Sophie Meixner with the Samsung S7.
Sophie Meixner with the Samsung S7. john mccutcheon

Samsung Galaxy S7 review: Their best camera yet

Australia Regional Media's gadgets editor Mark Furler put the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge phone to the test ahead of its release on Friday.

FROM the dim interiors of churches in Barcelona to the candlelight of my daughter's 18th birthday, Samsung's Galaxy S7 blitzed the low light camera test.

The S7 and S7 edge was launched in Spain with promises of an even better camera than the S6, which won many accolades. And so far, we haven't been disappointed.

The secret is a new F1.7 lens on both sides of the camera and larger pixels on the rear camera which let more light in.

In a very dimly lit restaurant, it easily captured the smiling faces of my daughter and her three closest friends, together with the bright coloured walls behind them.

Focus is definitely faster on the S7 thanks to its dual pixel sensor - the first on a smartphone camera. It uses 100% of the pixel for detection.

Samsung S7 features a brilliant low light camera to capture rich colour in the darkest of places.
Samsung S7 features a brilliant low light camera to capture rich colour in the darkest of places. john mccutcheon

Samsung says each pixel has two photodiodes that capture light independently, allowing enhanced photo capture in the dark.

You have to be moving the camera a fair bit to get a blurred shot.

New features of the camera also include a new motion panorama through swiping the screen or tilting the device.

Samsung is well known for taking pretty flattering selfies. The front display is used as the front flash, while an additional glow can be added to the face with spotlight in beauty mode. 

The overall look and feel of the phone has certainly taken a big step forward.

The curved edges make for a super sleek phone which looks good, feels great in the hand and slim in the pocket.

The 5.1" Galaxy S7 and 5.5" Galaxy S7 edge combine 3D glass and metal, while the curves were perfected through a proprietary process called 3D Thermoforming.  The end result is not unlike a finely crafted surfboard.

The apps edge on the S7 edge provides quick access to your favourite applications.
The apps edge on the S7 edge provides quick access to your favourite applications. john mccutcheon

One of the great party tricks of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is spilling water on it - or just plonking it in a glass of liquid.

It is completely sealed from within meaning it is water and dust resistant. It can survive in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes.

It also comes with expandable storage of an extra 200GB through the microSD card slot.

One of my favourite features of the phone is the always on display, which can be customised to show information such as time, date, and number of unread text messages.

The Galaxy S7 edge also offers quick access to your most frequently used apps, functions and tasks through a right hand side drop of quick icons.

The interface is beautiful to look at, especially browsing through news or sports headlines.

Reading news content on the curved screen of the S7 edge adds a new dimension.
Reading news content on the curved screen of the S7 edge adds a new dimension. john mccutcheon

For gamers, there's a lot to love about the S7. The CPU is 30% faster, graphics performance is up more than 60%, and a new internal cooling system keeps the device from overheating.

A new app, Game Launcher, allows users to manage battery consumption and get rid of pesky notifications during gameplay.

Overall, the S7 is already shaping up as the phone to beat in 2016. Over to you Apple.

The writer was a guest of Samsung Australia at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
 



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