Samsung using both Sony and Samsung sensors in praised camera of Galaxy S6/S6 Edge

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 12:20 PM EST

Sony's Exmor sensor

Last week, we shared a report showing Sony manufacturers 40% of imaging sensors in 2014. In it, we pointed out the fact that both Samsung and Apple rely heavily on Sony’s sensors for their flagship devices, the iPhone 6/6 Plus and the S6/S6 Edge.

It appears though that Samsung isn’t relying solely on Sony for camera sensors in its latest phones, which were praised by DxOMark for their incredible image quality. According to a number of users, Samsung is also using their own imaging sensors, in addition to Sony’s.

This method of using multiple suppliers is not at all out of the norm for large manufacturers such as Samsung, but users seem concerned that the different sensors could result in dramatic quality differences in what for all intents and purposes is the same device.

According to screenshots posted in the XDA Forums, the two sensors being used are Samsung’s ISOCELL sensor and Sony’s Exmor sensor. Gadget website SamMobile decided to put the two sensors to the test, both of which were packed inside a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Confirming the concerns of users, SamMobile concluded the Sony sensor outperformed Samsung’s both in color reproduction and depth.

PetaPixel notes that if you own a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you can confirm which sensor your phone has by dialing ‘*#34971539#’ and just waiting (don’t press the call button). A modal box should pop up with the sensor information on your screen.