Galaxy S5 camera flash

Upgraded Samsung flash 'will be used in the next Galaxy smartphone'

With less than a week to go before the expected Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has today handed us one small piece of the GS5 hardware puzzle. In a post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, the company has revealed a range of new LED flash parts for upcoming smartphones. The components include reflector-integrated packages, side-view LEDs and a flip-chip flash LED. And according to Samsung, one of the reflector-integrated flash LEDs — the 3432 1.8t — will be included in "the next Galaxy smartphone, which is expected to be introduced later this month." That'll be the Galaxy S5, then.

Samsung's new reflector-integrated flash is designed to allow for a wider field of view within a small package, with a lead frame, and "a reflector with its own optics and diffusion features." It's tough to draw any firm conclusions about the GS5 from this alone, but it does suggest that the reported merging of Samsung's digital imaging arm into its mobile division might be starting to bear fruit.

A Samsung roadmap revealed at the company's 2013 analyst day points to a 16-megapixel ISOCELL sensor with 1.12μm pixels being used in its flagship products for 2014, and recent test photo leaks have suggested the Galaxy S5 will indeed ship with a 16-megapixel camera.

Whatever form the Galaxy S5's camera takes, we've only got another six days to wait before all is revealed, and we'll be live from Barcelona to bring you full coverage next Monday.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow


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Samsung unveils upgraded flash for Galaxy S5 camera


Well, the S3/4's is pretty bright. Wonder how much sunlight this one will generate. Awesome

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Probably a little better than the ones currently available. Which isn't a lot by the way. I think with this you can get some nice flattering light at about 3-4 (I think 5 feet is stretching it).

I'd imagine they went to great lengths to make sure this add on will best Nokia's. I guess we'll see.

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Companies have been hyping their "next" camera for years and they always fail to deliver.

What are you talking about? The S4 camera was a huge improvement over the S3 cam. Same with S3 vs S2 (Even better after the big update). And S2 vs S1? Day and night.

Camera wise - Samsung delivers every year!

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We don't need brighter, we need more control, Daniel-san. To take bright picture is easy, to take picture with appropriate color balance is hard.

The only way to do that with a flash is to make it so bright, it is controlling the white balance of a scene. Then the camera know exactly what the white balance is. There is no way they will ever make a great flash on a phone. They can make one that is alright, but to be great it needs to be further away from the lens, and battery hogging bright.

If they improve the angle of the light, and it can brighten say 160° (or more) of a scene so small groups are lit completely, that is probably acceptable for a phone camera.


Exactly. Reminds me of an time at an event where I snapped a picture on a GNEX at the same time a guy to the left of me snapped a picture from a dslr with a huge, blinding, external flash. Well, the left half of that picture looked fantastic and the right looked like it had been taking on a GNEX in poor lighting...

Maybe its me, but this is like SI revealing a big toe of the next swimsuit issue cover model. BFD.

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