We had the opportunity to spend the day with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and embarked on a photo tour of Barcelona, ââthe 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.
Here is a video of the iconic monument.
We got up to a higher vantage point and it was a perfect selfie opportunity.
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: off â¢ 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
It was fun, but the S7 edge camera also does great with ordinary buildings.
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 in the streets of Barcelona
As we passed, we took a few shots of street shops and the image quality seems enviable.
Here are also some close-ups.
A few more close-ups, this time inside.
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 Âµ) 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
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).
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: off â¢ on â¢ off â¢ 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.