The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones now have the capability to take RAW images and lower the ISO values of pictures further, as the features were introduced to the devices by the operating system update to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Upon the release of the operating system for the smartphones, the features were not readily seen. However, Samsung news website Sammobile discovered that the operating system update did indeed add the features, but they were not accessible through the stock camera app for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
According to Sammobile, the Pro mode found in the camera app of the smartphones gives users the ability to customize the ISO values of images, but the lowest ISO setting was previously only until 100. Sammobile previously reported that the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop will allow users to take ISO levels further down to 50, which is the lowest level that is found in most of the digital cameras in the market today. It was also previously reported that there will be manual controls for the shutter speed of the camera introduced with the update.
All of the previous reports have turned out to be true, but to access them, users of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will first have to download a third-party camera app on the Google Play Store. Users will have to make sure that the camera app provides full support for the Camera2 API of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Once a compatible third-party camera app has been installed in the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, the new features to take RAW images, lower ISO down to 50 and manually control the shutter speed can be accessed.
It is not clear when Samsung is planning to enable the features on the stock camera app of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. But until then, users can use third-party camera apps to expand the capabilities of the cameras of the smartphones.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices feature 16MP rear-facing cameras with f/1.9 aperture lens. While many Android-based smartphones feature f/2.2 aperture lens, Samsung decided to use f/1.9 aperture lend with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to match the reduction in the aperture of the lens that Apple used in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. A lower aperture offers users to take pictures with minimal levels of blur in darker situations, along with a faster shutter speed.