What Makes the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus camera perform so good?

January 3, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge plus

The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has one of the best performing cameras to date.  When looking at the specs we can see that it has a 1/2.6″ sensor (6.828 mm diagonal size)  and 1.12 micron pixels. Even with the latest-gen sensor technology, 1.12µm pixels is pretty small if you are aiming to be a top low-light performer. Looking deeper into the specs, we can see that what makes the S6 Edge+ main camera so good is the combination of features, not just the sensor ones.

Here are the camera features that helped the S6 Edge Plus camera perform so well.

Large BSI Sensor – a relatively large sensor. can pack more pixels while still maintaining relatively large pixels. We’ve seen cameras with bigger pixels, but it seems that 1.12 micron is the optimal size for high-resolution sensors where you still want to maintain good low-light performance and good image quality. The back-illuminated technology has twice better sensitivity than the front-illuminated one, promoting better low-light performance.

Fast F1.9 aperture – A fast aperture lens is essential to compensate for the smaller pixels. Lower f-number means better light gathering capability, which is essential for improving the low-light performance of the camera. when there is more light, there is less need to use a higher ISO sensitivity to achieve an optimal exposure.

OIS – the optical image stabilization is super useful when shooting static subjects, because it allows the photographer to shoot at slower shutter speeds while still maintaining a sharp image. The problem with slower shutter speeds is that every slight movement of the camera can lead to blurring of the subject in the image. The OIS compensates for that movement, and therefore allows the photographer to reduce the shutter speed in order to allow more light to pass through, and therefore have less need to use higher ISO settings which makes the image noisier.

HDR – the real-time High Dynamic Range feature also helps to maintain good exposure across the image frame. Usually the most image noise appear in the shadow areas. So by utilizing the HDR feature, those areas are more lit, which reduce the appearance of image noise, both in daylight and low-light as well.

We probably would have seen even greater performance if Samsung opted for less image resolution and bigger pixels. This certainly could have helped a lot and could have improved the low-light performance by a large margin. That said, there is plenty of advantage for having a larger-resolution image, including more room for cropping and editing the image, or making large prints from high-res images.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus camera was carefully crafted to answer the needs of today’s mobile photographers. Having a very high resolution sensor doesn’t mean inferior image quality. with the right combination of hardware specs, it’s achievable and Samsung has proven us exactly that with the S6 Edge Plus and Note5 main cameras.

Besides what I’ve mentioned above, the S6 Edge Plus also features advance image processing, accurate light metering sensor, manual controls, and lots of camera software features that makes it very attractive for anyone who love taking pictures.

So next time you shop for a new smartphone, make sure you look into the whole specs, not just the MP number.