When using this mode, be sure to note that RAW files will consume a lot of space, and a lack of a microSD slot will definitely hold back this phone from being all it can be since you’ll run out of storage very quickly, but at least it’s here, while the S6 Edge waits for it with an eventual Android update.
Beyond that, the camera performance is spot on, and just like that S6 Edge from earlier in the year, the Edge+ sports one of the best phone cameras around.
It’s just so good, bright, clear, sharp, quick, lovely, and easy on the eyes, and if you’re a picky mobile photographer, there is just so much to admire about the progress Samsung has made with the camera in the S6 Edge+.
You’ll find some decent focus control up close and from far back, good colours, clear results, a fair amount of light being let in thanks to that F1.9 lens, and fast shots, with the only thing missing being a zoom ring, left out of a device like this due to keeping it thin.
Seriously, if you want optical zoom in a smartphone, Samsung makes phones for that, and the S6 Edge+ isn’t one of them.
Overall, the 16 megapixel shooter on the back does a tremendous job, and aside for knowing how big the images are and how much backup you’ll be wanting to do, you will be happy.
And Samsung has even changed a bit of the software, keeping that double click of the home button to bring you into the camera (yay!) but also borrowing some inspiration from Apple with an on-screen exposure controller when you touch something to focus on it.
You’ll also likely be cool with knowing that the 5 megapixel camera up front handles itself well, offering fairly sharp images that can be controlled with a beauty setting to soften faces able to be turned up or down.
Again, Samsung’s not-so-used biometric heart-rate tracking sensor on the back of the phone can be used for good reason here, firing off a self-portrait when you lift your finger from the sensor, using your pulse for a photographic purpose.