Why Galaxy S6 photo size and video size matters?
Galaxy S6 and S6 edge does not have a SD card slot. This means all your photos and videos taken with Galaxy S6 camera or Galaxy S6 edge camera will be saved in the phone (internal) storage. This is considered as one of major Galaxy S6 defects in design.
If you take photos or record videos in maximum resolution (size), you will find the available internal storage is shrinking quickly when you are on a trip.
The problem is severe for the 32GB model, which only has less than 25GB usable storage.
The main camera (rear camera) in Galaxy S6 and S6 edge can take 16MP photos or record 4K UHD videos. But you may want to save storage by taking photos or recording videos in lower resolutions (smaller sizes).
Some Galaxy S6 camera modes may only allow smaller photo or video size. For details of the pre-installed Galaxy S6 camera modes, please check this guide. For additional Galaxy S6 camera modes, please check this page.
How to choose Galaxy S6 photo size and video size?
You need choose photo size and video size based on the main usage of the photos and videos.
For videos, for most Galaxy S6 owners, full HD at normal 30fps (frame per second) rate is usually sufficient even you have a 4K TV.
For photos, you have two factors to consider:
- Aspect ratio. 16:9 is good for viewing in PCs and TVs. 4:3 is good for printing on photo papers. 1:1 is only used by some web designers.
- Size (resolution, number of pixels). If you want to print the photo in 8R or larger photo papers, you should set photo size as 12M (3984×2988, 4:3). For 4R photo paper, 8M is sufficient. If you just want to share the photos in social media or through MMS, the smallest size (2.4M for the rear camera) is sufficient.
When you share photos or videos through MMS, the photos and videos will be compressed and down-sized automatically. But occasionally, the processing may fail. Some carrier may pose strict limitations on photo size and video file size.
Most social media also compress and down-size the resolution of your photos.
So, it is better to share photos or videos through Google Drive or other cloud services if you want to keep the original resolution and quality.
How to set Galaxy S6 photo size for the main camera (rear camera)?
To set Galaxy S6 photo size for the main camera, please follow these steps.
Step 1: Start Galaxy S6 Camera app.
You can start Galaxy S6 camera (or S6 edge camera) with any of the following methods:
- Tapping the Camera app icon in the favorite tray in Galaxy S6 home screen.
- Tapping the Camera app icon in Galaxy S6 Apps screen (App drawer, All apps).
- Pressing home buttons twice to use Galaxy S6 camera quick launch (even when galaxy S6 or S6 edge is locked).
- Using Google Now voice command (e.g., “Start camera”) or S Voice command (“Open Camera app”).
Step 2: Access Galaxy S6 Camera Settings.
Tap Settings icon (gear icon) as shown below to access Galaxy S6 Camera settings.
Step 3: Set Galaxy S6 photo size.
Tap Picture size (rear) as shown below to get the list of available sizes for Galaxy S6 rear camera.
In Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, the available sizes for the rear camera include:
- 16M (16:9). The storage space needed for such a photo is about 4-5MB.
- 12M (4:3).
- 8.9M (1:1).
- 8M (4:3)
- 6M (16:9)
- 2.4M (16:9). The file size usually is less than 1MB.
You can choose the corresponding picture size to proceed.
Please note, the picture size settings for Galaxy S6 camera is persistent. In other words, the size will be used until you manually set Galaxy S6 photo size again.
Please also note, some Galaxy S6 camera modes. e.g., animated photos, may pose restrictions on the maximum resolution, which is smaller than 16MP.
How to set Galaxy S6 video size for the main camera (rear camera)?
To set Galaxy S6 video size, you can follow the similar procedure as setting Galaxy S6 photo size for the rear camera as mentioned above.
In Camera settings, tap Video size (rear) as shown below. Then choose the desired video size.
In the 11 pre-installed Galaxy S6 camera modes, there are two modes for video recording: slow motion and fast motion. The video size in slow motion is limited to 720p (HD). There is no way to record a slow motion video in full HD (1080p) with Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge.
How to set Galaxy S6 photo size and video size for the front camera?
Step 1: Start camera app.
You may use any of the 4 methods mentioned above to start camera app in Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge.
Step 2: Switch the front camera.
You need tap the camera switch button to switch the camera from rear camera to front camera as shown below.
Step 3: Access Galaxy S6 front camera settings.
After switching to front camera, tap gear icon (settings) as shown above.
Step 4: Set Galaxy S6 photo size and video size for the front camera.
Now, in camera settings, you can find out that the settings are for the front camera.
Tap Picture size (front) as shown below to set Galaxy S6 photo size for the front camera.
The available picture sizes for Galaxy S6 front camera include:
- 5.0M (4:3)
- 3.8M (16:9)
- 3.7M (1:1)
- 0.3M (4:3).
Similarly, you can set Galaxy S6 video size for the front camera.
Can you set Galaxy S6 photo size and video size on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge?
If you have any questions on how to choose and set Galaxy S6 photo size and video size on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, or encounter any problems when setting photo size and video size for Galaxy S6 or S6 edge cameras (both front and rear), please let us know in the comment box below.
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For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
For detailed guides on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 how-to guides page.
For detailed guides on how to use Galaxy S6 camera, please check Galaxy S6 camera guide page.