Now let’s move on to the A7’s headline feature, the triple camera setup at the back. It is, however, important to point out that it can’t actually shoot through all three lenses at the same time. There’s a main 24 megapixel F 1.7 wide-angle cam with face detection and autofocus. Then you have an 8 megapixel F 2.4 ultra wide-angle cam and the third is a 5-megapixel camera, only used for depth sensing in portrait mode.
In daylight, shots look great while colours come out pretty good with deep reds and lively yellows and greens. There doesn’t seem to be 24MP worth of details, though. By keeping the HDR setting in Auto most of the time, a result oriented towards reasonably wide dynamic range and high-contrast scenes can be handled well. An ultra-wide cam is a handy option for a 120-degree field of vision, however, the quality isn’t as great as the main camera, with the colour rendition being a bit duller and the dynamic range more narrow.
In low-light the Galaxy A7 (2018)’s images aren’t spectacular though. The pictures generally come out soft with muted colours, low detail, and narrow dynamic range. On a positive note, noise is well controlled using the ultra wide-angle camera at night, which produces images that are even more saturated – unless you have a well-lit scene you should probably avoid using it. Portrait shots aren’t too bad, but you will have to be quite close to your subject. Since there’s no telephoto lens, you can change the blur level while taking the portrait afterwards in the gallery, with subject separation being achieved accurately in either case.
For selfies, the front-facing camera is 24MP just like the main camera, while the aperture here is f 2.0 with no autofocus. Selfie portraits aren’t bad either, though the processing takes away some sharpness even if you’ve got the focal distance right. Although the Galaxy A7’s video recording is pretty basic with only up to 1080p at 30fps footage capacity, the footage is very high-quality in the given circumstances. There’s plenty of detail and almost no noise contrast.