Galaxy Note 4 camera said to focus on the art of the selfie

Plus, you know, more megapixels and all that

Galaxy Note 4 SideTouch

Word on the street some time ago was that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could pack a walloping 20-megapixel camera, but recently a 16MP snapper has seemed more likely.

Now SamMobile is confirming once again that that's what its sources are saying along with providing a boat load of additional Galaxy Note 4 camera details, including a greater-than-ever focus on selfies.

According to the site's "elite friends," the Note 4 will indeed sport a 16-megapixel Sony IMX240 camera, capable of shooting ultra HD video with 3840 × 2160 resolution at 30 frames per second.

But unlike the version of this camera found on the Korean variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Note 4's camera will reportedly also feature optical image stabilization (OIS).

Camera convenience

In addition it looks like Samsung will upgrade the Note 4's front-facing camera from the 2.1 megapixels found in the Galaxy Note 3 to 3.7 megapixels.

But there may be much more in store for the Note 4's camera.

For one thing it will supposedly include Side Touch, a side-mounted capacitive button for snapping photos that SamMobile says was originally intended for the Galaxy S5 before being pulled at the last minute.

Further there may be a new gesture for accessing the camera when the screen is off; tapping with two fingers and swiping them apart.

Best selfies ever

But clearly the most important rumor here is that the Galaxy Note 4 will have four new camera modes, three of which are dedicated to the art of the selfie: "Selfie" mode, "Wide Selfie," "Selfie Alarm," and "Create A GIF File."

Most intriguing of those is Selfie Alarm, which allegedly makes it easier to take selfies with the phone's superior rear-mounted camera by allowing it to automatically detect your face and snap the photo.

Hopefully we'll know more soon, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected out in September.