Here are the 8 best camera features of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

camera features galaxy s6 edge autofocus header
YouTube / Samsung
Nowadays, it’s expected that every new phone will deliver substantial updates to the camera. It isn’t so easy to identify the ways the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge better the Galaxy S5; the new Galaxy iterations both have a 16-megapixel rear cameras, just like the S5. But pixels alone won’t make a killer camera.

Samsung’s new flagship handsets deploy plenty of innovative features that impact photo quality just as much as resolution – eight features, to be exact, that look to rival the best camera phones in the biz.

1. Higher aperture on rear camera

The f/1.9 aperture is the highest on any mainstream flagship device, and it’s the big story of Samsung’s revamped camera. The higher aperture makes it possible for the camera to capture more light and take brighter pics, especially in low-light conditions.

2. The ultra-fast quick launch

The S6 and S6 Edge cameras are on standby all the time. Pressing the home button twice will automatically open the camera in less than a second. It’s a nifty feature that streamlines the smartphone camera process. Quick launch will even allow you to deploy the camera when running another application.

GS6 quick launch  feature

Samsung / YouTube

3. Fast-tracking autofocus will lock on subjects and offer high degree of customization

Samsung debut a new feature called fast-tracking autofocus that’s designed to accurately track kids, cars, or basically anything that’s in motion. The feature locks on moving subjects and allow for a better, less blurry photos. Great for action photos. It’s a feature common in high-end cameras, but it’s now making an appearance in smartphones.

4. Optical image stabilization on rear camera

We’re seeing more flagship phones incorporate an OIS element into their rear shooter. The S6 and S6 Edge have followed in the footsteps of the Galaxy Note 4 by including an OIS system that’s designed to counteract the subtle movements that naturally occur when shooting by hand. OIS should help reduce blurred photos and create a clearer photo.

5. An updated selfie camera

Galaxy S6 Front Camera
YouTube / Samsung
YouTube / Samsung

Fear not, selfie lovers, Samsung has you covered with the front-facing camera, which now has a 5-megapixel camera (up from the S5’s 2-megapixel cam), and a 120-degree wide-angle field of view.

6. HDR selfies

The S6 and S6 Edge pack more than just pixels into the front camera. It can now shoot high-dynamic range (HDR) photos, which capture three photos at different exposures and assemble the best parts of each image for the an enhanced photograph. There are plenty of granular controls on Samsung’s revamped photo app that allow you to play with lighting and filters, too.

7. More sensors

Infrared technology isn’t just for night vision anymore. The rear camera has an infrared sensor that can better detect light levels to automatically discern between outdoor and indoor environments, and adjust the camera accordingly.

SG6 infrared sensor
YouTube / Samsung

8. Brand new camera modes, including Pro

Among the best new features in the S6 and GS6 Edge cameras are the granular controls. Samsung has included a handful of brand new camera modes that enable users to fine-tune the camera. Portrait mode and collage mode are two examples of modes that allow users to edit images directly from the phone. Professional mode offers control over lighting and shutter speed (much like advanced cameras). And one of our favorites is the GIF mode that allows you to create an animated GIF directly in your camera.

Mobile

Samsung rumored to mark 10 years of the Galaxy S line with a 5G model

Samsung is rumored to launch a 5G version of the Galaxy S10, called the Galaxy S10 X. The phone may be larger than the standard Galaxy S10 devices, and feature a very impressive specification sheet.
Mobile

Is this the first image of a Galaxy S10 being used in real life?

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.
Photography

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.
Photography

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Wearables

Swatch and Mastercard team up for on-the-wrist, on-the-go mobile payments

Swatch has announced its Swatchpay technology is now available in Switzerland, enabling mobile payments from your Swatch watch. It works in a similar way to Apple Pay and Google Pay. Here's everything about it.
Mobile

Sony is showing something off at MWC -- will it be the Xperia XZ4?

Sony may have released the Xperia XZ3 in the past few months, but already it's preparing to release a follow-up, the Xperia XZ4. We're learning plenty about the phone now some details have started to leak out, and it's getting exciting.
Mobile

Do these Geekbench results accurately represent the Moto G7?

The Moto G6 range is still relatively new to the market, but rumors have already started about the Moto G7, which is expected some time in 2019. Apparently, a G7 Power version will be joining the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Plus.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.
Wearables

Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist.
Business

Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches.
Mobile

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device.
Mobile

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.
Mobile

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.
Photography

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.