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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: first camera test and samples

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: first camera test and samples

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a huge upgrade: it might not feature a radically new design, but the new Snapdragon 820 system chip, the added microSD card slot, IP68 water protection, and larger battery are big.

Samsung, however, is proud of one particular new feature in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: the new, 12-megapixel camera with Samsung's widest ever, f/1.7 lens and larger individual pixels. Combined together, this makes for a 95% improvement in the phone's capability to capture light.

Add to that Dual Pixel technology for faster auto-focusing, something that is a first on a phone and comes from the dedicated camera world, and you have a truly compelling package.

To show you the marvels that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are capable of capturing, Samsung has released an official gallery of pictures taken on the new phones (note that Samsung has captured these images, not us). They are truly magnificent, take a look below.


source: Samsung

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posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:17 7

1. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 232; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Looks promising. We need a comparison between LG5 and GS7 soon!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:19 6

3. DRS1977 (Posts: 359; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Yes, a real blind vote and make sure to get rid of the EXIF data. Are you listening PhoneArena? Your website users are far too clever.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:33 1

10. vincelongman (Posts: 3989; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Removing EXIF data isn't enough

Samsung's photos tend to be warmer and slightly more yellow/red
Can't remember about LG
Apple's photos tend to be colder and slightly more green

So fanboys would still vote for their brand

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:09 1

13. DRS1977 (Posts: 359; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Very true...good points.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:25 1

17. FluffyBled (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Nah ... they should just throw as many phones as they can and not even tell us which phones are participating ... that'd be pretty fair!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:28

7. combatmedic870 (Posts: 548; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Any word if the S7 had OIS?!?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:29 4

8. combatmedic870 (Posts: 548; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Has**

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:02

19. TerryTerius (Posts: 1449; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Depends, some frothing fanboys people have already declared the s7 dead... Yeah -_-

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 20:55 1

21. Jairus24 (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


Yes, it does have OIS.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:18 2

2. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 315; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


that new camera of s7 looks fantastic i saw the comparison with iphone6s it made it like if it is years older than the s7 apple need to work hard to make a better camera in iphone7.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:23 8

4. bleevan (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Sep 2015)


4:3 sucks big hairy Apple beanbags.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:25

5. bubbadoes (Posts: 814; Member since: 03 May 2012)


http://youtu.be/WVuvlEaZ0E8

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:27 5

6. bleevan (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Sep 2015)


4:3 sucks big hairy Apple beanbags.
Definitely a step backwards from the usual Samsung gold standard max res at 16:9.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:33 2

9. DmitrLP (Posts: 184; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


Not impressed at all

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:14 3

14. JoshuaDK (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 May 2014)


Me neither, but mainly because any professional photographer could get these result with any phone made post 2014!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:34

11. Switch00 (Posts: 367; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Micro sd is BIG? Cmon dont make me pitty you. If so, you forgot to mention sim card slot and on/off button. Micro has been there for almost 10 years, and only a fool removes it. It doesnt make him a genious if he puts it back.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:36

12. Switch00 (Posts: 367; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Same goes out for not having a dedicated camera button. Lets look at lumia 1520. While taking it out of the pocket you can already record a video. No look magic, made possible by decades old patent.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:04 2

20. TerryTerius (Posts: 1449; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


You know, you can pretty easily double tap the home button as you're pulling the s6 or s7 out of your pocket to get the camera app pulled up. I do think a hardware shutter button is nice to have, but... It's not really that big a deal, at least to me.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 22:05

22. Switch00 (Posts: 367; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


For me, having a dedicated camera button and full control remote on earphones (go see wh-701 from Nokia - Those were the days, using them with N8 music player and Nokia N8 dedicated camera button) are crucial features for using smartphones.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 23:24

23. TerryTerius (Posts: 1449; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I can totally understand your perspective and preference, I can't really argue with you for what you like. To each their own :-) I remember missing the shutter key on the 920 for a while when I switched to the One M8.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 02:22

24. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 430; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Then you don't have many phones to choose from nowadays...

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:30

15. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


lot of geekbenching todayhttps://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/search?q=SM-G930F

seems stable around 2150 and 6500

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:26

18. FluffyBled (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


But isn't the Exynos version the one with 8 cores?

If these are really the scores from the Exynos version :o then this is definitely big!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:05 1

16. Techielover (Posts: 105; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


These are great

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 07:24

25. Prizm (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


Wut...those samples aren't at full res. And those stupid zoom controls won't land on exactly 100%. Viewing photos doesn't mean a lot unless you can view the original resolution at 100%.

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