Galaxy Note7 vs. S7 edge vs. Note5: Camera shootout

GSMArena team, 22 August 2016.

Introduction

There can be no rivalry amidst Galaxies, but this has never stopped us from putting them against each other in all sorts of comparisons. It's what we call a shootout and this time, we'll be focusing on camera performance.

In this edition of our intergalactic shootout (it's certainly not our first), we'll be leaving three top Galaxy smartphones to battle it out - we've got the Galaxy Note7, the Galaxy S7 edge, and last year's Galaxy Note5. The trio was released within less than a year and is eyed by millions of fans. But this is a friendly battle, creatures from a single team fighting for the sake of increasing their reputation, if you would forgive us the Pokemon pun.

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The three curved Galaxies here are all considered top of the line, even though the older Note5 features a slightly less powerful chipset. They are all beautiful though and capable in their own right and putting them against each other in a VS article would hardly produce a winner.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Samsung Galaxy Note7
Samsung Galaxy Note5 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Samsung Galaxy Note7

That's why we are taking those three into a friendly neighborhood shootout. We want to explore Samsung's achievements in the camera development over the course of the last 12 months and see where it leads us.

The Galaxy Note5 relies on a 16MP 16:9 camera with f/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilization. The Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note7 switch the sensor back to a regular 4:3 one with 12MP resolution, but upgrade the setup with blazing-fast autofocus and an even wider f/1.7 aperture. The delay between the S7 edge and Note7 release gave Samsung an opportunity to refine the camera interface and possibly the processing.

Samsung Galaxy Note5
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy Note7
Primary camera resolution
16MP
5312 x 2988px
16:9 aspect
12MP
4032 x 3024px
4:3 aspect
12MP
4032 x 3024px
4:3 aspect

Primary camera sensor
1/2.6" sensor size, 1.12 m pixel size, Sony IMX240
28 mm, f/1.9
1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 m pixel size, Sony IMX260
26 mm, f/1.7
1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 m pixel size, Sony IMX260
26 mm, f/1.7
Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization
Focus
Phase Detection Auto Focus
Dual Pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus
Dual Pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus
Flash
Single LED Flash
Single LED Flash
Single LED Flash
Features
Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, Auto HDR, Manual mode, Virtual shot, Selective Focus, Live Broadcast, Slow-motion video, Hyperlapse video, Downloadable modes
Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, Auto HDR, Manual mode, Virtual shot, Selective Focus, Live Broadcast, Slow-motion video, Hyperlapse video, Downloadable modes
Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, Auto HDR, Manual mode, Virtual shot, Selective Focus, Live Broadcast, Slow-motion video, Hyperlapse video, Downloadable modes
Video recording
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps
Video recording
Optical stabilization, digital stabilization (1440p and below), HDR, stereo sound rec.
Optical stabilization, digital stabilization (1440p and below), HDR, stereo sound rec.
Optical stabilization, digital stabilization (1440p and below), HDR, stereo sound rec.
Front camera
5 MP, f/1.9, 22mm, Auto HDR, Panorama
1440p@30fps, dual video call
5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, Auto HDR, Panorama
1440p@30fps, dual video call
5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, Auto HDR, Panorama
1440p@30fps, dual video call

So, if you are among those users who like to have the best possible camera in their pocket, and you are wondering between one of these three either for budget, or feature reasons, this article is for you.

On the other hand, if you'd love to see how those three beasts cross the finish line almost simultaneously when it comes to benchmarks, designs, interface, and screen quality, you should maybe refer to our reviews and specs pages instead.

Now, let's fire up those camera apps, and let this intergalactic camera shootout begin!

Reader comments

  • the samsung tech guy

note 7 is 5.7 inch and s8+is 6.2 inch

  • Anonymous

The S8+ has a 6.1 or 6.2 size screen so if I'm not mistaking it is bigger than the note7.. I'm a note fan and I ordered the s8+.

  • AnonD-658171

good