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I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as a real tourist traveling around London and Berlin. So I thought I'd share the photos I really took -- and would have taken no matter which phone I used.

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Again and again, the S7 and S7 Edge (which have identical cameras) impressed me with their clarity and superfast auto-focus.

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CNET's Jonathan Garnham and Andrew Hoyle were superstars, filming and photographing the S7 and S7 Edge with skill and style -- so hats off to them.

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It isn't always fashionable, but I liked that both foreground and background remained in focus so we can see two London icons with clarity: the red photo booth and Big Ben.

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No special modes needed for this closeup shot of Jonathan doing his video thing.

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Selfies were really bright, with or without flash. The 5-megapixel images were high quality overall, but I did think they sometimes made us appear plasticky.

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It was very windy and raining when I took this in a pretty English village. Like, flip-my-umbrella-inside-out windy. Yet this daffodil is in focus and you can even see the raindrops.

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I couldn't actually see the screen when I took this, so I was pleasantly surprised that the photo came out at all.

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What's a trip to London without a stop at a real English pub? And oh my gosh, this pie was gooood.

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Cheesy cheers! Hello from CNET's London office.

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This building near London's "Silicon Roundabout" changes color. It's pretty.

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I shot these lanterns on a dark Soho street through the window of a really great beer bar.

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This is what happens when you ask a random person to take your photo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate: a finger in the corner and iffy composition. But hey, that's just part of the experience.

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Wow wow wow.

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We sampled local German liqueurs at a very dark hipster restaurant in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

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I know I look scary here, but people, I am about to CUSTOMIZE MY OWN CHOCOLATE BAR!

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Murals usually photograph well anyhow, which is all the more reason to capture this one in Berlin's East Side Gallery.

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Lightsaber lunge with angry panda. You had to be there.

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German-style cheesecake is made with quark, not cream cheese. The cafe stuck two forks into the side when serving.

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Blinded by the light! We both had watery eyes after taking this photo with the S7's built-in flash.

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Here's the camera flash on our cocktails in a very dark bar.

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And here it is again without flash.

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Digital cameras don't do selective focus or the bokeh effect very well by default, but I thought this got the point across, in very, very dark circumstances at a 40th floor bar back in London.

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This Portuguese custard tart with raspberries was unbelievably good. I want another.

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Sunset through the window at CNET's London office, which bathed everything it touched with an amber glow. Well done, Galaxy S7. Well done.

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