The Galaxy S7 Edge has the top-ranked smartphone camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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Just when we thought Samsung couldn’t possibly improve the already amazing camera on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the Galaxy S7 Edge comes along and blows them out of the water. DxOMark, the popular camera review site, finally got their hands on the Galaxy S7 Edge, and it appears Samsung has yet another winner.

And we’re not surprised, considering the Galaxy S7 Edge sports dual-pixel technology for super fast autofocusing and an aperture of f/1.7 for amazing low light performance.

DxOMark gave the Galaxy S7 Edge a final score of 88 out of 100, which makes it the highest ranking smartphone camera in the world. The final score is a combination of the separate scores given to photos and videos, and interestingly enough, both categories received the same score of 88.

For photos, the site says the Galaxy S7 Edge has good detail preservation in low light and very fine detail preservation in bright light. This means that you will be able to crop photos with minimal distortion. Take a look at the example below, which shows a 100-percent crop. You’ll notice the faces still show quite a bit of detail.

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DxOMark

The site also noticed good exposure and dynamic range for both indoor and outdoor conditions. Low light shots had minimal noise and the autofocus was both fast and accurate. The camera even performed well when using flash, as the color preservation was very good.

The Galaxy S7 Edge also did well in the video department. The phone had good scores for Autofocus, stabilization, detail preservation in bright-light, and overall exposure. Videos shot in low-light situations had minimal noise.

No camera is perfect, and the Galaxy S7 Edge does have a few deficiencies. DxOMark found that a warm/yellow cast was visible when a tungsten light was the source. High dynamic scenes also showed some loss of detail. On the video front, jitter, loss of detail, and color shading were noticeable in low-light conditions.

The Galaxy S7 Edge’s score of 88 beats out the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Sony Xperia Z5, which scored 87. Next in line is last year’s Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge and Note 5 with a score of 86. Fourth place belongs to the iPhone 6S Plus, Google Nexus 6P, and Motorola Droid Turbo 2. Rounding out the top five is the LG G4, Moto X Style, and Galaxy Note 4.

We should point out that although DxOMark specifically mentions the Galaxy S7 Edge in its review, the smaller and non-edged Galaxy S7 has the same camera, so the experience is likely to be the same.

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