Galaxy S6 Edge+ – Camera
16-megapixel sensor, f/1.9 rear camera with optical image stabilisation; 5-megapixel, f/1.9 front camera; 5 minutes of 4K video; 60fps 1080p video; Video stabilisation
The S6 Edge+ has the same camera as the S6, S6 Edge and Note 5 and that’s no bad thing. It is one of the best cameras you can get on a smartphone – perhaps only the LG G4 edges it in a head-to-head.
One of the best things about it is Samsung’s camera app, which opens quickly and lets you capture the moment with a minimum of fuss. This is exactly what the iPhone 6 Plus excels at and the S6 Edge+ is almost as good at capturing high-quality photos without spending ages tinkering.
Focusing and shooting is incredibly fast, even in HDR mode – this takes several photos in quick succession and merges them into a better image. It’s exactly what you want from a pocket camera.
If you do like to get a bit more hands on with your photos then you can go into Pro mode. This lets you change a huge range of settings from focus to white balance and ISO.
We find it’s not quite as easy to use as the manual settings on the LG G4, but it’s not far off.
Of course, the app also lets you add a range of filters for all the instagrammers out there. The S6 Edge+ also has an effective Bokeh app, called Selective Focus. Another nifty feature worth mentioning is Virtual Shot. This is like panorama in reverse. Select an object and rotate the camera round it and you get a little 360 degree video of it.
The app is only worthwhile if the pictures taken are any good, and thankfully they are. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a very good camera indeed. In fact is has two of them.
The front camera has an 8-megapixel sensor that excels in low-light. It’s perfect for embarrassing drunken selfies in suspect bars. If you’re into that sort of thing, that is.
Both cameras also come with – software-based – video stabilisation. The aim of this is to reduce some of the waviness taking video with an OIS phone causes. It does eliminate some of this effect, but don’t expect to have beautifully smooth video if you’re hand isn’t steady.