The latest update of Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) added many new camera features somewhat bringing the two devices in line with their 2018 successors as far as camera functionality is concerned. We say somewhat because the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) also pack upgraded camera hardware to match the new features on-board, although it’s nice to see the company introducing software parity on existing devices in the line-up without making people wait for the next major Android upgrade.


The highlight feature of two devices is selfie focus

Selfie focus mode for the front camera is the most notable camera feature here. On the 2017 A series models, there’s no dual camera setup so this mode is just a take on the Selective focus mode seen on Samsung’s flagship phones. It’s a simple take at that: You just enable Selfie focus and take a picture, with no need to tap on the screen to choose a subject nor an option to adjust background blur after a photo is taken. But the feature seems to work well if the lighting is sufficient, so we don’t think anyone will care it’s not as full-fledged as Selective focus.

Colour correction option for your skin tone in the front camera (accessible by tapping the beauty effects icon) is also part of the update; the rear camera, meanwhile, gets augmented reality (AR) stickers and stamps. A new security patch is also part of the update, but Samsung isn’t keeping things consistent in this regard, as some regions are getting the November security patch while others are getting the more recent December patch. Then again, that’s how it is with security updates for all of Samsung’s devices, so we’re not surprised.

In Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) or Galaxy A7 (2017), the update is available for your phone by going into the Settings app, then tapping the Download updates manually option in the Software update menu.



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