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Real-world testing shows the highs -- and very few lows -- of Samsung's top phone camera.
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.
Again and again, the S7 and S7 Edge (which have identical cameras) impressed me with their clarity and superfast auto-focus.
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.
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.
No special modes needed for this closeup shot of Jonathan doing his video thing.
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.
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.
I couldn't actually see the screen when I took this, so I was pleasantly surprised that the photo came out at all.
What's a trip to London without a stop at a real English pub? And oh my gosh, this pie was gooood.
Cheesy cheers! Hello from CNET's London office.
This building near London's "Silicon Roundabout" changes color. It's pretty.
I shot these lanterns on a dark Soho street through the window of a really great beer bar.
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.
Wow wow wow.
We sampled local German liqueurs at a very dark hipster restaurant in an up-and-coming neighborhood.
I know I look scary here, but people, I am about to CUSTOMIZE MY OWN CHOCOLATE BAR!
Murals usually photograph well anyhow, which is all the more reason to capture this one in Berlin's East Side Gallery.
Lightsaber lunge with angry panda. You had to be there.
German-style cheesecake is made with quark, not cream cheese. The cafe stuck two forks into the side when serving.
Blinded by the light! We both had watery eyes after taking this photo with the S7's built-in flash.
Here's the camera flash on our cocktails in a very dark bar.
And here it is again without flash.
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.
This Portuguese custard tart with raspberries was unbelievably good. I want another.
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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