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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge use the Sony IMX240 camera sensor

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge use the Sony IMX240 camera sensor
So, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have been announced, and Samsung was pretty proud and vocal about the new sensor the flagship handsets would sport. While the snapper is still a 16 MP one, its aperture is wider, measured at F1.9. Sammy talked a lot about how this would let a lot more light into a shot, allowing for better low-light picture taking with less grain and more detail. Additionally, the wide aperture provides a shallower depth-of-field, allowing for better focus accents within shots.

But what is this sensor? A mysterious Samsung homemade piece? Well, actually, running a little reveal code in one of the displayed Galaxy S6 units showed to us that it is in fact a Sony Exmor IMX240 sensor – word is, that's the same sensor that is packed in the Galaxy Note 4's exquisite camera. Well, looking at the few photos we had the chance to take while we had our hands on the Galaxy S6, we'd definitely say the snaps look similar, though, a bit sharper and with some color temperature differences. This could be achieved with different software processing for sure, but which camera performs better is still up in the air – the final verdict will have to wait for some extensive testing.

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posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:36 9

1. RajRicardo (Posts: 390; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Sony Sensors FTW \,,/
Now please fix the Z3 software.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:46 4

3. spin9 (Posts: 279; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Valencia ORANGE

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:54 7

5. Spedez (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Sony don't even know how to use their own sensors. How pathetic is that.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:11 5

11. Feanor (Posts: 675; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Totally!!! All leading cameras in smartphone business come from Sony!! Galaxy Note 4, iPhone and now S6 too! And Sony cannot deliver the same performance with their own smartphones. Is this problem of the 20.7MP sensor they use specifically for their models or software? I'm inclined to think the latter. This is really embarrassing considering that it sounds like an easy thing to fix.
Please Sony fix it. It's the only thing that keeps my Z2 from perfection, even despite its age.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:21 4

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


Ther's no point antagonizing your customers companies that buy sensors for their products from you. Or they don't an make their own or go to Toshiba etc

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:26 3

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


* otherwise, they make their own or go to Toshiba etc. They surely have special agreement for not antagonizing each other

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:39 4

2. nwright94 (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)


Sony makes some amazing cameras. Won't be long until they're either up there with Nokia or surpass them. Samsung wouldn't have the great cameras they have if not for Sony. I thoroughly enjoyed the SONY camera on my Galaxy Note 4.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:47 1

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


S5 had ISOCELL and what happened there? Oh yeah they ranked #1 on the leaderboards.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 13:37 1

22. bur60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Note 4 had a better camera fyi

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:47 1

4. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Awww what happened to their ISOCELL?

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:56 6

8. twens (Posts: 962; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


One thing I can tell you, when samsung makes use of isocell again it will distroy everything on the market. How many times do you want samsung to prove to you their king in hardware department. They have the money to invest in RD. Just like how exynos is back in real force IOSOCELL will murder when it next launches. It's Sony I fear for.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:04 5

9. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Didn't they invest so much in the first ISOCELL sensor? They were even so confident about it that they put it inside the S5. And no matter how much money they invest in their R&D, Sony's extensive experience in crafting imaging sensors cannot be matched. Probably after a few years, probably inch closer to Sony, but never will they "murder/destroy" them.

As for their Exynos, Qualcomm ain't that bad but they f*cked up badly with the 810. They were so confident about their market share that they thought they can take it easy and slow down.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 13:03

20. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Isocell is still pretty garbage in lowlight, its no wonder why they arent using it in the S6 or the note 4, phase detection is great though but isocell low light performance is pretty abysmal

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:54 2

6. pyradark (Posts: 829; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Hahaha to ISOCELL, thanks samaung for helping sony gain more profit on imaging division

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:55

7. kerginaldo17 (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I saw much noise but some sharpness and details.But, in general, no so gooood camera.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:06 1

10. kerginaldo17 (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Samsung could bet on their own lenses and sensors.It produces excellent lens.Ou, since it is a premium product, Carl Zeiss or Schneider Kreuznach lens

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:22 2

13. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Sammy's camera software optimization is the best.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 13:05

21. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


The best? How can you say that with a straight face after viewing these photos in the comparison, s6 comes essentially last in almost all the shots, dslr shot is orange/pink and out of focus really on the S6 and the white balance is quite off on the S6 with all that orangy yellowish tint. Sure its pre release software but still the note 4 doesnt struggle like that as much

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:36

15. numbertwo (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Also wider lens on s6 which I don't like :(

31mm equivalent on Note 4/s5 Vs 28mm equivalent on s6.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 09:06

17. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Disappointing. They went all out on the metal, wireless charging, glass, CPU, and ram etc... They could have used something newer than the Note 4 sensor. Although I guess they might have have ordered too many from Sony in bulk and had no choice but to reuse it.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 10:23

18. supa_dupa (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Note 4> iPhone 6> S6

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 12:47

19. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Pictures 13 and 17 look somehow washout comparing to others. Others look great.

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