What are the different camera modes and how do I use them?

Your Galaxy smartphone camera comes with a variety of different modes that help you capture every unforgettable moment. From gorgeous selfies to stunning panoramas and spectacular slow-mo, there's a camera mode for every occasion.

Please note: the available camera modes will depend on your specific device and operating system, some modes are unavailable on both newer and older devices. It is recommended that your software is kept up to date so that you can always have the latest options available

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Where do I find different camera modes and can I download more?Click to Expand

Different camera modes are available within your camera app. The available modes will be dependent on your model and operating system.

 

You can swap between camera modes by dragging the camera modes to the left and right or by swiping left and right on the camera screen.

Swap camera modes by dragging the camera modes or swiping the screen

On some Galaxy devices you can downloaded additional camera modes. You can find additional modes by going to the Galaxy Store.

Please note: the latest Galaxy devices come pre-installed with all available camera modes. If you don't have the option to add additional modes, you may already have them on your device

AR (Augmented Reality) EmojiClick to Expand

AR (Augmented Reality) Emoji creates an animated version of yourself which can then be used to record your movements and facial expressions. If your device can use the AR Emoji feature, you can find it by opening the camera app, then tapping AR Emoji.

Tap AR Emoji
Fast motionClick to Expand

Please note: the fast motion camera mode is no longer available on the latest devices. You can achieve the same effect by using the hyperlapse mode

Fast motion allows you to record a video and then play it back at a much faster speed.

1 Open the camera, then choose Fast motion. If you can't see the fast motion mode, it may not be available for your device

Please note: on some devices you may have to tap MODE or swipe across the screen to change to Fast motion

2 Tap the record icon, to begin filming your fast motion video
Using Fast motion
3 When you have finished filming, tap the stop icon
Using fast motion
4 To edit the section of video that you want to be in fast motion, tap the quick view box. You can also open your video from the Gallery app
Using Fast motion
5 Select the video, them tap the view button
Using Fast motion
6 Use the slides at the bottom of the screen to select the portion of video that you want to be in fast motion

Please note: on some devices you may need to tap the screen or the scissors icon to edit your video

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7 When finished, tap Export or Save
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Flaw detectionClick to Expand

Please note: the Flaw Detection feature is only available on the following devices: Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10 range, Galaxy Fold 5G

Flaw detection is an intelligent camera feature that will notify you if it detects something unusual about a picture, giving you the chance to take the shot again. If flaw detection is not available on your device, try using the shot suggestions and scene optimiser features instead.

 

There are four types of flaw detection notifications:

  • Eye blink measures the eye size in preview. It then detects any change in eye size when the shutter clicks, to check if anyone is blinking
  • Motion Blur detects any blur caused by moving subjects or shaky hands
  • Lens smudge detects any dirt on the camera lens. This notice will only be displayed once within the first 10 seconds of opening the Camera app
  • Back light detects saturated areas of the image. For example, if there's a bright light in the background
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1 Open the camera, then tap the settings cog
What is Intelligent mode and how do I use it?
2 Tap the switch to enable or disable Flaw detection
What is Intelligent mode and how do I use it?
3 A notification will be displayed if an error has been detected

Please note: blink and blur detection work best when there are up to three people in the frame and the subject is up to 1.5 metres away from the camera. The lens smudge and backlight detection notifications may only appear once within a 24-hour period

What is Intelligent mode and how do I use it?
Food ModeClick to Expand

Food Mode will automatically adjust the colours of food in the frame, making them appear more vibrant and making your meal look even more delicious.

1 Open the camera, then choose Food or Food Mode
Tap or swipe to select Food mode
2 Drag the highlighted area until the food is within it

Please note: depending on your device, you may have some additional options. Icons to adjust the colour and add a radial blur will appear if available

Drag the highlighted area until it surrounds the food
3 You can adjust the size of the area by dragging it from one of the corners
Adjust the size of the area by dragging it from the corners
4 Tap the Capture button to take your picture
Tap the capture button to take your picture
HyperlapseClick to Expand

Please note: hyperlapse mode is only available on the following devices: Galaxy Note 10 range, Galaxy S10 range, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 range, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 range, Galaxy S7 range

Hyperlapse allows you to create your own time-lapse video, converting much longer footage into bite-sized chunks. Hyperlapse mode can be set to record at different speeds, giving you the controls that you need, no matter the subject. 

 

Find out more about Hyperlapse mode.

Live focusClick to Expand

Live focus gives you direct control over the bokeh effect, allowing you to adjust the level of background blur in real time. You can even adjust the blur after your photo has been taken, making sure that you always get the perfect shot.

1 Open your camera and choose Live Focus

Please note: depending on your device, you may need to tap Mode or swipe the screen to select Live focus

Using Live focus
2 Tap an effect to select it
Tap the effect you wish to use
3 Adjust the blur by dragging the slider to the left or right
Drag the slider to adjust the level of blur
4 Tap the capture button to take the photo

Please note: for best results, the subject should be between 1m and 1.5m from the camera lens

Tap the capture button to take your photo

If you are unhappy with the blur in the picture after it has been captured, you can adjust your Live focus pictures in the Gallery.

