Galaxy S7 Edge has the best smartphone camera according to DxOMark

by: Bogdan PetrovanMarch 18, 2016
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Another year, another top position for Samsung flagships in DxOMark’s mobile cameras ranking.

The Galaxy S7 Edge just took the crown from the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Xperia Z5, which until today ranked first with 87 points. The Galaxy S7 Edge scored 88 points in both photo and video performance, an unprecedented achievement.

The respected DxOMark reviewers praised the Galaxy S7 Edge’s excellent exposure and contrast, that make the phone a great choice for landscape photography. But the S7 Edge obtained the highest score (94 points) in the Autofocus section, where its dual-pixel phase detection technology allowed it to obtain “outstanding” results.

The Galaxy S7 Edge also received particularly good scores for the texture (91 points) and noise levels (89 points) of its images. Flash performance was another area where the Edge excelled, according to DxOMark.

In terms of weaker points, DxOMark noted a slight yellow cast that is visible in scenes with tungsten illumination, partial clipping of highlight areas in scenes with high dynamic range, and some ringing.

On the video side, the S7 Edge earned accolades for its excellent autofocus, stabilization, and low noise levels.

Here are the full scores:

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Zooming out to the big picture, Samsung now has four of the top five positions in the DxOMark ranking. Only the Xperia Z5 (now sharing second place) can compete, while the iPhone 6S Plus comes in sixth.

We praised the Galaxy S7 Edge camera in our review, though we have to note that there are some slight differences between the model containing a Sony IMX260 sensor and the model featuring Samsung’s homegrown ISOCELL S5K2L1. Regardless which model you get, you can rest assured that your camera is the best on the smartphone market.

Read next: Samsung Galaxy S7 review

  • Captain Spaulding

    According to DxOMark…
    I have the S7 and no it doesn’t take the best photos or videos. iPhone 6S takes far better photos and videos. I have both so I know. But the S7 is my primary phone.

    • Cakefish

      I personally disagree but you’re perfectly entitled to your opinion.

      • Osakwe tochukwu

        Iphone 6scamera is nno where near even note 4 in came quality. Let it first defeat note 4 s6 and note 5 before coming for s7

    • Not trolling, just curious. Why would you not use the phone with the better camera as your main?

      • Diego

        I think android just works better for him.

        • Phillip

          Nope like you he’s just trolling even apple own YouTube channel have had to admit the gs7 is better

          • Diego

            I’m apparently trolling because I have a different opinion.
            thats total logic

    • Nallaikumaran

      S7 and S7 EDGE, Both have same sensors.

      Check out camera expert site- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, Sony, and Galaxy Note 5 gets Top ranking (camera) on DxOMark, Sorry iPhone 6s, old Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ still best.

    • Zach Chen

      You’re wrong, I also have both and the S7 Edge handily beats the iphone…

    • Slaughter

      I have both at home and… no, just no.

    • Phillip

      Dude stop your trolling you know you don’t have a gs7 ….and why would you as you said you have the best phone already so why would you buy a inferior product as you say

  • hoggleboggle

    Until they test the Lumia 950/xl they haven’t tested the best on the market. The camera on that phone is phenomenal, particularly with the ability to shoot in raw.

    • Andreas Larsson

      So whats so special about that camera then?

    • Don’t know about other features but you can shoot RAW on S7 also on Note 5 and S6

    • Phillip

      Once again that phone and the nexus came out last year they both had a half a year to have there camera tested . Didn’t see ether one grab any head lines on there camera

    • Diego

      You’re going to get hate from this comment.

  • Cakefish

    I upgraded from my Sony Z5 Compact earlier than I usually would primarily for the better camera in the S7, despite the Xperia having a great camera anyway. Now my purchase has been validated. I am very happy with this outcome!

  • Allyn K C

    Now I’m curious if they tested an S7 Edge with the Sony sensor or the Samsung sensor?

    • Nallaikumaran

      Both have same picture quality, Open ur eyes Check out Photos. This is ridiculous,

      • Allyn K C

        Not the same – but very similar; the difference between the two is very slight. Both cameras are excellent quality, but it’s incorrect to claim they are the same.

        Multiple online reviews (including one just a day or two ago on this website) have pointed out the minor variances – with the Sony-made sensor producing slight sharper images but with warmer tones in outdoor lighting; and the Samsung sensor having slightly better dynamic range, pulling more detail into dark areas of otherwise brightly lit areas.

        Granted, these differences are very slight – and the overall result would be difficult for the unaided eye to pick out in many photos. But if a site is going to perform a technical review of hardware, they should state which of the two possible sensors is being rated. Better yet would be if they did a second review of an otherwise identical S7 Edge using the alternate sensor – but I don’t expect that to happen.

