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Galaxy S7 has custom camera module with Sony IMX260 sensor, and homebrew audio DAC

Galaxy S7 has custom camera module with Sony IMX260 sensor, and homebrew audio DAC

If you have wondering what exactly is the sensor in the intriguing new 12 MP camera unit that can be found on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, wonder no more, as it seems to be a custom-made piece by Sony, coded as IMX260, a system info app tells us. The fact that we haven't heard about this model so far only vouches for the tailor-made theory, as Sony often does custom orders for huge clients like Apple or Samsung, and then the phone makers create the optics packaging and image processing on their own for a completely individual experience. 

Galaxy S7 has custom camera module with Sony IMX260 sensor, and homebrew audio DAC
The IMX260 sensor is 1/2.5" large, and features hearty 1.4 microns, allowing Samsung to boast that it can collect 95% more light than the IMX240 sensor in the Galaxy S6. Moreover, Samsung has embedded a Dual Pixel system in the sensor for incredibly fast focusing times, too, so it's definitely a brand new custom-made unit.

Going further down the component models, as reported by the system info app, we see another custom chip, dubbed Lucky CS47L91 Sound, which indicates a homebrew audio processing unit, as Project Lucky is what Samsung was reported to call the Galaxy S7 internally - seven is a lucky number not only here, it seems. Samsung promised an improved audio experience at the S7 presentation, and this custom DAC may be one of the reasons. Moreover, we recently saw that the speaker to be utilized in the Galaxy S7 is a powerful for a phone 1.5W unit, which adds more water to the superior audio mill.

source: SamMobile

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posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:35 24

1. xperiaZlover (Posts: 202; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)


I thought Samsung used their own sensor.
I guess I am wrong.
Anyway Samsung s7 camera so far seems very impressive. A huge upgrade from the camera in S6.
Well done Sammy.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:19 9

20. ph00ny (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Wait what? Camera in S6 isn't responsive? That's a huge news to me

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:03 5

42. natypes (Posts: 1099; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


His username says it all.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:58 8

63. j2001m (Posts: 2979; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


My god the s7 kills all other phones in the dark
http://youtu.be/kL9JoBqI6IE

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:13 5

65. natypes (Posts: 1099; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Even the S6 kills the iPhail lol and it's older.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:20

46. zeeBomb (Posts: 2142; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


I knew it....ImX 260...got it

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:02 2

57. geordie8t1 (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Nov 2015)


A huge upgrade over the s6 are you joking? s6/edge/note 5 camera module was 1 of the fastest cameras of last year and it was voted the best camera of the year beating ur Xperia along with LG g4 and Apple along the way, there is no doubt this camera is better but to even suggest there was such a margin between s6 and s7 is a little bit stupid and lack real knowledge

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:39 2

2. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


So no Britecell? or it will be the same story again? Sony sensor for this specific S7 batch then britecell for that specific S7 batch like how ISOCELL and Sony sensor was for S6?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:51 1

10. grbrao (Posts: 294; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


they should keep something for Note6??

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:58 2

25. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


I doubt Note 6 will use a different camera sensor, Note 5 used the exact camera hardware design of S6. It's in fact the exact overall S6 hardware including the processor, they just increased the screen size, battery and added stylus features. They may do the same for Note 6, but then I may be wrong.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 10:21

53. zeeBomb (Posts: 2142; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Probably on the S8. And for that video not supporting OiS cheese, its most likely the same thing what the original iP 6+ did, where they mentioned having OIS but it only worked in photos

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:39 5

3. spin9 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Video stabilization not supported? What does that mean?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:46 4

6. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


IKR? What is that?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:49 3

7. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


it means that it will not stabilize video when recording,which is a fail.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:53 11

12. Ordinary (Posts: 2353; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


It has OIS, lol.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:57

13. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


lol,..

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:58 1

24. adecvat (Posts: 274; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


There is no OIS in S7

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:02 6

28. Ordinary (Posts: 2353; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


There is. Check on other sites.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:16 2

36. adecvat (Posts: 274; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Samsung.com, S7 page, camera:
vDIS: electronic image stabilization

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:22 4

47. Ordinary (Posts: 2353; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


https://img.global.news.samsung.com/global/wp-content/uploads/GalaxyS7_spec.jpg

http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2016/02/22/Samsung-Unveils-Next-Generation-Smartphones-at-the-Core-of-its--Connected-Galaxy-Experience

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 10:15

52. adecvat (Posts: 274; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Smart OIS is EIS, not OIS. Check first video samples from S7: video has no round shake like phones with OIS.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 10:57 2

55. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


What nonsense? It is OIS. Samsung for many years calls this as OIS. It's also called Smart OIS in Note 4, S6, Note 5.

Note 4:http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote4/note4_features.html

S6:http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxys6/galaxy-s6/

Note 5:http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-note5/camera/

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 22:49

67. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Hahaha! You mean Smart OPTICAL image stabilization=ELECTRONIC image stabilization ;)

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:50 11

9. ibend (Posts: 5125; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


maybe just error on AIDA side..
since its new model, and their database still didnt properly cover it

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:35

38. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10700; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Or maybe the phone is just in a non-OIS supported camera mode?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 10:58

56. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It has OIS, don't worry.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:14 5

19. barcas (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Just looked at AIDA on my S6 & it says the same & my videos are stabilised so i wouldn't woory

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:01

27. adecvat (Posts: 274; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


lack of OIS

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:05 1

44. natypes (Posts: 1099; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


lack of information

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:40 5

4. Mube007 (Posts: 236; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


i bet it will easily beat every other flagship in camera comparison

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