As experts will frequently tell you, megapixel count on a smartphone camera does not amount to much when it comes to picture quality unless it is supported by other more important features. Those important features include a larger sensor, aperture size, quality of the lens, shutter and focus speed, pixel size and much more. The latest flagships from Samsung were built while keeping these points in mind as the Korean company has opted for a 12.1 megapixel sensor with blazing fast autofocus instead of the 16 megapixel sensor from last year
The Galaxy S6 is no slouch in the camera department either and its camera is still among the best smartphone cameras that are available in the market today. However, on being compared with the S7's autofocus speed, the S6 lost by a significant margin. Each time the viewfinder was moved on both the phones, the Galaxy S7 managed to shift and autofocus on its subjects much faster. This impressive feat became even more awesome when the Galaxy S7's autofocus was found to be just as remarkable in low-light scenarios as well. During the unveiling of the S7 and S7 Edge at the MWC 2016 on February 21, Samsung had actually prepared a low-light setup to let people experience how well the S7's camera performs in poor lighting. We will know more when the S7 series starts reaching customers on March 11.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were near-perfect devices on release, with super high resolution 2K displays, fastest processors, lightning quick fingerprint scanners and much more. But if one was allowed to nitpick, its 5-megapixel front camera might just stick out like a sore thumb. Is the 5-mp resolution going to get a bump this year? Frankly, we are not sure! On the positive side though, we now have a report from etnews that Samsung is going to cater to the selfie-freaks among us by adding autofocus to the front camera of the Galaxy S8-series.
We are well aware that an autofocus feature alone cannot really compensate for a low-resolution and now dated camera module, especially when compared to the likes of the LG V20 and the Google Pixel phones. Therefore, we are hopeful that Samsung will accompany the autofocus feature with an improved sensor as well. Given that Apple bumped up the resolution of the iPhone's FaceTime camera from 5-mp to 7-mp this year, the pressure is definitely on Samsung to raise its selfie-standards!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)