We had the opportunity to spend the day with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and embarked on a photo tour of Barcelona, ​​the hometown of MWC for the past ten years.

Of course, we stopped at the Sagrada Familia. This remarkable building is rich in intricate detail and the Galaxy S7 edge did an impressive job of capturing it all.

Sagrada Familia - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Sagrada Familia - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Sagrada Familia - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Sagrada Familia

Here is a video of the iconic monument.

We got up to a higher vantage point and it was a perfect selfie opportunity.

Sagrada selfie - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Selfie of the Sagrada

With the sun at an odd angle, we turned on HDR which helped bring out more detail in the shadows.

HDR: disabled - Samsung Galaxy S7 edge MWC 2016
HDR: enabled - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

HDR: off • on

We also tried a panorama, the edge of the Samsung Galaxy S7 stitched things together perfectly and the resolution is impressive. However, it doesn’t appear that Samsung has enabled HDR in panoramas.

Panorama at the Sagrada Familia - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Panorama at the Sagrada Familia

It was fun, but the S7 edge camera also does great with ordinary buildings.

The construction of these buildings is well and truly finished - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
The construction of these buildings is effectively completed - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
The construction of these buildings is well and truly finished - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
The construction of these buildings is well and truly finished - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The construction of these buildings is currently completed

These are the Porta Fira Towers, a 28-story skyscraper.

Shooting videos and walking is the # 1 cause of handshaking. Here is the Galaxy S7 edge attempt to fix it with OIS.

We went deeper into the streets where tall buildings cast shadows, but the S7 edge camera was not disturbed. You may end up with a cool bokeh if you focus on a nearby object, look at the last shot.

More camera samples from the streets of Barcelona - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
More camera samples from the streets of Barcelona - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
More camera samples from the streets of Barcelona - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
More camera samples from the streets of Barcelona - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

More camera samples in the streets of Barcelona

As we passed, we took a few shots of street shops and the image quality seems enviable.

Street shops - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Street shops - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Street shops - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Street shops - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Street shops

Here are also some close-ups.

Macro photos - Samsung Galaxy S7 edge MWC 2016
Macro photos - Samsung Galaxy S7 edge MWC 2016

Macro photography

A few more close-ups, this time inside.

Indoor macros - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Indoor macros - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Indoor macros

Okay, we weren’t walking all the time, we also took a cab every now and then. Time lapse is the way to go when you’re stuck in traffic.

A reward at the end of a long day. Sunset presented a perfect opportunity to test the low-light skills of the camera. With a bright aperture (f / 1.7), large pixels (1.4 µ) and an OIS, the camera does brilliantly.

The ISO rarely exceeded 250, the shutter speed was sometimes as low as 1/10 sec, but the OIS kept things blurry.

Barcelona night photos - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Barcelona night photos - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Barcelona night photos - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Barcelona night photos - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Barcelona night photos

Oh, the dangers of the job – we walked into a bar. Not the best kind of lighting – mostly dark with bright spotlights.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge handled things admirably, most phones would have made a murky and hazy mess. You can clearly see the people, but also the bottles on the wall (in front of a bright backlight).

Bar photography - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Bar photography - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Bar photography - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Bar photography - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Bar photography

Speaking of a bad combination of light and dark, photographing the sun as it sets behind tall buildings is also a challenge. We resorted to HDR mode, which really saved the shot.

HDR: disabled - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
HDR: enabled - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
HDR: disabled - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
HDR: enabled - MWC 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

HDR: off • on • off • on

The camera is quick to launch and the shooting time is lightning fast. We noticed that the Galaxy S7 edge comes with a few more shooting modes preinstalled than the S7 and both have less than the S6.

The interface favors one-handed operation and even on the 5.5 “screen of the S7 edge, the home screen shows a 4×4 grid of huge icons. We switched it to 5×5 and prefer that, but we can see where Samsung is coming from.

The edge of the Galaxy S7 is really comfortable in the hand and we attribute it to the curved back. The smaller Galaxy S7 definitely feels thicker and heavier than its predecessor.

Despite their metal and glass construction, we had a fairly firm grip on both phones (all metal phones can be harder to hold). That said, they smeared their fingerprints very quickly.

The Always On display gets the job done and although it was dim from the maximum screen brightness (for battery life reasons), we could still see the clock even in direct sunlight.

The day may be over, but we’re not done with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge yet. The latter will face the LG G5 in an epic one-on-one before leaving Barcelona.