It’s something that many a tech enthusiast has been saying for a very long time: your standalone point-and-shoot camera has become practically obsolete as the cameras on smartphones are pretty amazing. And indeed, with all this talk of more processing cores and thinner profiles, one of the most important features on a modern-day smartphone is its camera. And that’s how I find myself looking at the Samsung Galaxy S6 today.
Set to launch in Canada on April 10, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the company’s newest flagship device, alongside the fundamentally identical Galaxy S6 Edge. Of course, the biggest difference is that the S6 Edge gets that dual-curved display. I discuss both devices in the hands-on preview video, like how Samsung has abandoned the removable back in favor of a sealed aluminum and glass body.
But what about that camera? Top-tier Samsung smartphones have always done very well in this regard and the Galaxy S6 is no exception. While it won’t be replacing my Olympus E-PL1 as my primary shooter any time soon, it has been quite impressive in the few days that I’ve had this device for testing. The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5-megapixel camera on the front for selfies and a 16-megapixel F/1.9 main camera on the rear.
The embedded sample video here is full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second. However, there is the option to go as high as UHD 3840 x 2160, which is effectively four times the resolution of full HD. When switching to the higher resolution, you lose access to certain features, like HDR, video effects and tracking AF.
Click on any of the images below to view their full-resolution versions in my Flickr photostream. Expect to see the full written review on MEGATechNews in the next couple of weeks.