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Galaxy S5 Camera Details Leak – 16 MP, Capacitive Button, and 3D Tour Shot

As we approach Samsung’s Unpacked event, it seems the veritable floodgate of rumors has opened. The newest area of interest is the Galaxy S5’s camera, which reportedly represents a big improvement over the smartphone’s predecessor.

According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S5’s rear shooter packs a 16 MP sensor capable of capturing 4K footage at 30 FPS and 1080p at 60 FPS. That jibes with a number of early reports, and matches the resolution of the photo allegedly taken with a Galaxy S5 @evleaks tweeted yesterday.

SamMobile also revealed that the Galaxy S5 will make taking pictures easier with a new button. Apparently, the lower-right side of the device will house a “Side Touch” camera button that’s “invisible,” but can activated by a tap. That basically describes a capacitive key, and while I question the wisdom of placing such a part on the portion of the device you’ll often brush, it sounds like Samsung was smart enough to disable the function when the camera app is in Portrait Mode, Easy Mode, and recording video. Hopefully, that’ll be enough to prevent accidental pocket snapshots.

Speaking of different modes, Samsung may have gone overboard with the presets and settings in its camera app. Perhaps the most interesting addition is 3D Tour Shot, which seems like an extension of Google’s Photo Sphere; with it, you can create “interactive virtual tours of your surroundings.” Other highlights include Focus Select, which allows you to adjust a picture’s depth of field, and a number of presets which may or may not be included in the final software: Mosaic Shot, Smile Shot, Frame Shot, Vintage, Cartoon, Add Me, Action Shot, Stop Motion, Cartoon and Pet.

Can’t wait to see the capacitive camera button and 3D Tour Shot in action? You won’t have to wait long.

Via: SamMobile
  • e_droid

    I hope they greatly improve the mic to record in loud environments. No, I don’t stand at a concert filming the entire time, but when I do decide to capture something, I don’t want it to sound like utter crap.

  • MichaelCrackMonkey

    I hope their radios have improved. I recently switched from a Galaxy S3 to a Motox and found much better radios on the MotoX. Get 4G on Moto where I’m lucky to get 3G on the Galaxy.

  • Chris M

    camera specs dont excite me. i know im in the minority here

    • Tim242

      They excite me!

  • Stephen

    I hope most of all they do some work on the speaker. Capturing audio at a live show or any setting where decibels are high just results in garbled wasted video.

    • John Davids

      Wouldn’t you be interested in them improving the microphone, not the speaker?

      • Stephen

        That is correct sir. long day at work my apologies

        • John Davids

          lol right on. was just curious 🙂

  • StockGS3er

    As an owner of a GS3, I’d like to see 3D Tour Shot, Focus Select, Mosaic Shot, Cartoon, Add Me, Action Shot, Eraser Shot and Stop Motion brought over when they update the device to KitKat.

  • I think what everyone is really waiting on is what the UI will be like. Has Samsung toned things down per Google’s request? Is it the same bloated Touch Wiz? Is it even more bloated than the S4 was to the point that more than 50% of the internal space was dedicated to the OS and stock features? That is a bigger question than specs at this point since we all know, since the S3, that Samsung does well with hardware specs

    • Tim242

      Google did not request that they change TW IR its features. The only thing mentioned was duplicated apps.

  • Johnny Valenzuela

    That s it ???? Underwater camera??? What kind of morons will put thier phones in water???

  • Chad

    O my god, YES! I’ve missed a dedicated camera button since the D1!

  • Ben Murphy

    Pocket snapshots? No more going commando. =/

  • Ray

    I almost thought they got rid of the Home button Bahhhaa

    • BMC123

      how do you know they didn’t?

      • The Narrator

        Samsung isn’t that smart to realize nobody likes home buttons.

        • Daistaar

          I can show you a few hundred million people that have no issue with a physical home button…

          • Ray

            Just because i buy something doesn’t mean i like everything about it

        • Wozz

          Shame that apple outsells your petbrand with their gigantic home button and everything.

        • Silky Johnson

          meh… i dont necessarily think thats true. i personally dont like home buttons, but everyone else i know with an android phone likes that the phone actually has buttons. I think people like us on droid life are part of a minority that prefers stock android/ software buttons.

          • The Narrator

            Most people have no experience with any different because they are sucked into advertising

          • MicroNix

            Like those looking for a hunk of wood on the back of their phone?

        • Tim242

          A lot of people like them, me included.

      • Ray

        I don’t I read the tittle as if reports were saying they did that’s all

  • T4rd

    So, basically the camera button will be useless while the phone is in a case? Nice.

