When you may consider to set Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size?
Most Galaxy S7 owners and Galaxy S7 edge owners may just use the default settings for picture size (resolution) and video size.
But you may consider to set Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size:
- when the storage is a consideration.
- when you need specific aspect ratio for the photo or videos.
Both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge support micro SD card up to 200GB. It seems this gives you “enough” storage for your photos and videos.
But for dual SIM versions of Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, if you use two SIM cards, there will be no slot for micro SD card as explained in this page. This means you only have 32GB storage (actually less than 25GB are usable) if you use the dual SIM feature. You probably have to be mindful on the storage and consider to reduce Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size whenever possible.
In some cases, you may want photo or video with 16:9 or 1:1 aspect ratio, not the default 4:3.
So, in these scenarios, the default settings can not meed your needs and you have to set Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size.
But before we jump to set Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size, we should know what are the “good enough” size for photos and videos based on your needs.
What are the “good enough” Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size?
For Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size, you need consider two parameters:
- Aspect ratio. Galaxy S7 camera offers 3 aspect ratio: 4:3 (default), 16:9 and 1:1 for both photos and videos.
- Resolution. The resolution depends on whether front camera or rear camera is used.
For aspect ratio, you may consider:
- 16:9 if the photo or video are mainly viewed in PCs and TVs, or shared through online services like YouTube.
- 4:3 if you may print photos on standardized photo papers.
- 4:3 if the video will be mainly viewed in very old TVs, or shared through MMS or email.
- 1:1 if you will use it for design.
For the resolution of photo, you may consider
- 12M (4032*3024, 4:3) if you plan to print the photo in 8R or larger photo papers,
- 6.2M (2880*2160, 4:3) if you plan to print the photo in a 4R or smaller photo paper
- 9.1M (4032*2268, 16:9) if you mainly view photos on PC or TV or share them on social networks.
- 3.7M (2560*1440, 16:9) if you just want to share the photos in social media or through MMS.
- 9.1M (3024*3024, 1:1) if you plan to use photos for your deign work.
- 4.7M (2160*2160, 1:1) if you plan to use photos for web design.
For photos, you can scale down without losing quality. But if you scale up, your photos will have very poor quality.
So, if are using a SD card, you should try to use higher resolution if possible.
For videos, you should be even more mindful on the file size.
- If you have no chance to watch the video on a 4K TV, you probably should not record the video in UHD 2160p although Galaxy S7 camera and Galaxy S7 edge camera support this. You may just waste storage.
- For most TVs, the default full HD (1080p) at 30fps is sufficient.
- If you want to capture slow motion video, you can record the video in full HD at 60fps. Then play it at half speed. This gives you the best slow motion videos with Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
- If you just want to share the videos in social networks or watch them on your mobile phones or tablets, HD 720p probably is sufficient most of the time.
- If you want to send videos through MMS or email, it is better to choose the smallest video size (VGA).
Of course, these are just some very general recommendations on deciding Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size,
You should always understand your needs and available storage. Higher resolution needs more space, and you can scale them down. Lower resolution means less storage, but you cannot scale them up.
How to set Galaxy S7 camera picture size?
You can set Galaxy S7 camera picture size in the Galaxy S7 camera preview screen.
In Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, start camera app with any of the 4 methods.
Tap picture size settings icon as shown below.
In the pop-out window, select the Galaxy S7 camera picture size as shown below.
For front camera, you have less options for Galaxy S7 camera picture size as shown below.
You only have 3 options: 5.0M, 3.8M and 3.7M.
Please note, Galaxy S7 camera picture size setting is NOT consistent.
This means the settings for Galaxy S7 camera picture size are only for current session. After exiting camera app, the default Galaxy S7 camera picture size (12M for rear camera and 5M for front camera) will take effect.
How to set Galaxy S7 camera video size?
To set Galaxy S7 camera video size, you need enter Galaxy S7 camera settings page.
In Galaxy S7 camera preview screen, tap Settings (gear icon, bottom left as shown above) icon to enter Galaxy S7 camera settings.
In Galaxy S7 camera settings page, tap Video size (rear) as shown below. In this guide, rear camera video size setting is used for illustration.
In the video size window, you can select from the 7 available video sizes.
As explained in the page, if you choose to record in UHD, QHD or FHD (60fps), you cannot use HDR, video effects and tracking AF.
In addition, if you choose to record in FHD 60fps, you cannot take pictures when recording.
Do you know how to decide Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size? Can you set Galaxy S7 camera picture size and video size on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?
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