Samsung Galaxy S6, edge: a brief walk through the new TouchWiz camera app

With the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Samsung also unveiled a much more streamlined and simplified TouchWiz, which has usually received a lot of flak in the past for being "laggy". Well, it's now better than before, and although not perfect, the latest TouchWiz UI iteration is certainly a pretty huge leap in the right direction.

The interface of the camera app, in particular, has seen a lot of love. It's been revamped to a certain extent, putting the important information up front without obtruding your photography experience. Don't get us wrong, it's still the good ol' feature-packed TouchWiz camera, but now more organized, streamlined, and unobtrusive than ever. Samsung users will probably get to feel in familiar waters in no time.

Some of the camera modes and features arenot new - mentioning fast motion, slow motion, real-time HDR preview, and panorama won't raise any eyebrows, as these have been somewhat of a standard for flagships, but we have two new entrants on that scene - Pro mode and Virtual Shot. Pro mode, on the other hand, is in fact a pretty extensive manual control for the camera, allowing you to manually set the ISO, the exposure correction, white balance, metering, as well as manual focusing. 

Virtual shot, in particular, is quite interesting - imagine a GIF file paired with a photosphere. After you shoot an object from all sides with a circular motion, you can move your phone around and the perspective of the resulting image will correspondingly shift as well, enabling you to view the object you've just shot from all sides. The best part is that it's all combined in a single file. 

The front camera comes with the following modes: selfie, wide selfie (a selfie panorama, basically), as well as virtual shot and interval shot. As you probably know, similar to the rear camera, the selfie snapper is also capable of live HDR.

For the hardware features of the camera, check out our separate post.


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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)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • 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 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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11 Comments

1. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

does pro mode have shutter speed function ?

2. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I thought the s6 edge will be my first Samsung phone until I watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kl9fsuHIkk 2:52 :(

6. Exempt1 unregistered

???? If you're talking about that stutter, it's cuz the following page has a weird widget. Also, this is a launcher issue. How many times are people not gunna realise that you hardly ever stick with the stock launcher, almost always everyone ends up with Nova or some other lightweight launcher which falls to their needs, which you just download off the play store

8. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry I am lost to what you are on about. All I see is a phone that opens its own apps faster than an iPhone , sory whats your problem, even google play opens faster than I noted on any other phone, so I ne thinking it will open all good coded apps in a very fast window, going to make iOS look slow

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Holy s**t, i can't get over the screen and i'm glad that it's not an extra screen like the stupid note edge. Too sexy.

4. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I pity anyone hating on this phone. You're not only cheating yourself by giving out your hard end $700-900 to another company. You're infact cheating yourself from enjoying the best tech you can have now with that money. This phones so just miles ahead of the competition,period!!!

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

the green somehow gives me a tron feeling. looks very futuristic

7. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

What I'm really waiting for (and it was hinted at in rumors...) is being able to record in RAW using the "pro mode". That way I can set the WB afterwards and do my own noise reduction and sharpening (which is always going to beat in camera processing).

9. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Wow Sammy, shameless, that Mode Selection screen is a direct rip off from HTC...welp, copying is the best form of flattery.

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Hey, at least they have the finger scanner, Does HTC have that? :) It would be interesting to see how are phone calls going to sound through this beer can. Since, the S5 on Verizon, had multiple voice problems.

11. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

The author looks sleepy. Have a sleep and get us the coverage.

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