    • Raven

      Yes, two-stage is the key to a good camera button. Their capacitive one won’t be any better than an on-screen one. Sometimes I still miss little things about my old Droid.

    • I’m Being Sarcastic

      Yea I mean, it isn’t like case companies haven’t made cases with cutouts before. I mean I can’t even use my camera because I have a case and the lense is covered, AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ABOUT NO CUTOUTS FOR THE USB CONNECTION.

      I haven’t been able to charge my device in YEARS.

      • T4rd

        Alrighty then…? I’ve never seen cases cover or have flaps for capacitive buttons. Your point is moot. Trying to use that capacitive button on the side will be awkward as hell with any case that isn’t a slim case, even with a cutout.

        • DigitalEnforcer

          Lol, I think you missed his sarcasm

          • T4rd

            Nah, I got it. Doesn’t change the argument, just how he’s making it.

        • Speedyrulz

          The Griffin Survivor Skin cases for the Galaxy S4 actually cover the capacitive buttons and they still work. So you can make a case that still works while still protecting it.

  • Disqus_n00b

    I miss phones including a specific camera button. You still have to swipe the screen to open the camera, and sometimes the volume rocker is on the opposite side.

    • JMonkeYJ

      Sony’s phones still have a camera button. Definitely a nice feature.

      • LionStone

        Windows Phones do also by HTC and Nokia.

  • JBartcaps

    3D Tour Shot sounds like Google Maps Street View, would be awesome to walk through my house and take pictures then have 3D Tour Shot stitch it together

  • BK

    How many camera shots will be missed while trying to find the “hidden” capacitive side button?

    Love the waterproof rumors though.

    • Even though I don’t use it that much, this makes me appreciate the Twist feature of the Moto X (forget what it’s formally called).

      • droidify

        The twist feature is like knock on by LG. These are features I hope all manufactures copy.

        • It’s a feature that you kinda don’t think you’ll use that much when you buy it, then you use it and you’re like, “Ooooh, that was cool.” Haha

          • BodomSlayer

            I didn’t think I would use it all that much but it is much easier to just twist and go.

        • The Narrator

          Knock on is amazing. Love it.

          • Ralph Bretz

            I never used the LG G2, but I really liked that feature they should. knock knock to turn on.

      • Ralph Bretz

        No idea what the twist is called either but I use it all the time. One of the best Moto features behind active display but I never think about it.

        • CCCO

          co-sign on twist to open camera thingy…I use it all the time as well

  • Logan Jinks

    Just make it out of better materials. I picked the S4 over the One and sometime regret the decision because of the crappy build quality. I love how the phone feels, but hate how easily the back scratches and the faux-metal band chips away when I remove the freaking phone case!

    • JMonkeYJ

      The HTC One is pretty ridiculous in terms of build quality. Mine was submerged in 2 inches of water for at least 15 minutes 8 months ago and is still working fine to this day.

    • Tim242

      I have had my S4 since launch day. I have never used a case. It doesn’t have a single scratch on it.

      • LionStone

        Because you use your Note 3

    • MicroNix

      You all do know that the “scratches” “shiny” “cheap plastic” “doesn’t feel good in my hands” cover is *removable* and can be replaced for the price of a case with something like a matte cover, right? Just like like you can slap a hunk of wood on the back of an X, you can replace the back cover of a Galaxy. That argument is so weak and so old….

      • Logan Jinks

        But Samsung shouldn’t require me or anyone else to make an additional purchase because they don’t know how to pick better materials. I like the design of the phone just not the cheap plastic. I also wouldn’t mind more plastic if it meant that it was more durable. Lastly the cheap chrome paint isn’t replaceable and was the worse decision they made when making the S4.

        • MicroNix

          I’ve had an S3 for over a year and a half now with no case/protection and the “chrome” band is still perfect. Is it Samsung’s fault you throw on a case that is too tight?

          • Logan Jinks

            That’s awesome, but the S3 isn’t designed the same as the S4. The S3 is rounded on all sides, so there isn’t a “lip” to catch on things or come into contact with a surface first. I am certain the Gorilla Glass on the front of your phone is also stronger and more durable than the plastic that it was made from. Additionally, I use a TPU case that is pretty soft and not “too tight”.

            Motorola, HTC, Nokia, Apple, and LG all know how to make good material choices. The back of the Galaxy Note 3 proves that Samsung know how to as well (even though the stitching goes into bad design choices). I just want them to do the same with S5 this time around.

