Get the best shots with your Galaxy Z Flip series phone

Last Update date : Sep 18. 2021
Ways to use your Galaxy Z Flip's cameras

With so many options for capturing photos and videos, using the camera on your Galaxy foldable, like the new Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, is a truly unique experience. You can grab photos when the phone is folded, unfolded, or propped open in Flex mode. Your Galaxy Z Flip is ideal for hands-free capture as well, letting you take photos and videos with your voice or by showing your palm to the screen.

Note: Information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for smartphones sold in other countries.

Cover screen camera and selfies

Even with your Galaxy Z Flip series phone folded, the Cover screen can act as a viewfinder for quickly taking that selfie.

Cover screen camera and selfies

To take Quick shot selfies when the phone is folded, double press the Side key. Press either Volume key to capture the photo. To see your photo, unfold the phone and tap the Gallery icon from the Camera app. You can also use the Cover screen preview when unfolded by tapping the icon in the upper right corner to turn on the preview.

Cover screen selfies and videos on the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

Note: Just like on previous Galaxy Z Flip models, you can use the Cover screen on the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G to take a Quick Shot photo. You can also capture videos from the Cover screen.

1 From the Cover screen, double press the Side key to open the Camera app.
From the Cover screen, double press the Side key to open the Camera app.
2 Swipe left or right to switch between PHOTO and VIDEO.
3 Swipe up or down to zoom out or in.
4 To capture a photo or video, tap the screen; a short timer will appear and your photo or video will be captured. You can also press the Volume key.
5 Then, unfold your phone and tap the Gallery icon in the bottom right to view your photo or video.
Unfolded and Flex mode cameras

Go hands-free when the phone is partially folded in Flex mode to take that great shot, and then unfold the phone for access to all of the camera modes.

Use the Camera app when the Galaxy Z Flip series phone is unfolded to access all settings, including Wide, Ultra-Wide lenses, and panoramas.

Photos in Flex mode can be taken by holding the phone while it is folded, or by setting it down on a flat surface. Adjust the phone’s top cover to create angles, choose the front or rear lens, and then tap the Capture icon.

Unfolded and Flex Mode cameras

While in Flex mode, the camera options will shift to the bottom half of the screen and will reappear at the top when you unfold the phone. If you would rather have the the preview on the bottom and the options at the top, just double tap a blank spot in the middle of the bottom screen. To swap back, double tap a blank spot in the middle of the top half.

Hands-free photos and videos

Note: Flex mode is supported only within a certain angle range.

Your Galaxy Z Flip series phone is perfect for hands-free photography when you are using the Cover screen, or when it is folded in Flex mode. Different methods are available so you can take photos and videos by giving a voice command or showing your palm to the screen.

Open the phone, and then open the Camera app. Tap Settings, and then tap Shooting methods.

Hands-free photos and videos

You can turn on the following shooting methods:

  • Tap Press Volume keys to choose what the Volume keys will do when using the Camera app. You can select Take picture or record video, Zoom in or out, or Control system volume.

Note: This option is currently available on the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G.

  • Tap the switch for Voice control, so you can take a photo by saying keywords like “Smile,” “Cheese,” or “Capture.” Or, record a video by saying “Record video.”
  • Tapping the switch for Floating Shutter button will add a new Shutter option that can be moved around the screen.
  • To activate palm recognition, tap the switch for Show palm. You will be able to take a photo by showing your palm to the screen. When using the Cover screen, showing your palm will start a timer, so you will know exactly when the photo will be taken.
Use Hyperlapse and Night Hyperlapse

Note: Night Mode can capture clear and precise photos after dark, and Night hyperlapse will create impressive motion videos without any blur. Hyperlapse photography is better and brighter than ever with your Galaxy Z Flip series phone.

1 To use Hyperlapse, open the Camera app, and then tap MORE.
2 Tap HYPERLAPSE, and then position the phone to get the shot you want.

Note: The best results can be achieved by using Flex mode and Night hyperlapse together.

3 Next, tap the Record icon.
Next, tap the Record icon.
4 Switch between Hyperlapse and Night hyperlapse by tapping the Night icon (it looks like a crescent moon) to get a fully illuminated video.

Note: When shooting in Night hyperlapse mode you should keep your phone steady. Fold the phone into the free-stop position and place it on a solid surface.

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