Samsung S7 Smartphone Photo & Video REVIEW


In my latests review video i´m taking a close look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone camera and i´m showing you how to get the best possible quality out of it. Make shure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven´t allready to be one of the first to know when a new video is online!


Make shure to watch the video, you can see a 4k video example shot using the Filmic Pro  app and also a Timelapse video.





LAUNCH Announced 2016, February
Status Available. Released 2016, March
BODY Dimensions 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)
Weight 152 g (5.36 oz)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) – G930F
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – G930FD
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.1 inches (~72.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI
PLATFORM OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Exynos 8890 Octa
CPU Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T880 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model (G930F, G930W8)
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model (G930FD)
Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality
Features 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality
Secondary 5 MP, 1/4.1″ sensor size, 1.34 µm pixel size, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
Radio No
USB microUSB 2.0, USB Host
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Talk time Up to 22 h (3G)
Music play Up to 62 h
MISC Colors Black, White, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold
SAR 1.40 W/kg (head)     1.59 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.41 W/kg (head)     0.62 W/kg (body)




Jpegs out of camera look pretty good, nice dynamic range, but there is far too much noise reduction on them and there is too much contrast and they are too oversharpen.




Using the Open Camera app you can shoot RAW DNG files which gives you a LOT more information in the files to work with like in any camera.


You can also switch the camera app which comes with it to raw, but then you have to switch to the pro mode everytime which is annoying and you cant take a series of raw files with the app.


You can see there is a lot more detail in the shadows and the overall look is a lot more natural. All images are edited in capture one pro just like i would do with my Fuji XT-2 raw files. Of course the small sensor has it´s limitations so you can see some grain noise too and i wouldn´t shoot over ISO 100 and i found the best performance to be at ISO 64. The lens has OIS and is very sharp.



All samples edited from DNG RAW


The Galaxy S7 is probably Samsungs best smartphone yet in my oppinion. There is the new S8 allready and others but you can get the S7 now allready for a very affordable price of only 400 $/€ which is less than an Iphone 6+ would cost you. The S7 has OIS which is very important to have and you can also put a micro SD card in it to have more space for your photos and videos. Batterylife is also really good, when i shot all my photos and videos i usually still had like 30-40% juice left in the phone. The display is very bright  and you can even use it outside. If you are looking for a new smartphone with excellent price quality ratio you should definetly have a look at the Samsung S7!



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