            I don’t understand why you have to defend Samsung so hard. This was my opinion and I chose to own an S4. With that, I wanted an S4 for the camera and replaceable battery. After owning one there were things I didn’t end up caring for afterwards.

            Now that I’ve complained about the material choice, I guess should go ahead and vent the rest of my frustrations. The fact that 16GB of base storage is ridiculous. Starting off at 32GB is just another thing that HTC got right. And before you can tell me to purchase a SD card, I did. I’ve moved most of my apps to a 16GB class 10 card. But 16GB of base storage is still a problem because Samsung’s apps and UI take up about 6.28 GB of storage. I’m left with 11GB and there is still information that has to be left on that storage and I have about 1GB left for the phone to act normally. I don’t have video or music on my phone, so that basically limits my SD card storage to apps and app data, which a lot of still has to stay on the phone due to system requirements.

            So I have a “possible” total of 32GB of storage, but because I only use apps, system requirements, and Samsung taking 6.28GB from me, I would have been better off with a 4GB card.

            I have also grown tired of Samsung’s choice in display technology. I love the saturated colors, but because I am a video person, the horribly off balance whites drive me bonkers. I can’t stand that every phone I compare mine to doesn’t have blueish/gray whites. I can say that this is better than the blue whites my Galaxy Nexus use to put out, but its still not that acceptable.

            So to round up everything, I can definitely say that my Samsung Galaxy S4 is by far the coolest, fastest, and best phone I have ever owned and used, but there are things about it that I wish Samsung would change, since so many other manufactures manage to get those parts of their phones right.

  • Tony G.

    jumped on the nexus bandwagon and dont regret. the galaxy s4, will sound weird, had too many bells and whistles

    • BigTimmay

      I love my S4. I’ve been pretty happy with it overall. Fast and my battery life lasts me all day & has since the day I bought it.
      It sucks about the bootloader, SS is a pain sometimes, but I’ve kinda gotten over that now. We can only dream that a Nexus will come back to VZW one day in the FAR future.

    • Shawn John

      A.K.A Bloatware, or bells and whistles you didn’t need or use.

      • Tony G.

        the camera could be better, but im not a photog. it does the job. as far as the IR, i thought it was a neat feature. i didnt use it enough to say it’s something i can’t live without.

  • bd1212

    In SamMobile’s report they say there’s also an “Aqua mode” for taking underwater picture, so I’d say that pretty much confirms the S5 will be waterproof. Also, this phone looks like it’s going to have a beastly camera. Can’t wait for Monday!

    • The Narrator

      *but not covered by warranty if it gets wet

      • rals

        LOL this reminds me of the Nissan GTR’s launch mode. You can use, but if the transmission breaks, we won’t cover it.

        • David Head

          I used to sell Nissans. Those trannys will break.

      • bd1212

        Ha! It’d be the S4 Active all over again.

    • Stnkycheezman

      what if they come out and just say it’s a filter to look like a fish lens…would you be surprised? =P

      • bd1212

        I’d probably just have to laugh at that, although it wouldn’t surprise me… just check out the golf mode lol.

    • BTLS

      no way it’s waterproof…

      • bd1212

        It only makes sense. It also corroborates the image that accompanies O2’s landing page for the S5 (it shows a phone being dunked in water). It also lines up with rumors that the S5 will come with waterproofness as a standard feature.

      • Chris

        Not sure either, but I think they should make it waterproof and dustproof like the Active. They can get a one up on Apple which Samsung seems to like trying to do.

  • moelsen8

    i hate how ignored photosphere is. there’s no reason for it.

    • The Narrator

      Samsung’s gotta bloat it, remember 😛

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        haha yeah.

    • Cael

      Isn’t photosphere closed source? Or is that what people say because no one besides Google uses it…

      • Jordan

        Agreed. I used photosphere a couple of times once I heard about it. It’s a cool feature, but not practical to use.

    • bd1212

      It’s closed-source, no manufacturers have access to it.

    • Samsung has Surround Shot, which is Photosphere.

    • Raven

      I was disappointed that even my Moto X didn’t come with it.

      • Droid Ronin

        You could always download the AOSP camera APK and sideload it. Then you can have your Photosphere.

        • Raven

          Yes, I can and did, but I shouldn’t have had to is my point, especially with Google behind the Moto X. The vast majority of Android users would have no idea how to do that, hence why photosphere is so ignored as the OP lamented.

    • brkshr

      I like to take photospheres of everywhere I camp. Takes me right back to that trip and the scenery is always great.