Everything you need to know about your Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Camera

Last Update date : Jul 08. 2022

The Camera app has been improved with better specifications, redesigned elements, and offers enhancements on some previous features as well as a few new ones for you to experiment with

Before you try the recommendations below, be sure to check if your device's software and related apps are updated to the latest version. To update your mobile device's software, follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Software update.

Step 2. Tap on Download and install.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Camera Overview

● Galaxy S9

ⓐ Camera 1 (Wide)
ⓑ Fingerprint
ⓒ LED Flash

● Galaxy S9+

ⓐ Camera 1 (Wide)
ⓑ Camera 2 (Tele)
ⓒ Fingerprint
ⓓ LED Flash

Camera Specifications in Galaxy S9 series

Compare the S9 and S9+ in the table below.


Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9+




Super Speed Dual
pixel 12 Megapixels
Auto Focus

Super Speed Dual
pixel 12 Megapixels Auto Focus

12 Megapixels
Auto Focus

Pixel Size













F1.5 - 2.4
(Dual aperture)

F1.5 - 2.4
(Dual aperture)


Dual Camera



Max Zoom



Focus Effect

Selective Focus

Live Focus

Super Speed Dual Pixel: Increased performance of auto-focus (AF) that helps with moving objects, which also gives you sharper and clearer images.

FOV: Field of Vision

OIS: Optical Image Stabilization

Aperture: The opening of the lens which allows light into the camera sensor

Note: Device screenshots and menus may vary depending on the device model and software version.

Super Slow-mo is a new camera feature added to the Galaxy S9/S9+ that allows you to capture high-speed actions and play them in super slow motion. The Super Speed image sensor embedded in the wide-angle rear camera and the sensor's DRAM (for reading image signals) makes high-speed action processing possible.

  • Super Slow-mo (960 frames per second) vs Slow Motion (240 fps) vs Normal video (30 fps).
  • Random background music will be inserted automatically after taking the video.
  • 3 types of animated GIFs will be generated automatically.
  • Super Slow-mo captures for 0.2 secs and could be played for approximately 6.4 secs long.
  • Super Slow-mo can be used up to 20 times in a video.
  • Super Slow-mo only supports HD (720p) resolution.

An aperture is a hole within a lens that allows light to travel into the camera body.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras have a Dual Aperture that allows you to take shots in different light conditions which guarantees bright and clear photos are delivered. With F1.5 and F2.4 modes, it adapts to bright light and super low light automatically, like the human eye. 

  • Low light situations: the lens opens to F1.5 to allow more light to pass through the sensor for a bright and clear photo.
  • Broad daylight: F2.4 mode kicks in to make photos look sharp with less noise. 
  • Manual change (F1.5 or F2.4) is available with PRO mode

Live Focus technology allows Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ to capture the background and the subject separately, and combine them to create an image.  You can adjust the amount of bokeh (background blur) after taking the Live Focus photo. 

The feature is available only on Samsung Galaxy S9+. Dual Capture allows you to capture a Live Focus image zoomed in on the subject and a photo with a wide-angle background, all in one shot. This feature leverages on S9+ rear cameras; the Main camera with Dual Pixel (fast auto-focus) and the Telephoto Camera with Optical 2x Zoom (clearer image with zoom).

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Dual Camera has the following features:

  • Dual-lens camera (improved zoom feature up to 10x)
  • Dual OIS (anti-handshaking)
  • Dual Capture (Live Focus)

Learn more about Dual Capture (S9+ only)

The Selfie Focus feature allows you to take selfies with a real-time background blur effect in preview mode. The difference between Selfie Focus and Selective Focus is that the latter does not support blur effect in preview mode.

Bixby Vision can be used in the following ways depending on whether you use it from your camera, your gallery, an image from a website or from a shortcut on your main screen. 

Learn more about Bixby Vision

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