Go Professional with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
Dual Pixel image sensor enables high quality photographyeven in low light
Blurry pictures in low-light environments are now a thing of the past thanks to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edgeemploying the Dual Pixel image sensor—a first for a smartphone. With fast shooting abilities, the devices also include the latestnew camera technology such as Motion Panorama and Selfie Flash.
The Dual Pixel image sensor employed in the camera of the Galaxy S7 splits every single pixel into two photodiodes for on-chip phase detection, promising vastly improved autofocus performance.Dual Pixel technology, which is utilized in selective, high-end DSLR camera models, as well as those of the Galaxy S7, sends light from the lens to two image sensors separately to adjust the focus, much in the same way that the human eye does.
The Galaxy S7’s Motion Panorama Shot feature lets one record the movements of the subject being photographed in the Panorama Shot mode. The resulting images are as vivid and vibrant as videos. By simply swiping the captured image or moving the device a bit, users can view the motions of the captured panorama shot.
- In Camera, select MODE > Panorama.
- At the top of the screen, tap the Motion On icon. Select On. Tap the Camera button and take a panoramic shot by moving the device in one direction.
- To view the video clip, locate the image in Gallery. Tap the Motion Panorama icon at the top right of the screen.
- Tilt your phone or swipe the screen to interactively view the animated image.
- You can share Motion Panorama as a video file or an image file.
Another new feature of the Galaxy S7 is Hyperlapse, a variation of time lapse photography tailor-made for smartphones. Through Hyperlapse, users can compress hours of recording into seconds to illustrate the subtle movements of the photographed subject. The device automatically selects frames with soft and stable images, while minimizing camera shake with its adaptive vDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization) function to produce a stable time lapse video. The new feature automatically adjusts shooting speed based on the subject’s movements. It shoots slow moving subjects faster, and vice versa, making time lapse recording easier and more intuitive for beginners.
- In Camera, select MODE >Hyperlapse
- Tap Record button.
- Tap Stop icon and save.
The front-facing camera, like the rear camera, features an F1.7 lens to delivers bright, colorful selfies, even in low light. It also supports a Selfie Flash feature, which enables the user to use the AMOLED display of the phone as a camera flash when taking selfies in a low light environment (lower than 20Lux).Taking advantage of the large, 5.1-inch display of the Galaxy S7, the camera flash has a greater but softer light-emitting surface than that of its LED flash. This results in a much softer surface lighting effect, which translates into a more colorful expression of the whole face. The Galaxy S7 has also improved on its Beauty Face Shot mode by adding a 3D lighting effect to deliver brighter and clearer selfies, while Wide Selfie Shot mode creates a panorama effect. Additionally, the real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature allows for images with even richer colors.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge′s Pro mode lets users dial things in DSLR-like fashion, with control of exposure, shutter speed, ISO and white balance to more accurately produce one’s desired results.
- In Camera, select MODE > Pro.
By enabling Motion Photo, you can record a short video clip of the brief action leading up to the captured moment. Even if you don’t press the shutter at the right second, you can extract the best frame from the video, and share or print it. This is especially handy for capturing those time-sensitive moments, such as baby’s first steps or the grand finale at a fireworks show.
- In Settings, select Applications > Camera.
- Turn on Motion Photo.
- In Camera, tap the Camera button and take a photograph as you normally would.
- To view the video clip, locate the photograph in Gallery.
- Tap the Motion Photo icon at the top right of the screen.
You can add other modes by selecting Download at the top of the MODE menu.Dual Camera mode is one example. It uses multi-tracking to allow for simultaneous video recording from the front and rear cameras. Both videos can then be applied to a single screen to create one single video clip.
- In Camera, select MODE > Dual Camera.
- Tap the Dual Camera icon at the top of the screen. Select your preferred shape and drag it to your selected location on the screen.
- Tap the Camera button to take a picture or the Record button to take a video.
- To view, locate the video (or still image) in Gallery, then tap the Dual Camera icon.
- At the bottom of the screen of the video, choose Single view, where you can switch back and forth between the recorded videos, or Dual view to watch them both at the same time. (Still images can only be viewed one at a time.)
With the Auto camera mode of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you can produce optimal photographs without having to further adjust the camera’s settings. This rings true in all lighting conditions, even in low-light and backlit environments, and requires only a tap of the shutter button.
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