Camera and Multimedia
The Galaxy S6 Edge+‘s display is gorgeous and the larger screen simply allows you to appreciate it that much more. You get the same resolution as you would in the standard Galaxy S6 Edge (2560×1440) and the dual edge design is just as impactful. Colors are quite vibrant as you’d expect from Samsung’s Super AMOLED display. That Super AMOLED display even turns off pixels to produce that sharper more absolute “black” in imagery. Combine that with lively colors on screen and you have a brilliant display that is seen well even in bright lighting or the outdoors.
Aside from watching movies and browsing websites, you’d want to take full advantage of that display when you’re reviewing your photos, right? It’s a good thing that this display is as sharp as it is because the Galaxy S6 Edge+‘s camera does not disappoint. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ 16 megapixel rear camera uses OIS (optical image stabilization), phase detection auto focus and can record 4k and slow motion video. (For all of these shots, click on them to see them properly, thumbnails do not do them justice…)
This camera is exceptional. The OIS combats shaky camera hands very well. It’s quick to ready and excels in low-light scenarios. See the above pictures of a fish bowl taken at a dark and dank Brother Jimmy’s. Any possible light in the scene is enhanced to make an otherwise dark image vibrant.
Now for some comparative shots. Here’s a standard shot of Times Square in NY taken from a downtown angle while the area is well lit.
Here’s the shot again when some shadow casts over, taken by the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the iPhone 6 Plus.
And here’s another pairing of shots from the two devices taken at my desk. (Note, the back of my desk is indeed a light beige.)
Overall, pictures taken with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ are bright and colorful from the default auto camera. Although there are plenty of tools to play with, I focused on the general usage of the default camera settings. Honestly, with these results I cannot see anyone wanting to mess around with the options, but in we go…
The majority of these are self-explanatory. The features of focus (ha!) are Selective Focus, Virtual Shot, and Pro. Virtual Shot is nice and all, but outside of some sort of architectural or sculptural appreciation, I didn’t see much in this feature beyond the benefits of panorama. It simply has the photographer circle around the object they are capturing, allowing them to review the shot taken in a full 360 degree prospective.
Selective Focus, however, is much handier as it allows you have better control of the focus of your image, after its taken. I particularly liked the Pan focus (seen below) that allows for a crisp image thought. This is perfect for those times where depth is not as important as overall clarity. See the difference of the three focus modes.
The most impressive of the camera features was the Pro camera. This feature throws all of the various tweaks and settings on the view finder screen, giving you deep control of the image you’re about to capture. Everything from effects and lighting to even direct control of the white balancer is at your fingertips. Have a particular style in which you want to take photos? Save your unique custom camera settings for use later.
An exceptional camera indeed.
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