Samsung exec tips an ‘intelligent’ camera for the Galaxy S6, 10 000 photos analyzed to create it

DongHoon Jang, Senior Vice President and head of Camera R&D Group at IT & Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics - that's a mouthful, we know, but the exec just took to Samsung's official blog and launched a PR attack on us, extolling the virtues of Samsung's mobile camera modules, as found on the Galaxy S line of flagship handsets.

While he is walking us through all the stages of the camera units it has ever placed there - from the 5 MP rear snapper without a flash in the Galaxy S, to the sophisticated 16 MP shooter in the S5 - the exec comments on every additional feature it has added over the years. That's all fine and dandy, but you know what we are interested in now, Mr DongHoon Jang, and it is the module that will launch with the Galaxy S6.

It could very well be a 20 MP Samsung-made unit with optical image stabilization, as per most rumors, and the exec doesn't hesitate to build the suspense around its capabilities either:

There you have it, he saved the best for last. As far as we can grasp from these comments, the 20 MP camera on the back of the thin Galaxy S6 is shaping up to be the best module Samsung has ever placed in its phones, and, given that its current champ on the Note 4 consistently scores at the top of our camera comparisons, we can't wait to see what's been done for the Galaxy S6 in the photography aspect. 

The "intelligent" part might also mean that Samsung has streamlined the TouchWiz camera app like LG did with its user interface recently, cutting down on the smorgasbord of options, and focusing on that most widely used point-and-shoot functionality of our smartphone cameras.

source: Samsung

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. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014


4. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

The more rumors I hear about the S6 the more I want one. Go head to head with my Nexus 6.

12. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Sorry, but you're kidding right? The Nexus 6 isn't even the best phone currently available.

5. phljcnth

Posts: 566; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yeah. That "under any condtions" is a very bold statement (promise) and it makes me excited even more for March 1. I wouldn't mind having that supposed camera hump then. Galaxy S6 is shaping up to be the best smartphone of 2015 but sadly some peanut butter and jealous haters will always refuse to see the good things. Oh well, each to his own and mine's the Galaxy S6! :)

2. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I am sure it will be awesome.

3. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Interesting. The Samsung exec really doesn't mention the quality of the new camera module itself, but rather the improvements made in optimizing settings automatically for varying photographic conditions. It's an important behind-the-scenes aspect of producing good cameras, and its a very positive sign that they're talking about improvements here. Smartphone manufacturers have a unique ability to push photo processing further than camera manufacturers have in the past due to the huge access they have to millions of users taking millions of photos.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Software is just as important as hardware Case in point the Z1, Z2, Z3 All had better sensors than the equivalent Apple or Samsung device Yet, Apple and Samsung devices took far better photos than the Xperias The gap is closing, but I wont be surprised if the 6S/6S+, S6 and Note 5 took better photos than the Z4

9. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

So true. There's something lacking with Xperia photo processing.

14. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

The reddish hue, the loss in detail, the smudgy colors, My z3c takes 1 out of 2 pictures very bad. Its driving me crazy. If z4 isnt fixed, its gonna be the M9 for me, (I really hate the new S6 design so wont even bother) EDIT : Or if Sony brings in the RAW capability.

13. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Not only that, but smartphone CPUs are far more powerful than in digital cameras, which allows for advanced processing.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's nice hardwork.

8. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I just want good software optimization.

10. ChiHyun

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

Olaf wallpaper on the Galaxy S. Lol

11. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

I know!! Olaf wasn't even invented yet at the time!! XD

15. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Button? Finally? Or still that stupid devolutionary glass press?

16. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

You can use the volume button as a camera button on Touchwiz, so I don't know what you're on about.

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