See the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera and its blazing fast autofocus in action

See the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera and its blazing fast autofocus in action
We've said it before and we'll say it again: megapixels aren't all that matters in a camera. There's a whole bunch of other factors affecting the quality of the produced image and the camera experience as a whole – sensor, pixel, and aperture size, lens quality, camera speed, to name a few. The latter is an area where Samsung has made great improvements with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Indeed, the two new high-ends focus much faster than their predecessors, and at MWC 2016, we had the chance to see it with our own eyes.

While testing the new Samsung Galaxy S7, we took out our trusty Galaxy S6 and did a quick, impromptu comparison to see how much faster the model's camera was. The difference was clear as day. While the Galaxy S7 shifted the focus almost instantaneously, the Galaxy S6 needed quite a few more moments to do so. 

What's even more impressive is that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is great at focusing even in poor light conditions. To demonstrate this, Samsung had an automated low-light camera setup made for comparing two phones' cameras side by side. We did a test between the Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ from last year, and the results were greatly in favor of the newer model. The S6 edge+ was not only slower, but also unreliable, as it sometimes failed to detect that it was supposed to change the focus. 

Here, watch the video below to see the Galaxy S7's camera in action.

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)

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46 Comments

1. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

Wow you can zoom without a module. And that´s for free :D

6. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Are you refering to the LG G5? It can zoom even better than the Galaxy S7, because of its super wide-angle 135° secondary rear camera! The G5 Friends camera module goes even futher into dSLR quality photography!

9. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

The article is about S7's autofocus. At 700-800 € is not for free. And you can't zoom on a 12mpx like on a 23mpx right? Anyway I'm expecting camera comparisons with the new Sony Xperia X Performance to decide about fast focus

25. TerryTerius unregistered

Think he meant not having to buy a separate accessory vs something built into the phone. Still wrong though. Because yeah... Autofocus definitely isn't zoom. And you can zoom in with the G5 just as you can with the S7. Without the camera module.

10. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

nice to see, that you have find some friends for your money.

15. Mrinal

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

G5 can't give a better result than S7(it also happened with G4 vs S6,Lol).

29. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The g4 often outperformed the s6 so I'm not sure what you are trying to say

32. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Exactly that! LG's camera algorithm is just as good as Samsung's.

26. TerryTerius unregistered

For the record, wide angle lens doesn't mean better zooming. A short focal length gives a wider angle of view and lowers magnification. In other words, it lessens your ability to zoom.

34. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

You're correct. But... My point is that the G5's wide-angle shooter works in concert with the main 78° 16MP camera to perform zooming. So it's balanced and zoomes in and out so freaking well. Did you try one at MWC 2016? Gosh! LG has nailed it Hands down

39. TerryTerius unregistered

We shall see. If the G4 and V10 are any indication they've likely done a great job this year. The reviews are right around the corner. I have no intention of buying a G5, but I hope everyone that does so thoroughly enjoys it. And it's fairly cool to see LG striking out on their own to resurrect something from the past, modernize the concept, and advance it. Make it theirs. I have serious doubts about the commercial viability of the modules, but the G5 itself is undoubtedly a solid device.

2. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

yet another article about s7 and edge though i am ordering s7 edge as soon as it launches in my country but still tired of pa

3. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

not tired enough not to comment. Lol

35. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

May be bcoz i am actually waiting for some sensible topics by pa to be discussed rather than same topics again and again so i have the coutesy to come here and comment

50. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Is it strange to you that the completely new flagship phone from the largest Android manufacturer gets a lot of attention currently on a phone news site? Maybe you should read news somewhere else if that's the case e.g. you could get your news from macrumors to not have Samsung/LG articles appear.

4. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So don't read them then? Simple solution.

8. Tarox

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

That camera is so much win... Really impressing

46. Roshnishama

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Yes camera is very good!

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Super fast indeed.

28. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

So does the S7/S7 Edge uses only PDAF(cause 100% of the pixels in the sensor are used for focus) or it uses PDAF and CDAF like other phones?

30. dimas

Posts: 3341; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And when compared with s8 edge, the s7 edge was not only slower, but also unreliable, as it sometimes failed to detect that it was supposed to change the focus. There you have it folks s8 is faster than s7, see you next year for s9 and s8 comparison.

52. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

It would be strange if Samsung went backwards on camera quality in newer models, so S8 being better wouldn't really be unexpected. Your sarcasm = fail.

33. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

As Philippines already has some test phones of S7 and S7 edge, I notice some things on the new module: 1. It is not a multi-aspect ratio sensor, like the Z5. As you notice, the width of the 12 MP 4:3 is 4032, which is same as the 9 MP 16:9. It is just like the previous Z series sensors where 16:9 photos and videos are cropped on the original 4:3 sensor resolution. 2. Shooting in Pro mode gives a multi-point focus, where it shows real-time change in focus (small green boxes flashing on the screen). 3. When it fails in PDAF, its camera focuses using CDAF, as tested in some scenarios. But still, it gives fast AF action.

40. fyah_king unregistered

Tried it at the store and the auto focus is fast! My s7 edge will be here wednesday.:)

41. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Yeah. The S series and Note are on top in the cameras. Better then the G5 also.

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