The photographic quality of current telephones has little or nothing to do with that of some years ago. This improvement does not depend solely on hardware aspects: the software is an equally important piece when it comes to taking quality photos. In the case of Samsung phones, the company uses a fairly dignified application that allows us to play with the different parameters of the photograph. Do not, There is no method that allows us to improve Samsung's camera by magic. What we can do is follow a series of indications to obtain the best results depending on the conditions of the scene, indications that we will go on to see below.
Use the 4: 3 ratio to take picturesIn videos use the 16: 9 ratioActivate video stabilization (or Superestable mode failing)Turn to the HDR to take pictures during the dayScene Optimizer and Composition Suggestions: Your Two Great AlliesInstall Google Camera if your Samsung mobile is compatibleImprove the quality of photos and videos in Google Photos with this trick
Use the 4: 3 ratio to take pictures
Neither 16: 9, nor 1: 1, nor 21: 9: the best ratio to take pictures with our mobile is 4: 3. It is for making use of the maximum resolution of the sensor. After all, the physical shape of the current photographic sensors has a 4: 3 ratio. Make use of other proportions lead to digital clippings that will reduce sensor resolution, and therefore, the final quality of the image.
In the case of Samsung phones, applying this proportion is as simple as clicking on the corresponding icon in the top bar of the native camera application. We can see it right above this paragraph.
In videos use the 16: 9 ratio
That's right Due to the obsolescence of the 4: 3 ratio on televisions and monitors, the most commonly used option to record videos is 16: 9. In fact, Samsung's own camera application does not allow us to choose a video format beyond 16: 9, 1: 1 21: 9.
If we are going to make use of the mentioned proportion it is recommended, in addition, use the maximum resolution supported by the sensor. We can configure this parameter in the section Video Resolution in Settings.
Activate video stabilization (or Superestable mode failing)
Are you going to record videos walking or practicing any sport that requires movement? In this case, the best practice is to use the telephone stabilization.
By clicking on the cogwheel in the upper bar of the camera application we can activate the mentioned option. If the activity requires a higher degree of movement, we will have to resort to the SuperStable mode, which we can activate by clicking on the hand icon that will be shown in the video interface.
This mode reduce the impact of vibrations significantly. By cons, the final quality of the video will be diminished, especially in situations where light is low.
Turn to the HDR to take pictures during the day
The HDR implemented in most phones today is aimed at expand the dynamic range of images in those situations where there are contrasts between lights and shadows. Resorting to this mode can make the difference between a good photo and a bad photo.
To make use of HDR we will have to go to the settings of the camera application on the cogwheel and then enable HDR tab (rich tone).
Scene Optimizer and Composition Suggestions: Your Two Great Allies
Two of the most useful camera features to improve photos on Samsung phones with One UI 1.0 and One UI 2.0. The first can be activated by clicking on the icon that appears in the lower right corner of the camera application. Its main task, by the way, is that of Apply Artificial Intelligence to images to improve contrast, saturation and brightness of the scenes.
The blue arrow refers to the Scene Optimizer function, while the red arrow corresponds to the Composition Suggestions function.
If we talk about the Composition Suggestions option, the purpose of this function is limited to guide the user to improve phone placement to achieve a more correct visual composition if we follow the three thirds rule. We can activate it using the application settings again, the section with the same name.
Install Google Camera if your Samsung mobile is compatible
It is not for nothing that Google phones take the cake in everything that has to do with mobile photography. The Google camera application is to blame for this, by making use of algorithms that improve dynamic range and HDR. Thanks to the community of XDA Developers we can install the aforementioned application in any phone with Snapdragon processor; also on some models with Exynos.
To download the best version of the Google camera on our phone we can use the application Gcamator, a tool present in the Android application store that identifies the hardware of our device and list the most optimal versions of the aforementioned application for later installation on the phone. You can also take a look at the article where we collect all the APKs of the GCam for Samsung.
Improve the quality of photos and videos in Google Photos with this trick
An application that is included in all Samsung phones and often goes unnoticed. A trick of Google Photos that we already mentioned in the article that we just linked and that will help us improve the quality of the images consists of resort to automatic adjustment and Pop and Color parameters within the manual editor of the application, as we can see in the image below.
If what we want is to improve the quality of the videos, Google Photos stabilization feature help us stabilize any video. The improvement is especially noticeable.
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