1 Tap Gallery
Tap Gallery
2 Tap an image taken with Live focus
Tap an image taken with Live focus
3 Tap Change background effect

Please note: this option will only appear for pictures that have been taken with Live focus

Tap Change background effect
4 You can adjust your image by selecting a different blur effect and dragging the slider to change the intensity
Tap a blur effect and drag the slider to adjust your image
5 Tap Apply to save your changes to the image
Tap Apply to save your changes
Night modeClick to Expand

Night mode gives you the power to take great photos in low light conditions, letting you get a clear shot even if it's night or you're in a dimly lit room. Night mode recognises the light levels in a scene and automatically adjusts the exposure and white balance, letting you capture details you can't see yourself.

 

For the best results, your phone should be kept as steady as possible while taking a night mode shot. If possible, use a tripod to get the perfect picture.

Please note: if you have scene optimiser enabled, you may be prompted to switch to night mode in low light situations

What is Night mode and how do I use it?
PanoramaClick to Expand

Panorama allows you to capture a whole new perspective by combining multiple images to create a photo with a huge field of view. Galaxy devices with ultra wide cameras take even better panoramas, as their greater vertical and horizontal fields mean you can pan less but capture more.

 

On some devices you can also create videos using Motion Panorama. However, this feature has been removed on the most recent models.

 

Find out more about using the Panorama modes

ProClick to Expand

Pro mode gives you manual control over your camera settings, allowing you to take your picture in exactly the way you want. You can manually adjust settings such as ISO, shutter speed, exposure, filters, focus and white balance. Once you have changed the settings you will be shown a preview of the shot, helping you find the look you want.

 

To adjust your Pro mode settings, use the icons at the top and bottom of the screen.

Pro Mode options
Scene OptimiserClick to Expand

Please note: the scene optimiser feature is only available on the following devices: Galaxy Note 10 range, Galaxy S10 range, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Note 9. The range of available scenes will also differ by device

Scene optimiser is an intelligent photo assistant that automatically detects what is in frame and adjusts your camera settings to help you capture the best shot available. Scene optimiser can adjust a number of settings while also selecting from around 30 modes to find the most suitable one for your image. 

 

Optimised scenes include: Food, Animals, Sky, Watersides, Snow, Portraits, Lanscapes, Mountains, Street scenes, Birds, Flowers. Greenery, Beaches, Night scenes, Backlit, Indoor scenes, Tress, Sunrises and sunsets, Waterfalls, Text, Clothing, Vehicle, Face, Drink, People, Cat, Shoe, Dog, Stage and Baby.

1 Open your camera, then tap the settings cog icon
Tap the settings cog
2 Tap Scene optimiser

Please note: if the Scene optimiser option is greyed out, try switching to the rear facing camera

Tap the switch net to Scene optimiser
3 Tap the switch to turn Scene optimiser on
Tap the switch to enable Scene optimiser
4 Once Scene optimiser has been enabled, you can activate Document scan by tapping the switch. Document scan allows you to scan paper documents and save them as images without distortion
Tap the switch to enable Document scan

If Scene optimiser has been turned on in the settings, it can be quickly enabled and disabled by tapping the icon at the bottom right of the screen. A notification will appear when the feature is turned on and off.

Turn scene optimiser on and off by tapping the icon in the bottom right corner
Selective focusClick to Expand

Please note: Selective focus mode is not available on the latest devices. Instead use Live focus to edit your pictures in real time

Selective focus allows you to take photos with the bokeh effect, blurring the background while keeping the subject in crisp focus. This is perfect for taking beautiful portrait photos or for highlighting the subject of your image.

1 Open your Camera, then choose Selective focus

Please note: depending on your device you may have to tap Mode or swipe to select Selective focus

2 Tap the area you want the camera to focus on
How do I use Selective focus
3 Tap the capture button
How do I use Selective focus
4 Once you have taken the shot, tap the Preview icon
How do I use Selective focus
5 Tap Adjust background blur
How do I use Selective focus
6 Tap the focus you wish to use

Near focus - will focus on the image in the foreground and blurs the background

Far focus - blurs the foreground and will focus on the background image

Pan focus - will make the entire picture come into focus

How do I use Selective focus
7 When happy with the image, tap Save, Save as new or Save image
How do I use Selective focus
Selfie modesClick to Expand

Please note: Selfie Focus is not an available mode on the latest devices. You can use the front facing camera and Live focus mode to achieve the same effect

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Selfie focus allows you to take stunning selfies that focus on your face while blurring the background and adjusting your skin tone. Galaxy devices make it even easier to take great selfies as you can activate the camera by showing your palm or saying 'cheese'.

1 Tap the Settings cog
Tap the Settings cog
2 Tap Shooting methods
Tap Shooting methods
3 Tap the Switch next to voice control to take pictures by saying 'smile', 'cheese', 'capture', or 'shoot' and record videos by saying 'record video'
Tap the switch next to Voice control
4 Tap the switch next to Show palm to take selfies by showing your palm to the camera. After showing your palm, you will have a few seconds to pose before your picture is taken
Tap the switch next to Show palm
Shot suggestionsClick to Expand
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Shot suggestions help you line up great shots to get the perfect picture. This feature uses a library of millions of photos combined with the rules of photography used by professionals to suggest the ideal composition. 

