Samsung significantly changed the Camera app in One UI with Android Pie. So, even for seasoned Samsung Galaxy phone users, there are some new features of the Galaxy S10 Camera app, and of course, there are many removed features.
This Galaxy S10 camera guide explains the new features of the Galaxy S10 Camera app, the components of the camera app interface (UI), and how to use gestures in Galaxy S10 camera app.
Please note that in the Android 10 update for Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e, the Camera app was updated as well. You may check this guide for a few new features in the camera app.
New features of Galaxy S10 Camera app?
- There is no dedicated video recording button. Video recording is a camera mode. So, you cannot use the Pro mode to record videos anymore.
- The shutter button does not have the zoom function. You cannot drag the shutter button to zoom. You can use the pinch/spread gesture or rear camera selection buttons to zoom in/out.
- Camera modes are located on the bottom (above the shutter button) in the portrait orientation, and the orientation does not change when you hold the phone in landscape orientation.
- AR Emoji is not listed as a camera mode. It has a dedicated button in the Galaxy S10 camera app interface.
- The Bixby Vision and AR Emoji buttons are located on the top of the screen.
- The Galaxy S10 Camera setting button is located on the top (below the Bixby Vision and AR Emoji).
- The Auto camera mode is renamed as Photo mode.
- A new scene optimizer button was added to the preview window.
- For supported camera modes, you can now change the aspect ratio of the photo (and photo size) without navigating to Galaxy S10 camera settings.
- You cannot adjust the resolution of the photo directly. You can only adjust the aspect ratio of the photo. Each aspect ratio has a fixed resolution. You may refer to this guide on how to set photo size on Galaxy S10.
- New Galaxy S10 camera night mode.
Please note that only the official Samsung Camera app can fully utilize the advanced features of Galaxy S10 camera sensors. Third-party camera apps can use the basic features of the sensors.
Components of the Galaxy S10 camera app
Once you launch the camera, by default, you can find the following 14 items in the camera app interface as shown in the screenshot below.
- Bixby Vision.
- AR Emoji.
- Galaxy S10 camera settings button.
- Photo aspect ratio/size settings.
- Galaxy S10 camera effects (filters).
- Camera lens selection.
- Scene optimizer.
- Galaxy S10 camera models.
- Shortcut to Gallery app.
- Shutter button.
- Front/rear cameras switch.
- Preview screen.
You can use Galaxy S10 camera quick launch (pressing the power button twice quickly) to open the Galaxy S10 Camera app at any time.
Also, in different camera modes, the Camera app interface (UI) may be slightly different.
Bixby Vision in Galaxy S10 camera app
Bixby Vision can give you the relevant info on what you are looking at.
You can use Bixby Vision:
- To find products online;
- To search for similar images;
- To show notable locations nearby;
- To translate text;
- To read the QR code.
In fact, Bixby Vision can be used as a standalone app outside the Camera app. So, the Bixby Vision button is just a shortcut to the Bixby Vision app.
Samsung moved the AR Emoji out of camera modes and gave it a dedicated button in the camera app.
In the Galaxy S10 Camera app, the AR Emoji includes two features:
- Creating your own emojis with your own photos.
- Using stickers for your photos.
Please check the Galaxy S10 AR Emoji guide (coming soon) for details.
Galaxy S10 camera settings
You can tap this button to open the settings page for the Galaxy S10 camera.
Please check the Understand and Use Galaxy S10 Camera Settings guide on all Galaxy S10 settings.
You can tap the flash button to choose flash settings:
- Flash is always off.
- Flash is always on.
- Flash is automatic. It will be turned on or off by the camera (based on the light conditions and photo composition).
For the rear cameras, the LED flash is next to the heart rate sensor (see Galaxy S10 layout).
For the front cameras, if enabled, Galaxy S10 will light up the screen and use it for flash.
Please note that if you use the ultrawide lens, the flash is always off.
Besides, some Galaxy S10 camera modes (e.g., food mode and panorama mode) do not support flash either.
For Galaxy S10 camera, you can choose the timer settings as:
- Off (default).
- 2 seconds.
- 5 seconds.
- 10 seconds.
