Contradictory Samsung Galaxy S7 camera rumors surface

by: Rob TriggsNovember 3, 2015
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New devices of course mean new rumors, but not all of them end up coming to pass. We have two reported camera specifications for next year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 to bring you, but surely only one of them, if either, will end up being correct.

The first report suggests that Samsung will try to make use of Sony’s latest high-end Exmor RS IMX300 image sensor. The IMX300 features a 25-megapixel resolution and a very fast 192-point hybrid autofocus system. This is the same sensor that powers Sony’s latest flagship Xperia Z5 range, which currently tops the DxOMark camera benchmark.

For Samsung, having a best in class camera in its flagship smartphone will be a big selling point, and Sony would also likely be interested in the deal to secure more shipments for its prospering image sensor business.

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The second rumor points to Samsung using one of its own Isocell image sensors for the Galaxy S7. The big difference this time around is that the company may be looking to increase the sensor light cell size in the Galaxy S7 in order to improve camera performance, rather than opting for another increase in pixel resolution. The Isocell sensor in question is said to feature 12 megapixels, while the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ make use of 16 megapixel modules. Samsung is also said to be integrating dual-photodiode technology into its new sensor, allowing the pixel cells to double up for phase detection auto focus duties as well.

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Samsung isn’t opposed to mixing and matching camera components in its smartphones. Both a Sony Exmor and the company’s own Isocell sensors made their way into different Galaxy S6 batches, but specifications like resolution are matched to ensure consistent camera features across devices.

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Do you have a preference about which image sensor you would like to see go into the Samsung Galaxy S7?

  • 1213 1213

    I honestly don’t care for the camera much, in blind tests I can’t even tell the difference.

    • clownFace Prod.

      Same here. All modern smartphone pictures look the same to me, or at the most, they have negligible differences. Even pictures taken with HTC phones.

      • Hans Pedersen

        Sounds like you two needs to get a better display for your PCs.

        • EQ

          That and check their vision..

          • Me

            or maybe they all are so similar that it makes NO difference which one you pick. this one has better reds but not blues. this one has better blues but not greens. maybe you need to get your head checked. it is all PERSONAL TASTE.

          • EQ

            Then I can take a photo with my 2011 potato, slap an Instagram filter, resize it to 1280×960 res and call it the best ever.. Nope.

          • Me

            show me the photo take by your crappy potato. YUP.

          • EQ

            LG Optimus 2X. Didn’t even put filters on it. New winner on DxOMark. 99,8% hahaha!
            http://abload.de/img/dsc_327znsjk.jpg

          • Me

            meh not bad. is that a russet potato or a golden? like i said it all comes down to PERSONAL TASTE. ford vs. chevy, mustang vs. camaro. there is no right or wrong answer.

          • EQ

            But you see it all depends. A good camera can take good photos in difficult lighting conditions. The shot above is great in detail but the sun is strong making for the ideal photographing situation even with in context to the modern mobile cameras ‘bad camera’ as my potato is nowdays.

            In less stelar lighting conditions you can clearly see bigger and bigger difference. Low light scenarios are the fire test for cameras. In such situation my potato would fail miserably.

            And we have such difference between phone cameras still to this day. Iphones deliver below average low light photos, Samsung does quite well but destroys image with to much anti noise filters a la “bad matte painting”, LG is better and Sony outdoes them all.

          • Me

            so you are now finally getting the picture. you need your eyes checked.

          • EQ

            You need to tie your shoe laces and re-read again.

          • Me

            no. but you still need your eyes checked.

          • EQ

            Tie your shoe laces and put your glasses on.

            LG G4.
            http://abload.de/img/lgg4rkjyz.jpg

            HTC M9.
            http://abload.de/img/htcm9eqspw.jpg

          • Me

            and that is your opinion. it all comes down to how YOUR BRAIN interprets what YOUR EYES see.

          • EQ

            See photos. Game, set, match!

          • Me

            not even close

          • EQ

            So you think you are right?

          • Me

            no. but i can see you are.

          • EQ

            Well then it is all settled! :-)

          • Me

            which is better? leica, canon, fuji, nikon, olympus,pentax or sony? and why.

          • EQ

            Depends on the specs..

          • Me

            depends on what you want out of the shot and how YOU perceive the shot.

    • Cyberstriker

      Trust me there’s a big difference between Sony Exmor RS sensor and Samsung’s Isocell sensor.

      • Me

        TRUST ME. IT IS PERSONAL TASTE

      • Jesus

        ?

        Why should we trust you?

        Xperia phones have constantly sucked in all blind tests known to man, let’s be honest.

