Samsung Galaxy S6 likely to get 20-megapixel main camera, new camera app with 'Pro' mode

Samsung Galaxy S6 likely to get 20-megapixel main camera, new camera app with 'Pro' mode
More evidence mounts that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will arrive equipped with a 20-megapixel main camera. The information comes from an insider opening up to SamMobile, saying that at least some of the working prototypes of the S6 feature a 20-megapixel shooter.

Those early Galaxy S6 models are also reported to come with a Samsung-made sensors with model numbers SLSI_S5K2T2_FIMC_IC and SLSI_S5K4E6_FIMC_IS. This is a particularly interesting development since the company has done a little back and forth: its Galaxy S5 arrived with a Samsung camera sensor, while the Galaxy Note 4 is unofficially reported to be using both Sony and Samsung sensors.

These early Galaxy S6 prototypes featured the following option for image resolution:
  • 20MP (image resolution of 5952×3348)
  • 15MP (image resolution of 4464×3348)
  • 11MP (image resolution of 3344×3344)
  • 8MP (image resolution of 3264×2448)
  • 6MP (image resolution of 3264×1836)
  • 2.4MP (image resolution of 2048×1152)
The front-facing, selfie camera is said to be the same one as what’s used in the current Galaxy A series, which would mean a 5-megapixel shooter.

The fact that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are both expected to come running on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop has allowed Samsung to update its camera app with a brand new ‘Pro’ mode. In the new ‘Pro’ camera mode on the Galaxy S6 users would be able to save images in RAW format as well as control shutter speed, both essential options for enthusiast smartphone photographers.

The Gallery app on the Galaxy S6 is also said to get a refresh and become more user-friendly with easier controls over how you delete images for instance. The visual style is also said to now include text along with icons to help users figure out what to do easier.

Finally, let us once again remind you that all of this information is based on an early prototype, and we’ve also been hearing about prototypes equipped with a 16-megapixel camera. While the 20-megapixel option does seem more likely at the moment, remember that it’s all subject to last-minute changes.

source: SamMobile

Related phones

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 128GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

hmm... there are more speculation about S6 than hair on my head!

2. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

design is not looking cool at all i just hope final design wud be different

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Better photography.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Definitely, the Camera 2 API gave my Nexus 5 a huge improvement But silly Google haven't updated the stock app to use the Camera 2 API Luckily there are great 3rd party camera apps that use the Camera 2 API

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Hang on. Sammobile reports "Samsung is using the APIs that debuted on Android 5.0 Lollipop to offer a Pro mode in the camera app." It means Samsung will use Camera 2 API in Pro mode. Great news!!

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This meant be another reason why Samsung are using their Exynos chip Their Exynos Notes use the on-die ISP to handle images Their Qualcomm Notes use a external ISP to handle images The current protocols for external ISPs dont have enough bandwidth for many of the manual controls of the Camera 2 API

5. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

" RAW format as well as control shutter speed", sounds good ! Larger sensor would be a nice feature ! (1"). Waiting the low light results to change my Note 3 for the next Note 5 or ... Galaxy S6. The only thing I´m missing is IP57. Finally I´ll stop to use my Nokia 808 (hope so) with me. By the way Note 4 is close to the ms phones and better than sony´s z.( - thx Mark). Almost there Samsung !

8. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

If it has no 5.5 screen I am not interested.

15. Huhster

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

Get a note 4 then! What is the point of making them so close in screen size?

19. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Exactly. Car manufacturers don't have best options on the base cars.

9. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

From the camera sensor model, we can say that front camera sensor size increased. SLSI_S5K4E6_FIMC_IS (consider the part S5K4E6). In First part is Samsung LSI. Important part is the 'K4'. Normally that defines the sensor size class, here is probably means 1/4-inch sensor. Previous Samsung models had 1/6 or 1/8 inch sensor. So for all those selfie freaks, enjoy.. Your selfies will be much better!!

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2415; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

We need a better teardown of the hardware the module is using. I want it to build upon the low light performance of the Note 4 (which was a milestone for Samsung products in low light photography)

11. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Ok, I am making lot of assumption, but I believe that the main rear camera is a 1/2.3 inch sensor. Samsung loves a pixel pitch (pixel size) of 1.12nm. Considering this we see that the sensor is a 16:9 aspect ratio. So to maintain a pixel size of 1.12 and also have resolution of 5952×3348, the sensor should be around 3.77mm x 6.71mm. This will have a diagonal of 7.70mm. This means this is a 16:9 aspect ratio 1/2.3-inch sensor. For comparison, iPhones have 1/3 inch sensor, Note 4 have 1/2.6-inch sensor.

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I hope the sensor will be 4:3

13. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Non Removable battery???? :-/

14. Jiuakiu

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

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16. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

20 mp on default and 16x9.

17. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Now, I don't need that huge DSLR anymore. Thank you, Samsung.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

cant understand why the writers here aren't on the same page. There has already been an Antutu benchmark showing the S6 has a 20MP camera. Why the hell you are saying it likely will? It has been confirmed fact more than once. Do you all even work at the same company? Or are you all stay at home blog writing wannabes?

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