The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Key Features
Four Cameras, 4X The Fun?
It has a single front camera, built around the incredibly high-resolution 24 MP Sony IMX576 sensor and f/2.0 lens. In dark conditions, its front camera can combine four pixels into one for even better low-light performance.
Despite its high resolution though, Samsung opted to limit to recording just 1080p videos.
In the back, it features a triple camera system, which is made up of :
- a main 24 MP camera with f/1.7 lens,
- a 120° wide angle 8 MP camera with f/2.4 lens, and
- a 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens.
Even though there are three cameras, only two of them actually take pictures or videos. The depth sensor is not an imaging camera, and is only used for better depth perception, and subject separation (from the background).
The 24 MP main camera uses the same high-resolution Sony IMX576 sensor, with very bright and fast f/1.7 lens. The depth sensor is slaved to the main camera, allowing to deliver Live Focus and more accurate software bokeh capabilities.
The wide angle camera, on the other hand, boasts the same 120° viewing angle as the human eye. Here are some photos to show you just how useful the ultra-wide angle camera can be :
Both imaging cameras feature a new Scene Optimizer technology that uses AI algorithms to identify the subject and automatically adjust its colour, contrast and brightness for the best possible image quality.
However, just like with the front camera, Samsung limits both rear cameras to 1080p video recording.[adrotate group=”1″]
Side Fingerprint Sensor
For the first time, Samsung is deploying a side fingerprint sensor, that doubles as a power button. It allows for smaller bezels, while allowing the fingerprint sensor to be used even when the Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) is attached to a car mount.
The side fingerprint sensor takes some getting used to, because there is less tactile guidance. It is harder to determine (by feeling) where the sensor is. But the good news is muscle memory will kick in eventually.
For ease of use, we would recommend registering the third finger of your left hand, and/or the thumb of your right hand.
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