Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: first camera test and samples

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a huge upgrade: it might not feature a radically new design, but the new Snapdragon 820 system chip, the added microSD card slot, IP68 water protection, and larger battery are big.

Samsung, however, is proud of one particular new feature in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: the new, 12-megapixel camera with Samsung's widest ever, f/1.7 lens and larger individual pixels. Combined together, this makes for a 95% improvement in the phone's capability to capture light.

Add to that Dual Pixel technology for faster auto-focusing, something that is a first on a phone and comes from the dedicated camera world, and you have a truly compelling package.

To show you the marvels that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are capable of capturing, Samsung has released an official gallery of pictures taken on the new phones (note that Samsung has captured these images, not us). They are truly magnificent, take a look below.

source: Samsung

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



25. Prizm

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Wut...those samples aren't at full res. And those stupid zoom controls won't land on exactly 100%. Viewing photos doesn't mean a lot unless you can view the original resolution at 100%.

16. Techielover

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

These are great

15. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

lot of geekbenching today seems stable around 2150 and 6500

18. FluffyBled unregistered

But isn't the Exynos version the one with 8 cores? If these are really the scores from the Exynos version :o then this is definitely big!

11. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Micro sd is BIG? Cmon dont make me pitty you. If so, you forgot to mention sim card slot and on/off button. Micro has been there for almost 10 years, and only a fool removes it. It doesnt make him a genious if he puts it back.

12. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Same goes out for not having a dedicated camera button. Lets look at lumia 1520. While taking it out of the pocket you can already record a video. No look magic, made possible by decades old patent.

20. TerryTerius unregistered

You know, you can pretty easily double tap the home button as you're pulling the s6 or s7 out of your pocket to get the camera app pulled up. I do think a hardware shutter button is nice to have, but... It's not really that big a deal, at least to me.

22. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

For me, having a dedicated camera button and full control remote on earphones (go see wh-701 from Nokia - Those were the days, using them with N8 music player and Nokia N8 dedicated camera button) are crucial features for using smartphones.

23. TerryTerius unregistered

I can totally understand your perspective and preference, I can't really argue with you for what you like. To each their own :-) I remember missing the shutter key on the 920 for a while when I switched to the One M8.

24. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Then you don't have many phones to choose from nowadays...

6. bleevan

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

4:3 sucks big hairy Apple beanbags. Definitely a step backwards from the usual Samsung gold standard max res at 16:9.

5. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

4. bleevan

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

4:3 sucks big hairy Apple beanbags.

2. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

that new camera of s7 looks fantastic i saw the comparison with iphone6s it made it like if it is years older than the s7 apple need to work hard to make a better camera in iphone7.

1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Looks promising. We need a comparison between LG5 and GS7 soon!

3. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

Yes, a real blind vote and make sure to get rid of the EXIF data. Are you listening PhoneArena? Your website users are far too clever.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5841; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Removing EXIF data isn't enough Samsung's photos tend to be warmer and slightly more yellow/red Can't remember about LG Apple's photos tend to be colder and slightly more green So fanboys would still vote for their brand

13. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

Very true...good points.

17. FluffyBled unregistered

Nah ... they should just throw as many phones as they can and not even tell us which phones are participating ... that'd be pretty fair!

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Any word if the S7 had OIS?!?

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015


19. TerryTerius unregistered

Depends, some frothing fanboys people have already declared the s7 dead... Yeah -_-

21. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

Yes, it does have OIS.

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