Samsung’s New Galaxy Phone Has a Triple Camera Setup

Samsung today announced a new member of the Galaxy family: the Galaxy A7. The company’s new Galaxy A7 handset comes with something we have never seen on a Galaxy phone before: a triple camera setup.

Samsung’s new Galaxy A7 has a triple camera setup on the back that lets you get much wider shots. The new 8MP ultra wide lens on the back of the phone can let you take 120-degree shots, with Samsung saying “the Galaxy A7 captures the world exactly as you see it for unrestricted wide-angle photos.” Along with the 8MP ultra wide lens, there’s the 24MP lens, combined with the 5MP depth lens that lets you take photos with the bokeh effect, much like the iPhone’s Portrait Mode. Like other Galaxy phones, you can control the depth of field for these photos on the A7, too.

There’s also a 24MP camera for selfies on the front of the device, with adjustable LED flash and Selfie Focus for bokeh effect selfies.

Apart from that, the Galaxy A7 packs a 6-inch Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, and a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone. The Galaxy A7 comes in blue, black, gold and pink, and it will be available in select European and Asian markets this Fall. Samsung expects to expand availability in the “near future.” Pricing details are yet to be confirmed.

By the way: Samsung is expected to announce another Galaxy device in October, so make sure to keep an eye out for that.

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  • locust infested orchard inc

    20 September, 2018 - 12:24 pm

    <p>Certainly the <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Galaxy A7 (2018 edition) is more exciting than any of the trio of iNotches showcased last week.</span></p>

    • ivan19998

      20 September, 2018 - 12:33 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#325758">In reply to locust infested orchard inc:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>just get a nokia with penta-cameras.</p>

    • jrickel96

      20 September, 2018 - 1:31 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#325758">In reply to locust infested orchard inc:</a></em></blockquote><p>Far from it. The iPhones can do a lot more beyond their looks, including actually detect depth from the front camera. </p><p><br></p><p>Samsung's low and mid-range phones are usually not very good in my experience. They continue to load them with their crapware, battery life is usually bad, and power. Even their Galaxy line is very sporadic when it comes to power efficiency and performance. It's because Android is just terrible at handling all of that stuff no matter what you do.</p><p><br></p><p>I have about a dozen Android phones from high end to low end and none of them gets the consistent power consumption and app management I see from my iPhone. The thing that really holds Samsung back is Android.</p>

      • MikeGalos

        20 September, 2018 - 7:38 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#325798">In reply to jrickel96:</a></em></blockquote><p>Any camera or phone with an autofocus system can "actually detect depth from the […] camera". </p>

      • wright_is

        Premium Member
        21 September, 2018 - 3:11 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#325798">In reply to jrickel96:</a></em></blockquote><p>I get reliable battery life out of my Hauweis. The Mate 10 Pro usually goes through at least 2 days of average use, the P20 is just a company phone for when I'm not in house, so it needs charging once a week.</p><p>Obviously if I play a lot of games, the battery goes down much quicker, but I haven't seen any sudden drains or unusually fast battery drain on it.</p>

    • dylanhendricks

      20 September, 2018 - 2:02 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#325758">In reply to locust infested orchard inc:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><blockquote>All of the real gains made in the incredibly mature smart phone market come from intense optimization between hardware and software. In this world I think only the iPhone and Google Pixel are peers at the high-end. Samsung is building layers on top of Google's software and can never be as good as a result.</blockquote><p><br></p>

      • skane2600

        20 September, 2018 - 6:07 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#325848">In reply to decals42:</a></em></blockquote><p>You may be more knowledgeable on the subject than I am, but the key question is whether the hardware can deliver all the data without real-time participation of the software (and of course, sufficiently sophisticated HW can do anything that SW can do). If it can, than post "exposure" manipulation could do anything that could be done in real-time. We also don't have access to Google's , Samsung's, or Apple's source code (or full HW specs), so we can't draw a conclusion on their system performance from an "internal" perspective.</p><p><br></p><p>We can only evaluate the quality of the result and not the potential or lack of it without knowing all the implementation details.</p>

        • MikeGalos

          20 September, 2018 - 7:42 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#326045">In reply to skane2600:</a></em></blockquote><p>While you CAN do a lot in post-processing you can't add things the camera wasn't able to capture in the first place. </p><p><br></p><p>That's one of many reasons why serious photo equipment (including serious phone cameras) allows the person taking pictures to shoot in a RAW format. Even the process of a camera creating a JPEG reduces the information available for post-processing.</p>

          • skane2600

            21 September, 2018 - 12:18 am

            <blockquote><em><a href="#326113">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>That's what I meant by "all the data". Any lossy compression scheme fails to deliver all the data. Of course any functions performed on the data whether performed by digital or analog techniques may also has the potential to eliminate data or distort the data set.</p><p><br></p><p>But my main point was that unless the intended image data capture required real-time software intervention to acquire (e.g. changing the zoom level dynamically while capturing the image), then it doesn't matter if the processing takes place in real-time or after all the data has been captured.</p><p><br></p><p>So "intense optimization between hardware and software" might not be necessary to achieve a particular effect.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

