Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are finally official and while both come with a few differences, they sport identical hardware. One of the talking points of the smartphones is their 12-megapixel camera of aperture f/1.7 and 1.4um pixel sensor, waterproofing capabilities, always-on display, slightly more curvier front and back glass design and microSD card slot among others. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
Unlike the Galaxy S6-family, Samsung has scaled down the camera resolution for the Galaxy S7-family from 16-megapixels (aperture f/1.9) to 12-megapixels (aperture f/1.7), which is not only the largest on any smartphone, but also allows for 95 percent more light to pass through the lens for brighter low-light photography. Even though the resolution has decreased, it boasts bigger 1.4µm pixels compared to 1.12µm on Galaxy S6. And while Samsung’s recently patented BRITECELL sensor was expected, turns out the Korean giant has gone for Sony’s IMX260 Dual Pixel sensor, SamMobile reports. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
The new Dual Pixel sensor technology splits every pixel into two photodiodes, thus allowing for improved Phase Detection auto-focus. It is the same technology used in high-end DSLR cameras, which separately sends light from lens to two different image sensors for quickly adjusting the focus. Samsung explains this with an example of Galaxy S6 where only one percent of image sensor pixels can recognize phase and contrast, compared to 100 percent of image pixels on the Galaxy S7 (check image below). Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
Samsung has also mentioned Smart OIS feature. While OIS stands for optical image stabilization, there’s no clue of what Smart OIS means. Considering the camera lens is less protruding compared to the Galaxy S6, it could be some sort of digital image stabilization in addition to optical image stabilization.
Besides the hardware, Samsung has also worked on the software part to allow the Galaxy S7 take better photos. The camera app is completely redesigned with cleaner UI and options such as Motion panorama. This lets you capture moving subjects (more like panoramic video) instead of the traditional stitching process.
Next up is Motion photo, which captures a three-second video before pressing the camera shutter button, something similar to Apple iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus’ Live Photos feature. That’s not all; a built-in hyperlapse mode is also present to capture digitally stabilized time-lapse videos.
Selfie lovers won’t be disappointed too. There’s a 5-megapixel front facing camera with beauty mode to let you capture those bright and good looking selfies. There’s also Selfie Flash feature where the display lights up bright allowing you to take bright photos in low light environments. We’ve seen this in Lenovo Vibe S1 and Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus too. Lastly, there’s Wide Selfie option that lets you capture panoramic selfies from the front-facing camera.