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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: 1234; 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: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


His username says it all.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:58 8

63. j2001m (Posts: 2941; 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: 1092; 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: 2093; 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: 287; 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: 2093; 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: 282; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Video stabilization not supported? What does that mean?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:46 4

6. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


IKR? What is that?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:49 3

7. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; 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: 2316; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


It has OIS, lol.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:57

13. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


lol,..

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:58 1

24. adecvat (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


There is no OIS in S7

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:02 6

28. Ordinary (Posts: 2316; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


There is. Check on other sites.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:16 2

36. adecvat (Posts: 266; 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: 2316; 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: 266; 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: 1593; 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: 4577; 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 (limited) (Posts: 10115; 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: 1593; 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: 266; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


lack of OIS

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:05 1

44. natypes (Posts: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


lack of information

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:40 5

4. Mube007 (Posts: 235; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


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

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:14

35. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Not the Nokia808 and 1020.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:37 3

39. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You want to compare 20MP cameras to 12MP?
I bet the S7 will do better in low light having a larger aperture.

But you can keep dreaming?

It doesn't matter what the Lumia does, no one is hardly buying them.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:56 3

41. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I'm referring to camera lens and sensors, not the brand.

Lumias camera are much better. It uses Carl-zeiss optics.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:42 8

5. Subie (Posts: 738; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Sorry Hallyu/supernova another Sony sensor for your Samsung.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:58 3

14. mercorp (Posts: 1027; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Who cares? See the camera quality,not the manufacturer.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 10:01 1

50. Genza (Posts: 539; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


But most of the time Sony sensor has an edge in terms of dynamic range and noise performance than other sensor from another sensor manufacturer.
Which means if you pair the Sony sensor with high quality lens & great image processor you'll get better image quality than any other sensor with the same high quality lens and image processor.

So at least for now using Sony sensor is very important if you want your camera to be the class leading in camera departement.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:06

16. Supraman21 (Posts: 323; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


Uhh why does it only say 1080p for video resolution?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:37

40. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Because that si the present camera setting likely by default.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:09

17. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


it says the sensor is 1/2.5" (S7)... is it mean that it beats the one in the Xperia Z5 1/2.3" sensor which its known to be the the largest one in any camera phone?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:25 11

21. mythen (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


Just small lesson in fractions here: 1/2.3 > 1/2.5

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 10:07 1

51. Genza (Posts: 539; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


And more simple information about the sensor if you reduce the megapixel count in Z5 sensor to 12.35MP you'll get 1.55µm pixels size just like the one in Nexus 6P.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:10 2

18. Dracolith (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


It's doubtful that the "Lucky" CS47L91 DAC chip is a homebrew by Samsung; rather it seems like a custom chip by Cirrus Logic (who acquired Wolfson Micro in 2014, BTW). The CS47L91 name follows their naming convention.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:33

68. DareDevil01 (Posts: 32; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Thank You!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who picked that up.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:35

22. sleepypandaeyes (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Apr 2015)


i hope the s7 retains the s6's double tap home button to camera function!.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:12

34. Lauticol (Posts: 338; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


It does, you can see it in action in some hands-on videos

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:45

23. bur60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Kinda marketing terms used here (which are valid). 95% more light in sensor means 25% brighter picture in this case! So S7 with iso 100 is 25% brighter than S6 with same iso.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:08

30. Macready (Posts: 951; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


No, every stop is a doubling of light. So this is almost a full stop in sensitivity increase for the combination of lens and sensor. Similar to ISO 200 vs ISO 100.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:01

26. adecvat (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Nexus 6P has better imx377 2.3! 1,55um

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:04 1

29. Anonymuse (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Feb 2016)


Samsung S7 use sony IMX260 @ 1.4u + PDAF and OIS
Htc M10 use sony IMX377 @ 1.55u + PDAF+ Leaser Auto focus combine with OIS

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:12

33. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


The S7 with Nokia1020 lens, or 808 with xenon flash. A killer.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:49 1

60. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I thinker you missed the 1.7 lens part of the s7

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:11

31. pmsap (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 May 2015)


Waiting for DxOMark evaluation. But I wonder how would IMX377 would have worked with the dual-pixel tech.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:12

32. Anonymuse (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Feb 2016)


Again samsun fail this year

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 08:34 4

37. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


One of the many troll accounts. Including adecvat among others. Get a life dude

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:04 1

43. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Lol agree.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:56

48. solidsnake695 (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


hahaahaahahaaha i saw the show they were so proud that we did this we did that with the camera i thought they made the camera but now sony is laughing hard right now at samsung

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:44

58. phatcow (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


Kind of feel like you didn't read the article. Samsung could have help design the sensor and just have sony build it. Apple does the same for samsung and others to build their cores. and sony for camera...

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:52

61. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung will have taken as basic design and chaged it, I be thinking it was 24mp to start with, they then got so y to make it on mass, as they got the room to make the needed number, there may even be a made Samsung one incoming like
Last year

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:57

49. Zack_2014 (Posts: 378; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Sadly the front camera of the S7 remains unchanged. Not sure if there is any improvements over the S6

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:53

62. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Note true it's now 1.7 over 1.9, so you lie

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