This Galaxy S20 camera guide shows you why you get the mirrored photo by default, how to change the default setting to avoid mirrored selfies on Galaxy S20, and how to edit (flip) the existing mirrored photos on Galaxy S20 with the Gallery app.
Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra share the identical front camera settings, so, this guide applies to all these 3 Galaxy S20 models although we only use S20 in the text.
Why do I get mirrored photos (selfies) on Galaxy S20?
When using the Galaxy S20 front camera, on the preview screen, you will see yourself (and everything) like using a mirror.
All smartphone cameras are designed and coded to work in this way. It is not by a random mistake.
It is actually related to the visual perception of seeing ourselves. Most of the time, we see ourselves through mirrors. Therefore, our brains train us to recognize such images. When we are in a video call, we will perceive our “flipped” video as natural and usual.
If you give a flipped and non-flipped selfie of a person to himself, very likely, he will tell you the flipped one is “more” natural until he notices the reversed (and therefore strange) text.
When Kyocera Visual Phone VP-210 first introduce the front-facing camera in 1999, it was mainly designed for video calls, although it can take photos as well.
But if you look at the mirrored photos carefully, you will notice it is hard to read the text, whose direction is reversed. It is similar to the text in an ambulance car. The text in the ambulance car is mirrored so that drivers can read it correctly from the rearview mirror and give way to it.
Anyway, it is a standard implementation in the industry to flip front-camera photos.
Of course, as the photos or selfies are just mirrored (flipped), you can easily flip them back.
And most smartphones offer the option for you to flip back the mirrored photos when saving them.
How to avoid mirrored photos (selfies) on Galaxy S20?
As mentioned, you can flip the mirrored photos on Galaxy S20 (read on). But sometimes, many users may want to avoid the flipped photos when tapping the shutter button.
Please note, there is NO way … Read the rest