The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5 — which is one of 16MP — is already a step-up from the one on the Galaxy S4, at 13MP, but it will be likely outdone by the imaging system on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6. The phone which is expected to be unveiled on March 1 at Mobile World Congress will likely have a 20MP shooter, much like the rumored camera specifications for its main competitor, the HTC One M9.
No, Samsung has not officially unveiled this information; it comes our way as a report from SamMobile quoting an unnamed source that claims to have access to a Galaxy S6 prototype. Said person claims that the shooter on the Galaxy S6 is one of 20MP, and is fitted with optical image stabilisation. It will form an imaging pair with the five-megapixel front-facing webcam (the same as on the Galaxy A series of phones), both sensors being reportedly Samsung’s own chips.
The camera on the back will be capable, according to the report, of shooting in any of the following modes: 20MP (5952×3348), 15MP (4464×3348), 11MP (3344×3344), 8MP (3264×2448), 6MP (3264×1836) and 2.4MP (2048×1152).
However, and here is where the “safety net” is put in place, the report claims that Samsung might or might not use this sensor on the Galaxy S6. It might be reserved for the S Edge, or might be capped, replaced, etc., depending on mass production capabilities.
There’s also chatter about a so-called “Pro” feature coming to the Samsung Galaxy S6 camera, bringing RAW capabilities and manual focus modes.
We’ll leave you with the above for now to digest, believe, or remain skeptical about. We’ll be in Barcelona to see exactly what Samsung has up its sleeve.