action, it bowed out with on-flash selfies. Its predecessor delivered a bright and indistinguishable output, which humbled the new model, despite having better colors and overall output performance.

If you base your choice on camera performance, you probably wouldn’t get much help, what with both models almost identical. You would have a better chance of arriving at a decision if you compare Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 vs. Honor 5X.