The Samsung Galaxy S7 (and S7 edge) has been unveiled, and its stunning camera might just be the best we’ve ever seen on a smartphone.
So let’s have a look at how Samsung has managed to take its photography to a whole new level.
Dual Pixel technology for better focus
The S7 camera has 12MP, which is actually quite a bit lower than the 16MP on last year’s S6. But that doesn’t make it worse. Check out this Samsung Galaxy S7 camera sample.
The big difference is that the S7 uses something called Dual Pixel technology, which means each pixel has two light sensors instead of one.
Dual Pixel technology on the S7 speeds up autofocus by letting the phone use all 12 million pixels to focus almost instantaneously. To put this into perspective, traditional smartphone cameras use less than 5% of their pixels to help them focus.
This means the S7 camera can focus three times faster than the S6 - that’s as quick as your own eyes. With this incredibly accurate auto-focus, you get much more vivid shots, even when objects are moving.
This Dual Pixel technology isn't completely new and unheard of – it’s already on some of the best DSLR cameras. But it’s certainly streets ahead of anything that we’ve seen on a smartphone before.
Better low light performance
The Galaxy S7 has a new Sony IMX260 camera sensor, which Samsung says captures 95% more light than the IMX240 sensor that was in the S6 thanks to much larger pixels.
On top of the bright new sensor, the lens uses an ultra-wide f/1.7 aperture, which you’d normally only see on professional cameras, to let in even more light.
With so much more light to use, the Galaxy S7 can take bright, colourful photos even after the sun’s set.
More fun features than ever before
It’s not just about new camera hardware – Samsung has also packed some great software features in to the S7 camera.
First up, there’s ‘motion photo’, which captures a three-second video before you press the shutter, and lets you select the moment you want to preserve as a still photo.
Then there’s something called ‘motion panorama’, which captures moving subjects in a panoramic image. It’s almost like having an amazing looking panoramic video.
And let’s not forget the front-facing 5MP camera, which has a ‘spotlight’ mode where you can highlight some of your best features when you take a selfie. There’s also a selfie-flash that uses the phone’s entire display to light up your face with a soft glow rather than a harsh flash.
If you’re after a phone that takes jaw-dropping photos, then the S7 and S7 edge should really be top of your list. And the great news is that you can pre-order them both now and get them three days before general release.