The camera of the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S7 is a 12-megpixel one, compared to the 16-megapixel camera of its predecessor the Galaxy S6. However, while the pixel count was reduced, the pixel size of the Galaxy S7 was increased to 1.4 μm from 1.12 μm in the Galaxy S6. In addition, the aperture for the Galaxy S7's camera is now at f/1.7, compared to the Galaxy S6's f/1.9.
These changes resulted in allowing the Galaxy S7's camera to capture up to 95 percent more light compared to the Galaxy S6's camera. This backs up claims made by Samsung that the camera of its new flagship smartphone will be much better compared to the cameras of the current flagship devices of its rivals.
So how exactly does the Galaxy S7 fare in a camera battle against its biggest rival, Apple's iPhone 6s? In terms of specifications, the iPhone 6s has a similar 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1.22 µm pixels, and the cameras of Apple's smartphones are billed as among the best ones in the market.
A recent video uploaded on YouTube by SuperSaf TV reveals how the new Samsung flagship smartphone fares in a side-by-side comparison with the camera capabilities of the iPhone 6s, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 does not disappoint.
In the video, the quality of the images taken by the Galaxy S7 compare favorably to the images taken by the iPhone 6s. The difference is most notable in low-light conditions where the Galaxy S7's camera shines compared to that of the iPhone 6s. The video also reveals the speed of the dual-pixel autofocus technology in the Galaxy S7, with the system working almost instantaneously even in indoor conditions.
For normal images, the winner between the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s would depend on the user's preference. The pictures taken by the iPhone 6s look warmer compared to the pictures taken by the Galaxy S7, a difference that is favorable for either one depending on the subject and the shooting situation.
The images can easily be adjusted by one of the several picture editing apps available, however, so it should not be a major issue when choosing between the cameras of the two smartphones.
The initial impressions on the Galaxy S7's camera capabilities seem to be positive, though more tests and comparisons once the smartphone is widely available are needed as confirmation.