Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Apple’s next-gen iPhone, likely to be called iPhone 6S, are the most-awaited smartphones in the second half of the year. The Korean electronics giant is also working on the successor to the Galaxy S6, but that is unlikely to arrive until early next year. Samsung has traditionally refreshed its Galaxy S line in March-April every year.
The camera has become one of the major highlights in high-end smartphones. In the past few weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S cameras. Let’s take a look at what these devices might have in store in terms of camera capabilities.
Galaxy Note 5 camera
Latest reports coming out of South Korean website ETNews suggest that the Galaxy Note 5 may feature a dual-lens camera, just like the one we have seen in HTC One M8. Samsung’s Exynos 7420 processor already supports a dual-lens camera setup, so it shouldn’t be very difficult for the Korean company. Stashing two cameras on the back may help in color precision, augmented reality, face/body awareness and clearer images.
Other reports suggest that the Galaxy Note 5 would feature a 21-megapixel main camera with enhanced low-light capabilities and 6Mp front-facing camera. Samsung will use an f/1.8 lens in the Galaxy Note 5 to rival the next-gen iPhone. Customers should expect it to capture full HD videos.
Galaxy S7 camera
Galaxy S7 is still several months away, so there are very few reports about its camera functionality. A report from Latin Post claims that the S7 would feature a massive 30-megapixel main camera and 10-megapixel front camera for selfies. On top of that, it will have a GigaPixel feature to shoot high-resolution images and automatically stitch them into an ultra-high resolution image.
iPhone 6S camera
Though there have been a lot of rumors about the iPhone 6S featuring an upgraded camera, the iOS 9 code has revealed what Apple has in store. Developer Hamza Sood spotted code in the iOS 9 which indicates that the front-facing camera will be capable of recording 1080p videos. The iPhone 6S camera will also be able to capture 720p videos at 240 frames per second.
More importantly, Sood says that the iPhone 6S front camera will be armed with a flash and slow-motion video. The selfie camera will also allow users to take a panorama. Separately, ETNews says that the next iPhone will have a dual-lens main camera that will be based on technology provided by Linx, an Israeli startup Apple acquired in April. The main camera is expected to get a much-needed upgrade to 12-megapixel.