Galaxy S21 Ultra: All the cool new camera tricks (and how to actually use them)

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    Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra has already confirmed to pack a formidable digicam, filled with options to assist novices and execs alike take good pictures when out and about. It’s not a dramatic overhaul from the Galaxy S20 Ultra, with headline specs such because the 108-megapixel sensor and 100x zoom being widespread throughout each telephones. But there are some new tips to learn about. Read extra: Review: Samsung’s Galaxy S21 is the no-brainer improve phoneLet’s dive in to see what options are new and the way to use them.
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    Single Take Single Take is a perform that permits the telephone to seize a number of photographs and video clips — every with a special impact utilized — simply by urgent the shutter button as soon as. Its goal is to can help you seize an entire number of fascinating pictures and movies of, say, your baby unwrapping a birthday current, with out having to determine prematurely on a specific model, zoom lens or filter. It was a function launched on the Galaxy S20, however it’s been expanded to provide much more results. It sounds complicated, however utilizing it is rather easy. To begin, faucet into the Single Take digicam mode within the mode dial subsequent to the shutter button. Then, all it is advisable do is faucet the shutter button and await the 10 seconds it takes to seize all the pieces. The concept is that you will transfer round, perhaps pan the digicam between faces, in order that the telephone has extra materials to work with to create all of the completely different choices for you. 
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    Once performed, you may head into the gallery and discover your Single Take file and swipe as much as see the completely different gadgets it is produced. There’ll be nonetheless photographs, completely different cuts of movies, GIFs — all of which may have results utilized. You can save all of them or choose your favorites to share with family and friends.
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    Using the zoom The S21 Ultra has a 3x optical zoom, a 10x optical zoom and might take digitally zoomed photographs as much as a whopping 30x and 100x. Using them is useless straightforward. In the usual digicam mode you will see small leaf icons subsequent to the shutter button. A single leaf means zooming in (i.e. getting nearer to the leaf); the icon with three leaves means utilizing the tremendous broad lens (i.e. capturing extra leaves in a single shot). Tapping the icons will take you shortly to 3x or 10x zooms, however you can even faucet on the numbers that pop up subsequent to them as effectively. 
    It works simply the identical whether or not you are zooming in when taking a nonetheless picture or whether or not you are recording video. 
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    Night mode The correct Night mode on the S21 Ultra will be irritating to seek out in case you’re new to the telephone and you might not even know it is there at first. The telephone can take nice low-light photographs in its normal digicam mode, however when issues get actually darkish, scroll to More on the mode panel subsequent to the shutter button and you may see an entire number of completely different capturing choices. One of them known as Night and is represented by a picture of a moon. In this mode the telephone will take a picture over a number of seconds with the intention to seize extra mild. While it makes use of picture stabilization to maintain the shot as sharp as attainable, you may assist it additional by preserving as regular a hand as attainable, and even higher by stabilizing your fingers on a close-by wall or different object to attenuate hand shake. 
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    Director’s ViewA brand new function for the S21, Director’s View is a video function that exhibits you thumbnails of what the scene you are capturing will appear like utilizing the completely different zoom lenses. You’ll discover it in the identical menu display as Night mode (faucet More on the mode choice wheel). Once there, you will immediately see the completely different thumbnails and might faucet on them to start out recording video in every zoom size. Director’s View has an extra function, nevertheless, that permits you to report video with the entrance and rear cameras concurrently. The concept is that you could movie a scene in entrance of you, whereas additionally capturing your personal response to it. When in Director’s View you will see a sq. field on the high proper of the display (when held in portrait orientation, or on the high left if held in panorama). Tapping this can can help you choose the way you need your front-facing video to be displayed; as a split-screen view the place your face takes up half the display, or as a smaller picture-in-picture model, the place you seem as a small window overlaid onto the principle view. 
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    Tapping both of those will carry your face into the image and hitting report will allow you to seize video with either side directly. Remember although that the telephone completely bakes each movies right into a single file, so do not shoot with the back and front cameras directly hoping to separate them into particular person movies later. 
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    108-megapixel photographsThe 108-megapixel decision of the principle digicam sensor is big and whereas it is the identical decision because the S20 Ultra, it has been given some software program tweaks to enhance it, so it is price testing if you have not already. To activate it, begin off in the usual digicam mode and you may see some icons alongside the highest of the display (or the left, in case you’re holding it in panorama mode), one among which will probably be for the facet ratio and will probably be indicated with numbers resembling 3:4, 1:1 or Full. Tap it and you may see the 3:4 108MP possibility. Tapping that may activate the excessive decision mode, however take into account that with that energetic you will not have the ability to use any of the zoom lenses because it depends solely on the principle digicam’s picture sensor.
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    12-bit uncooked  Samsung has apparently given the S21 Ultra a lift in its uncooked capturing expertise with help for 12-bit uncooked information. Raw information are basically “digital negatives” that do not save info like white stability or digital sharpening, giving a greater base picture for enhancing the shot later. Raw information are sometimes utilized by professional photographers who need the utmost management and high quality from their photographs. 12-bit uncooked information, in idea, seize extra dynamic vary which means extra element within the highlights and shadows. It’s a professional function maybe, so it is no shock that you will want to enter More after which activate the Pro mode. This will carry up all of the guide settings for publicity, white stability and auto focus, so it is solely price experimenting with in case you’re assured together with your pictures information. Activating uncooked mode takes an extra step although; faucet the settings cog, go into Format and superior choices and activate RAW copies, which is able to permit the telephone to take a uncooked picture in addition to a normal JPEG. Keep in thoughts, although, that uncooked information take up much more house than JPEG photographs, so in case you’re working low on house, be sure to’ve not left this mode switched on and are by accident filling up your gallery with high-resolution uncooked photographs of your pet. Unless that is what you are into.

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