PARAG B, 30 Aug 20169mp cud be ok for you, but u cannot expect everyone to be ok or be happy with it..Its plainly ... moreMegapixel aside for one second....
The photos I take on the Note 7 (IMX260 sensor) poo all over the photos from Note 4 / 5 (Sony IMX240).
The sensor is capturing noticably more range of light (dynamic range), and the HDR auto mode is working a lot better, and looks to be set for more gradations in shadows..
Some of this (the HDR aspect) could come through a software upgrade to the older phones,.. but the extra dynamic range cannot.
Combined with the ability to save RAW modes,.. software for photo editing can do a lot to render sharper images,.. and working with RAW modes and high powered CPUs (and GPUs in some instances) can give a lot more 'processing power' than what we can expect from on camera 'fast' processing to make a jpeg.
I cannot hammer home enough how important capturing 'rich colour' is to photography.
Until you have printed out a couple of pictures from competing camera sensors, you just cannot see the difference that better light capture makes.
Given we take photos to 'record the moment'; a better recording of that moment might actually matter.
More megapixels doesn't make it a better recording... just allows you to decide that your initial 'crop' of the scene was incorrectly chosen, and that you only want to use a tinier part of the image instead.
Most photographers would rather think ahead to the shot they WANT to capture.
Or we can do it the 'Michael Bay way' and have hundreds of hours (petabytes of data) of footage to 'select from'. There once was a time when hollywood storyboarded their movies and knew what they were trying to convey in each scene...
PARAG B, 30 Aug 20169mp cud be ok for you, but u cannot expect everyone to be ok or be happy with it..Its plainly ... more Each time you choose to not hear what the "more megapixel does not mean better quality" people are actually saying just allows you to go on truly uneducated.
By all means: "prefer your higher megapixel count", just do not be dismissive of better sensors!
With a newer sensor often comes improvements in dynamic range, and wider range of usable ISO (sensitivity).
This is for more than just 'low light' photography, but is certainly how most people will attempt to describe one of the benefits this offers.
Simply put; wider dynamic range is 'capturing better colours'/'light' when taking photos.
Spec sheets and 'more megapixel' might 'sound good', but is unlikely to look better than a sensor designed to take 'great photos' (irrelevant of the spec sheet numbers).
Newer sensors in 'camera phones' start to approach aps-c (dslr typically) sensors from over a decade ago in colour reproduction.
To some people who take photos; what the photos LOOK LIKE actually matters.
For all the rest, they can enjoy having 20 megapixel sensors without optical stabilisation, on slower glass, that have to hold the shutter button open for longer (and end up with a blurred image, albeit at, say 16mp... 16 megapixels of blur with ISO artifacts and significantly less colour response. Unless shot in perfect sunlight (whih most actual photographers try to avoid due to the 'harshness' of the light / extremity between the shadow and the highlight detail) which will reduce the blur aspect of a potentially moving target, but will still be missing the dynamic range improvements allowing greater colour recording and better dynamics from light to dark.
Modern sensors, especially ones attempting to do a better job at light capture, are significantly better than older sensors that might quote more megapixels.
But, to each their own....
I still argue that 12mp (or 9mp for widescreen; though I would encourage trying panorama mode with phone held vertically for an extremely detailed widescreen image) with a lens adapter that nets much sharper photo detail than more megapixels ever will, whilst having the benefits of a photo sensor designed for GREAT PHOTOS, is the better camera sensor for majority of people and most occaisions.
Knowing that this phone can take underwater shots,.. better light capturing ability should be paramount; and ALWAYS aids in taking better photos.
Real world usage vs theoretical.
Given that the best monitors don't have 9MP of resolution... and most people never print beyond 6x4", real world argument against using a camera sensor that capture better light is just silly. Given that a sensors' job is TO CAPTURE LIGHT!
