Samsung: The Evolution of Their Mobile Phone Cameras

February 13, 2015 - Written By Cory McNutt

As the date nears for Samsung to introduce their new Galaxy S6, they have been throwing out many teasers our way – and with good reason…this new Galaxy S6 may help decide where Samsung ranks in the smartphone industry.  One topic that Samsung has hit hard is that of the camera ‘area’ on the device…both the main shooter and the front facing camera (FFC).  Samsung has always incrementally improved their cameras from one generation to the next, but now they are finally and publically, declaring the new importance that cameras play on our smartphones.  They have even taken this to the selfie camera, telling us the importance it plays in this generations’ social media circles.  Today, Samsung has thrown out one of their infamous infographics on “The Evolution of Cameras on Samsung Mobile Phone.”

The first mobile phone camera dates back to 2000 when Samsung introduced the SCH-V200 with a VGA (0.3 MP) camera…mostly used for taking a picture of an individual to use as their contact photo – there was no posting to Facebook back then!  In 2002, Samsung’s SCH-X590 mobile phone camera would actually rotate to allow the first ‘Selfie’ photos, while the sensor went from 0.3 MP to 0.11 MP.  Their 2003 model, SCH-V420, jumped the pixels up to 1.3 MP in what they called their ‘swing-style folding camera’ that allowed pictures to be taken from various angles.  In 2004, the SCH-S250, raised the pixels to a whopping 5.0 MP, and the collapsible screen gave users a chance to use two screen sizes, with the larger one ideal for taking photos. The year 2005 saw Samsung introduce their wide-angle and telescopic lens in their model SCH-V770 with a 7.0 MP sensor.

Jumping to 2010, Samsung introduced their Galaxy S with a 5.0 MP main camera and Panorama Shot that allowed users to capture more than what could be seen on the screen…they also included a VGA FFC for selfies.  In 2011, they added Auto Focus and a LED Flash on the Galaxy SII with an 8.0 MP main sensor and a 1.9MP FFC.  The Samsung Galaxy SIII used the same cameras, but added Burst Shot, allowing the user to instantly take up to 20 continuous photos.  In 2013, the Galaxy S4 was given a 13MP main sensor and 2.0 MP FFC and a feature called Dual Shot that allowed you to simultaneously use the front and rear cameras at the same time and then blend the two photos together into one complete photo.

Samsung released the Galaxy S5 in 2014, along with a 16 MP sensor for the main camera with the ability to take Real-Time High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos and a 2.0 MP FFC .  HDR allowed the user to reproduce the natural light and color, in what would otherwise be a darken area.  The Galaxy Note 4 added Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to the main camera and a 3.7 MP FFC with f1.9 that offers a 90-degree default angle and up to 120-degree wide-angle to allow a true ‘group selfie.’  On the new Galaxy A series the FFC was increased to 5.0 MP and introduced new photo features such as ‘Wide Selfie,’ ‘Palm Selfie,’ ‘Animated GIF’ and enhanced ‘Beauty Face’ features.

We can only imagine what Samsung has in store for use on the new Galaxy S6 – with their self-proclaimed emphasis on picture taking, we can only hope that this rhetoric will translate into the best smartphone cameras available.  Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know what you would like to see in the new Galaxy S6 camera…as always, we would love to hear from you.

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