Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) fails at video stabilization

The new Galaxy A series - the mid-range family of Samsung phones, sitting right between the expensive and flashy Galaxy S and Galaxy Note on one hand, and the super cheap Galaxy J series on the other - brings phones that have the style and build quality of a flagship, but also come with a few important compromises.

We have just reviewed the Galaxy A5 (2017), a 5.2-inch phone with a stylish curved glass back, a metal frame, Samsung's newest Grace user interface, and even water-resistance, but we have found that it comes with one critical flaw: it records terrible video.

It not only lacks a 4K video recording option, something that most devices in its price range and even cheaper have, but more troublesome: it has an apparent complete lack of any form of video stabilization.

This might not sound like a big deal, but once you look at your videos, you will see the devastating effect that every little movement has on your video recordings: they look terribly jittery, to the point that walking and filming results in a headache-inducing footage.

This along with some other quirks are what makes the A5 (2017) a mid-range phone: it looks good, but it lacks some fairly important features. For the full impressions, battery life tests and camera tests of the phone, feel free to check out our detailed Galaxy A5 (2017) review here.

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Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014



Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

If you don't go for C series, Note, S series, or high end A series, Samsung phones will be trashy. LG does a better job at affordable, well made midrange phones. You'd would be shocked at how many of the LG Stylo handsets I see in the wild here in Florida.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And why does this surprise anyone. It's a midrange phone. You buy a $400 phone you get a $400 phone.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The One Plus 3T destroys anything Samsung makes at ~400. You try and call out Apple fans for being biased, you should read your own comments at how much you try and spin every Samsung downfall.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

What the f**k are you talking about. Did I say a thing about the 3T. Did I bring any other phone into this? NO , but I could. All I said was you buy a $400 phone that's what you get. I don't give a f**k what make it is, you buy a $400 phone it still what you get.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OIS is not that great

13. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Dude the OnePlus 3 only cost that much to some countries. In some other countries, like in Singapore, it costs $700+. Which is just $100+ cheaper than the Galaxy S7 and more expensive than the Galaxy A5.

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You should probably read comment #6 over and over again, and think about how stupid you made yourself look.

26. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are the stupid one, F-off

27. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You probably did not understand my comment properly, read it again and look at where it is pointed at, smartass.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

A bunch of mid range phones have better stabilization then this, EIS, there is no excuses for Samsung here

11. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMFG No where did I say it was good. I said THAT'S WHAT YOU GET.

15. mikehunta727 unregistered

"And why does this surprise anyone. It's a midrange phone. You buy a $400 phone you get a $400 phone." You were implying that all midrange phones have s**t stabilization like this device does when that is clearly wrong, just sounds like a terrible excuse to defend Samsung here

16. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No, not the way I ment for it to sound. It sucks big time and I was just saying in this phone it's pretty much what you get.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Zylam pisses me off is why I went off . Sometime it would be nice to be ask what you mean . In this case what I said was not what I was saying.

18. mikehunta727 unregistered

I get what you mean now that you explained it. Try to be a bit more articulate though next time imo

20. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Thanks I think Samsung should cut back on there midrange phones or stop them altogether because there are better ones out for the same money. They are going way overboard.

23. mikehunta727 unregistered

Ya they are just mish mashing things imo with this many smartphones in their lineup. Wouldnt hurt at all to cut some devices off and have more focus on the devices

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

Samsung skimping out once again

14. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

The picture quality though is quite good.

19. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I can buy S7 for price of A5 2017. Who would buy this crappy device anyway,it looks premium but internals are complete garbage.

7. Nopers unregistered

Why is this a surprise? The S7 has bad stabilisation and that has OIS.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

WOW another dumb azz

21. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Wow, that gave me a headache. Totally useless to include video recording with no stabilisation at all. I expected more, especially for its high price.

22. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It is a shame what Samsung did, the older generation had OIS!!!

25. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

It's like this. If you want a good mercedes, you should buy an E or S class. If you find Mercedes too expensive you can always buy a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry or a Mazda6. If you buy a C class Mercedes, you cannot complain about the lack of luxury or power. In the smartphone universe, buy a flagship if you want power and performance.

29. dynres_dan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 2017

Camera is useless. It is a middle range phone but my old phone Samsung S2 can focus better than A5 (2017) when I am in motion. Hey, Samsung engineers, people need to make decent photos and movie's even if their hands trembled a little. Why I need to make 10 blurred photos per second, when I can make one focused good photo per second like old Samsung S2? I suppose it is a software problem, and will be fixed on future update because I will never buy a Samsung S8 only to have possibility to make decent pictures.

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