Sammobile confirms the Sony IMX240 16MP sensor for Samsung Galaxy S6
With well over 4 million registered members,
Sammobile is the biggest community about Samsung devices. Although run from The Netherlands instead of South-Korea, Sammobile is always extremely well informed. Yesterday the site
confirmed the new Galaxy S6 will have a 16MP sensor, instead of the rumoured 20MP, from which T-Mobile used a first official picture on its website today.
Sammobile writes: "Rumors about the Galaxy S6 have been rather uncertain about whether it will have a 16 or 20MP camera, and we can now confirm that the device will come with a 16MP camera on the final retail unit. The camera sensor will be the Sony IMX240, the same sensor used on the Galaxy Note 4, though according to our insider Samsung has made considerable tweaks to the camera lens and the software."
Now that's pretty big news concerning how the Galaxy Note 4 has been able to surprise me - check out my first comparison for instance, including the Sony Xperia Z2 and Lumia 830 and 930. From the same post I will only "quote" a few pictures and crops here, limiting myself to the largest resolution of the Lumia 930 and the Note 4.
First, here's the resized result I got from the Nokia Lumia 930 (5MP) to give you an idea what we're looking at.
What I'm going to share here once again is a crop of a parked car in the middle of the original shot. I parked it in the top left corner of the crop.
Galaxy Note 4
Like I wrote back then, it definitely looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is blowing every other smartphone out of the water in bright light conditions like these. Let's make sure and make a crop on the darker side of the shot - the two men sitting on the stairs on the far right of the scene (the ones you didn't even notice until now, probably) - again I'll only repeat the crops I got from the Lumia 930 and Galaxy Note 4.
Galaxy Note 4
Another way brighter and more detailed result coming from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - even on ISO 40... For more shots - also coming from the Lumia 830 and Sony Xperia Z3 - you'll have to check my post here.
The only issue with the Note 4 has been low light photography. Sammobile writes: "It’s possible Samsung has made improvements for low-light imaging, something the company’s teasers about the Galaxy S6 have hinted at. With just a little over a week left before the Galaxy S6 is set to go official, it won’t be long before we find out just what these improvements bring to the tablet over the cameras on existing Samsung smartphones."
If you want to see an impressive amount of creative teasing Samsung Mobile has been publishing so far you'll find those here. Yes, I have to admit I'm quite excited about "The New Galaxy". I know many people think Samsung just produces "copied plastic", but I definitely disagree: I see lots of innovation coming from the company, and the Galaxy Note 4 has obviously been one of the very best smartphone camera's - and not just on Android. Would love to compare it some more with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 (like I did here), but I had to send it back after a while. If Samsung will indeed be able to improve on the camera of the Note 4, it's going to be one hell of a smartcam.