Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to come with a 12MP OIS camera, not a 16MP one

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to come with a 12MP OIS camera, not a 16MP one
A new report courtesy of South Korea's ETNews claims that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 flagship phablet will opt for a 12-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), instead of the 16-megapixel ISOCELL we have a very good reason to expect.

The source goes further, suggesting that Samsung and its hardware partners already have production facilities set up. Apparently located in Tianjin, China, the facility will take care of the 12MP unit's mass production (the Note line is quite popular). According to the report, further investments into the factory could allow for a yield of as many as 3 million units a month, which would satisfy demand for the new Samsung phablet. Lastly, the source claims that a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera is what the Note 4 will have on board.

While it would definitely be misleading to say that any of us have a 100% reliable information on the upcoming Note 4, this particular piece of information just doesn't sit right with us. Quite frankly, such a move would be quite untypical of Samsung -- a company that has cemented an approach that seeks to provide timed, but undeniable hardware upgrades with its every other generation of smartphones. In fact, early AnTuTu benchmark passes of the suspected two versions of the Note 4 (Exynos and Snapdragon), both indicate a 16MP rear shooter. Interestingly enough, however, AnTuTu detected a 3.7MP front-facing camera with both devices. 

More as we know it, folks!

source: ET News (translated) via SamMobile

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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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42 Comments

1. rayman173

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Why would samsung take a step back that doesn't make any sense to me either.

2. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

no sony bsi sensor pleeeeaaase. It would be magafacepalm

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

12 MP is OK coz it has OIS but it should be ISOCELL. But I don't think so, it would be 16 MP definitely.

6. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

And why do you think it will be a step back? Because of lower megapixels? If they retain the 1/2.6" sensor with 12 megapixel the pixel size will be bigger improving low light performance which imo is a needed improvement to the GS5, it will also help with noise. I stand up for Samsung doing this it will only improve one of the best mobile cameras.

9. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

For better low light performance need ois. What you wrote almost no effect

24. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

"For better low light performance need ois" You are totaly wrong about OIS. OIS is nothing to do with better low light performace because OIS is only designed for reducing blur that results from minute shaking of a camera/lens due to hand-held shooting. If you want better low light performance you need bigger sensor with less megapixel with larger pixel size + brighter and wider lens. What "CanYouSeeTheLight" is true 1/2.6" sensor with 12 megapixel with larger pixel size will have better low light performance than 1/2.6" sensor with 16 megapixel with smaller pixel size.

28. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Give me a better low light performance (and a bigger sensor) and I don´t care below 16 Mpx !

31. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

No, you are totally wrong, OIS decreases the required shutter speed to get a sharp and clear image for a given amount of camera shake (ie your hand). By decreasing the shutter speed you therefore have a brighter image. Alternatively you could keep the same shutter speed and lower the ISO, giving you less noise.

32. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Yeah slower shutter speeds can help you in low light conditions but using slow shutter speeds in low light also increase the risk of image blur through camera shake even with OIS. Slow shutter speeds also useless for moving object, So if you want the real low light improvements you need bigger sensor with large pixel size and brighter lens, with all of that you can also get faster focusing in low light, greater dynamic range and decrease the risk of image blur basically better overall image quality.

37. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Facepalm. OIS=longer exposuse, more light What you wrote almost no effect because the difference is very small

38. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

so many noobs

39. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Lol... OIS =/= Long exposure because you can get that feature even without the OIS. for example with OPPO N1 you can take a long exposure photo for up to 8 seconds, up to 32 seconds with OPPO Find 7a and unlimited with iphones + NightCap Pro app. But like i said before using Long exposure/slow shutter speeds will increase the risk of image blur caused by camera shake and moving subject even for a phones with advance 3 axis OIS like lumia phones. Long exposure photography that involves using a long duration shutter speed is only good for stationary subject or if you want to get interesting/cool effects and the best tool for that is a tripod. By increasing the the sensor size you'll be able to increase the pixel size for example (1/2.3") 16MP sensor with (±) 1.34 µm pixel size will be better than (1/2.6") 16MP sensor with 1.12 µm, because larger pixel will collect more light flux than a small pixel, resulting in a better signal to noise ratio in the image. Another solution is decrease the MP count to increase pixel size. And using brighter lens with wide aperture will also improve the low light performance because it allowing more light to be collected by the sensor. So by using bigger sensor with large pixel size + brigther lens will have much more significant/real improvements in low light conditions than just some tricks like OIS + long exposure. And if you want to do some long exposure photography a tripod will be better than any OIS.

41. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

without ois and with long exposure = noise What you wrote difference is very small s5 1/2.6 no ois - bad low light g3 1/3 ois - good low light

34. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

You have no clue what you talking about, don't come back here again.

42. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

kiddsss. water is wet, stone is solid

15. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I think they're just following in Apple's footsteps; so expect two steps back instead on 'a step back'.

17. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Why is it a step back? Megapixels don't mean anything if the software isn't optimized to utilize them. I've seen some 8MP cameras destroy 12 and 13 megapixel cameras.

30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I think they gonna slim down note 4....

33. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Because only ignorant people thinks that going to 12MP or 16MP is a step back. If you think that MP count is the only measure for camera quality, you are not worth debating.

35. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

BIG PHONE doesn't need a BIG CAMERA. 12MP should be fine man. G3 have OIS 12MP

3. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

12mp with OIS will most likely be better than 16 without. More MP do not automatically make it better

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Completely false. Probably a different phone.

5. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

The s5 is .6 inches smaller then the note 4 so they have the room for a bigger sensor downgrading is just stupid

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Sensor size =/= megapixels... *sigh*

12. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

No what i was meaning was that they have the size to keep 16 mp and bsi and just add ois (why is it so hard to use words not everyone understands symbols)

8. tontolou

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

reduce the megapixel is a worth trade off if samsung improve low light picture (low noise and better details) and it's will even better if the sensor size is bigger than those on S5 .. interesting

11. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Boring!!! Is this samsung arena? pls, some news about the iPhone 6.

14. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Your golden iterd is in steve jobs keister go dig it up and leave us adults alone kiddie

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Lol ..... But, don't you mean iKeister???

19. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

No its steve jobs MYkeister the wonderful new case for the Iterd

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