Earlier this month, Samsung launched two new devices, called the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 and the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016. Both these phones were launched at Samsung Forum 2016, and they are available for purchase now. Both these phones are similar in a lot of respects and the camera is one of them. They both feature the exact same camera, so instead of bringing you two same camera reviews, here is a combined camera review of both these devices.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 Camera Hardware

The primary camera on the Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 is a 13-megapixel shooter that can take some crisp pictures. The secondary camera is a 5-megapixel shooter. The primary camera is accompanied with an LED flash that assists the phone in taking pictures in lower lighting conditions.

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Camera Hardware Table

ModelSamsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016
Rear Camera 13 Megapixel (4128 x 3096 pixels)
Front Camera 5 Megapixel (2576 x 1932 pixels)
Sensor Model-
Sensor Type (Rear Camera)CMOS
Sensor Type (Front Camera)-
Sensor Size (Rear Camera)-
Sensor Size (Front Camera)-
Aperture Size (Rear Camera)F/1.9
Aperture Size (Front Camera)F/1.9
Flash Type LED
Video Resolution (Rear Camera) 1920 x 1080 p
Video Resolution (Front Camera)1920 x 1080 p
Slow Motion Recording No
4K Video Recording No
Lens Type (Rear Camera)Digital Image Stabilization, Optical Image Stabilization
Lens Type (Front Camera)-

The Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 feature a 13-megapixel primary camera with a f/1.9 aperture. This aperture should help the phone in capturing pictures in low lighting conditions without any problem. Other than that, the phone also features Digital Image Stabilization and Optical Image Stabilization.

Even the secondary camera on the phone features a f/1.9 aperture that allows for great selfies in low lighting conditions.

Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 Camera Software

The camera software on the Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 is a typical Samsung Camera Software. At the top, you find buttons for settings, choosing the picture size, controlling the flash, timer and choosing the effect.

Camera UI

At the bottom, you can control the camera, click pictures, record videos and have quick access to the gallery. The camera software also supports various modes that you can use to click pictures.

Camera Modes

The Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 feature a few modes that you can use to click pictures. These modes include Auto, Pro, Panorama, Continuous Shot, HDR, and Night. There is also an option to download additional modes from the Samsung store.

Camera Modes

Additional Features

Camera Settings

Other than the mentioned modes, the Samsung Galaxy Camera has a few additional features. These additional features include Quick Launch Camera action by double tapping the home button, using your voice to take a picture through saying a phrase to activate the shutter.

HDR Sample

Samsung Galaxy A5 A7 2016 HDR

Panorama Sample

Samsung Galaxy A5 A7 2016 Panorama

Low Light Sample

Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 Camera (7)

Macro Sample

Samsung Galaxy A5 A7 2016 Macro

Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 Camera Samples

While testing the Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 for their camera, I took various pictures using the phone, under different lighting conditions and using different modes on the phone. The photos overall turned out to be great and I simply loved the camera quality in all the different lighting conditions.

Front Camera Samples

The front camera of the smartphone is a 5-megapixel shooter, yet produces great images, even in indoor lighting conditions. We took pictures indoors and outdoors, in-flow of the light and against the light. All those pictures are attached below in this gallery for you to have a look.

Rear Camera Samples

The rear camera for the Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 is a 13-megapixel shooter that captures images really quickly and with great colors all the time. The testing for this camera involved taking pictures of our regular objects in various lighting conditions and then of the outdoor scenario near the office.

Artificial Light

In artificial lighting, the camera of the Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 produced some great shots, just as you can see with the images below. The images that we took did not have noise in them, as you would have expected from a smartphone. This is possible because of the f/1.9 wide aperture.

Natural Light

In natural light, almost all smartphone cameras perform just as you would expect, and these two Samsung phones were not an exception. They performed well in outdoor conditions, with the colors looking really bright and sharp, even when viewed on a computer monitor.

Low Light

The low light scenario on the Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 is great as well. When taking pictures is low light, the pictures turned out to be much brighter than what I could see with my naked eye. But in extremely Low Lighting conditions, there was substantial noise in the image, just as you can see in the images below.

Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 Camera Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A5 & A7 2016 definitely have a great camera, no doubt. The camera hardware is great, and when that is combined with the Samsung Camera Software, it produces some great results. The images taken with these phones were extremely good and did not disappoint in any way other than in extreme low lighting conditions. I would personally take this phone for photography when I need to go out for such a trip.


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