Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra has already confirmed to pack a formidable digicam, filled with options to assist novices and professionals alike take sensible 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 methods to learn about.
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Let’s dive in to see what options are new and how you can use them.
Single Take is a perform that permits the cellphone to seize a number of photos and video clips — every with a special impact utilized — simply by urgent the shutter button as soon as. Its purpose is to mean you can seize a complete number of attention-grabbing images and movies of, say, your little one unwrapping a birthday current, with out having to resolve upfront on a selected model, zoom lens or filter.
It was a function launched on the Galaxy S20, nevertheless it’s been expanded to supply much more results. It sounds advanced, however utilizing it is vitally easy. To begin, faucet into the Single Take digicam mode within the mode dial subsequent to the shutter button. Then, all you could do is faucet the shutter button and anticipate the ten seconds it takes to seize every thing. The concept is that you’re going to transfer round, perhaps pan the digicam between faces, in order that the cellphone has extra materials to work with to create all of the completely different choices for you.
Once achieved, you’ll be able to 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 photos, completely different cuts of movies, GIFs — all of which can have results utilized. You can save all of them or choose your favorites to share with family and friends.
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 lifeless straightforward. In the usual digicam mode you may 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 extensive 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 too 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.
The correct Night mode on the S21 Ultra may be irritating to search out in case you’re new to the cellphone and chances are you’ll not even know it is there at first. The cellphone can take nice low-light photos in its commonplace digicam mode, however when issues get actually darkish, scroll to More on the mode panel subsequent to the shutter button and you will see a complete number of completely different taking pictures choices.
One of them known as Night and is represented by a picture of a moon. In this mode the cellphone will take a picture over a number of seconds in an effort to seize extra mild. While it makes use of picture stabilization to maintain the shot as sharp as attainable, you’ll be able to assist it additional by protecting as regular a hand as attainable, and even higher by stabilizing your arms on a close-by wall or different object to reduce hand shake.
A brand new function for the S21, Director’s View is a video function that reveals you thumbnails of what the scene you are taking pictures will seem 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 may immediately see the completely different thumbnails and may faucet on them to begin recording video in every zoom size.
Director’s View has a further function, nevertheless, that lets you report video with the entrance and rear cameras concurrently. The concept is you could movie a scene in entrance of you, whereas additionally capturing your individual response to it. When in Director’s View you may see a sq. field on the prime proper of the display (when held in portrait orientation, or on the prime left if held in panorama). Tapping this may mean you can 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.
Tapping both of those will carry your face into the image and hitting report will allow you to seize video with each side directly. Remember although that the cellphone 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.
The 108-megapixel decision of the principle digicam 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 price testing if you have not already. To activate it, begin off in the usual digicam mode and you will see some icons alongside the highest of the display (or the left, in case you’re holding it in panorama mode), one in all which can be for the facet ratio and can be indicated with numbers resembling 3:4, 1:1 or Full.
Tap it and you will see the 3:4 108MP possibility. Tapping that can activate the excessive decision mode, however needless to say with that lively you will not have the ability to use any of the zoom lenses because it depends solely on the principle digicam’s picture sensor.
Samsung has apparently given the S21 Ultra a lift in its uncooked taking pictures abilities with help for 12-bit uncooked recordsdata. Raw recordsdata are primarily “digital negatives” that do not save info like white stability or digital sharpening, giving a greater base picture for modifying the shot later. Raw recordsdata are sometimes utilized by professional photographers who need the utmost management and high quality from their photos.
12-bit uncooked recordsdata, in principle, 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’re going to want to enter More after which activate the Pro mode. This will carry up all of the handbook 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 a further step although; faucet the settings cog, go into Format and superior choices and activate RAW copies, which can permit the cellphone to take a uncooked picture in addition to a typical JPEG.
Keep in thoughts, although, that uncooked recordsdata take up much more house than JPEG photos, so in case you’re operating low on house, 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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