Samsung blew the world away in many ways with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge at their unveiling this past Sunday at Mobile World Congress 2015. Samsung’s newest flagships feature the highest end specs of any smartphone out there including Samsung’s brand new Exynos 7420 processor, a tweaked version of the Sony Exmor240 sensor found in the Galaxy Note 4, and plenty of other goodies as well. The camera is almost always the talk of the town when it comes to a new Android flagship, with many manufacturers not just tweaking sensors or using the newest ones on the block, but the software that runs the show too.
Samsung’s newest pair of smartphone cameras has tons of features and a brand new interface to make things easier for everyone. There’s also a brand new manual mode that gives professional photographers and everyone else significantly more control over how the final scene comes out. The new manual mode in Samsung’s camera software isn’t just the work of Samsung’s newest user interface and software refresh though, it’s powered by Google’s brand new Camera2 API that shipped with Android 5.0 Lollipop last year. To put things plainly Camera2 API gives app developers full access to the hardware elements of the camera on board your smartphone. When a phone that’s equipped with Android 5.0 Lollipop supports Camera2 API a whole new world of photography is opened up to the end user.
As a standard way of controlling your phone’s image sensor and the other components related to the camera, Camera2 API isn’t just available for the built-in camera app either. Other apps out there such as L Camera and Manual Camera that require Camera2 API support on your phone to run, and others like Camera FV-5 that have extra features when Camera2 API support is detected. It’s this support detection in Manual Camera that’s tipped us off to full support of Camera2 API on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and it’s that support that’s very likely going to help push the S6’s camera into the land of nearly unbeatable smartphone cameras. Since these apps give users significantly more control over their photography taking experience you can delve into the nitty gritty of what makes photography so great instead of having to rely on your smartphones sometimes not so smart software to do all the work.