1 Tap the settings cog
Tap the Settings cog
2 Tap the switch next to Shot suggestions
Tap the switch next to Shot suggestions
3 When you go to take a photo a target will appear labelled Best shot
When taking a photo, a best shot target will appear
4 Align the camera with the target. It will turn yellow when correctly aligned
Align the camera with the target. It will turn yellow when successful
5 Tap the capture button to take your photo
Tap the capture button to take the photo
Sports modeClick to Expand

Please note: sports mode is no long available on the latest devices. You can achieve the same results by adjusting your settings in pro mode or by holding down the capture button to take a burst shot

Sports mode allows you to take a clear and blur-free pictures of fast moving subjects. To use Sports Mode, tap or swipe to select it.

Sports Mode
Slow MotionClick to Expand

Slow Motion allows you to record a video then play it back at up to eight times slower than normal, perfect for filming action shots and creating unique videos.

1 Open your camera app, then choose Slow motion. The camera will automatically zoom in

Please note: depending on your device you may have to tap Mode or swipe the screen to select Slow motion

Choose Slow motion mode
2 Tap the record icon
Tap the record button
3 Once you've finished shooting your video, tap the stop icon
Once you're finished shooting your video, tap the stop button
4 To edit your slow motion video, tap the quick view box. You can also open your video from the Gallery app
Tap the Quick view box
5 Tap Play slow motion video
Tap Play slow motion video
6 Drag the markers to change which part of the video you would like to be in slow motion

Please note: if you can't see any editing options, try tapping on the screen

Use the markers to change which part of the video is in slow motion
7 Drag the slideshow from either end to change the length of your video
Use the ends of the slideshow to change the length of your video
8 When you are happy with your video, tap Save
When you are happy with your video, tap Save
Super Slow-moClick to Expand
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Super Slow-mo captures video at an incredible 960 frames per second (fps), which is four times faster than reglar slow motion. When played back at the average video speed of 30 fps, your Super Slow-mo video will appear 32 times slower than it did in real life Super Slow-mo gives you the power to make everyday moments look epic.

 

You can choose to capture Super Slow-mo video manually or trigger them automatically when something moves in your shot.

 

Taking a manual Super Slow-mo video

1 Open your camera, then choose Super Slow-mo. The camera will automatically zoom in, this cannot be changed

Please note: depending on your device, you may have to tap Mode or swipe the screen to select Super Slow-mo

Choose the Super Slow-mo mode
2 Tap the record button to begin filming your video. It will stop recording automatically after a few seconds
Tap the record button
3 To edit your Super Slow-mo video, tap the quick view box. You can also open your video from the Gallery app
To edit your video, tap the quick view box or find the video in the Gallery
4 Tap Play super slow-mo video
Tap Play Super Slow-mo video
5 Drag the markers to change which part of the video you would like to be in slow motion
Use the markers to change the section of video you want in super slow-mo
6 Drag the slideshow from either end to change the length of your video
Use the ends of the slideshow to change the length of the video
7 When you are happy with your video, tap Save
Tap Save

Taking an automatic Super Slow-mo video

If you're trying to capture something moving at high speed, it may help to enable automatic capture. In this mode a box will appear in the centre of the screen. When something moves within this area the camera will automatically start recording, taking all of the pressure away from the photographer.

 

For the best results you should try and stay as still as possible or consider using a tripod to avoid accidentally setting off the recording.

1 Tap the automatic capture button. It will turn yellow when automatic capture is active and a box will appear on screen
Tap the automatic capture button
2 Tap the record button to start your video
Tap the record button to begin
3 A yellow notification will appear to show you that it is ready to record. Hold the camera as steady as possible to avoid beginning the recording accidentally. Once recording has started it will stop itself automatically after a few seconds
A notification will appear, indicating that it is ready to record once movement is detected in the box
Telephoto modeClick to Expand

Please note: while the camera on most Galaxy devices feature digital zoom, only select devices have a telephoto lens. Devices with a telephoto lens are: Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10, S10+, S10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10 range

Unlike cameras with digital zoom, telephoto lenses allow you to zoom in on a scene or single subject without losing the details, giving you the freedom to get up close without worrying about how it will look. Telephoto lenses create a shallow deth of field making it easy to blur the background and place your subject in the spotlight.

1 Tap the telephoto icon. It will appear as a leaf
Tap the telephoto icon, it looks like a leaf
2 Tap the capture button to take your photo
Tap the capture button to take your photo
Virtual shotClick to Expand

Please note: Virtual shot is no longer available on the latest devices. If you would like to know more about 360° photography you may be interested in the Gear 360

Using Virtual shot you can take a series of photos of an object to create a 360° image. Once your image has been created you can move it around to view your object from all angles.

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Video collageClick to Expand

Video collage makes you a master visual storyteller, letting you tell the bigger picture with your favourite videos and photos. Use your camera roll alongside music and text to create a moving college of your best moments.

 

 Find out more about creating and editing a Video collage.

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