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

PLEASE NOTE: camera modes available will depend on your model and operating system. You can also download additional compatible modes. We recommend keeping your software up-to-date so as to ensure you always have the most up-to-date options available on your phone.

Your Galaxy smartphone camera comes with a variety of different modes to help you capture every great moment: from gorgeous selfies to slow motion videos and personalised emojis and more.

 

Find out more about the different modes you can use to capture your camera's full potential.

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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 ones you see in the camera will be dependent on your model and operating system.

 

You can view your different mods either on the main camera screen when you open it up, or by swiping to the right.

Finding Modes

To download additional modes, either tap the + on the top right corner of your screen OR go to the settings cog and then tap Camera modes or Edit camera modes.  

Download additional modes
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 model has the AR Emoji feature, you can find it by opening the camera and then tapping AR Emoji.

 

Find out more about AR Emoji and how to use it.  

Fast motionClick to Expand

Fast motion allows you to record a video and then play it back in fast motion.  

1 Open the camera, then choose Fast motion

Depending on your device, choose MODE or swipe across the screen to select Fast motion.

2 Choose the record icon
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3 When finished with your video, choose the stop icon
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4 To edit the selection of video you'd like to be in fast motion, choose the quick view box
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5 Find the video and choose the view button
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6 Use the slides at the bottom of the screen to select the portion of video you'd like to be in fast motion

Depending on your device, you may need to tap the screen or the scissors icon to edit your video.

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

Flaw detection is an intelligent feature introduced on the Galaxy Note9's intelligent camera. It will notify you when someone blinks or looks blurry in pictures. You'll also be notified if there are smudges on the camera lens.

 

There are four types of notifications:

  • Eye blink measures the eye size in preview. It then detects any change in the eye size when the shutter clicks and whether the eyes have blinked.
  • Motion Blur detects any blur caused from shaky hands by using the sensor in the device.
  • Lens smudge detects any dirt on the camera lens. A notice only be displayed once during the first 10 seconds of opening the Camera app.
  • Back light detects saturated areas of image e.g. if there's a bright light in the background

 

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1 Open the camera, then tap the settings cog icon
What is Intelligent mode and how do I use it?
2 Use the toggle to enable or disable Flaw detection
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3 A notification will be displayed when an error has been detected

PLEASE NOTE: that the blink and blur detection works best when there are up to three people in the frame, or up to 1.5 metres away from the camera. The lens smudge and backlit detection may only show a notification once within a 24-hour period. 

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

Food Mode lets you take pictures that emphasise the vivid colours you can get from foods.  

1 Open your camera app, then choose Food or Food Mode from your modes.
2 Ensure the dish or food is in the highlighted area. You will see a blurred area around it. Press and hold the circular frame, then place it over the subject. To re-size the circular frame, drag a corner of the frame until happy. Depending on your model and operating system, you may also be able to use Radial blur or adjust the colour. These icons will appear on the screen in Food mode if available.
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3 Choose the Capture button to take your picture
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HyperlapseClick to Expand

Hyperlapse allows you to create your own time-lapse video.  It records at various frame rates which automatically adjust to what you’re recording. Find out more about Hyperlapse mode.

Live focusClick to Expand

Live focus lets you blur the background images so you can focus on the closer image.

To use Live focus, you will need to:

1 Open your camera and choose Live Focus

(depending on your device, you may need to choose Mode or swipe the screen to the left to select Live focus)

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2 Adjust the blur using the adjustment slider
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3 Choose the capture button to take the photo

PLEASE NOTE: for best results, the image should be positioned between 1m and 1.5m from the camera lens.

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You can also edit the amount of background blur of Live focus pictures in the Gallery. To do this, you will need to:

1 Choose Gallery
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2 Choose an image taken with Live focus
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3 Choose Adjust background blur

This option will appear for all pictures that have been taken with Live focus.

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4 Adjust the background blur using the adjustment bar
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5 Tap Save as new file or choose the tick icon to overwrite the picture
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Night modeClick to Expand

Night mode takes brighter pictures in dark conditions.  The Samsung Galaxy S10 series also includes Super Night Shot as part of a built in scene optimiser that automatically enhances up to 30 types of photos.

 

Night mode recognises the low light levels in a scene and adjusts the picture to capture more detail.

 

To use night mode, open your camera and then modes, then simply tap Night.

 

If your model has Scene Optimiser, you can also tap the Screen Optimiser icon on the main screen and your camera will use night mode when it detects dark conditions. 

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

Panorama allows you to capture more of the scene by combining images to create a panoramic photo. You can also create videos by using Motion Panorama.

