Our latest video review is up, focusing on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S7. But whats more interesting is that we shot it entirely on a second Samsung Galaxy S7. And it turned out great – so heres why the Galaxy S7 is a superb videography tool that can even fill in for real work tasks.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 isnt the only phone that can record excellent video quality but it is the only one with an aperture as wide as f/1.7, which allows to keep the ISO as low as possible.
While we mostly filmed the video review by using manual focus we did use Samsungs Dual Pixel technology too. Its mind-blowingly fast indeed – it can even give top phase detect systems in interchangeable lens cameras a run for their money. The optical image stabilization did a great job of capturing stable hand-held footage but of course, it still cant beat the solid tripod when youre after professional looking camera work.
But theres more to a good video than just hardware. Were used to filming our reviews with high-end cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III which offers a higher grade of control over a smartphone. Heres where Samsungs Pro mode was a must-use. It makes the shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focus user-accessible. These give you real control over the footage and how it will turn up. An added bonus is the fact that the Galaxy S7 5.1 Super AMOLED screen is a much better viewfinder compared to the Canon 5D Mark IIIs 3 LCD.
The Galaxy S7 battery proved reliable too – we shot a lot of video on a single charge. The phone never heated up too badly either.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is quite capable when it comes to video quality. Sure, you can tell that the video wasnt made with our usual camera but at first glance you wouldnt say it was shot on a phone either.
The amount of background blur from the Galaxy S7 isnt quite enough for getting a bokeh-licious background but its still impressive for a smartphone.
Stay tuned for our next video review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – captured with a Galaxy S7 Edge!