Samsung is an excellent example of how a large and sluggish manufacturer got back on the rails in the shortest possible time and radically changed its business strategy. Samsung phones were only flagship smartphones for the Korean market, but in the last couple of years, they decided to abandon this principle and reorient to a low-cost market and provide more active support for flagships of previous generations. Samsung proved this through their decision to expand last year’s Galaxy S10 with features that were previously only available to owners of current generation flagship phones.
Samsung has released a firmware update, One UI, for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 including features of the Galaxy S20. The update is about 1.5 GB, as it contains quite a lot of new features and fixes, although most of them focus on photo and video. After all, the camera is the main feature of any phone and increases the price the better it is. The Galaxy S10, although it has seriously fallen in price lately, is still considered a flagship phone.
How to shoot using the camera in the Galaxy S10
The first innovation Samsung chose to announce was the multi-frame shooting mode. It allows you to take photos and videos using all cameras at once. When you finish shooting, your smartphone will automatically offer you to choose the best photo or video, removing all the others. It’s a great feature that’s only available in third-party apps on iPhone and in Galaxy’s standard apps.
In addition, the multiframe mode allows you to take several samples from each set of photos. This means you will have more options and you can choose the best one. To see how this innovation works, you need to activate the multiframe mode on the camera and press the shutter button for 3-10 seconds to take several consecutive photos where you can select the ones you like most.
What is hyperlapse and how to take a picture
In the latest update, Samsung has also expanded its night mode capabilities by adding a hyper-lapse shooting function. It’s the same as time-lapse, but it’s on the move. Users of Galaxy S10 and Note 10 will now be able to take accelerated pictures on the move, even in low light conditions. The output should produce a better quality video with clearly recognizable subjects, however, for best results, you need to have a tripod or other device to secure the smartphone.
Professional shooting mode has also undergone a number of changes. Samsung gave users even more room for creativity, giving them the opportunity to adjust shutter speed, aperture ratio, and other parameters they deem necessary for video, which was previously only available for photos. The cherry on the cake is the 4K shooting mode at 60 frames per second on the front camera. The photo function, which is present in the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 could have been used from the beginning, but Samsung chose to postpone the implementation of this feature for more than a year. It’s better late than never.
How to group photos in the gallery
In the regular Gallery application, it is now possible to group identical or similar images. This is useful if you want to keep all shots taken in the multiframe mode. The grouping function simply identifies similar photos and videos and merges them into one folder. Simply press the button that appears in the application interface. This will free up space in the gallery window for a more convenient and quick orientation among new or old photos and videos.
If you take an ultra-wide-angle photo and then decided there is too much free space around the edges of the subject, you can quickly crop unnecessary space. To do this, select the quick crop function in the gallery application. This is a special button that will appear on the screen when you open the photo. Clicking on it will automatically detect the subject and bring it closer, making it the dominant feature of the photo.
I really like Samsung’s approach to supporting previous smartphone generations. Not only are features of newer models extended, but regular security patches are also provided. This update, which is already available in some European and North American countries, also contains the April security update for Android, which is surprising given that Google will release it in only a couple of weeks.