The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is beautiful, powerful and racy, but what is it worth in the photo or even video field? Can it compete with its competitors? If you want to find out, then this new focus is for you.
It follows the handling of the terminal , but also the article devoted to its screen and its processor . If these topics interest you, I recommend that you read the related posts before continuing to read these few lines. Also note that the next focus will focus exclusively on the Samsung overlay.
The full test will be published a little later. It will close this series of articles devoted to the Galaxy S6 Edge.
A little technique to start
The latest addition to Samsung's laboratories is equipped with a sensor with a definition of 16 million pixels. Unlike the previous model, it is not produced by the manufacturer, but by another company.
And more precisely by Sony. The best is yet to come because the chosen model is none other than the IMX240 . Does this reference mean anything to you? Normal, since it is the Galaxy Note 4 module.
If the Korean has turned away from its own technology, it is not for nothing. The S5's ISOCELL sensor performed well in broad daylight, but quickly showed its limits as soon as the ambient light dropped.
However, the real problem mainly concerned the optics since it was unfortunately devoid of stabilizer.
Anyway, the IMX240 sensor is placed on the top of the basket and it does not lack strengths.
First and not least, its sensor reaches a size of 1 / 2.6 ″, against 1/3 ″ for most of its competitors. It will therefore be able to capture more light.
On this, we also find a stabilized lens capable of opening at f / 1.9. For comparison, the Note 4 does not go beyond f / 2.2. Once again, the idea is obviously to recover as much light as possible on the surface of the sensor, to compensate for the weakest lighting and to give a little more depth to the images captured.
What about the video? It is not left out and the Galaxy S6 Edge offers several different configurations. It will be possible to capture videos in HD (1280 × 720), in Full HD (1920 × 1080), in Full HD at 60 frames per second, in QHD (2560 × 1440) or outright in 4K (3840 × 2140). Difficult to do more complete, right?
Impressive results, even when the light is lacking
On paper, the Galaxy S6 Edge seems to have good points, but how is it doing in the field and in everyday life?
The first thing that strikes you is the responsiveness of its autofocus. Focus is almost instantaneous. The LG G3 ( tested here ) however keeps a slight head start thanks to its laser.
I had the opportunity to perform various tests, comparing the images obtained with the Galaxy S6 Edge to photos taken with the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Microsoft Lumia 930.
Samsung's latest phone made a big impression on me. The sharpness is very good in bright light in the center of the image and it is very close to what the Z3 offers. Microsoft's phone however keeps a step ahead, especially in terms of dynamics.
Indoors, the S6 Edge unfortunately tends to shoot yellow. It's a shame, but it is nonetheless very efficient and it is especially in the most difficult light conditions that it excels, with good management of high sensitivities.
And then there are the videos. Image quality doesn't change, of course, but the Optical Stabilizer is wreaking havoc. I find it exceptional and we are very similar to the Lumia 930 on this ground.
A modular and complete application
The raw performance of a sensor and an optic is not everything. It is also necessary to take into account the application developed by the manufacturer.
In this area, Samsung has done very well. The interface is simple, refined and the tool is very easy to use, it's true, but above all it has the advantage of being completely modular. If the user wishes, he can thus retrieve new creative filters or new shooting modes by browsing the manufacturer's store.
If the automatic mode is part of the game, there is also a “pro” mode which will give us control over various advanced settings such as metering mode, exposure compensation, sensitivity or even focusing.
The tool doesn't go as far as Nokia Camera, that's a given, but it should still please even the most discerning photographers.
And we end with the video that goes well.