Samsung may be mulling a 12 MP camera with big sensor size for the Galaxy S7

Instead of chasing an ever-increasing pixel count - the Galaxy S6 has a 16 MP camera, while the S7 is rumored to have a 20 MP one - Samsung is apparently planning to bet on much larger sensors with smaller resolution. We can only applaud such a decision, if the rumor turns out credible, as larger sensors with smaller resolutions mean larger pixels and/or more space between pixels, which on theory will be able to collect more light with less crosstalk and signal distortion...
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48 Comments

1. nightfury

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Go for it samsung

5. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

yea go for it. the s6 sensors is from sony as well and it works great.

25. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Samsung....seems like they want to make ends even tighter with competing with iPhone. As what MKBHD would say for team crispy... "Just do it. Team crispy welcomes you".

27. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

finally samsung is having a sane approach instead of chasing useless mega pixel race

31. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Samsung already has better cameras on their phones note 5 and S6 variants.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great!

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

My ideal phone camera will have 8.3 MP with 1/2" sensor. 8.3 MP is more than enough for even watching on a 4K monitor. And 8.3 MP(3840x2160) means you can shoot 4K too. And that 8.3 MP sensor will have humongous pixels; so better dynamic range, sensitivity and general quality. HTC had an amazing approach with ultrapixel, but the execution was just poor with pathetic lens and dismal post-processing. This one is pretty close to my ideal camera.

12. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I can still see the difference of 13MP Note 3 vs 8MP Note 2 on my FHD monitor. Should leave room for cropping also.

13. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

You can tell the difference because of better camera tech not more pixels.

14. TyrionLannister unregistered

Exactly. Note 3 images are a lot better than note 2. As simple as that.

17. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

What tech? Can you tell? Note 3 is not better than Note 2 in low-light mode, for sure. Simply the most difference is the resolution. Sensor from 1/3.2 inch to 1/3.06, not a lot.

24. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Of course it's about the tech with it having a newer type of sensor put in that's better than the older, because if they used a newer sensor in the Note 3 but kept it at 8mp you'd still notice the difference.

46. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

MP Make a difference by giving better detail of objects. Zoom into an 8MP photo and it'll quickly start blurring compared to a 16MP photo of the same scene shurnk down to the same size. That's 'cause shrinking it down sharpens the image, making a noticeable difference. If other sensor properties remained the same, more MPs = better quality, especially of further away objects.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

For my my ideal would be a 1" or APS-C sensor But I could settle for a 24.5MP, 1/1.2 or 1/1.5 as well.

21. TyrionLannister unregistered

At those sensor sizes, the phone will at least be 2 cm thick at thickest points. I would rather have a proper camera if I'm THAT much into photography.

34. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would say a 10mm body, with exchangeable lens' is able to be done in that body. but who knows im no physic major for lens creation. But a 1in should be doable.

28. Danny86PV

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Not quite enough for 2160p because of Bayer filter, even if you ignore the fact that consumer (4:2:0) video discards 3/4 of chroma information. Oversampled 1080p from a 2160p source though, at 50/60 fps and high bit rates, now that would be great.

38. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

What is your 4k monitor? Just curious

41. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't have one yet. I have a really old 7 year old PC. I'll make a new one next summer and will choose a 4k monitor then. But it will most likely be an Asus or LG.

40. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"HTC had an amazing approach with ultrapixel, but the execution was just poor with pathetic lens and dismal post-processing." totally agree with this

4. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I begged Samsung for this for so long. 12-13MP with big sensor size. 16MP is too much needed

6. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

LG is also rumored to use a 1/2" sensor on the G5. Increasing sensor size and megapixel is the way to go. Hopefully this will be a new trend along with bigger batteries.

7. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

I'd wanted Samsung to increase sensor size AND maintain a high resolution, instead of SHRINKING the resolution - small resolutions are a nightmare for advanced image editors (over 4K UHD iMacs and PC's.) Samsung CAN maintain the 16MP resolution and increase the sensor size,...

8. Shocky unregistered

Dropping down to 12MP is fine so long as the benefits are worth it, low light performance has improved this year but there is still a long way to go.

9. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

16 MP 1/2" sensor makes more sense IMO. Decently sized pixels, high number of OSPDAF focus points rivaling that of the Xperia Z5, high detail under low light as well. The iPhones and Nexuses are great but were losing to the Xperia Z5 and Note 5 because of the difference in resolution!

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31311; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hope they find a way to stay at 16, and do it.

11. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Yep +1

16. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

This! They already added the hump, make it a bit bigger and more streamlined. Done.

15. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Increasing sensor size is great idea. 12MP is enough and not too small like what HTC did.

18. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

The non-techie masses normally have the opinion, more the pixels, better the camera. So it won't be a great decision from marketing point of view. But it would be a bold move by Samsung, something that many people would welcome.
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