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

Last Update Date : Aug 08. 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 plus Camera

In this FAQ:

• Learn about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ camera specs      

• What is Super Slow-mo?      

• What is AR Emoji?      

• What is Dual Aperture?      

• What is Live Focus?      

• What is Dual Capture?      

• What is Selfie Focus?

• What is Bixby vision?

Learn about Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ camera specs




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








Sensor Size






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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 Stabilisation

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

What is Super Slow-mo?

What is Super Slow-mo?Click to Expand

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 actions 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 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 

What is AR Emoji?Click to Expand

With the Augmented Reality (AR) Emoji, you can create a 3D avatar of yourself and customise it with different looks from the head down.

What is Dual Aperture?Click to Expand

Aperture is a hole within a lens which allows light to travel into the camera body.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Camera has Dual Aperture that allows you to take shots in different light conditions which guarantee 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

What is Live Focus?Click to Expand

Live Focus technology allows Samsung Galaxy S9/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. 

What is Dual Capture (S9+ only)?Click to Expand

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; Main camera with Dual Pixel (fast auto-focus) and 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)

What is Selfie Focus?Click to Expand

Selfie Focus feature allows you to take selfies with 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.

What is Bixby Vision?Click to Expand

Use Bixby Vision to translate languages, identify landmarks and shop for products right when you see them. Please note that translate feature is available with 51 input languages and 104 output languages.

Learn more about Bixby Vision

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