        • Hans Pedersen

          Nonsense. Utter nonsense.
          All big manufacturers source components for their devices. For instance, Apple use all sorts of displays, storage and processors on their phones. Xioami use different displays on their phones, probably other things in there from various manufacturers as well. The just all source the parts with standard requirements, to keep a consistent desired quality level on what they put their name on. Why pretend this is relevant now? I’m guessing it’s just a sign of how excellent Samsung has made this phone. The haters are just grasping for straws now.

          • balcobomber25

            None of what you just argued has anything to do with his comment. It is always relevant when the same model phone uses multiple components from different manufacturers. There are speed tests done between the Exnyos and SD versions of the S7 done all the time, there should be camera shootouts done too. Oftentimes the differences are minimal because of Samsung’s software (they optimize the phones to operate the same regardless of the chip) but the trained eye can pick up subtle differences.

          • Hans Pedersen

            …which happens with processors, displays, storage and everything too. So, your point is?

          • balcobomber25

            His point and my point is they should do a comparison between the two phones. Somehow that sent you off on a tangent that had nothing to do with his point.

          • Hans Pedersen

            I guess you’re new to this site, as AA has done that , surprise surprise, the differences are so marginal that you’ll only notice them if you know what you’re looking for.
            That is my point. The fact that you can’t accept that is the problem here. You getting upset that Samsung actually have proper QC. That they know what they’re doing.

          • balcobomber25

            Lol no one is talking about Samsung QC. You’re having a completely separate argument than anything him or I said, which is kind of hilarious.

          • Hans Pedersen

            I guess everything is hilarious if you’re dumb enough.
            “His point and my point is they should do a comparison between the two phones.”
            “I guess you’re new to this site, as AA has done that , surprise surprise, the differences are so marginal that you’ll only notice them if you know what you’re looking for.”

            Tell me, what’s so hilarious having people help you with things you’re too dumb to figure out yourself? :D

          • balcobomber25

            Maybe it is, I am sure you could tell us being one of the if not the dumbest people here.

            Are you suggesting the fine folks of AA wouldn’t know what to look for? There are plenty of sites which have done comparisons of the SD vs Exnyos versions of both phones and they do find differences, and not just “marginal” differences either. That has nothing to do with Samsungs QC, it has to do with two inherently different components performing the same task.

    • Phillip

      Does it matter this camera has been taking all the rewards since it came out

      • Allyn K C

        That should be “these cameras”, not “this camera” – technically, the S7 series use two different camera sensors interchangeably. The quality of the two are very close, but not quite identical.

        Both camera sensors are great quality – and I see no reason a user can’t be completely satisfied regardless of which one they get.

        My question was more out of curiosity – I would like to know if each sensor’s strength over the other offset each other resulting in an overall tied score – or if DxOMark would rate a slight difference in final score depending on how DxOMark weighted the advantages of each in the final score tally.

      • RunningGreat

        From what I’ve seen the ISOCELL does provide a little better image than the Sony sensor. But not a huge margin.

  • That One Guy

    I have seen tons of samples and I believe they made a mistake with the camera this year. It takes nice pictures but the note 5 takes better pictures than their new phones. Also, I have seen their low light photos and they have a lot of noise in them. Sad really!

    • sachouba

      If the Note 5 really took better photos than the S7, it would be on top position of DxOMark. ;)
      There is a lot less noise on the S7’s photos than on the S6’s / Note 5’s.

      • legendlord4751

        DxOMark is not the only camera authority out there. Remember that some things look better to different people. Like music, photography is subjective.

      • Phillip

        This guy is just trolling I have the 7 and n5 they both take very good day light pictures . But the difference is the low light focus speed and the larger aperture. Also the gs7 shots 240 fps slow motion and can shoot full raw files as a hobbyist photographer I can appreciate all this

  • Nallaikumaran

    DxOMark names the Galaxy S7 edge as the best smartphone camera ever tested. This is the highest smartphone score ever given on the DxOMark (Camera expert site).

    • robinottawa

      Which means it is a very good camera, but “best” is always subjective, young fellow.

      • Andreas Larsson

        “Best” is about as far from subjective you can get when talking about measurable data

  • Mohammad Hussain

    The camera on the s7 devices are pretty impressive but not best all the time. Even MKBHD said that his Nexus 6P took better low light pics but overall it’s a beast of a camera

    • Nexus 6p has got tons of updates. Wait for S7 to get 1/2 updates I’m sure low light performace will increase because it has f/1.7 aperture

    • Nallaikumaran

      MKBHD – Who fucking cares. DxOMark names the Galaxy S7 edge as the best smartphone camera ever tested (Says Camera expert). MKBHD is a Camera expert?

    • X-47B

      MKBHD also said 16nm better than 14nm because it causes less heat. He’s a noob, and nothing more.

      • Diego

        16nm is actually better then 14nm at power consumption.

