What is HDR 10+

Last modified : Feb 26. 2019

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and this term is used across a variety of features of Samsung products. Samsung phones and tablets have a HDR mode built into the Camera app that refers to capturing a larger range of light in a single image (compared to non-HDR imagery).


HDR for displays; including TVs and now smartphones, refers to the display being able to show a much broader range of colours, highlights and low lights. The colour gamut (or range) on a HDR10+ display is 36% larger than Standard Dynamic range (and closer to the human eye). With HDR enabled displays and, most importantly, HDR enabled content, you’ll see brighter colours, blacker blacks and whiter whites. Almost sounds like a washing detergent ad, right?


So what is HDR10+? The 10 of HDR10+ refers to the certification of the specific type of HDR format used on Samsung products. HDR10 is a format that content creators can use to incorporate metadata into their video content. This means that with any single file, the video has information telling the display how to show the HDR content.


The plus of HDR10+ is pretty simple; this format provides the ability to provide dynamic metadata for every individual frame of the video file. HDR10 provides the data – but only at the very start, so the whole file will display with the same values. You’ll see HDR10+ as an improvement where very dark scenes and very light scenes are balanced to the individual frame, rather than as a whole.


What does this mean for the Galaxy S10 range?

Content produced and certified as HDR10+ will look better and have more accurate colour depiction than it does on any non HDR10+ enabled display, including TVs. Amazon Prime video and Youtube are content producers that regularly distribute videos in the HDR10+ format – but it’s an open format, so the availability of HDR10+ content will continue to grow!

Videos recorded on the Galaxy S10 range are HDR10+ enabled with Dynamic Tone Mapping. You can turn on the HDR10+ Video option in the Camera app settings:

Camera > Settings > Advanced Recording Options > HDR10+ 

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