Bunyip22, 30 Aug 2016The 16MP 16:9 photos on the GN4 (5312x2988) used to bug me because the file sizes were really ... more9mp cud be ok for you, but u cannot expect everyone to be ok or be happy with it..Its plainly stupid for me to use 9mp 16:9 photos with less details i mostly use my smartphones camera in daytime .and no! i do not everytime print posters of the pics that i take .its just that i do not like the idea of loosing out on details from my photos ..and the mb size of the photos does not bother me a bit..most Ppl now a days think that just by saying that "mp does not matter" they sound very intellactual.i.e they keep on repeating the same thing..again and again but for me that exta resolution matters and i am upgrading not downgrading so why can i not expect a better camera on GN7 like i mentioned in my previous post
Bunyip22, 30 Aug 2016Why are you calling the GN7 brittle?
Phonebuffs mechanical drop tests (most accurate) show ... moreI have seen those videos too! GN7 screen has gorilla glass 5 however it is a bit soft and is scratch prone than previous gorilla glaas 4 although GG5 can take more drops as its a bit flexible and soft without shatterring the screen when compaired to GG4 but the edges still gives GN7 a disadvatage as it may start to crack from there(i.e i wanted flat screen GN7 modal as well) you might also know that even the GG4 can also take drops.
So if you see scratching a screen is a more comman scenario than dropping the phone i have never used and never liked to use a scratch guard on any of my smartphones screen but with GG5 i have got no option left but to use screen guard and not only on the front but at back also as GN7 is also covered with GG5 from its back.
PARAG B, 30 Aug 2016Note7 is just the same as G S7 edge with a spen I hated s7 and s7 edge for its camera and was ... moreThen just stay with the Note.5 for the camera you love. For your information, the S Pen can still place marks on the curved edges.
Anonymous, 30 Aug 2016Once you glued the SIM card and the microSD card together, it is a non-reversible process, you... moreWhy are you calling the GN7 brittle?
Phonebuffs mechanical drop tests (most accurate) show the GN5 shatters more than the GN7 on the very first drop. The GN7 survived 50 drops and still worked 100%.
As far as drop test durability goes, the GN7 ranked 3rd of all the phones they have tested... the GN5 was a distant 8th..... The GN7 scratches easier but the GN5 is the more brittle, less durable phone.
Note 7 drop test is below.
Note 5 drop test is below.
PARAG B, 30 Aug 2016Note7 is just the same as G S7 edge with a spen I hated s7 and s7 edge for its camera and was ... moreThe 16MP 16:9 photos on the GN4 (5312x2988) used to bug me because the file sizes were really big (5-12MB).
The 9MP 16:9 photos on the GN7 (4032x2268) is sweet for me because the image quality awesome and the file sizes are way smaller (1.5-3.0MB).
When you have kids and you take hundreds of photos and use cloud this is really handy :-)
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 29 Aug 2016Yes, you can. You need to be accurate make sure the SIM is really glued securely into the micr... moreOnce you glued the SIM card and the microSD card together, it is a non-reversible process, you cannot use them separately anymore. What if someday I want to use the microSD card to the plastic phone Note 3 and keep using the SIM card to the brittle Note 7?
Note7 is just the same as G S7 edge with a spen I hated s7 and s7 edge for its camera and was afraid that samsung sud not adapt the same camera for Note 7 but that is exactly what has happened plus there is no flat screen version.So all in all waterproofing, Sd card slot and extra 500mah battery are the only things going in favour of Note7 but for me all of these advantages become not so important than a Camera on my Smartphone..
.bigger f1.7 apreture is good for low light but that does not mean that i have to live with 12mp squarish low detailed ( than Note5) daytime photos and sheaky videos which is a disadvantage for s7 s7 edge and now the Note7 as well.
Although i am going to get Note7 shortly as there is no other better smartphone rightnow However i still feel that note5 is still a great device .plus note5 does not have scratch prone gorilla glass screen like of note7
note5 has excellent daytime camera which is better than note7's camera .
Note5 does not have the useless (shatter prone) edges like Note7.
Spen works better on a flat screen note5 not on edge screen .
Note5 is still a very fast and multitasking phone with its 4gb ram and 2.1ghz processor.Note5 has 64gb & 128gb modals.
Note7 sud have had 20mp (or atleast 16mp) camera with the f/1.7 apreture (for low light) and full 16:9 aspect ratio instead of square photos which looks ugly on a smart tvs which mainly has 16:9 aspect ratio.
Note7 sud have had a flat screen modal.
