Should more manufacturers follow Samsung with lower resolution cameras but larger pixels and lens? (poll results)

Should more manufacturers follow Samsung with lower resolution cameras but larger pixels and lens? (poll results)
In a move that puts Samsung at odds with the embedded "more is always better" mentality of many an Android manufacturer, the South Korean giant's latest flagship refresh not only didn't better the megapixel count of the camera, but actually dropped it. It probably sounds as if we're being overly dramatic here, but that's a big deal for the industry, especially since blind pixel hoarding can be detrimental to image quality.

Still, for most people, the quality of a smartphone camera is synonymous with the number of megapixels, so marketers the world over have successfully conditioned buyers. Of course, megapixels on their own are a very poor way of judging camera quality, as they're indicators of the level of detail and predictor of none of the other properties of an image. In fact, seeing as how Samsung has gone for a slightly larger camera sensor with larger pixels, along with an even wider, f/1.7 lens, one could argue that the company is on the right path. The question is, do you agree? So we asked you.

According to the results of the poll, the vast majority of participants (nearly 69%) agree that Samsung is on the right path, with just ~12% opposing that statement. Just shy of 20% of voters say they're unsure—likely because they're waiting to see some side-by-side image comparisons featuring both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 (soon!).


Should more manufacturers follow Samsung with lower resolution cameras but larger pixels and lens?

It's the right way forward, others should follow
It's the wrong way forward, others shouldn't follow
I'm not sure



1. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

Well.. If we oversample the z5's 23mp or 1020's 41mp to 12-13mp, won't they be better than majority of 12mp mobile cameras??

8. matistight

Posts: 985; Member since: May 13, 2009

Do you understand that the amount of pixels goes into the Megapixels? The Lumia 1020 (which actually shoots at 38MP) picks up an 8K picture, meaning you can zoom in 8 times and still have a 1080 picture, while 12MP barely get out 4K pictures. All people care about zooming. Proof? Look at anyones snapchat videos, they normally involving zooming of some sort, all done with iphones or galaxy S devices, NEVER an htc one m7/8.

2. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Yes, because Samsung was the one to start this.

3. nscian2

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

As we probably both hold our Nexus 6p or 5x, and then those people holding their M7's and M8's

4. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Lol I've got my 6p in my hand and my S7 edge on my lap.

5. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

What are you talking about! , it was HTC first, same with most of the things on smartphones today HTC was first to popularize them.

14. Hypergy

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

Doesn't matter who starts it. If you want to go that route, samsung started A LOT of things first. Probably more than all the other companies combined. It's not about BIG or SMALL pixels. It's about good quality photos. If it takes big pixles go for it. If it takes small pixels go for it.

6. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Larger pixels and better lens lead to better image and clarity but more MP means more detailed picture

7. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Absolutely. 12MP is an "optimal" resolution for now. We can keep that resolution and do much more with it like getting better light, doing computational photography more easily, taking pictures faster, and so on. Maybe in another 3-5 years, when we've reached diminishing returns on all the other stuff, we can raise it again to 16MP or 20MP.

9. matistight

Posts: 985; Member since: May 13, 2009

Let me remind all of you that it is not about the camera, but more what you are looking at it through. Shooting 12MP on a 720P LCD display (iPhone 6S) IS A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE from shooting 12MP on a 1440P AMOLED display (Samsung S7)

10. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I'm OK with lower res. I had once owned a 5mp HTC Evo 3D. That camera was fun, and the pictures looked really good on 3D TVs (and I completely miss the dedicated snapper button). The better pictures look the better the camera (regardless of MPs).

11. bobby2803

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

When htc did it naming it ultra pixel everybody said it's stupid, and blamed camera for lack of sales. Now that Samsung is doing it, its the future.

13. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

That was my point exactly!

15. iushnt

Posts: 3096; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

4mp vs 12mp

12. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Well I just got my S7 and doing a side-by-side comparison with my S5 in a dimly lit room the difference really is like night and day and now finally I can take indoor photos that aren't a grainy mess.

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