By default, the countdown will be shown on the preview screen after tapping the shutter button if the camera timer is enabled.
Galaxy S10 LED cover (LED back cover) can also show the countdown when using the rear cameras.
Photo size and aspect ratio settings
In Galaxy S10 Camera app, you are not allowed to set the resolution of the photo directly.
Instead, you can choose the aspect ratio of the photo as 4:3, 16:9, 1:1, or full (19:9). The resolution of the photo is fixed (maxed) for each aspect ratio for each camera lens.
Please refer to this guide on the supported photo sizes (photo resolutions) for Galaxy S10 cameras.
Galaxy S10 camera effects (filters)
You can apply some camera effects (filters) when taking photos.
Apparently, Samsung removed some popular camera effects on Galaxy S10, probably due to licensing issues.
If you cannot find the filter (camera effects) you want, it is recommended to take the photo without filters first. You can later apply desired filters in the Gallery app or third-party photo editors.
Camera lens selector
You can select the available camera lens by tapping the corresponding icons.
As explained in Galaxy S10 specifications page, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ have 3 rear camera lens (as indicated in the screenshot), and Galaxy S10e has two rear camera lens. For the front cameras, Galaxy S10 and S10e have only one front camera; while Galaxy S10+ has two.
If enabled, Galaxy S10 can choose the most appropriate color and tone settings based on the scene or objects recognized.
You can tap the icon to enable or disable the scene optimizer
Galaxy S10 Camera modes
You can swipe left or right to change the camera modes you want to use.
By default, the Photo mode is used. It corresponds to the Auto mode in older Galaxy phones.
Also, the night camera mode is covered in Photo mode.
In Galaxy S10 camera, there is no dedicated night mode.
Update: in the Galaxy S10 firmware released in April 2019, the dedicated night camera mode was added. You may refer to this guide on how to access and use the night camera mode on Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G.
Update 2: in the Galaxy S10 firmware/security update released in September 2019, some Galaxy Note 10 exclusive camera modes, including AR Doodle and Live Focus Video, were ported to Galaxy S10. You can try them now on Galaxy S10 (S10+ and S10e).
Shortcut to Gallery app
The thumbnail should show the last photo taken with the Galaxy S10 camera. Tap the thumbnail to access the Gallery app.
If you launch the Galaxy S10 camera when the phone is locked, you can only access photos taken during this session. You cannot see any photos taken before you launch the Galaxy S10 Camera app. This is not a bug. It is a security measure.
You can tap the shutter button to take photos or start to record videos.
In addition to this fixed shutter button, you can also add a floating shutter button, use voice control, use volume key, or show your palm to take photos on Galaxy S10 as explained in How to use 5 shooting methods for Galaxy S10 camera?
Front/rear camera switch
You can tap the front/rear cameras switch button to switch between the front and the rear cameras.
You can also swipe upwards or downwards to switch between the front and the rear cameras.
Please note that when you change to the front camera, the preview screen will show a mirrored scene. And by default, the saved photo will be mirrored as well. You may refer to this guide to avoid mirrored photos.
The photos to be saved will be shown in the preview screen.
But when you use the front-facing cameras to take selfies, by default, a mirrored photo will be saved. If you do not want to save the mirrored selfies, you can change the save options to save the actual (as seen by the camera lens) photo by following this guide.
How to use gestures in the Galaxy S10 Camera app?
In addition to tapping the buttons or icons, you can use various touchscreen gestures in the Galaxy S10 Camera app:
- Swipe up (or down) switch between the front and rear cameras.
- Swipe left (and right) to change Galaxy S10 camera modes.
- Pinch (and spread) to zoom in and zoom out. Please note this is digital zoom only. In most cases, you should try to avoid digital zooms.
- Tap (single tap) to change the focus to the tapped area.
- Tap and hold (long tap) to change the AF/AE lock. The autofocus and auto exposure will be referenced to the tapped area.
Please note that the Galaxy S10 Camera app automatically hides the status bar. You can swipe down from the top of the screen to overlay the status bar temporarily.
Besides, the Galaxy S10 camera ignores any screen rotation settings. Sometimes, you may use the camera app to exit the landscape mode.
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