          • RonH

            Premium Member
            21 September, 2018 - 1:13 pm

            <blockquote><em><a href="#326113">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Here here!!!</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • skane2600

    20 September, 2018 - 12:30 pm

    <p>Sure, but how many blades?</p>

    • MikeGalos

      20 September, 2018 - 1:14 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#325761">In reply to skane2600:</a></em></blockquote><p>None, of course. It's not a real camera. It's a snapshot equivalent of an Instamatic or Brownie with software to improve the flexibility. Just like pretty much every camera phone aside from the late, lamented Lumia 1020 which actually had a mechanical shutter and xenon-flash.</p><p><br></p><p>(As an FYI: You can see my old Lumia 1020 as part of the permanent collection of photographic equipment the George Eastman Musem in Rochester, New York)</p>

      • David Mandery

        20 September, 2018 - 1:51 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#325778">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Awesome, about it being in the museum. Do you know if it is on display or just in their collection.</p>

        • MikeGalos

          20 September, 2018 - 7:30 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#325836">In reply to David_Mandery:</a></em></blockquote><p>I don't know. You could ask Todd Gustavson sometime but, frankly, there's a LOT of more interesting things in their vault than my phone.</p>

  • bluvg

    20 September, 2018 - 12:34 pm

    <p>"the 8MP ultra wide lens, there’s the 24MP lens, combined with the 5MP depth lens"</p><p><br></p><p>Apologies if this is nitpicking: the lens itself is the not 8MP/24MP/5MP part, but rather the sensor.</p>

    • MikeGalos

      20 September, 2018 - 1:10 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#325765">In reply to bluvg:</a></em></blockquote><p>Correct. There are 3 lenses, 3 cameras, 2 modes and, like Apple, there is NO optical zoom and NO control of "depth of field". What it does have is an artificially created "bokeh EFFECT" that is a digital effect created by shooting with a small aperture and then blurring what the software thinks should be out of focus to EMULATE shallow depth of field. </p><p><br></p><p>Congratulations to Samsung for not <em>quite </em>lying about what they do unlike Apple who just uses terms incorrectly in hopes that people who know what the words mean will be criticized and their "new" definitions will be "close enough".</p>

      • Daekar

        20 September, 2018 - 2:36 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#325775">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Thank you for saying that. It absolutely boggles my mind that everyone seems to believe that artificially depth-of-field effects are somehow special new technology. It just goes to show you how few people knew a thing about cameras before they got a smartphone.</p>

      • rbgaynor

        20 September, 2018 - 4:29 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#325775">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote>like Apple, there is NO optical zoom</blockquote><p>Iphone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, Xs, Xs Max, and Xr all have 2X optical zoom</p>

        • MikeGalos

          20 September, 2018 - 7:35 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#325975">In reply to rbgaynor:</a></em></blockquote><p>No. They do NOT. </p><p><br></p><p>And that demonstrates how Apple's flat-out lying by misusing terms destroys the meaning of actual technical terms.</p><p><br></p><p>An OPTICAL zoom lens changes the magnification in a continuous range in the lens itself.</p><p><br></p><p>What Apple does is an ELECTRONIC zoom effect BETWEEN two FIXED focal length lenses. </p><p><br></p><p>And, if you really want to get technical (and I'm sure you don't but I'll explain anyway for others' benefit), a zoom lens must stay in focus while you change focal length. A lens that does change focal length but doesn't maintain focus while you do that is a varifocal lens rather than a zoom lens).</p>

          • wright_is

            Premium Member
            21 September, 2018 - 3:07 am

            <blockquote><em><a href="#326100">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Exactly. And as I do most of my photography with 250mm + lenses, I find the results of smartphone cameras generally very poor. But thereagain, the smartphone costs less than a decent lens for a good camera, and a good body will also cost more than than a smartphone – but on the other hand, they will last for more than 18 months – 2 years.</p>

            • skane2600

              21 September, 2018 - 11:28 am

              <blockquote><em><a href="#326305">In reply to wright_is:</a></em></blockquote><p>And of course, just like a drawing program won't make one a good artist, a fancy camera won't make one a good photographer. IMO, the cameras on high-end smartphones are a "waste of machinery" for most people (including me).</p>

  • karlinhigh

    Premium Member
    20 September, 2018 - 4:58 pm

    <p>To paraphrase Dave Barry on razors with increasing blade counts:</p><p><br></p><p>"What's next? Phones with a dozen cameras? A hundred cameras? A phone that goes back in time and takes pictures of your ancestors?"</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    21 September, 2018 - 2:59 am

    <p>Its predecessor, the A6 is on for 249€, so probably a launch price of around $300 – $400.</p>

  • lightbody

    21 September, 2018 - 6:47 am

    <p>I'm in the UK, and even though I'm a tech-fan, I do not want to spend the money required to get a flagship device. My last phones were a Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Oneplus 3, and none of them cost more than £350 brand new. This Samsung device could give me another option, depending on the price… but basically I'm resorting to buying used phones on eBay.</p>

  • Trickyd

    21 September, 2018 - 7:15 am

    <p>I was wondering where the fingerprint sensor is , but apparently its side mounted presumably on the power button.</p>


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