        The s6 on the other hand, has always been 1st, or second etc., and it uses an isocell or the Sony sensor (indistinguishable )…

        …so trust me, there’s little to no difference.

    • Sanka Muzikant

      this is one of the most honest comments i have seen. I agree. when I see camera comparisons, I always think ” they all look similar” as long as there is ois.

      • Example, you’re saying you don’t see if a picture is more saturated or more washed out than the other?
        Ok…

    • XDAMM

      You might want to get your eyes checked if you can’t tell the difference between pictures coming from different devices.

      This is almost like saying a McDonalds $1 menu burger tastes the same as a Carl’s Jr thickburger, they’re similar but not the same.

    • Typhoon859

      Well, that’s just your ignorance.

  • Kiss my Asthma

    I think it’s pretty clear that yes while the camera is a very important component, most consumers currently care about battery. I mean come on Samsung, a 3000 mAh in a 5.7″ phablet is ridiculous.

  • RiTCHiE

    Shame Samsung makes poop products

    • Me

      crapple doesnt think so. a lot of the components in the crapple phone are made by samsung.

      • RiTCHiE

        But I dont care bout apple tho. But if I had to pick 1 out of the 2 it would be apple. But lucku my world has more then 2 brands so I bought a Xperia z5 compact

        • Jesus

          Made a mistake bro

  • Chester

    For those of us who are shutterbugs, or not blind, camera is hugely important and there are major differences in the market although the gaps are closing. I personally use my phone to capture images of my family and all sorts of things to be honest. I don’t have just a ton of pics from when I was a child, so i want to ensure that isn’t true for my own children. Carrying a camera around all the time can be impractical at best. So my phone’s ability to quickly focus on a 3 yr old actively running around, while getting good stabilization, bringing in enough light, and getting good focus is actually pretty important. A phones ability to quickly launch the camera application and be ready to take a picture, it’s low light performance, video performance, etc., are all major considerations in a phone purchase for me. All of that said, a quality camera on a new phone can actually be a deciding factor in a purchase.

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    • clownFace Prod.

      Meh. I’d rather actually play with my kid, instead of trying to get a perfect picture of them. Is your memory of your child gonna change depending on the slightly different of exposure in the picture?

      • Chester

        That’s rather the point. I’d like to get a good picture without a ton of effort leaving more time to play with my child. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • SuperStarMAUI.com

    You may find 1 or 2 people who care about the camera. I have the galaxy s4 and my camera is a great camera and good enough.
    What people care about is a big enough REMOVABLE BATTERY, the ability to add a MICRO SD CARD, and WATER RESISTANCE.
    These features were loved by consumers and after the Galaxy s5, samsung removed them. This shows that Samsung DOES NOT care about the wants and needs of their cinsumers.
    Samsung knows that when the battery gets old, they make more money with a non removable baytery, because people have to buy a new phone. But if it’s removable, they can just replace the battery and go on their happy way.
    Same with the non expansive memory. When they trade up to their new phone, if you can’t just put in your old micro sd card, you have to pay samsung for their 64gb or 128gb internal memory each time.
    They also know that a certain amount of phones get water damaged. They like that, because that forces those people to buy a new phone.
    I KNOW IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, BUT DON’T BE JERK ABOUT IT. GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT.

    • Hans Pedersen

      Samsung is the biggest mover in Android this year. The year they ditched removable batteries, SD cards and IP ratings. I think you should stop trying to state your personal opinions and wishes as if they are the general opinion on things. :D

      • V-Phuc

        Nothing wrong about stating his own opinion. Just like you’re entitled to think Samsung is God this year. I doubt he’s the only one on this planet upset with what Samsung has done to their flagship phones. All the points he raised are relevant, at least from the business POV. Sammy definitely makes more money (or hopes to) by forcing people to adapt to non-removable battery, exclusive Cloud storage or only internal storage, etc. If you fail to see these points, business-wise, then I can’t help you.
        BTW, there are rumors that Samsung may use Qualcomm next process, Snapdragon 820, that can support microSD. Nothing official yet, but let’s wait and see.

        • Hans Pedersen

          Read what I wrote and reply to that instead.

          “What people care about is…”

          That is not stating your own opinion. That is desperately trying to make a made up opinion sound like it’s a general idea, even though actual facts points to the complete opposite.

          • Carlo Acetre

            Where I live, the casual Samsung user doesn’t use microSD cards or have removable batteries. My parents, my friends, and my siblings; all of whom couldn’t care less about tech, have non of these. The majority of consumers actually demanded that Samsung ditch the plastic build. It’s just the vocal minority moaning about the SD cards and batteries.