Note7 sud have had a 6gb ram plus 128gb modal for the price samsung is asking us to pay.
absolut-allen, 30 Aug 2016Agreed. That's why I think the Note sold s9 well this time around due to those wanting to upgr... moreThe problem with Samsung is they haven't been consistent with features of their product. They have put out some interesting features that are taken out by the next generation. It's likely they have started to make tech slumps every other year because they seem to be running out of tech innovations.
Making the S6 and Note.5 flagships unattractive and not selling to Europe was the strategy to make us want the next generation. They starve us first.
So,I predict that next year's Note would have a significant feature taken out, while some new ones are introduced. I know it doesn't make sense. Unlike Apple who keep features they've introduced from previous iPhones.
I've got the Note 7, switching over from an iPhone 6S Plus. I don't understand what all the hype has been about this phone's display and camera, because from my experience thus far with both devices, the iPhone clearly has the superior display and camera. I've asked friends and family to compare them, too, and all agree with me. Needless to say, I will be going back to the far better iPhone.
Bunyip22, 30 Aug 2016Compared to the GN5 the major benefits of the GN7 are water proofing and micro SD card. Not im... moreAgreed. That's why I think the Note sold s9 well this time around due to those wanting to upgrade their older Notes. I haven't seen anything riveting enough to take the jump from the 5 so I'll be in line for the 8 for sure.
mrkabbazi, 30 Aug 2016I dont see any dramatic superiority with previous galaxy notes. Considering the price, note 7 ... moreCompared to the GN5 the major benefits of the GN7 are water proofing and micro SD card. Not important to some people but the missing SD card stopped me getting the GN5.
On top of this there are the usual improvements to appearance, battery life, performance, camera, software etc etc.
If you have a GN5 and don't need IP or SD the GN7 may not be warranted but it is a massive jump up on the GN4 imho.
Bunyip22, 24 Aug 2016Media server has been using 20 to 30 pct of my battery the last 2 days... Any ideas? MEDIA SERVER BATTERY DRAIN SOLVED.
Media server has been a big drain (25-50%) for nearly 2 weeks. I tried a heap of things, deleted movies, pics, music but nothing worked. Doing some googling and i found a youtube video that said the S7 media server drain was from Google Chrome. I have reverted to the Samsung web browser this morning (which is pretty nice) and the MEDIA SERVER BATTERY DRAIN IS GONE!! :-)
Obviously this doesn't happen to everyone but its pretty poor that a major app like chrome has a major flaw.
I dont see any dramatic superiority with previous galaxy notes. Considering the price, note 7 is even a fail.
leo28, 29 Aug 2016they gave 12mp cam in s7 and note 7 so when they launch note 8 and s8 than people have some re... moreYou clearly don't know how cameras work so I'll put it in basic terms... If you add more MP to a small mobile sensor you get more noise (those square artefacts that are obvious in low light). Samsung has opted to go a large f1.7 aperture instead (let's in more liight) which has resulted in a great low light camera... I'm glad it's not 16MP.
G Chand, 29 Aug 2016Hahahaha that's right they gave 12mp cam in s7 and note 7 so when they launch note 8 and s8 than people have some reason to buy those latest phones!otherwise who would buy.cause phone tech has reached a place where very little improvement is possible now...10 years ago each year the phone became rwice faster and twice better camera.now upper limit is reached.they have to play tricks to make you buy more
Farcry 5, 29 Aug 2016Pedro the neighbor..what u think im should upgrade from Note 4 to Note 7?
The only thing i ... moreI've admired the Note 4, yet I felt out had not enough features to make me jump from my Note 3.
Water-resistance alone should not be the sole reason to upgrade. There's the wickedly fast-focusing super-sharp excellent camera, more internal memory, excellent fingerprint unlocking, S Pen greatly improved, and HDR playback
Iris scanning is slower and less convenient than a fingerprint scan, putting glass as a rear material is stupid, wireless charging is a waste of time, sealed battery means spending more money for replacing it when it starts giving shorter life per charge, and no way you can have extended battery that will DIRECTLY power the device.
You'll miss the Infrared remote functions, user battery replacement, and sturdier back.