The camera is probably the only reason why many Galaxy S10 or S9 owners choose to upgrade to Galaxy S20 as explained in the Galaxy S20 new features page.
But you need to familiarize yourself with the Galaxy S20 camera app first to realize the full potential of Galaxy S20 camera.
This Galaxy S20 guide explains each item on the Galaxy S20 camera app interface, shows you how to use gestures in the camera app, and how to use Galaxy S20 camera quick launch.
Please note, the camera app on Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra is identical, although the camera systems on these 3 models differ significantly (as explained in the differences among Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra). So, this guide applies to all Galaxy S20, S20+, S20FE, and S20 Ultra.
Understand items on Galaxy S20 Camera app interface
By default, when you start the camera app on Galaxy S20, it is in the Photo mode, as shown in the screenshot below.
In this mode, you can find the following items:
- Preview screen.
- Shortcut to Gallery
- Shutter (capture) button
- Rear/front camera switch
- Camera modes (shooting modes)
- Zoom control
- Scene optimizer
- Camera settings
- Photo size
- Motion photo
- Camera effects
Now, let’s go through them one by one.
#1. Preview screen
You can preview the photo before tapping the shutter button.
The size of the preview screen depends on the photo aspect ration chosen (read on).
You may pinch or spread on the preview screen to zoom in or zoom out. You can switch front and rear cameras by swiping upwards or downwards on the preview screen
#2. Shortcut to Gallery
By default, the thumbnail of the latest photo is shown. It is a shortcut to the Gallery app.
Once in the Gallery app, if you tap the Back button to exit the Gallery app, then you can return to the camera app.
Please note, if you are using the Assistant Menu, you can use Assistant Plus to add the shortcut to Gallery.
#3. Shutter (capture) button
Normally, you need to tap the shutter button to take a photo with Galaxy S20 camera.