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How Do I Use the Camera on My Samsung Galaxy S5 Active? (SM-G870A)

Pre-loaded camera modes are available on your device. You can capture photos and videos using both the front and the rear lens on your device. You can also edit and share your photos and videos directly.

The available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version.

Basic Camera Usage

You can also open the camera by swiping Camera on the lock screen, unless you have changed the App shortcuts in the Lock screen and security settings to another application. The features on your screen may vary depending on the camera mode selected.

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Camera to open your camera. 

  3. Basic functions of the camera are shown below:

Camera Settings

The following camera settings are available on your device :

The available camera settings may vary depending on your wireless service and software version.


To get more information regarding your camera settings, touch Help. 

Capturing Photos

The default camera mode is Auto.

Capturing Photos

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Camera to open the camera app.

  3. Aim your device at the subject, and touch the Camera Shutter to take the photo. 

  4. To take a selfie, touch the Switch Camera

  5. You can choose from different camera mode options by touching Mode.

Review Photos After Capture

Photos can be reviewed from your Gallery application at all times.

You can set your device to display photos immediately after capturing. 

To activate this feature: 

  1. After opening Camera, touch the Settings. 

  2. Navigate to Review pictures/videos and touch it to turn the function on.

  3. After capturing a photo, a preview of your previous photo will be displayed on your screen.

Record Videos

  1. After opening the camera, aim your device at the subject and touch Video Capture.

  2. Use the Pause button to temporarily stop the recording or touch the Stop to finish recording. 

    The Pause and Stop button only appear during a recording.

  3. The recorded videos will be saved in your Gallery.

Share Photos and Videos

You can share your photos or videos in the Gallery. 

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Gallery to select a photo.

  3. Open the photo or video you want to share.

  4. After opening the photo, touch anywhere on the screen to access the share option. Then, touch Share icon.

  5. After selecting Share, choose from the available share options on your screen. 

    Sharing options vary based on applications installed and features turned on.

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