Camera Chops: Samsung S7 Edge and the Lumia 950 XL

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After using the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for about a week, I decided that, while the camera was extremely quick to respond and snap pictures at lightning speeds, the overall Android experience was not preferable to my enjoyment of using Windows 10 mobile. But I think enough has been said, at this point anyway, about both devices. The S7 Edge is a very capable beauty, albeit a slippery one, and the Lumia 950 XL has undergone massive OS surgery and has come out all for the better. The design of the phone isn’t going to win many people over, but with a sleek black leather back from Mozo in place, the phone really does look ‘the business’.

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On to the cameras. I am certainly no imaging expert, and I always approach these comparisons with a preamble explaining that fact. I like to think of these things from the point of view of the average user, and I think of myself as an average user, despite my enthusiasm for all things mobile. Technical attributes of devices are not my forte, and that isn’t a problem; there are plenty of people out there who have already covered that side of things in plenty of depth and expertise. Google and ye shall find.

 

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However, from an average user’s point of view, one may still wish to compare the hard facts: the Samsung S7 Edge sports a 12MP camera unit with a 1/2.6″ sensor. The Lumia 950 XL’s camera maintains the ‘standard’ 20MP Lumia-flavour we’ve seen for a while now, while its particular sensor is slightly larger at 1/2.4″. Incidentally, while the mega-pixel count is the same as seen on the Lumia 930 and 1520 from 2014, their sensors were 1/2.5″ – this shows us that while the MP count might be the same, the camera units have been refined with the newer Lumias.

So let’s get to it then, some photos snapped with both phones. All you need to know is that both devices were left to their own, well, devices when it came to the settings in the respective camera applications. In other words, I left them on ‘Auto’ with the use of flash on just one shot. In each of the comparisons, the S7 Edge is first, with the Lumia 950 XL’s attempt next.

 

One thing to note (and for me to remember for the next comparison!) is that I had left my 950 XL in 16:9 mode instead of 4:3, meaning the camera wasn’t spitting out shots using the full 19MP but rather at 16MP, which is still good, but I wanted to push both devices to their limits. Oh well, I’ll remember for next time!

Also, a massive thank you to the fine guys and gals over at AT&T who provided the S7 Edge on loan for us to use.

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