The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 have a great camera. The Note adds optical image stabilization to the S5’s comprehensive camera specification, but both are close to the best in the industry, if not the best. For the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung improved matters in many respects. The sensor is a 16MP Sony Exmor RS unit with a bright, wide f/1.9 lens complete with optical image stabilization. Samsung have used a 5MP front having camera complete with a similar f/1.9 lens assembly, too. The software interface has been split between a normal mode and a Pro mode, which gives customers the choice of a largely automatic mode or access to similar manual controls as one might find on a DSLR camera.
There is a couple of noteworthy features. One is speed, including how quickly the camera starts up – Samsung state that it is ready in 0.7 seconds, which is achieved by having the camera standby powered up and ready to roll as soon as the device is powered up. The other side of the speed equation is smartphone also has a very quick auto focus function, too, which is important when trying to capture that perfect image. There’s also real time HDR, or High Dynamic Range, for the front facing camera. HDR is a way of increasing the ratio of light and dark through taking three separate images and combining them; it’s perfect for certain situations including low light photography and means that a backlit selfie, for example, can always look great. Samsung have included a manual as well as an automatic mode for the S6’s HDR mode, meaning you can disable it if you need to. The final performance advantage of the S6 compared with the S5 is the much quicker internal memory chip, which accelerates how quickly the device can store photographs and HD video.
The optical image stabilization works great when combined with object autofocus tracking. This means that when we are filming a fast moving object, the camera and software do all the hard work for us by keeping it in focus. This may be combined with improvements to the software when it comes to composing a video: customers can change the speed of video playback, meaning you can get the perfect output for your fans on social media.
The days of simply increasing the number of megapixels in the rear camera and perhaps bundling a flash are well and truly behind us! The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge has much promise for the rear camera. Have a look at Samsung’s video clip below and let us know what you think.