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So, now without much ado, lets checkout Samsung Galaxy J7. Today we will review Samsung Galaxy J7 (2015) photography capabilities, that is it’s Camera review.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2015)
|Sensor||13MP rear shooter|
|Raw DNG (Digital Negative)||Yes|
|Video recorder||1080p at 30fps|
|OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)||No|
|Front camera||5 MP, f/2.0|
The camera UI is pretty unified among Galaxy phones, the Samsung Galaxy J7 even has Pro mode. It is surely not as advanced as you will get on a Galaxy S or Note series, but you get sliders for ISO, exposure compensation and white balance but nothing on focus or shutter speed.
The Pro Mode gives you access to other stuff like Panorama, Continuous shot, HDR, Sound & shot and a couple of other features. On the viewfinder, you also get options including color effects and metering.
Some key features
It has several modes (Auto, Pro (lets you adjust white balance, ISO and exposure manually), Panorama, Continuous shot, Beauty face, Sound & shot, Sports and HDR.), Effects ( Grey-scale, Sepia, Negative), and timer ( 2, 5 or 10 seconds). You can also press the home button twice to launch the camera, even when the screen is off and use the volume rockers as camera shutter.
The image quality of the main camera is quite good. White balance is quite accurate. The noise reduction does a good job of keeping images relatively noise-free and sharp, it even handles complicated detail like foliage quite well.
The Galaxy J7 camera is a 13MP shooter and impressively features an f/1.9 aperture – just like the Galaxy S6, Note5 and A8. Of course, it doesn’t have their sensors, but this is the premium budget smartphone we’re talking about here.
The front-facing camera is a 5MP/1080p shooter, which gets its own flash. The Galaxy J7 is for some fun photography even in the dark.
The HDR mode did a good job of bringing more detail to the sunny sky, without smudging up the rest of the image. Unlike other Samsung Galaxy variants, instead of lowering the resolution, it shot at full 13MP resolution.
The 5MP selfie camera is a key feature of the Samsung Galaxy J7, even though the sky sometimes gets overexposed even when the sun is not directly behind you. Colors appear a bit dull, at times.
You can use Samsung’s Selfie Panorama mode to capture 120° of the scene, a single shot usually captures only 85°.
Both cameras on the Samsung Galaxy J7 can take 1080p videos at 30fps. The camera lacks high-FPS modes.
On the upside, the 1080p video form the main camera is very good quality. It suffers from over-saturated colors and narrow dynamic range like the still camera, sometimes, but still the 17Mbps videos look sharp and plays smoothly.
The microphones capture good quality sound and the phone saves the best of it at 256Kbps bit rate. The mics aren’t flagship level, but still get above average audio quality.
The daylight shots are decent, but the exposure is not consistent, so a few images end up dull or over exposed. Macro shots are good offering nice bokeh effect, thanks to f/1.9 aperture. Images are sharp and the color reproduction is good. HDR shots are better, except exposure issues in daylight. It is advised to use the Pro mode and adjust the exposure accordingly. Low-light shots have some noise as usual, but the image quality is pretty good. Images with flash are good since the flash offers an ample amount of light and is not over powering.
Overall, The rear camera is decent and the front-facing camera is about average for the price range.
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