To dampen the idea of no OIS, Samsung may go for a larger sensor to try an entice next generation buyers, sick of 8MP and not feeling like 13MP is enough of an upgrade. 20MP cameras are already available on Nokia devices, but this will be the first mainstream Android device available with this large camera.
The 20MP camera may only be for premium units, our guessing the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 will get the larger sensor. The difference may be minimal but we expect Samsung to work on software to maximize the usability and performance on the camera.
Android cameras have been mocked by iOS users and even from Nokia users, but Samsung and HTC have shown some appeal to the cameras. Samsung’s current UI is a little cluttered and ugly, but it offers a lot of functionality and different ways to take a photo.
Optical image stabilisation may have been removed from the feature set on Samsung’s 2014 flagships due to demand for the smartphones. The Galaxy S5 should be grabbing around 50 million units in the opening quarter and the Galaxy Note 4 should grab around 30 million.
The 20MP news goes against a recent announcement saying Samsung will make 16MP cameras for 90 million smartphones next year. We will have to wait and see what size Samsung manufacturers and how they plan to implement features.