Setting a new standard in mobile photography: The camera of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
By Samsung Australia, 01.06.2016.
Our tech wizards have worked hard to develop the highest quality and most useable cameras for the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones.
Let’s take a quick look at some of its great features and functions.
The broad picture
The first thing you'll notice is how quickly the Galaxy S7's camera launches with a double-tap of the home button.
It's also lightning fast to focus, thanks to the Galaxy S7's new dual-pixel technology, similar to that used in some DSLR cameras.
Each of the millions of pixels on the Galaxy S7's sensor acts as an autofocus point, so the camera is able to quickly lock on to a subject, and then track it in crystal clear focus as it moves.
This is true even in poor lighting, thanks to the Galaxy S7's large sensor and wide aperture. Its bright F1.7 lens and large 1.4µm pixels catch loads of light – helping to ensure that photos are sharp and detailed, even in lowlight.
For the first time, you can now capture sweeping panoramas with motion on the Galaxy S7. It's almost like a panoramic video – as you swipe the screen or pan your phone sideways to replay a panorama, the moving characters spring to life.
The still portions of the panorama form a seamless, stitched sequence of the clearest frames from the motion version.
Motion photo captures and records as video the three seconds that happen before you press the shutter to shoot a photo. This has the added benefit of allowing you to choose which moment you want to preserve as the still photo.
To activate Motion photo on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, open the Camera app, then select the Settings icon in the top left of the screen, then turn on Motion photo by moving the toggle.
Hyperlapse is a time lapse function that allows you to compress hours of recording into less time to illustrate subject movement and the passing of time.
The high-grade footage it generates is thanks to some pretty fancy technology that compensates for shaky hands.
Adaptive Video Digital Image Stabilisation selects frames with the most stable images. And the camera automatically adjusts shooting speed based on the subject's movements, shooting slow-moving subjects faster, and vice versa.
The result is a time lapse recording function that is easy and intuitive to use and helps to deliver a quality result every time.
To activate Hyperlapse on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, open the Camera app, then select Mode, then select Hyperlapse..
New to the Galaxy S7 is the selfie flash feature. It cleverly uses the Galaxy S7's advanced AMOLED screen to illuminate your face when the lighting is poor, providing a softer glow than a conventional flash while also avoiding the need to jam more hardware into the phone.
Incidentally, you'll notice the Galaxy S7's 120-degree wide-angle lens and Wide Selfie mode make for great group selfies too.
To take a selfie with the selfie flash, open the Camera app, tap the Camera Rotate icon, tap the flash icon until it says On, then press the Camera icon to take your selfie.
The Galaxy S7's auto mode is very advanced, instantly selecting the best settings to produce a crisp and balanced photo in almost any circumstance.
However, advanced photographers will appreciate having the option to tweak and fiddle with the exposure value, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, white balance, focal length and filters, such as colour tones, manually while taking photos.
Whether you are travelling abroad, at an event you don't want to forget or just at home taking snaps of your photo-shy pet, the Samsung Galaxy S7's camera will be there to beautifully capture the moment in more ways than one.