Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge use Sony IMX260 camera sensor, in-house audio chip

Much has been said about the new camera on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Samsung has stepped back from the megapixel race and opted for a 12-megapixel camera that has bigger pixels, better autofocus and a larger aperture for an improved imaging experience, especially in low-light conditions. Before the devices were announced, we were expecting the S7 and S7 edge to have Samsung’s new BRITECELL camera sensor, but it turns out the company has turned to Sony once again for its devices’ sensors.

We ran the AIDA64 app on the Galaxy S7 edge at MWC and found that the device has a Sony IMX260 sensor, an upgrade over the IMX 240 used in the Galaxy S6 lineup and the Galaxy Note 5. Perhaps it’s not surprising that there is no BRITECELL sensor – Samsung had said the BRITECELL camera will have a pixel size of only 1 micron, which is considerably smaller than the 1.4 micron pixels on the S7 and S7 edge. So both devices should be using the IMX260 in every market, which means they should offer the same image quality at all times unlike the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The front camera sensor remains the same as last year’s.

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While Samsung might not be using its own camera sensor, it certainly seems to have developed a custom audio chip for its new Galaxies. Our SamMobile Device Info app reported a “Lucky CS47L91 Sound” chip on the device. If you remember, we had exclusively reported that the Galaxy S7 is codenamed Project Lucky, so it certainly seems like this chip is custom-made by the Korean manufacturer. Hopefully it will offer the high-quality sound Samsung is promising compared to previous Galaxy flagships.

We are working on getting more information from Samsung and will update this story once we learn more on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge’s camera and audio hardware. In the meantime, go check out our hands-on experience with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and also look at Samsung’s new Gear 360 virtual reality camera.

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phillthedrill
5 months 12 hours ago

Is this accurate since we know the front facing and rear cameras have 4K video recording? In the picture, it only shows 1080p.

jinyi711
5 months 20 hours ago

I hope Galaxy S7 with Snapdragon also has that custom audio chip. I don’t like Qualcomm’s own audio dac.

il buono
5 months 1 day ago

Any idea if this is just limited to the Exynos models? Could be the same situation like in the past where Samsung Exynos devices would use Wolfson and the Qualcomm SoC devices would use Qualcomm’s own audio chip.

stevemiddie
5 months 1 day ago

16:9 will be 9.1 MP

conradorp
5 months 1 day ago

Yes, for me the downgrade will be from 16mp to 9,1mp, because I prefer 16:9. So, the image quality in S7 must be muuuuuuuuuch better than S6 to be worthy this downgrade.

ProdByEchelon
5 months 1 day ago

If it sounds anything like the Noble WM1840 Sound in the Note5, it will sound amazing. Beautiful flat freq. response.

crisagatie
5 months 1 day ago

exynos? why not qualcomm?

GalaxyBouy
5 months 1 day ago

Does it have Optical Image Stabilization?

Is slow motion recording still only 720p @ 120 fps?

Hoggington
5 months 1 day ago

Sammy says it has “Smart OIS”.

There is a Samsung article from 2012 (Google “what is Smart OIS”, it’ll be the 2nd or 3rd link…”reducing the effects of hand movement”)…. Smart OIS is Samsung’s hybrid OIS tech. It is a combination of digital and optical stabilization. Apparently giving the sensor a wider field of stabilization.

It will be very interesting to see if it’s better of worse than the common OIS found in other high end phones. The way Sammy describes it in that article….it sounds better. And that was 4 years ago.

We’ll see :)

shaq1907
5 months 1 day ago

It sucks that its camera is 4:3 in 12 MP. It should be 16:9 like S5 & S6.

cukhai
5 months 1 day ago

Maybe 16:9 image only available at 6MP like s6. That’s so suck

shaq1907
5 months 1 day ago

No, it’s 9.1 MP in 16:9 image.But still, everyone would prefer 16:9

deardevil
5 months 1 day ago

Of course i always prefer to take pictures on horizontal.so its normal to prefer to view what im focus in 16:9 that gives me the whole screen.instead of 4:3 i dont get why they dont stick with an improvement in the camera but but with 16M i know the Megapixels arent more the better.but the s6 already took so many great shots they could improve the camera without decreasing the megapixels

Hoggington
5 months 1 day ago

Hello :)

4:3 shots actually give you more of the scene, top to bottom and the same from side to side. Even though 16:9 mode fills your phones screen and therefore seems more desirable….it is actually less of the scene than a 4:3 at full resolution would be. And less detailed as well.

If that makes sense :)

In other words….your picture will have much more detail if you take a full resolution picture at 4:3 and then pinch to zoom it to fill your screen at 16:9. Crop and save the pic etc. Kinda more work, sure…but you are losing scenery when taking pics at 16:9.

It’s pretty much the same reason why most professional photogs usually shoot at 4:3, not 16:9.

Keep in mind, this is not a wide angle lens…. that’s why resolution goes down, when you switch to 16:9 mode.

Hope that helps clear things up! 4:3 is the way to go!!

parshakov
5 months 1 day ago

Yeah, I really don’t want to downgrade from 16 MP to 9 MP… Too bad the Note 6 will probably have the same sensor…

 
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