        • Andreas Larsson

          It consumes more power yes, but thats not what one wants in a mobile. 14nm produce less heat than 16nm and is more power efficient

      • Phillip

        If any of the trolls watch mkbhd video. The very first thing he said was this is the best cell phone camera that he’s ever used . Sounds pretty convincing to me

    • Phillip

      Hah mkbhd is a nice YouTube reviewer but he’s know photographer. He’s one opinion against most of the photographer industry…..sorry I’ll take there word for it . By the way the nexus 6p came out last year and hardly no body made a fuss over its camera like they have for the gs7 it’s a beast

    • jasonlowr

      Mkbhd is nothing but a dumb arse. Whatever he says in his videos either show him as a noob or he needs a life.

    • RunningGreat

      MKBHD is biased. Anyone who knows anything about phones can tell. I’m not even joking.

  • Andrew Hope

    Right, I’m an S7 Edge owner, but I’m also a photographer. Please don’t take DXO mark as gospel people. Their whole business model is based on OEMs paying for their review and rating. To me, that leaves it open to abuse and for potential lack of objectivity and bias. Because of this, there are major camera & lens makers that don’t even have ratings, so you don’t get the full picture. Ye, it’s a great camera, but you’d be better off taking real world reviews such those from AA, over this…

    • Osakwe tochukwu

      So we should take ur words over a firm that deals on photography staffed by professionals…oh pulease get a life

      • Diego

        Its like you didn’t even reed his comment.
        He was saying that DXO was getting paid by android OEMs to put out biased reviews.
        Also, as other people in this comment section have pointed out, the camera of the s7 is nothing to write home about.
        Its a pretty good camera, but not that good.

        • X-47B

          So how much good it is? You got a number?

          • Diego

            From 1 to 10, I would give it a 7.

        • Osakwe tochukwu

          Why are u in denial that the camera is awesome. Dxo rated it the best thats all i wanna hear. The same 12mp is on the iphone yet it blasts the iphone 6s and 6splus to oblivion. That says a lot. Im sure if its any other oem that was rated the best u wont make all these ur comments. The camera is the best so far, end of story. You can argue till nxt millenia it doesnt change the fact that its the best camera.

          • Diego

            I’m not “in denial” of anything.
            Like I said, its a good camera, but nothing to write home about.

          • Hans Pedersen

            I can literally hear your sulking while reading this.

          • Diego

            Try harder.

      • Diego

        And just because they happen to be experts doesn’t mean they can’t be corrupted.

        • Hans Pedersen

          Out of “an anonymous account on an internet comment section” and a professional company trusted by the industry to measure and improve their technologies, you know who I’ll trust when I get facts about a device I’m looking into? Yeah, not that random FUD account on the internet…. :D

          • Diego

            I would recommend dp reviews over DXO.

          • Phillip

            That funny cause last year dp pick the gs6 as the best camera of 2015 . Don’t think there’s any chance the gs7 gonna lose that crown this year I have both a note 5 and the new edge 7
            And the low light shots are crazy good and the focus speed is faster then my a58 Sony

          • Diego

            uhhh, the king of dp was actually a panasonic phone.

          • Surfer

            Have you seen the size of that Panasonic? It’s a gargantuan lens phone compared to the GS6. But for the GS6’s lens size, it beats the pants off every smart phone in its class. So DP reviews just iced it.

          • Diego

            so?
            That panasonic is the only phone thats closer to a real camera.

          • Hans Pedersen

            Then you trust DxOmark, as DP Review reference their data in their own reviews… :D

        • Phillip

          Haha you again the resident Samsung hater that shows up on every Samsung forums. So every magazine and most of the tech sites and YouTube all said the gs7 is the best camera . But we should take your word ….not

        • Andreas Larsson

          Just because they can be corrupted doesn’t mean they are

      • RunningGreat

        So many sore losers. The way these minds work when it’s not to their liking. Well guess what, Samsung is KING in the mobile phone world. (Im sure in many other areas as well) Give respect where it’s due.

      • robinottawa

        We got where we are in science and technology not by selling snake oil to the masses but by being educated and skeptical.

        The day experts are not challenged is the day science becomes religion.

        • Osakwe tochukwu

          Before one challenges an expert he or she should make sure hes an expert too or atleast conduct ur own research and show ur procedures and results to the public not commenting on a blog that a professional can be corrupted. Anybody can be corrupted thats a known fact but tthe masses saw the samples and many are in favour of the result not cos they gain anything out of it but cos they saw the samples and pass the judgement themselves based on that they saw.

      • Bur

        Z5 was best before the S7… we all saw how that one performed… (not saying s7 is bad, it’s the best cameraphone I ever have owned, but the Z5 was really not worthy of the top spot… ever.)

