We already know a fair bit about what to expect with the upcoming Galaxy S5, but one of the last remaining pieces of the puzzle is the handset’s camera. The other day we found out that Samsung is planning to make use of an all new flash LED for the Galaxy S5, which it will be showing off at MWC, and now Sammobile has managed to obtain detailed information about the Galaxy S5 camera, including the range of software functions that Samsung will be packing into its new flagship device.
For a start, the 16 megapixel sensor expectations appear to be confirmed, and will capture pictures of different sizes from 2.4MP up to 16MP. We’re still currently unsure exactly which sensor technology will be making its way into the Galaxy S5, I’m personally hoping to see what Samsung’s new ISOCELL technology can do. The camera will be able to choose between different ISO levels, from ISO100 to up to ISO800, and there will be the standard auto option as well. The Galaxy S5 camera will also be able to shoot 4K resolution video at 30fps, and can capture 1080p footage at a full 60fps.
The latest news also includes a new innovation, the traditional physical camera button will be replaced with a new technology called “side touch”. Instead of a physical button, Samsung has opted for a small sensor, in the usual place at the bottom right side of the handset, which is activated by a simple touch tap. However, there appears to be some limitations to the technology, it can’t be used in portrait mode, easy mode, or when recording video.
Speaking of different camera modes, Samsung is introducing a ton of new features to its camera software. Previous additions, like HDR, panorama, and sound and shot, are here to stay, and there are plenty of new additions to the collection, including 3D Tour Shot, Focus Select, and Continues Shot. Below is a collection of the Galaxy S5’s various shooting modes, and a brief description of what they all do.
- 3D Tour Shot: Create interactive virtual tours of your surroundings.
- Sports: Take clearer pictures of fast-moving subjects.
- Focus Select: Make your subjects stand out against the background by adjusting the depth of field.
- Dual Camera: You can take pictures and record videos using the front and rear cameras at the same time.
- Aqua: Appropriate for taking pictures underwater. (is the waterproofing rumor true afterall?)
- Animated Photo: Create a picture containing moving objects by animating parts of the picture.
- 3D Panorama: Create a spherical panorama of your surroundings.
- Sound & Shot: Enrich your pictures by adding a few seconds of background sound.
- Drama: Takes multiple exposure pictures of a moving subject and merges them into one dramatic picture.
- Golf: Take pictures of a golf swing. You can then play the pictures forwards or backwards.
- Auto Portrait: Take self-portrait with the rear camera.
- Rich Tone (HDR): Take pictures with softer or richer colours by merging pictures taken in various exposures.
- Auto: Automatically adjusts the exposure to optimise the colour and brightness of pictures. You can take single or burst shots.
- Eraser: Save the best picture after erasing moving objects from consecutive pictures.
- Night: Take brighter, clearer pictures in low light without the flash.
- Best Face: Select the best picture of each person from 5 consecutive pictures to get the best merged group picture.
- Best Photo: Take a series of pictures, and then select the best to save.
- Continues Shot: Take pictures continuously.
- Panorama: Create a linear panorama by taking pictures in either a horizontal or vertical direction.
That’s not all, there are a few other modes which have been mentioned but didn’t come with an explanation of how they work. Perhaps these won’t be included in the final retail version of the software, or maybe Samsung hasn’t finished working on them yet. Either way, the Galaxy S5 may also come with Mosaic Shot, Smile Shot, Frame Shot, Vintage, Cartoon, Add Me, Action Shot, Stop Motion, and Cartoon and Pet, whatever that is.
Samsung is also going all-out with camera effects to add little extra style to your pictures. The Galaxy S5 is set to ship with 34 default settings, but if that isn’t enough choice for you, you’ll also be able to download other custom effects. Here’s a list of available effects:
Grey-scale, Sepia, Negative, Emboss, Outline, Watercolour, Monochrome, Sketch, Washed Out, Posterise, Solarise, Vintage, Cold Vintage, Warm Vintage, Blue, Green Point, Red/Yellow, Nostalgia, Faded Colour, Retro, Sunshine, Old Photo, Cartoon, Oil Pastel, Moody, Engraving, Vignette, Rugged, Tint, Turquoise, Fisheye, Noir Note and Vincent.
Other changes to Samsung’s camera software include a tweak to the app’s appearance, to better match the device’s new color scheme, although we don’t have any images of the software yet.
It certainly looks like Samsung is going all out to improve its hardware and software for the Galaxy S5, and it’s less than a week until we can finally see what Samsung’s been working on at its UNPACKED event. Do you think that the Galaxy S5 has everything you’ll want in a top-end handset, is there something that Samsung has overlooked?