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

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    The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has an unbelievable digital camera that is among the many finest you’ll find on any of right now’s top-end telephones. It’s able to taking wonderful zoomed-in pictures and rivaling the iPhone 12 Pro Max in its general picture high quality. It’s filled with nice options to assist each novices and professionals alike take good pictures when out and about. While it might not be 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), there are some new tips to find out about. Read extra: 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 operate that permits the telephone to seize a number of photos and video clips — every with a unique impact utilized — simply by urgent the shutter button as soon as. Its goal is to assist you to seize an entire number of attention-grabbing pictures and movies of, say, your little one unwrapping a birthday current, with out having to resolve upfront on a specific fashion, zoom lens or filter. It was a characteristic launched on the Galaxy S20, but it surely’s been expanded to provide much more results. It sounds advanced, however utilizing it is extremely simple. To begin, faucet into the Single Take digital camera mode within the mode dial subsequent to the shutter button. Then, all it’s essential do is faucet the shutter button and watch for the 10 seconds it takes to seize every little thing. The concept is that you’re going to transfer round, perhaps pan the digital camera between faces, in order that the telephone has extra materials to work with to create all of the totally different choices for you. 
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    Once accomplished, you possibly can head into the gallery and discover your Single Take file and swipe as much as see the totally different objects it is produced. There’ll be nonetheless photos, totally 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 may take digitally zoomed photos as much as a whopping 30x and 100x. Using them is useless straightforward. In the usual digital camera 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 vast 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 nicely. 
    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 may be irritating to search out for those who’re new to the telephone and chances are you’ll not even know it is there at first. The telephone can take nice low-light photos in its customary digital camera 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 totally different capturing choices. One of them is 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 as a way to seize extra gentle. While it makes use of picture stabilization to maintain the shot as sharp as doable, you possibly can assist it additional by preserving as regular a hand as doable, and even higher by stabilizing your palms on a close-by wall or different object to attenuate hand shake. 
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    Director’s ViewA brand new characteristic for the S21, Director’s View is a video characteristic that exhibits you thumbnails of what the scene you are capturing will appear like utilizing the totally different zoom lenses. You’ll discover it in the identical menu display screen as Night mode (faucet More on the mode choice wheel). Once there, you will immediately see the totally different thumbnails and may faucet on them to begin recording video in every zoom size. Director’s View has a further characteristic, nonetheless, that lets you report video with the entrance and rear cameras concurrently. The concept is which you can 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 prime proper of the display screen (when held in portrait orientation, or on the prime left if held in panorama). Tapping this may assist you to 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 screen, or as a smaller picture-in-picture fashion, the place you seem as a small window overlaid onto the primary view. 
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    Tapping both of those will convey 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 photosThe 108-megapixel decision of the primary digital camera sensor is large 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 value trying out if you have not already. To activate it, begin off in the usual digital camera mode and you may see some icons alongside the highest of the display screen (or the left, for those who’re holding it in panorama mode), one among which shall be for the side ratio and shall be indicated with numbers reminiscent of 3:4, 1:1 or Full. Tap it and you may see the 3:4 108MP possibility. Tapping that can activate the excessive decision mode, however take into account that with that lively you will not be capable to use any of the zoom lenses because it depends solely on the primary digital camera’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 recordsdata. Raw recordsdata are basically “digital negatives” that do not save data like white stability or digital sharpening, giving a greater base picture for modifying the shot later. Raw recordsdata are usually utilized by professional photographers who need the utmost management and high quality from their photos. 
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    12-bit uncooked recordsdata, in idea, seize extra dynamic vary that means extra element within the highlights and shadows. It’s a professional characteristic maybe, so it is no shock that you’re going to want to enter More after which activate the Pro mode. This will convey up all of the handbook settings for publicity, white stability and auto focus, so it is solely value experimenting with for those who’re assured together with your pictures data. Activating uncooked mode takes a further 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 an ordinary JPEG. Keep in thoughts, although, that uncooked recordsdata take up much more area than JPEG photos, so for those who’re working low on area, be sure you’ve not left this mode switched on and are by chance filling up your gallery with high-resolution uncooked photos of your pet. Unless that is what you are into.

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