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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

Please note: In September 2019, we updated the DXOMARK Mobile test protocol to cover ultra-wide-angle performance and have renamed the protocol DXOMARK Camera. We also expanded our low-light testing and created the new Night sub-score, which incorporates the previous Flash score. We have retested a large number of devices (including all in the top 20) using the new Wide and Night test protocols and updated the reviews. This device was not updated and its score will not be fully comparable to devices tested with the Wide and Night protocol. For more ​information, please see the articles about our new Wide and Night test protocols.

The Galaxy S7 Edge is Samsung’s 2016 flagship smartphone, combining a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and a 12 Mp main camera that offers a fast f/1.7 aperture lens, optical image stabilization, and 4K video recording. Announced in February 2016, the Galaxy S7 Edge’s main rivals are devices such as the Apple iPhone 7, the LG G5, and the Huawei P9. Have a look at the scores below to see how it performed in our testing.

Key specifications:

  • 12 Mp 1/2.5″ sensor with 1.4µm pixels
  • f/1.7 aperture lens
  • 26mm equivalent focal length
  • Optical image stabilization
  • PDAF
  • LED flash
  • 4K video at 30 fps
  • 5 Mp front camera with f/1.7 aperture lens

Test summary

Galaxy S7 Edge images show fairly good dynamic range and pleasant colors, but there is some occasional flare and ringing as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge camera performed very well overall in our testing, with very fast and accurate autofocus in all conditions, low levels of noise, and decent image detail in most scenarios. With a single-lens camera, it’s no surprise that the S7 Edge’s downsides include unnatural image results when shooting in bokeh mode and low levels of detail when zooming. We also observed the occasional white balance cast when shooting indoors.

The S7 Edge produces decent image detail in most situations.
Bokeh mode results look very unnatural, with poor background separation.


  • Fast and accurate autofocus in all testing conditions
  • Noise is fairly well-controlled in most conditions
  • Good detail in most light conditions
  • Generally vivid and pleasant colors
  • Flash: pleasant overall rendering with and without additional illuminant


  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Generally vivid and pleasant colors
  • Low noise levels in most test conditions


  • Occasional white balance casts, especially in indoor conditions
  • Strong loss of detail when zooming in
  • Very unnatural bokeh effect
  • Ringing is often noticeable
  • Occasional flare


  • Noticeable loss of detail in most test scenarios
  • Inefficient stabilization

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