Camera performance is one of the main areas that consumers have started to focus on when buying a new flagship smartphone. When you pay above $600 for a flagship device, you obviously do expect nothing but flawless camera experience. Samsung is apparently well aware of this fact and is working towards improving the camera experience on its upcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagship smartphones. New details on the Galaxy S6 camera sensor have also surfaced, giving us a greater idea of what to expect from the new Samsung flagship.
According to renowned source of everything Samsung related – SamMobile, the Galaxy S6 will reportedly include a 20 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. A few rumors recently did claim that the S6 duo will arrive with 20MP rear cameras, but the new report on SamMobile also confirms that the 20MP camera on the S6 and S6 Edge will use a Samsung made sensor and not a Sony Exmor RS sensor as we had expected earlier. The exact model number of the Samsung 20MP camera sensor on the S6 is said to be SLSI_S5K2T2_FIMC_IC. The rear camera will be capable of taking pictures in 20MP (5952 x 3348), 15MP (4464 x 3348), 11MP (3344 x 3344), 8MP (3264 x 2448), 6MP (3264 x 1836), and 2.4MP (2048 x 1152) resolutions. The front-facing camera on the Galaxy S6 will boast of 5MP resolution according to the report and will also be made by Samsung (model number SLSI_S5K4E6_FIMC_IS). The module is the same on that has been used on the recently unveiled Galaxy A-series smartphones.
However, the above information is based on a Galaxy S6 prototype that one of SamMobile insiders managed to get his hands on. The final Galaxy S6 model may or may not include the same 20MP camera at the back. SamMobile believes the 20MP camera could perhaps be used on the Galaxy S6 Edge variant if Samsung is not able to produce enough 20MP camera sensors for both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. The reason being the more exclusive nature of the Galaxy S6 Edge, just like the Galaxy Note Edge that saw a very limited release.
Another interesting tidbit that the report shared is the fact that Samsung is using the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop Camera APIs that include a variety of advanced options like shutter speed control and saving images in RAW format. Samsung is said to be working on refining its Gallery app as well, making it easier to use than earlier versions.