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How do I use the Camera to Capture Photos and Videos on my Samsung Galaxy S4?

You can take photographs and shoot video by using the built-in camera functionality. Your camera produces photos in JPEG format.

Camera and Video

Touch Apps > Camera.

Capture Photos

Aim your device at the subject, and touch the screen to focus on a specific area. When the focal point turns green, touch the camera shutter.

   

Select a Shooting Mode

Select the shooting mode for this session by touching Mode . Touch a thumbnail to select a mode. To return to Auto mode, touch the Auto thumbnail or Auto key.

The mode view can be adjusted. The screenshot above shows the thumbnail mode view. Touch the desired button to switch the mode screen layout between thumbnail view and carousel view. When you use the carousel view, a description of the selected mode is displayed. To select a different mode, touch and swipe the carousel up or down. To select a mode, touch the mode's thumbnail.

The following shooting modes are available on your camera:

  • Auto: The camera determines the ideal mode for the photo.

  • Beauty face: Corrects facial imperfections when taking portraits.

  • Best photo: Select the best photos when you take a series of photos.

  • Best face: Select the best photo of each person from five consecutive photos and merge into one best photo.

  • Sound & shot: Capture a scene and record background audio associated with the photo.

  • Drama: Capture a series of photos of a moving subject and merge them into one photo.

  • Animated photo: Capture a scene and create a photo containing moving and static objects.

  • Rich tone (HDR): Take and merge photos in various exposures to create soft and rich colors.

  • Eraser: Capture five photos of a scene and erase unwanted moving objects from the background.

  • Panorama: Take panoramic photos made up of a maximum of eight consecutive photos.

  • Night: Take photos by combining them to get a brighter, clearer photo in low light, without flash.

  • Sports: Take photos of fast-moving subjects at sporting events.

For more information about a shooting mode, search the Samsung support site using the mode's name. We have provided additional details on many of the pre-defined shooting modes available to you.

Camera Settings

On the viewfinder screen, touch Settings to access camera quick settings. The settings available to you in this area may vary based on the mode you have selected. The settings menu has six default options:

  • Settings: Access Camera settings (such as Photo size), Share settings, and General settings (such as Storage location and Shutter sound).

  •  Flash (customizable location): Touch the icon to cycle through the available flash options.

  • Auto night detection (customizable location): Touch the icon to turn on the low-light auto-detection feature.

  • Voice control (customizable location): Touch the icon to cycle through the available flash options.

  •  Recording mode: Touch the icon to select a movie size for any video captured during the session.

  •  Share: Touch the icon to select a sharing option. Features like Share shot and Remote viewfinder can be found here.

You can edit the camera quick settings displayed by touching Menu > Edit quick settings. Drag a shortcut to one of the three customizable locations.

Reviewing Photos After You Capture Them

You can set your device to let you review photos after you capture them. To activate this feature, touch Menu > Settings > General > Review pics/videos > On. If you do not want to keep the photo, touch Delete at the top of the screen.

Switching Between Cameras

Touch Switching Camera to switch between the front and back cameras on your device.

Recording Video

Aim your device at the scene, and touch the video capture button to begin recording. When you are recording, you can touch Pause or Stop.

   

Capture Photos While Recording

Your device can capture photos while you are recording video.

Touch Shutter at any time to capture a photo.

Video Settings

Your device supports video capture at resolutions up to 1080p at 30 frames per second (FPS).

To change the resolution of the videos you capture, touch Menu > Settings > Video.

To change the capture mode, from the Camera application, touch Settings> Recording mode. Choose NormalLimit for MMSSlow motion, or Fast motion.

Reviewing Videos After You Capture Them

You can set your device to let you review videos after you capture them. To activate this feature, touch Menu > Settings > General > Review pics/videos > On. Touch Play to watch the captured video immediately. If you do not want to keep the video, touch Delete at the top of the screen. Touch Trim to edit the video.

Sharing Options

   

From the Gallery

When you are viewing your photos and videos in other applications, such as the Gallery, additional sharing options are available. When viewing a video in the Gallery, touch Share via and select a sharing option. From the Gallery, you can share via Bluetooth, Email, Gmail, and Wi-Fi Direct.

Additional sharing options may be available on your device. The options vary based on applications installed and features you have turned on.

   

From the Camera Application

Your device has several options for sharing right from the Camera application. Touch Settings > Share. Choose from:

  • Share shot: Immediately share captured videos with Wi-Fi Direct enabled devices.

  • Buddy photo share: Share captured photos with buddies you tag from your contacts list. This feature does not work with videos.

  • ChatON™ photo share: Share captured video using the ChatON application.

  • Remote viewfinder: Use your device to control a Samsung camera, or another compatible Samsung device, to capture photos and videos remotely. Captured photos and videos are stored on the other device and on your device.

Settings

The options available and accessible may vary considerably depending on the selected photo shooting mode.

Touch Menu > Settings to view and edit the following settings when capturing photos:

    Photo

    • Photo size: Select the size of the photos captured during this session.

    • Burst shot: Turn the Burst shot feature Off or On. When the feature is on, you can capture up to 20 photos rapidly by touching and holding the camera shutter button.

    • Face detection: Turn face detection Off or On. When the feature is on, your device will detect and focus on faces in the scene.

    • Metering modes: Adjust the way your device will meter the scene's light. Choose Center-weighted, Matrix, or Spot.

    • ISO: Select an ISO setting for the session. If you aren't sure what to choose for your scene, select Auto.

    • Anti-shake: Turn the optical image stabilization feature Off or On.

    • Auto night detection: Automatically detects when you are capturing a photo in low-light situations.

    • Save as: Select how your device should handle saving rich-tone photos. This option is accessible only when you have selected Rich tone only from the camera modes.

       

    Video

    • Video size: Select the size of the video captured during this session.

    • Video stabilization: Turn the optical image stabilization feature Off or On.

       

    General

    • Location tag: Add GPS location information to the captured photo.

    • Review pics/videos: Turn the review feature Off or On. When the feature is on, your device will display a review screen after you capture a photo or video.

    • Volume key: Select how the Camera application should respond to you pressing the Volume keys. You can set the Volume keys to act as The zoom key (zoom in and out of a scene, also the default setting), The camera key (capture photos), or The record key (capture video).

    • Timer: Set the timer to capture a photo.

    • White balance: Adjust the white balance setting for the session. If you aren't sure what setting to choose for your scene, select Auto. You can choose Auto, Daylight,Cloudy, Incandescent, or Fluorescent.

    • Exposure value: Adjust the exposure value from +2.0 to -2.0.

    • Guidelines: Turn guidelines in the viewfinder Off or On.

    • Flash: Turn the flash mode to Off, On, or Auto.

    • Voice control: Turn the voice control feature Off or On. When the feature is on, you can capture a photo with your voice. Try saying "Say cheese!" or "Record video."

    • Contextual filename: Turn contextual filenames Off or On. When the feature is on, your device will name files with contextual information based on the GPS tag feature.

    • Save as flipped: Save captured photos flipped horizontally. This corrects the mirror effect caused when you use the front camera. This option is accessible only when you are using the front camera.

    • Storage: Select where photos and videos captured should be stored. This option is accessible only when you have an optional microSD™ card installed.

    • Shutter sound: Turn the shutter sound Off or On when taking a photo.

    • Reset: Reset all of your device's camera settings to their default options.

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