Camera Apps For Samsung Galaxy S5

By | 17/08/2022

Samsung Galaxy S5: Photographic camera App

Nosotros have non been entirely generous to the Samsung Galaxy S5’s TouchWiz interface in this review, but its new approach to the camera app is quite sensible. As with Samsung’southward contempo tablets, it pays plenty of attention to how we actually utilise screens of varying sizes.

There are columns of control buttons on each side of the screen, both being easily accessible when the phone is held in landscape. You’ll as well need to become two hands involved when shooting in portrait if you lot want to change settings, but it works pretty well.

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You can customise the mode switches available to your left thumb – typical Samsung style – simply the modes that are there fresh out of the box (and probable to be left there by most people) are sensible choices. As standard your left thumb controls the Galaxy S5’s HDR and Selective Focus modes. Nosotros’ll get onto what the new Selective Focus mode does shortly.

The same sort of un-Samsung ‘less is more’ approach applied to the TouchWiz interface is seen in the camera mode choice a bit too. The Milky way S4 offered more than than 10 special shooting modes, fewer than half of which were useful most of the time. Now there are just half-dozen, with the option to download more from the Samsung Apps store (finally giving it a reason to exist).

The Galaxy S5’due south camera app is one office of the phone that hasn’t really been given that much of a visual spruce-upwards. The Settings popular-out menu is very workmanlike, but we’re happy to live with that when it makes it fairly straightforward to use. However, in that location are some very obvious missing parts in the camera.
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Despite having some command over Settings, there’s even so express manual control. Dissimilar the Nokia Lumia 930 and HTC 1 M8, you can’t control shutter speed, white balance control is express to just a few presets and there’s no manual focus. We hope this will exist patched upwards with the introduction of a downloadable full manual manner in the future – for the photo geeks out there.

That said, it’s not of peachy business concern for normal users as the Auto mode hither is strong. Dissimilar the HTC One M8’s.

Hither’s a look at the shooting modes yous get equally standard with the Galaxy S5.

Core Camera Modes


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Samsung doesn’t seem to have changed its HDR mode algorithm much in the Galaxy S5, just it was already pretty great. It’s constructive, dramatically increasing prototype quality on cloudy days or with backlit scenes. It’south likewise pretty quick at present. Shot-to-shot speeds with HDR are effectually 1.5 seconds – slap-up at all.

1 of the neatest parts of the Galaxy S5’s HDR mode is that it gives y’all a live preview of roughly what your shot will look like on-screen earlier yous shoot. We’ll cover HDR image quality in-depth in our camera image quality segment

Selective Focus

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Phone modes similar Selective Focus are the mobile phone camera gimmick of the season. They emulate the wide or variable apertures of dedicated cameras, or the shallow depth of field effects you can get with a good camera lens.

The HTC One M8 is the camera that puts the most endeavor into this. By comparing, the Galaxy S5’s Selective Focus is a flimsy software solution. It involves the phone focusing on and taking pictures of several focal points in the aforementioned scene, and so merging the results and so you lot can cull which plane is in focus post-shoot. The manner besides makes out of focus areas a flake more blurry.

While the results are passable, it takes ages to shoot and only works within a very narrow set up of criteria – a subject area within 50cm and a background at least 1.5m away. It’s a flake rubbish.

HDR and Selective focus are put correct at the top of the photographic camera app. But in that location are other modes within the Way ‘drawer’ accessed by your right pollex.

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Auto Mode

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You lot should use this fashion near of the time. Information technology’s a solid automated shooting way and doubles as an extremely effective, and aggressive low-light style, admitting one that slows downwards the Galaxy S5’s shooting performance significantly.

Dazzler Face

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Just like the Galaxy S4’s Beauty Face way, this smoothes-out people’s faces, removing skin blemishes and wrinkles in the process. It doesn’t expect remotely natural on its highest setting and is the phone version of airbrushing. But plain in that location’s a lot of call for this stuff.

Shot & More

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Galaxy S5 photo 28With this mode Samsung has combined all the flare-up-shot furnishings we saw in the Galaxy S4. These are what really chaotic upwardly terminal yr’s camera app, and then it’s great to encounter them put into a pen people can ignore more easily.

In one case y’all’ve taken the flare-up of shots, yous can choose between Best Photo, Best Face, Drama Shot, Easer and Panning shot sub-modes. The more dynamic of these let you lot remove objects from a photo and feature multiple instances of the same moving object.

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This is a classic mobile phone photo mode. Panorama lets you take almost-360-degree panorama shots, either vertically or horizontally. They’re non taken at full resolution, but they’d exist absolutely massive if they were.

Virtual Tour

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The about unusual Galaxy S5 photo mode is virtual tour. It lets you walk around your house (street, school, h2o park, whatever) taking photos and the phone then makes a rolling composite video of the photos, using pans, zooms and fades to brand the transitions appear somewhat seamless.

This mode would be useful to prove someone your new house, or one you’re thinking about buying. Just otherwise nosotros can’t imagine many people using it.

Dual Camera

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This final inbuilt mode has become popular in phones over the last year or so. It takes a photograph, with a ‘postage postage’ of the footage from the front end camera (i.e. the one pointing at you) embedded into the frame. It’ll be handy for those who desire to capture pics of the whole family, without missing out the Mum/Dad taking the snap.

Other modes

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At present in that location are four other modes you tin download from the Samsung Apps store, and they’re ones nosotros’ve seen before in Samsung phones. You tin grab Animated Photo, Audio & Shot, Sports Shot and Surround Shot, which takes a shot of the total 360-degree view around you from all angles.

We’re guessing these were the least popular modes in the previous phones. But they’re all gratis to download.

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