How to tell if your Galaxy S6/S6 edge has a Sony or a Samsung camera sensor inside

How to tell if your Galaxy S6/S6 edge has a Sony or a Samsung camera sensor inside
Samsung has been known to use different sensors in one and the same model of its flagship lines before, and, seemingly, the Galaxy S6 won't be an exception. While we revealed not long ago that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are using a Sony IMX240 camera sensor, now another unit is elbowing its way into the picture, Samsung's own 16 MP creation.

This situation mimics what the company did with the Note 4 - the version with an Exynos processor of its latest phablet uses a Samsung-made sensor, reported as SLSI_S5K2P2, while the Snapdragon 805 variant is equipped with Sony's IMX240. At the time, it was argued that it's just the software reporting different strings, because of the two separate ISPs (image signal processors), utilized in the different chipsets.

The thing is, though, that Samsung has eschewed Snapdragon for the Galaxy S6 entirely this time around, and only uses its own 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 for all models, with no Snapdragon anywhere to be seen. Users from all over the world are reporting either Sony or Samsung camera sensor strings, and there doesn't seem to be any production period, model or carrier pattern determining which sensor goes into what handset. 

They are seemingly put in at random batches, and Samsung apparently considers them interchangeable, so we wouldn't worry too much whether it's a Sony or a Samung sensor inside, though there might be subtle differences between one and the same scene being photographed with the two sensors. Still, if you want to know exactly what sensor is inside your S6 or S6 edge, here's what you need to do:

1. Download and install AIDA64 from the Play Store. The all-time desktop favorite system info program is now mobile, and can reveal to you every minute detail about your phone's hardware components;

2. Go to the Devices section, and check the Camera ID string there;

3. If the device string begins with SLSI, you've got a Samsung package, whereas Sony's ISP version is depicted with SONY_IMX240 for obvious reasons. There you have it.

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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28 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

It doesn't matter, both sensors perform great.

4. waddup121 unregistered

True. At the end of the day, they're both great! /caseclosed

5. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

There should be a comparison between the two different sensors here. And Samsung should reveal which model has the Sony and which has the isocell. That would be more honest. About great performing: It has been posted three times already but no one answered: S6's camera had problems distinguishing between some red hues: http://tinyurl.com/owkurh8 http://tinyurl.com/py2rh33 Can anyone tell me what happened with that, did Samsung fix it? Can Samsung answer clearly or not?

9. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Why did they say it comes with a Sony cam, they both better Than any other 2015 phone, it's all down to software and lens setup

11. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

I only know what i see. I'm sure any company flows rivers of money for pr+adv+promotion

23. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

those two sensors give very different quality outcome, so Samsung wishes to all buyers good luck!http://www.sammobile.com/2015/05/05/heres-the-difference-between-samsung-and-sony-camera-sensors-on-the-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/

24. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Random use in assembly process, see comment 14 by MrET1

21. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

That's just a different noise reduction algorithm with more (chroma and/luminance) noise reduction in the red channel, affecting this particular area. Others have more noise reduction in the green channel, resulting in paintery, blurry (or simply devoid of detail) grass, trees and bushes. Pick your poison.

22. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Weird, since noise reduction side effects in S6 is (allegedly) "hard to spot", "kept in check", "not visible" etc (words from reviews)

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Doesn't have a camera ID on my Nexus 5. Guessing it's because they've only ever used 1 sensor?

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Nice... About to go check that out now on my s6 edge.. We need a comparison of the sensors now... PA make that happen.

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I checked on my 3310 any AIDA 64 didn't show anything

7. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

My note 4 ..exynos SM-N910H reads SONY IMX-240, but it's good to do a review of both Samsung and Sony sensors.

12. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Same here with SM-N910H. I'd read about the Exynos varient of the Note 4 having the Samsung camera sensor but I've seen nobody in forums confirming that for sure, probably it's a myth.

8. summerofsam

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

Spin9 what the f#@k was going on with the iphone 6 camera lol? Note 4 was the winner! I get what you say about the S6

10. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

ikr? :) will watch that movie

13. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Wow... I did this for my Note 4 and iPhone 6 also... Cool. O.o Thanks for the App awareness PA.

14. MrET1

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

2 months late PA.... People at XDA-developers and Sammobile have already covered this long ago, here is the comparison;http://www.sammobile.com/2015/05/05/heres-the-difference-between-samsung-and-sony-camera-sensors-on-the-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/ Sony sensor used to have better detail and the Samsung sensor used to be slightly better and less noisy in low light, but both have been patched. The Samsung cam now makes pictures in higher bitrate (~8MB per picture vs ~5MB per picture prior to patch) and the Sony cam is also a little better in more recent firmware. Also there is not a certain S6 model that has the Samsung cam or the Sony cam it's all randomized during assembly.

15. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

response to #5: Just can't believe the random thing. Samsung wishes us luck?

16. summerofsam

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

good on you spin

17. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

dnlding now

18. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Samsung does this with aim of it's R&D.. to compare it with Sony sensors till its' "matures" up and in near future phones relying entirely on its sensors.You know Wat that means¿¿¿ Samsung will be a king in that Business. ^Bm ™

19. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

my Att s6,edge is using sony

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It would be interesting to see camera comparisons.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine is Sony.

26. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Slipstreaming.

27. bloosted

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

SENSORS ARE NOT COMPERABLE - the samsung sensor is a much lower quality sensor tomshardware just did a comprehensive review and found; it appears that an S6 with the Sony IMX240 sensor produces better overall results than one with the Samsung S5K2P2 sensor. While the two may be considered equal in certain scenarios, the S6 with Samsung sensor has difficulty setting the white balance correctly, produces oversaturated colors, and suffers a greater loss of detail due to software noise reduction. also, they conclude the following; In our comparative testing, the S6 with the Sony sensor produced stunning results, placing it ahead of the already impressive Note 4 and iPhone 6 in every lighting scenario it faced. Using the Samsung sensor, the S6 struggles with setting the correct white balance in less than perfect lighting and suffers from overly aggressive noise reduction algorithms. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a way to know ahead of time which sensor an S6 will come with. review found here; tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-s6-s6-edge​,4157-11.html How is this not bigger news? Samsung makes sure that all of the reviewed models have this fantastic sony sensor and shows off the amazing pictures, but then once they start selling them, it's luck of the draw weather you get a great camera, or a s**tty one with the same specs. How can that even be legal?

28. Dreamydoodles

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

My Rear-Facing is Sony and my Front-Facing is the Samsung - I have a Galazy Edge+

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