Petrogel: Imagine how many people will ask for their money back, when they'll find out that their new shiny Samsung S6, is equipped with a photo sensor different to the one DxoMark ranked on top place on the mobile image quality list.
I'm sure Apple people are already smiling .
Only if it peforms visibly worse, which sofar doesn't seem the case.
ThatCamFan: Samsung are being fools again, selling you a different product from what you were expecting, I believe the term SCAMMING fits samsung right now.
The Sony 16MP sensor performs as good or better in low light, better in good light and appears to have better DR (more highlight headroom with as much or less shadow noise).
So no, that's not the reason the 8MP sensor is used by more people.
SergioBR: And ... S6 will shoot in RAW !!! http://www.sammobile.com/2015/05/05/exclusive-android-5-1-1-to-bring-new-camera-features-to-the-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/
Thanks, that's good news, because updates may take a while...
Which 3rd party app allows RAW on the S6?
B E: 1) Create new product using superior parts from your competitor.2) Wait for good reviews to come in.3) Silently substitute parts with cheaper alternatives.4) Profit!
This is fraud, or at best highly unethical.
Actually, you're assuming yourself.
For example that the Sony parts are better and that the distribution of both sensors didn't happen from the start.
Based on the comparisons sofar, I wouldn't call one better than the other. I see differences in jpeg color and gamma (mostly blackpoint and contrast) calibration that can be considered benefits or downsides, depending on the shooting circumstances (high DR scene vs flat light or daylight vs low light).
Neez: I hope someone makes an APP or something that shows which image sensor you have.
Thanks, works indeed.
SmilerGrogan: If Sony make the bulk of sensors, why does DP Review bother testing so many different cameras.
When the same Sony sensor is used in Camera A, B, and C, wouldn't it be more efficient to just test Camera A and extrapolate to the others?
Plus that would free up staff time to review the more interesting and off-beat cameras out there (branch out into medium format cameras or finally review the many Pentaxes that are gathering dust in the equipment closet).
It's not odd accounting if you mention smartphones to begin with, which you did.
And as a result, Samsung is one of the largest contributors to positive results for Sony Semiconductors, alongside Apple.
Mssimo: How much money could canon be saving by making own CMOS chip? Im sure with the volume canon has they could get a exclusive custom built sensor from sony and still call it a canon sensor. Olympus turned around when the OMD line used a sony sensor for the first time. Before that sensor technology very weak.
The large majority of those "custom" sensors are still (existing) Exmor designs with a few alterations.
The majority of Samsung cameras has a Sony sensor under the hood, because that's mostly smartphones, from which a minority (smaller percentage S6, part of the Note 4's, the S5 etc.) is equipped with Samsung sensors.
RichRMA: If only Sony actually made money. From astechnica:
We knew things were bad at Sony, but we didn’t know they were this bad.After years of losses, Sony is hacking off unprofitable parts of the company.In its latest earnings report, the company announced Wednesday that it had sustained a net loss of $1.246 billion during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. Last fiscal year, Sony managed to profit $435 million, its first profit in years—it has missed profits in six of the last seven years.
The divisions Devices, Gaming, Music, Pictures, Home Entertainment, Imaging and Financial Services are currently all in the black in terms of operating margins.
Only Mobile (mainly due to large Goodwill write off, sales are up) and "other" (mainly due to losses and write off from the PC business) are still in the red.