Among other things, the Samsung Galaxy C5 also shares a camera with its bigger C7 sibling. It is equipped with the same 16MP snapper with a 4:3 aspect ratio and aperture of f/1.9. The phone also has a dual-tone LED flash, but sadly lacks many modern commodities such as OIS - natural, considering the price segment.
The camera in the Galaxy C5 is based around Samsung's S5K3P3 sensor. It is a 1-micron pixel sensor, which has a reduced height of only 5mm to fit into very thin devices with minimal protrusion. It uses the company's ISOCELL technology to physically separate neighboring pixels and limit unwanted crosstalk between neighboring pixels at the level of bigger 1.12 micron based image sensors, which lack the ISOCELL tech.
As for the overall camera experience on Galaxy C5, it is quite streamlined. Samsung has included the latest iteration of its camera app, and it works well. Launches are quick, and you also get the convenience of a quick launch shortcut - double pressing the Home button.
In terms of options, you get all the essentials out of the box. Shooting modes are plentiful and include Pro, Panorama, Food, Continuous shot, HDR, Night and Beauty face out of the box. However, in typical Samsung fashion, you can easily download more from the Galaxy store.
There is also a nice selection of effects, some of which are branded and come courtesy of particular developers. The C5 doesn't hesitate to give you a live preview of each either, and the option to download more is present here as well.
Pro mode is a nice addition, however, it only lets you control White balance, ISO and Exposure compensation. There is no manual focus or other more powerful options.
As for the samples themselves, they look really clean and sharp. Noise is kept at bay; resolved detail is good, and colors appear pretty accurate. Overall, pretty identical to the Galaxy C7.
There appears to be no obvious way to enable an auto HDR setting, but the main Auto mode seems to take advantage of it when needed. You can also take control yourself and force the HDR mode. Shooting on this setting does take a little longer, but never more than a couple of seconds. And it is well worth it, as the results are usually commendable. The C5 manages to retain extra information about both shadows and highlights, without going over board. It is worth noting, however, that the output resolution and field of view change slightly over the Auto mode.
Panoramic photos look alright. Not the best we have seen by a long shot with some noticeable jagged lines from stitching, but still a pretty good effort. Here are samples in both orientations.
You can also check our camera compare tool to see how the Galaxy C7 stacks up against the competition.
Flipping the camera interface around to the 8MP f/1.9 selfie camera didn't leave us disappointed either. Colors and detail in the samples are pretty good, with only the dynamic range falling a little bit short.
The selfie shooter offers a few options of its own. There is the Beauty face feature that is separated into three filters, each with their own individual sliders on a scale from zero to eight. These include Skin tone, Slim Face, and Large eyes. Below are samples of No filter, followed by each of the other modes in the same order of appearance, individually set to 5. Of course, you can always mix and match.
There is also a Wide selfie mode that generally works well with no noticeable signs of stitching in the end result. However, it does require some quite awkward hand-twisting motions to work.
The Samsung Galaxy C5 can shoot videos at a resolution of up to 1080p. Unlike its bigger C7 sibling, this cap doesn't seem to be artificial, as that is pretty much what the Snapdragon 617 can handle. This is all fine for prospective C5 owners, but we can't help but blame the C5 just a little bit for likely being part of the reason why the C7 is not allowed to shoot 4K clips.
Putting all that aside, video samples from the C5 look quite detailed. Contrast is excellent as well. Focus hunting was surprisingly much more relaxed than on the C7, but it might have been the conditions more than anything else. The phone records 1080p @ 30fps, and our video samples came out with a bitrate of 17Mbps and with 256Kbps, 48KHz audio.
Here is a short untouched sample (10s, 22MB) for download.
Last, but not least, you can check out video compare tool as well.