 

Find out more about Panorama modes

ProClick to Expand

PLEASE NOTE: not all modes are available on all models and operating system. You may be able to download additional modes by either swiping to the right and tapping the + button, or by tapping the settings cog and selecting 'Camera modes' from the menu. 

Pro mode allows you to manually change the settings to create the perfect picture. You can manually adjust the settings such as ISO, shutter speed and exposure levels, filters, focus or the white balance setting to accommodate different lighting conditions.

Pro Mode options
Scene OptimiserClick to Expand

Scene optimiser (intelligent mode) was introduced on the Galaxy Note 9 and is an intelligent photo assistant that automatically adjusts your camera settings to the scene to help you capture the best shot available. The modes available will depend on your device and operating system.

 

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

 

Scene optimiser can be turned on or off by tapping the icon on your camera screen.   

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 To enable Scene optimiser and customise it: 

1 Open your camera, then choose the settings cog icon
What is Intelligent mode and how do I use it?
2 Turn the Scene optimiser toggle on
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3 Once the Scene optimiser has been enabled, you can then enable individual features using the toggle

Bright night - takes bright pictures even in very dark conditions

Document scan - shows a scan button when the rear camera detects a document

Starburst - automatcially adds starburst flares to the light sources in dark scenes

What is Intelligent mode and how do I use it?
Selective FocusClick to Expand

Selective Focus allows you to make specific object(s) or areas stand out in your photo.

1 From the home screen choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps
How do I use Selective focus mode
2 Choose Camera
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3 Choose Selective Focus

Depending on your device, choose Mode or swipe across the screen to select Selective Focus

4 Choose on the screen where you would like your camera to focus
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5 Choose the capture button
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6 Once the image has been taken, choose the Preview icon
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7 Choose Adjust background blur
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8 Choose the focus you would like 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
9 When happy with the image, choose Save or Save as new or Save image
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Selfie modesClick to Expand

'Selfie Focus' allows you to take selfies that focus on your face by blurring the background and adjust your skin tone before taking self-portraits.

 

'Wide selfie' expands the angle by up to 120 degrees, meaning you can fit more people in your picture.

 

'Palm selfie' letting you take a selfie with a wave at the camera.

 

'Interval shot' allows you to take multiple photos at two-second intervals so you can choose the one you like best. 

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Shot suggestionsClick to Expand

Shot suggestions is an intelligent feature introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. 

 

Shot suggestions helps you line up great shots and get a great picture! To turn on shot suggestions, go to the settings cog while in your camera, and then toggle 'Shot suggestions' to on.

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Sports modeClick to Expand

Sports allows you to take a clearer picture of a fast moving subject. To use Sports Mode, simply select the mode while you're in the camera (on some older models you may need to swipe left to see modes), then tap the capture button.

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.

To use the Slow motion feature to record a video, you will need to:

1 Open your camera, and choose Slow motion

(depending on your device, choose Mode or swipe across the screen to select Slow motion)

2 Choose the record icon
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3 When finished with your video choose the Stop icon
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4 To edit the section of video you’d like to be in slow motion, choose the quick view box
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5 Find the video and choose the view icon or Play slow motion video
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6 Use the slides at the bottom of the screen to select the portion of video you’d like to be in slow motion

Depending on your device, you may need to tap the screen or the scissors icon to edit your video.

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7 When finished, choose Export or Save
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Super Slow-moClick to Expand
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The below steps will show you how to get started on Super Slo-mo 

1 Open your camera, then choose Super Slow-mo

Depending on your device, choose Mode or swipe across the screen to select Super Slow-mo. 

2 Choose Auto or Manual. If you do not see this screen, skip to step 3.

Auto mode will start recording as soon as movement has been detected within the square. 

Manual mode will start to record once the record button has been pressed.

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3 Choose the record button
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4 To edit the section of video you’d like to be in slow motion, choose the quick view box
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5 Find the video and choose the view icon or Play super slow-mo video
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6 Use the slides at the bottom of the screen to select the portion of video you’d like to be in slow motion
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7 Tap Save
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Telephoto modeClick to Expand

Telephoto allows you to zoom in on a scene or single subject, meaning you can get close when you're taking a photo without losing detail. 

1 Open your camera, then choose the Telephoto icon. This will look like a leaf or a tree.
What is Telephoto and how do I use it?
2 Choose the capture button to take your photo
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Virtual shotClick to Expand

Virtual shot allows you to create a series of photos so that you can easily view the subject from different 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.  Find out more about Video collage.

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