The first feature you realize is “missing” on the camera is “macro“. It’s not actually missing, it’s just automatic. You don’t have to find it in the settings. You tap what you want the camera to Focus on and the camera focuses…you have to get used to it if you come from the previous Samsung phones. It appears that the camera meters in the center of the frame so you have to have your main focus area in the center or the camera will try to refocus and then you end up with a blurry picture. If you use voice control and/or the Timer you will find you have more control over the camera and the focus.
You can also hold your finger on the screen for about 2-3 seconds then release to take your close up pictures. Experiment to see what works best for you. I’m still experimenting but that’s half the fun..is it not?
Anti-shake ON. You have to be careful with Anti-shake because it can increase the ISO and make for noisy images. But I got lucky with this photo and it looks cool. Notice the far shoe is in focus and the near is not. I love the reflections.
I’ve never seen a cell phone camera with the ability to save a gif animated file. This one saved at 448×800 pixels. A very cool idea! In this case I did most of the ‘moving’, but it’s works when the subject is moving.
Drama Shot Mode:
The purpose is to capture a series of actions which are then compiled into one photo. Usually people with dogs or children might like photos of this type because dogs and kids love to MOVE. I have neither so I made do with AstronautBarbie.
I also discovered that it isn’t easy to get a Drama Shot. The subject has to be far enough away from the camera for it to focus on or it refuses to even take a picture. And you (and i mean the camera) can’t move at all. ONLY the “subject” can move. To much movement on your end and the software doesn’t know how to distinguish the “subject” from the background.
After experimenting I finally was able to move Barbie in front of me without moving the camera. not easy to do with only two hands.
This is a screen grab after it processes the picture. You get to decide which “instances” of the subject look best and which to eliminate by checking and unchecking the “instances” at the bottom of the screen. When you are done, tap “Save“.
I tried this effect again. This effort created four possible “grabs”. I selected three of them and Saved. Basically you ‘turn’ each Instance On and Off until you get the composite that looks the best. Here they are all turned ON so you can see them.
At the time I didn’t have the iStabilizer mount for tripods or i would have used that and the Timer feature. I do like using the timer because that gives me more control over certain shots. The Drama effect can be interesting but you have to prepare for it. It doesn’t just happen. And if you don’t have cooperative subjects it won’t work. I DID try with my brother’s dog, but that beast is crazy. I got nothing. She was actually moving TOO fast for the camera.
Feel Free to add all the crazy camera app available. These are two of my favorites…..
Cartoon Camera app was recommended by a friend. There’s lots of cool camera apps but I am always looking for more. This one makes some very nice and subtle images from your photos. Before you take the photo you get to make the changes to the effects realtime. Then snap away.
Manga Camera app was also recommended by a friend and this one is just crazy fun! It comes with a list of ‘backgrounds’ and you pick which one you think will work best. Then aim at an unsuspecting friend and capture their manga!!!
One feature I love about the Samsung camera is the slow and fast speeds. Here’s a few examples I made…You get a choice of 2x, 4x, 8x speeded up or slowed down. When I have a moments I’m editing these into a full video…..