Galaxy A5, A7 (2017) update brings selfie focus, other camera features

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Samsung has added a number of new camera features for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) in the latest update, somewhat bringing the two devices in line with their 2018 successors as far as camera functionality is concerned. We say somewhat because the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) also pack upgraded camera hardware to match the new features on-board, although it’s nice to see the company introducing software parity on existing devices in the lineup without making people wait for the next major Android upgrade.

Selfie focus is the highlight feature

Among the new camera features, the Selfie focus mode for the front camera is the most notable here. There’s no dual camera setup on the 2017 A series models, so this mode is just a take on the Selective focus mode seen on Samsung’s flagship phones. It’s a simple take at that: You just enable Selfie focus and take a picture, with no need to tap on the screen to choose a subject nor an option to adjust background blur after a photo is taken. But the feature seems to work well as long as the lighting is sufficient, so we don’t think anyone will care it’s not as full-fledged as Selective focus.

The update also introduces a color correction option for your skin tone in the front camera (accessible by tapping the beauty effects icon); the rear camera, meanwhile, gets augmented reality (AR) stickers and stamps. A new security patch is also part of the update, but Samsung isn’t keeping things consistent in this regard, as some regions are getting the November security patch while others are getting the more recent December patch. Then again, that’s how it is with security updates for all of Samsung’s devices, so we’re not surprised.

If you’re rocking a Galaxy A5 (2017) or Galaxy A7 (2017), you can check to see if the update is available for your phone by going into the Settings app, then tapping the Download updates manually option in the Software update menu. We’re not entirely sure if every region is getting these features in the latest update, so if you have received an update in the last few days, do let us know if you see the new features on your device.

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DaniNanfer
1 month 5 days ago
DaniNanfer

This update is available in Mexico? I have a month with a a7 2017 and that update is not in my camera, what can I do?;-;

2 months 22 days ago
Ayush Maan

Already got the January security patch and still no update to the camera app….its disappointing?and at least add more camera modes?

ghfr
3 months 33 minutes ago
ghfr

Why is the case of the Galaxy device A2016 a3 a5 a7

ghfr
3 months 35 minutes ago
ghfr

When will Galaxy update A510F Android Oreo and thank you

3 months 4 hours ago
Lee Shau Fei

I am very rarely use the default camera app but guess what?At about a week ago I updated the software the size is in around 350MB,until now when I launch the default camera app when I turn on the front facing camera I was blown away.No more too soft air brush or watermark effects by default,it became extremely super sharp and very color accurate same as S8 besides than it lack of autofocus!Also the lowlight improvement did significantly increased!

3 months 4 days ago
Ayush Maan

Still no update for the camera?

3 months 20 days ago
Alvaro AgUilera Gonzalez

No me sale la actualización, vivo en Chile

Ongoing
3 months 20 days ago
Ongoing

Just December Security Patch received! No selfie focus added. I think it’s other Samsung phone. Received 23MB of update in Pakistan (PAK)!

3 months 21 days ago
Ayush Maan

No camera update?only the december patch updated

3 months 21 days ago
Everto Coronel

reading is news look at one in software update of me galaxy A5 2017 and if there was the update, download the software and surprise it was there with all the improvements of the camera already mentioned by you in this article. Now to try them on a daily basis. I forgot to say that the update came to me in Colombia

devilbooy
3 months 22 days ago
devilbooy

I had Selfie focus before Update

davidpicarra
3 months 22 days ago
davidpicarra

Still no update for the A5 2017 in Portugal (EU)
What the hell ?

Aliyetim
3 months 22 days ago
Aliyetim

Hi..when recieve A8 2016 focus camera ?
And give security update coming soon

BestTavana
3 months 22 days ago
BestTavana

What About A8 2016 ?
Plz Add this settings (performance mode And focus camera ) in A8 2016
Because this phone frequently show power in war for other phone ….
Plz Attention this phone

3 months 22 days ago
Eddygraphic

What is wrong with Samsung? They need to update their flagships, how is this not on the Galaxy S8? Or Note8, and why is the S7 still running the old UX while mid-ranges are on Samsung Experience 8.5?

samsungfan99
3 months 22 days ago
samsungfan99

Will they add this to the Galaxy S7?

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