It feels like its 2015 again. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge appear to share more in common with last year’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge than just their looks. Just like last year’s models, Samsung is its own ISOCELL and Sony imaging sensors in its flagship devices without telling its customers which camera sensor they are actually getting. Before things get out of hand, we’d like to remind you that manufacturers swap internal components in their phones on a regular basis. We’ve seen devices which use different cameras, batteries and even displays. This may be common practice, but it usually does not start with the first manufacturing runs of a flagship device.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are just now making their way into the hands of consumers, we still don’t know if there is a difference in image quality produced by the two different sensors. The Sony sensor used in the Galaxy S6 produced richer color tones than its ISOCELL counterpart, but exposure and sharpness were pretty much indistinguishable.
If you already have a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, you can download AIDA64 app from Google Play to see which camera sensor Samsung decided to use in your phone. With the limited amount of information that we have, it appears that the Sony IMX260 sensor is typically paired with the Snapdragon 820 version of the phone while the ISOCELL S5K2K1 sensor is being used in the Exynos variant. But some Galaxy S7 owners have also reported that those combinations are not always the case.