        • Osakwe tochukwu

          Well i ve not seen the camera comparison btween the z5 and other top shots in the camera dpt but now that u ve mentioned it let me check out z5 note5 and s6 edgeplus on youtube.

    • Nallaikumaran

      Ahahaha…Dude seriously??? The only idiot, in my opinion, is you. Don’t try to think we are all dumb here.

      • Diego

        You lost all credibility with that comment.

        • Osakwe tochukwu

          Who cares about yr lame credibility..like its something special. S7 camera is the best.

        • Nallaikumaran

          Are you a dumb? ‘He’s an insane.

          • Diego

            I won’t even bother.

    • Phillip

      I to am a photographer and there picks have been spot on . The gs6 had the best camera last year and the gs7 has moved the needle again every photography magazine has been picking the gs7 . Last time I looked into didn’t see one Samsung add in the photographer magazine of any kind

      • RiTCHiE

        Thats called good marketing :) But samsung does indeed make good camera’s and love how fast it boots and can take shots. But kinda wish they went with a high MP so you can crop more and zoom in more on the picture.

        • The-Sailor-Man

          .They will go with higher MP soon or later.
          But this tech is new now so they couldn’t right now.

      • Andrew Hope

        In actual fact, the G4 was better in lowlight than pretty much anything else & the S6 did a slightly better job with IQ & exposure in daylight. The S6 does a better job in auto, the G4 had full manual controls & the V10 added full manual controls to video so it was a case of no clear winner really. From a software point of view the G4 also went upto ISO3200. The S6 camera app only went upto 800 & 1600 on 3rd party apps. An example of DXO listings being misleading, is the Z5 variants were top according to them last year, but because of Sony’s awful software & processing, coupled with a high mp count with a small sensor, makes for not great lowlight performance…

    • Daggett Beaver

      “real world reviews such those from AA”

      Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!! oh.. you were serious?

    • The-Sailor-Man

      Let me guess! You are iboy, just like AA.
      How do you think DXO will lose their credibility and job for some black money? Are you insane?
      If it’s about some money , Apple have and pay more. Ask the tech media guys.

      • Andrew Hope

        The last iPhone I owned was 2008 actually, but please do carry in with your informed opinions. I own an S7 Edge, currently actually, it’s called being objective…

      • Andrew Hope

        So, if that’s the case then Genius, then why don’t DXO monetize the business an alternative way, other than taking money for reviews? Do you not realise, that only reviewing products that are paid for by OEMs, calls into question credibility & journalistic integrity by anyone with any semblance of intelligence? Obviously, that excludes you!

    • robinottawa

      Correct. Don’t even take the gospel as gospel. Are we still in the middle ages or what?

      • Andrew Hope

        It’s a phrase, I’m a devout atheist…

  • zack

    I have both the iPhone 6S Plus and the S7 (and S6). Except for dynamic range in certain situations, the Samsung’s are in a completely different league.

  • Kevin Davis

    well,whether it matters or not,it would be pretty much an obvious revelation to state which sensor they tested.

  • Phillip

    Is a photo hobbyist I can appreciate the Galaxy S7 Edge this cameras Beast on a couple of photo shoots I have even used it exclusively and it’s gotten great results

  • BenGezarit

    That camera sucks big time. S6 makes better pics by far.
    Only fanboys can praise that horrible disaster as the best camera on the phone market….

    • DaveE43

      Why so? every review and comparison i’ve seen says otherwise.

  • Andrew White

    LG’s new G5 or the little older V10 don’t get mention/rating or simply haven’t yet been tested.
    A comparison please.

  • Degus Jacoby Pradana

    The King is back again, and still the rule! All hail Samsung! Lol

  • Samson Okoro

    Look at these biased clowns at Android Authority. Last year when the z5 held the crown for long they never agreed it was the best camera in a smartphone. They even disputed it and hardly made reference to the analysis in their reviews. The made it seem like the Z5 wasn’t all that and didn’t agree with dxo mark. But now the guys at dxo mark are much respected, I no longer rate AA as a site that’s credible for tech information. You guys are a disgrace to professionalism

    • The-Sailor-Man

      AA are always bashing Samsung. Where have you been.
      Last year GS6 and Z5 were both on the top , ignorant.
      Tie !

    • Andreas Larsson

      Z5 never held the crown, only s6. Z5 at best shared the crown

  • Da Fuq

    Every new phone has the best camera according to them…

    • The-Sailor-Man

      No!! You are wrong.
      Only Samsung’s cameras last years were the best.
      Last year Sony was tie with GS6, though.

  • robinottawa

    “…The respected DxOMark…”

    This is debatable. Why don’t you do a little research and reading instead of just assuming that they are god.

    At LEAST, provide some competitive scores for context.

  • Rohit Raja

    Dat Autofocus….Unreal…..

  • Don Draper

    One more point than the S6, not like it’s the biggest update ever.