Is Samsung's Dual Pixel camera tech on the Galaxy S7 true phone innovation?

Is Samsung's Dual Pixel camera tech on the Galaxy S7 true phone innovation?
We are pretty spoiled these days when it comes to what our phones can offer, to the extent that a pretty svelte handset like the HTC 10 has been called unremarkable in many a review around the Internets just because it doesn't offer that little something extra that can make it unique, like a curved panel, a modular design, or a 3D-touch display.

These, however, while intriguing, aren't indispensable and used on an everyday basis by their respective phone owners, as anecdotal evidence, and most of our polls show. For something to be called "innovation," no matter how overused this word is nowadays, it has to be both unique and truly useful, that is why we were curious what do you think about Samsung's Dual Pixel camera technology that made a cameo with the new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. It ticks both boxes, as no other handset has it, and it really adds to the camera experience, catapulting Samsung to the top place in the fastest phone shooters as per our own measurements, not to mention how crazy fast the continuous autofocus behaves while shooting video in any condition.

As a reminder, the Dual Pixel sensor on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge employs two photodiodes for every single pixel, so instead of 5-10% of the dots being used for focusing (like on the iPhone 6s or Note 5), all of them take part now. While not a unique camera technology, that's the first time it's being used in a phone, and the implications for focusing speed and accuracy are huge, especially with moving objects, live footage, or in low-light scenarios. So, is Dual Pixel worthy of the "innovation" crown, or is it a cool, but unessential gimmick, when compared with the cameras of competing handsets, what do you think?

Is Samsung's Dual Pixel camera tech on the Galaxy S7 true phone innovation?


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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

What else would you call it? We don't have any other phone sporting it, plus it works like a charm and y'all are witnesses.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its just gimmick.. gimmick that can cause faster autofocus, capture more light or better lowlight, faster capture speed, and it really usefull for everyone's daily life.. but I guess that kind of gimmick called innovation :-/

30. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

It is not a gimmick... the focus of camera is like in an instant... and it takes really good photos

69. Shocky unregistered

It's definitely not a gimmick, fast focus allows for some great low light shots as well, focusing in low light was always a pain but not with dual pixel. Less blurry, out of focus pictures in low light is a good thing.

53. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

There's a lot of things I would call gimmicks, the camera being able to instantly focus, without any worry what so ever, is not one of them however. I could wonder why you say it is a gimmick, but I want to point out that many other features that have been said are innovations, on both android and iphone, existed in one shape or another before they got them so by your words there has been no 'true' innovation, just improvements over time? Innovation is when that development takes a leap forward if you ask me, and this definitely feels like one.

31. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

1. License module from Sony 2. Call it innovation 3. Make tons of marketing pictures 4. Profit

32. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Applies to many OEM.

34. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

How come it's not innovation, sony's innovation may be not samsung's. Change line 2 to Call it as own innovation

49. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

wow..the ignorance is real with this post

52. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It is the Samsung's custom design that sony has manufactured. S7 has two sensors in the way it uses Exynos and know what - the Samsung sensor's photos are better than Sony's. It is better to not post than posting with ignorance

55. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

you stupid troll, samsung produce the sensores and extend some orders to sony just to cover the demand.

57. Hydrocaliz

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Licence? Dude, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. You had not tried hard enough, try again.

63. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Post #31 Not here. Many Samsung fanboys will attack you. They know that you are right and they will quickly dismiss the fact no matter how true it is. This is a paid Samsung article, and every paid Samsung commenters are here, liking all the positive comments building a hype around a gimmick. You can tell the difference from organic comments to generic "wow this feature is awesome" comments.

70. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung makes their own sensor. They use Sony to manufacturer the same sensor under Sony own name. Licensing a sensor has nothing to do with how the optics work dummy. After all, Apple gets sensors from Sony too, yet they don't do a good job with it. Namely the iPhone 6S taking than last year's model. Even Sony doesn't do a good job with their own sensors in their own phones. So yeah you can brag when you take something someone else makes and do a better job with ot.. You're just mad because your phone doesn't have it.

2. adamnazifi unregistered

Yes of course its innovation, One of the best phone camera

3. RichardYarell

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

It's pretty much plain and simple since May2011 Samsung dominate Android and remain the fact today simply because people love the technology that Samsung offered. Haters must hate and put on every single anti-Android-monopoly ppropaganda to against Samsung but the fact the other manufacturer offer just either plain subpar or total junk with no innovation. They can hate and resist Samsung and because of resist they never own one yet criticized Samsung such sad childish behavior, but their illusional pseudo will never change the real life fact of Samsung innovation. BRAVO SAMSUNG END OF STORY

6. Unordinary unregistered

Today I learned Richard Yarell rapidly spams the text suggestion words that pop up on his mobile keyboard.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He's been doing it since 2008 on Phonedog.

21. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol i was just about to say the same thing.

24. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

he has a point here though.

51. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Why hate on the man? Ok, so he doesn't use correct punctuation. You get the point. Who knows, English might be his second language. I'm sure you wouldn't be as fluent in writing another language. Cut the guy a break. If it bothers you THAT much, don't read his comments when you see his Name and Avatar.

28. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I think he slams his face on the keyboard, then autocorrect does the rest.

64. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I'm amazed at People who like his comments.

20. innovationsaviour33

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 22, 2016

if u show ur comment to samsung headquaters they might give you the ceo job

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Samsung marketing dominate android world nothing else..

59. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

They are the true innovators, especially in android.

54. jeevanand88 unregistered

Its pretty much plain and simple!! U R A SPAMMING IDIOT!!!

4. FluffyBled unregistered

I would like to ask those voting No, what makes them think like that?

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because apple FTW.... /s

17. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Because if i understand correctly, rather than pushing for pixel size they made all of them to split the pixel and reduce the sensitivity of the pixel. Yes it might be fast but if you can do it with less why waste all the area? Cmiiw though.

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