The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has an incredible camera this is one of the best you will find on any of today’s flagship phones. (It may end in a rumored Galaxy S22 Ultra, but it only shows time.)
It is able to take greatly enlarged photos and compete with the iPhone 12 For Max and possibly iPhone 13 in overall image quality. It’s packed with great features to help beginners and professionals alike take great photos on the go.
While it may not be a dramatic redesign of the Galaxy S20 Ultra (with subtitle specifications such as a 108-megapixel sensor and 100x zoom common to both phones), there are a few new tricks to know.
Highlighted Camera Modes in Galaxy S21 Ultra
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Single Take is a feature that allows the phone to capture multiple photos and videos – each with a different effect – with a single press of the shutter button. The goal is to let you take a variety of interesting photos and videos, say, as your child unwraps a birthday present without having to choose a specific style, zoom, or filter in advance.
It was a feature launched on the Galaxy S21 Ultra , but was expanded to produce even more effects. It sounds complicated, but it’s very easy to use. Start by clicking Single Take Camera mode on the mode dial next to the shutter button.
Then just tap the shutter button and wait 10 seconds for everything to catch up. The idea is that you are moving, maybe moving the camera between your faces, so the phone has more material to work with to create all the different options.
When you’re done, you can go to the gallery, find your Single Take file, and swipe up to see the different items you’ve created. There will be static images, various fragments of videos, GIFs – all this will have effects. You can save them all or choose your favorites and share them with friends and family.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has 3x optical zoom, 10x optical zoom and can capture digitally magnified images up to 30x and 100x. Its use is very simple. In standard camera mode, small leaf icons appear next to the shutter button.
A single leaf means zooming in (ie zooming in on a leaf); the three-sheet icon means using a super wide-angle lens (ie capturing multiple sheets in one shot). Tap the icons to quickly zoom in 3x or 10x, but you can also tap the numbers that appear next to them.
Getting the right night mode on the Galaxy S21 Ultra can be frustrating when you find out if your phone is new to you and you may not even know it is there at first. In standard camera mode, the phone can take great photos in low light, but when it really gets dark, scroll down More on the mode bar next to the shutter button to see a variety of shooting options.
One is called Night and is represented by a picture of the moon. In this mode, the phone takes a picture for a few seconds to capture more light. Although it uses image stabilization to make the shot as sharp as possible, you can further help by holding your hand as stable as possible, or better yet, by stabilizing your hands on a nearby wall or another object to minimize handshake.
View of the director
A new feature for Galaxy S21 Ultra, Director’s View, is a video feature that shows you thumbnails of what the scene you’re shooting will look like with different zooms. You can find it on the same menu screen as night mode (tap More on the mode dial). Once you’re there, you’ll immediately see different thumbnails and you can tap them to record video at any zoom length.
However, Director’s View has another feature that allows you to record video at the same time as the front and rear cameras. The point is, you can shoot the scene in front of you and at the same time record your own reaction to it. When you’re in the director view, you’ll see a square box in the upper-right corner of the screen (when held vertically or at the top left in landscape).
Click button to choose how you want your front-facing video to appear; as a split-screen display, where your face occupies half the screen, or as a smaller picture-in-picture style, where you look like a small window overlaying the main screen.
Click on one of them to see your face and press the Record button to record video on both sides at the same time. Keep in mind, however, that your phone will permanently store both videos in one file, so don’t shoot with the front and rear cameras at the same time, and hope to split them into separate videos later.
Images 108 megapixels
The 108 megapixel resolution of the main camera’s sensor is huge, and although it’s the same as the S20 Ultra, it has undergone several software enhancements, so it’s worth a try if you haven’t already. To activate it, launch it in standard camera mode and at the top of the screen (or on the left if you hold it in landscape mode) you will see some icons, one of which is for aspect ratio and is numbered as: 3: 4 , 1 : 1 or Full .
Click on it and you will see a 3: 4 108 MP option. Tap this to activate high definition mode, but keep in mind that this mode will not allow you to use zooms because they rely only on the main camera’s image sensor.
Samsung has apparently supported the Galaxy S21 Ultra in its world-class photo capabilities with support for 12-bit raw files. Raw files are essentially “digital negatives” that do not store information such as white balance or digital sharpening, which provides a better base image for later image adjustments. Raw files are usually used by professional photographers who want maximum control and quality of their images.
12-bit RAW files theoretically capture a more dynamic range, which means more detail in highlights and shadows. It can be a professional feature, so it’s no surprise that you have to continue with More and then activate Pro mode.
All manual exposure, white balance and autofocus settings are displayed, so experimenting is only worth it if you’re sure of your photographic knowledge.
However, activating the raw mode requires another step; Click the gear settings, go to Layout and Advanced Options, and turn on RAW Copy , which allows your phone to create both a raw image and a standard JPEG.
Keep in mind, however, that raw files take up much more space than JPEG images, so if you have little space, don’t leave this mode enabled and accidentally fill your gallery with raw images of your pet. If you don’t feel like it.