1. PsychDoc's Avatar
    In a repeat of last year's issues, not all S7's are equipped with the Sony sensor. Some apparently have an in house ISOCELL sensor which is generally regarded as not being quite as good. Read all about it here:

    Samsung shipping both ISOCELL and Sony sensors in the Galaxy S7...again - Android Authority

    Remember the uproar last year when it was discovered that the the*Galaxy S6 was shipping with two different camera sensors? Some shipped with a Sony sensor – which turned out to be the slightly superior option – and others shipped with Samsung’s ISOCELL sensor. Well, Samsung is at it again, with both the Sony IMX260 and Samsung’s own ISOCELL sensors being used in the*Galaxy S7*and*Galaxy S7 Edge*cameras.

    Now, this might not be such a big deal if the sensors performed equally well, but as we saw last year, when side-by-side photos were taken with both cameras there was a general preference for the Sony results. While this isn’t to say the ISOCELL sensor is bad, when customers are paying for a top-of-the-line flagship they don’t want to think they might have a worse camera than their neighbor with the exact same phone.

    Generally speaking, it looks like most U.S.-bound Galaxy S7 and S7 Edges equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 tend to use the Sony sensor and the European S7 models with the Exynos SoC use the ISOCELL sensor, although there have been several exceptions posted on the web already.

    Of course, which sensor you think is “better” is a matter of personal preference, as the main differences last year were that the Sony sensor produced slightly warmer tones in daylight, a blueish tint in low light conditions and slightly larger image sizes compared to the ISOCELL sensor.

    If you’re wondering why Samsung would make this decision, it boils down to the supply chain. It’s not always possible to produce sufficient stocks of one sensor to use in all Galaxy S7 variants globally. If there’s a shortage in one supply chain you simply backfill it with the other, ensuring continuity of production. The same is true for the use of two different SoCs in Galaxy flagships.

    If you want to find out which sensor your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 uses, just install an app called AIDA64 and check the top line under Devices. The Sony IMX260 will be listed as such as the Samsung ISOCELL sensor will be listed as SLSI blah blah for System LSI, the Samsung division responsible for producing the ISOCELL sensor.

    As with last year’s “scandal”, Samsung will likely admit that different sensors are used in different Galaxy S7 devices and claim that all vendor components meet their strict standards of excellence and so on. However, this is really the kind of thing that should have been disclosed in the official*press release*on the Galaxy S7 camera which only mentions the ISOCELL sensor.
    03-09-2016 05:13 AM
  2. tshirttan408's Avatar
    Tried Aida64 and said no cameras detected. Will be seriously peed off if I have the rubbish one but have no way to check.
    03-09-2016 05:30 AM
  3. albie999's Avatar
    Its the ISOCELL in the UK for mine then
    03-09-2016 05:35 AM
  4. PsychDoc's Avatar
    Tried Aida64 and said no cameras detected. Will be seriously peed off if I have the rubbish one but have no way to check.
    Click the "Devices" tab within Aida64. It should tell you which you have.
    03-09-2016 05:49 AM
  5. tshirttan408's Avatar
    Click the "Devices" tab within Aida64. It should tell you which you have.
    Yeah it says camera not detected. Typed in *#34971539# and got this but don't know how to interpret?
    Attached Thumbnails Which camera sensor do you have?-screenshot_20160309-115124.jpg  
    03-09-2016 06:01 AM
  6. PsychDoc's Avatar
    Yeah it says camera not detected. Typed in *#34971539# and got this but don't know how to interpret?
    I believe yours (73cx) is the Sony. Here's an article that explains the (slight) differences:

    Here’s the difference between Samsung and Sony camera sensors on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge - SamMobile
    03-09-2016 06:28 AM
  7. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    Mine has the Sony for the rear and the other for the front. Not worried about that.

    Which camera sensor do you have?-screenshot_20160309-055804.jpg
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    03-09-2016 06:59 AM
  8. adelcastillo78's Avatar
    I got Sony sensor in the rear camera. I got a USA T-Mobile unit

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-09-2016 06:59 AM
  9. tshirttan408's Avatar
    I believe yours (73cx) is the Sony. Here's an article that explains the (slight) differences:

    Here’s the difference between Samsung and Sony camera sensors on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge - SamMobile
    Fantastic thank you very much for your help. How did you know the 73cx is the sony version?
    03-09-2016 06:59 AM
  10. Byron Hinson1's Avatar
    Isocell here in the UK

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-09-2016 07:09 AM
  11. PsychDoc's Avatar
    Fantastic thank you very much for your help. How did you know the 73cx is the sony version?
    Just a bit of googling. Still not 100% certain about the 73cx being the Sony but it seems the ISOCELL modules have very different designations.
    03-09-2016 07:13 AM
  12. tshirttan408's Avatar
    Just a bit of googling. Still not 100% certain about the 73cx being the Sony but it seems the ISOCELL modules have very different designations.
    I tried AIDA64 again and after accepting permissions it confirmed it's Sony. Thanks for your help.
    03-09-2016 07:34 AM
  13. MartinMPL's Avatar
    Entering the *# code into my dialer gave 73cx. Aida64 gives SLSI.....

    UK unlocked.
    03-09-2016 07:39 AM
  14. inffy's Avatar
    Sony here on my unlocked one
    03-09-2016 07:44 AM
  15. ZeneticX's Avatar
    Sony sensor

    UK Exynos unit

    Which camera sensor do you have?-screenshot_20160309-114942.jpg
    03-09-2016 07:44 AM
  16. PsychDoc's Avatar
    I tried AIDA64 again and after accepting permissions it confirmed it's Sony. Thanks for your help.
    You're very welcome.
    03-09-2016 08:12 AM
  17. Byron Hinson1's Avatar
    Talk was they were working on big improvements to isocell sensors so it's probably swings and roundabouts for both again.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-09-2016 08:34 AM
  18. Cakefish's Avatar
    Sony IMX260 for me. UK unlocked model from Carphone Warehouse.
    03-09-2016 08:59 AM
  19. marinus4444's Avatar
    Sony sensor for me too. Unlocked Exynos version from Carphone warehouse.
    03-09-2016 09:17 AM
  20. albie999's Avatar
    Interesting how devices in the UK all seem to be having different sensors
    Which camera sensor do you have?-screenshot_20160309-152048.jpg
    03-09-2016 09:22 AM
  21. Cakefish's Avatar
    Which is better or worse, Sony or Samsung ISOCELL?
    03-09-2016 09:46 AM
  22. Johnny Roberts's Avatar
    From what I'm hearing, it's the Sony camera with the yellow tint problem.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-09-2016 09:51 AM
  23. rkkeller's Avatar
    Mine has the Sony for the rear and the other for the front. Not worried about that.

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    Mine is the same ATT S7 Edge.
    03-09-2016 02:19 PM

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