What is Dual Capture and how do I use it?

Last Update date : Apr 19. 2021

Dual Capture is a feature in Live focus mode that is made possible by dual rear cameras. It utilizes both wide-angle and telephoto cameras, allowing you to snap the whole scene even if you're focusing on one part. While the telephoto camera offers a more zoomed-in photo with background blur if you want it, the wide-angle camera will capture a pan-focus photo with a wider capture section.

Thanks to Dual Capture, both wide-angle and telephoto cameras take a picture simultaneously, so you get both shots without having to hit the shutter again.


  • Dual Capture is available on Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, Z Flip, Note10, Note10+, S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, Note9, and S9+.
  • Device screenshots and menus may vary depending on the device model and software version.

What is Dual Capture

1 Object-oriented out-of-focus photos (portrait).
2 Photos containing backgrounds (portrait + background).

How to use Dual Capture

1 Launch the Camera app > Tap LIVE FOCUS.
2 Make sure the Dual Capture feature is activated. Both live focus and normal photos will be saved.
3 Tap the camera shutter button to take a shot.

How to view Dual Captured photos

1 Select a photo taken with the Dual Capture feature.
2 Tap WIDE ANGLE to view the photo with a wide-angle background.
3 Tap CLOSE UP to return to the photo with the focus on the subject.
4 To save the photo as another file, tap the 'More' icon (three dots vertically aligned) and tap 'Save as new file'.

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