Samsung has been known to come up with the best camera modules, ending up with beautiful captures that are much more than the number of megapixels in the sensor. Comparing the 20.7-megapixel camera of Sony Xperia Z3 and the 16-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6, the latter fared much better in color reproduction and proper exposure in most of the light conditions. The South Korean smartphone giant has placed a 16MP camera on the back of the new flagship, i.e. Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge.
The Galaxy Note 4 was the first Galaxy device having a physical optical image stabilization for less shaky pictures, and now, these two new smartphones have the same inclusion. To speak of technicality, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have a Sony IMX240 sensor, and a wider aperture at f/1.9, a combination that allows more light to enter and brightens the overall capture.
Not just the hardware, but Samsung has made the software even better with much needed changes, a pro mode and some enhancements for the front-facing cameras as well. The Pro mode is something that lets you toggle the brightness (ISO sensitivity), exposure value, white balance, focal length and color tone and let you make a picture more naturally brighter or darker, based on the light condition.
Before we get into the capture details, here’s something you need to know.
The Virtual Shot was a very good feature, where you rotate the camera around an object for a 360-degree capture, and then can view it not like a video, but by just rotating the screen. Just like how the VR content is seen.
Bright Light Capture Samples
Simply good, and live HDR was in fact, wonderful. It doesn’t really make you wait for that extra second, which usually is the case with most of the smartphones. And the results too are quite different. We tried to play around with the Live HDR in bright light on using clouds, trees and leaves as the subject. The results were very clear, and never we felt the colors to be oversaturated on both the devices.
Zooming in – Day Light
Upon zooming in, although we were very stable, it went quite blurry on maximum zooming. It is a digital zoom, obviously, and thus the blur is not unnatural, though giving 6x zoom becomes pointless when there is no appreciable clarity.
Low Light – Pro Mode with ISO Changes
This is what gave some real good results, and having said that, we have seen devices with even higher ISO sensitivity, but why I’d settle with an ISO 800 setting is, there is lesser noise noticed here. Compare this with the Apple iPhone 6 Plus or the Sony Xperia Z3, the noise is more on the Xperia Z3 and the capture isn’t much bright on the 6 Plus.
Defocusing the background
Not really something uncommon again, but the camera does defocus the background quite well, and this is without using the “Selective focus” function. It is simple tap to focus, that we did on particular objects to focus on them and defocus everything else.
Color reproduction – different conditions
Though we would easily say that the 16-megapixel camera on the back of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, surely can be one of the best smartphones cameras of this year, but there’s a long way to go and the flagship devices from other brands are yet to come.
In the coming days, we’ll be updating this page with some more captures, taken under different conditions, to check how the camera performs.