          • V-Phuc

            where I live, people care about such issues. Does it make one of us NOT relevant and the other relevant? Besides, the last time I check, the complaints are reasonable. It’s not like people ask Samsung to make a phone that can read their thoughts! No need to bow down and prostrate just because the phone is made by Samsung.

          • Me

            http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/11/01/weekend-poll-what-is-more-important-to-you-on-a-phone-battery-life-display-camera-or-update-support/

            according to the poll, camera is third in the list. battery is MORE important. maybe shut up and learn something.

          • Hans Pedersen

            A poll on the nerdiest Android site on the internet? Yeah, let’s use that as a reference instead of real world sales. How can I be so dumb to use sources like that while your 200 nerd buddies obviously knows better? :D

          • Me

            And it is obvious you dont know shit and your opinion matters to no one.

          • Hans Pedersen

            I see that’s more or less your response everybody. You know, maybe you should check your head? Seems like you’re not doing quite all right up there, buddy.

          • Me

            ok pedo, whatever you think is correct but only in your head.

          • Hans Pedersen

            I wonder what the suicide rate among professional trolls like you is? I’m guessing it’s a lot higher than the average, you know, considering what you do.

          • mobilemann

            the irony in this. You’re a massive troll, who talks about stuff he doesn’t even know about. Good to see nothing’s changed hans.

          • Hans Pedersen

            Says the guy who actually subscribed to my discus account just to make sure you can troll on everything. Well, guy or account? More like account, right?

          • mobilemann

            I don’t respond unless i see you in an article i’m interested, not my fault your mouth resembles a diarrhea fountain of bullshit information with no citations

          • Me

            Must not be that high because you dumb ass is still alive.

          • mobilemann

            @disqus_qI8nJ6Pzhb:disqus, @disqus_owgoGmHUkr:disqus does this regularly. He likes telling people their opinions are wrong, and feels justified, all while being caught with wrong facts about competitors devices he’s never used. It’s pathetic, but he doesn’t understand.

          • Chester

            No two people see the same, you said so yourself. The battery is more important, to you. Camera is to me. Would I straight skip past a 2700 mAh in a flagship sporting big quad display for a deluxe camera? … uhm yeah, probably so. All about that balance too. Couldn’t care less about micro SD cards or removable batteries though. Just make the internal big enough on both accounts. For a lot of consumers that is one less thing to think about. But to each his own.

          • V-Phuc

            Exactly what I replied to. You don’t agree with what he though was important. And what makes your thoughts about what’s important more relevant than his? You have anything to back it up? For those who say that such and such feature are not important for the common user, I beg to see the comprehensive data. I bet that your cohort consists of your family and a couple of co-workers/friends, nothing exceeds 20 people. Statistically speaking, 20 are NOTHING. So the next time, when you states”well the majority of users (and by that, you mean your little cohort) doesn’t care, bla bla bla…”, you may want to refrain to say that. Who knows,what if the number of people he knows is 200 vs your 20?

          • mobilemann

            ” And what makes your thoughts about what’s important more relevant than his?” @V-Phuc

            He doesn’t get it. I’ve seen that kid comment for years (and get banned from more neutral websites like engadget) and hans is mostly a platform cheerleader, but it’s good to see it’s more pathetic than that, an OEM cheer leader.

      • SuperStarMAUI.com

        You should read all the comments under all the articles right before the S6 was released and also articles after it was released.
        Many, many people were outraged over their decision to drop the micro sd,non removable battery and water resistance. In fact many were saying they were done with samsung forever. I had been waiting for the S6. And unfortunately, I am still stuck with my S4.if the S6 or Note 5 had kept those 3 features above, it would have been the cell of my dreams. Right now I don’t know what phone to buy.

    • coldspring22 .

      Everybody’s priorities are different. Some people want removable battery/SD card/ IR blaster/water proof etc, but other people want gorgeous looking unibody phone. So Samsung should cater to both groups. I never understood why Samsung, a huge engineering company, churns out so many different models of mid-range and low-end phones, yet cannot produce two variants of it’s flagship phones which make them lot of money. Samsung should give it’s premium customers MORE CHOICE!

  • Cyberstriker

    As long Samsung has laser focus camera with better low light performance the Isocell sensor is the way to go with better accuracy, also Samsung make sure there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 this time around cause octa-core Exynos processors suck Samsung for American market.

  • Roberto Tomás

    not really contradictory, they release a slew of variants in different markets. :) that said, ISO pixel size doesn’t really matter, and this would be a mistake from the perspective of digital zoom. Total picture quality at 16MP and 1/2 square inch is roughly equal (though actually very slightly lower) to that of 12MP and 1/2 square inch… individual pixel noise is higher, but that is lost just by downsizing the image in post.