A Sharper Look at the Galaxy Note 7’s 12-megapixel Camera

Earlier today, Samsung finally, officially announced the Galaxy Note 7 to the world. As many of the leaks and rumors have been alluding to, this year’s Galaxy Note has turned out to be quite the device, and one that offers users a lot of new features, while seeing the return of some favorites from the series as well. On the inside, the Galaxy Note 7 is as powerful, if not more so, than the majority of other smartphones on the market, but many will be wondering about its camera. Those that feel it’s important to have a quality camera experience in a smartphone will be pleased to hear that Samsung have not slouched here.

Just as with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge earlier this year, Samsung has gone with a larger sensor, rather than more megapixels for the rear-facing camera on the Galaxy Note 7. This time around, we’re looking at a 12-megapixel sensor, complete with dual-pixel autofocusing, which promises focus times quicker than your average smartphone and there are new focus modes here, too. These allow users to focus close up, leaving a blurry background, as well as the reverse and of course making sure the whole picture is in focus. If you’ve seen the pictures created by the Galaxy S7 series of devices, then you’ll know what to expect from the Galaxy Note 7. While the sensor and underlying hardware might be the same, Samsung is keen to point out the Galaxy Note 7 has an array of excellent Pro camera modes, allowing people to take control of the exposure, white balance and even shutter speed when capturing their perfect shot. As we can see in the gallery of official images from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 7 is clearly capable of taking great photos. The low light performance has been improved here, and the whole range of settings will allow users to capture everything they want, rather than ending up with just what the camera's auto mode wants to give them.

The camera has always been important in any Galaxy Note device, and Samsung is keen to point out a thinner camera bump is here, as well as the same larger 1.4µm pixels as the Galaxy S7 to capture more natural detail. We'll have to put the rear-facing camera through its paces fully in order to see what's different compared to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but for now, take a look at Samsung's own samples down below.

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Tom Dawson

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