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Early photos suggest Galaxy S7’s camera lives up to the hype

Updated 4 years ago
Published Feb 23rd, 2016 6:55PM EST
Samsung Galaxy S7 Vs iPhone 6s Camera Quality
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

Samsung has done a lot of crowing about its soon-to-be-released Galaxy S7 flagship phone this week and one of the features that Samsung has touted the most has been the device’s camera. Phandroid this week posted some samples taken with the Galaxy S7 in low-light conditions and compared them to photos taken in the same conditions by the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6s. In short, it looks like the Galaxy S7’s camera really lives up to the hype.

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Here’s the photo taken with the iPhone 6s, which lacks optical image stabilization technology and is thus not ideal for snapping pics in low-light conditions:


Here’s the photo taken with the Galaxy S6, which does come equipped with OIS. You can see it’s much brighter:

And here’s the photo snapped with the Galaxy S7. You’ll notice the leap in quality pretty much immediately:

“With a new Sony IMX260 camera sensor that captures more light by using larger 1.4μm pixels (at the cost of less megapixels), Samsung says the Galaxy S7 is capable of capturing 95% more light than the IMX240 sensor found in the Galaxy S6,” Phandroid explains. “The Galaxy S7 camera also uses all of the 12 million pixels to act as focus pixels, a feature you typically only find in full-sized DSLRs (phase detection auto focus).”

At any rate, it looks like Samsung has raised the bar for Apple this year when it releases the iPhone 7.

Check out Phandroid’s full video comparing the three phones’ cameras below.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.