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Yes, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have optical image stabilization

The new camera on Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 devices is one of the biggest changes the company has introduced to its flagship lineup this year. It’s a 12 MP sensor that brings greatly improved low-light performance, with Dual Pixel technology (used only in dedicated cameras/DSLRs until now) for considerably better autofocus as well.

Samsung made a lot of these features at the Unpacked event, but it seems the major changes to the camera have gotten some folks wondering if the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have optical image stabilization or not. We thought we would confirm it for our readers: Yes, the S7 and S7 edge do have optical image stabilization. Or, as Samsung calls it, Smart OIS. You can find a mention of Smart OIS on the company’s official press release for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, in case you still have doubts on its existence on the new phones.

The camera resolution might have gone down, but Samsung has only made improvements in other areas and not taken any major existing feature away (well, except for the ability to shoot in 16:9 aspect). We’ll be testing the new camera soon, but for now you can rest assured the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will keep things stable when you’re shooting your favorite moments.

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Hoggington
Hoggington

Sammobile & Abhijeet I’m surprised you guys didn’t find the only known (at least that I could find) info on “Smart OIS”. Not simply repeat what the listed specs say. How does that clear this up at all?? Come on guys. I love this site….but that is dropping the ball just a little my man Adhijeet 🙂 A simple Google search, brought up this article from Samsung in 2012….and it describes, sort of, what Smart OIS is. It’s a hybrid, between EIS and OIS. As far as I can tell. Though the description is a little vague. It apparently gives… Read more »

WhippetNYC
WhippetNYC

@Abhijeet: thanks for the update vis-a-vis “Smart OIS”, however, there is no definition of what Samsung means by “Smart OIS”! We know what OIS means – that is the shifting of a physical part of the lens element in order to counter one’s movement – that’s industry standard terminology. However, “Smart OIS” is not industry standard terminology so it’s still unclear to me whether Samsung is talking about strictly the existence of Optical Image Stabilization, or there’s also digital image stabilization, or a combination of both? Any further clarification from you or your colleagues would be very educational. Thank you… Read more »

Nine54
Nine54

Fair points by Hoggington and Whippetnyc…can we get some clarification here?

CarlSimon
CarlSimon

It can shoot in 16:9 but then only in 9,1 megapixel (source: Pocketnow’s YouTube video S7 Camera Tour) . I like viewing my photos on my TV which I think the change from 16 megapixel (on the S6) to 9,1 is a step in their wrong direction. Doesn’t matter now when I’m using a 55″ 1080p TV but on the next which will be a 65″ UHD I might need those extra megapixels.

plumi10
plumi10

FYI

FHD 1080 = 2 MP (1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600)
2K = 3.7 MP (2560 x 1440 = 3,686,400)
4K = 8.3 MP (3840 x 2160)
5K = 14.75 MP (5120 x 2880)
8K = 33.2 MP (7680 × 4320)

9,1 MP should do it without problem

j2001m
j2001m

16:9 is there but at 9mp and it takes better images than the iPhone even in that mode

Mohan angu
Mohan angu

s7 edge release date in india??? and price of that???