What is Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings page?
Samsung tried hard to make sure that Galaxy S7 camera is simple to use. You can launch the camera app quickly thorough quick launch. You also get a very clean Galaxy S7 camera app interface (preview screen).
For most Galaxy S7 or S7 edge owners, what you need do is to point and tap the shutter button.
But some times, some settings cannot be done in the Galaxy S7 camera preview screen. It is simply impossible to squeeze all settings into the preview screen.
So, for some settings, you have to set them in Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings page.
Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for rear camera are slightly different from those for front camera. This guide will try to cover both rear (main) camera settings and front (front-facing, secondary) camera settings.
Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for rear camera
You can access Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for rear camera by:
- Launch camera app in Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. You have at least 4 different ways (including quick launch) to launch Galaxy S7 camera app as shown in this page.
- In Galaxy S7 camera preview screen, make sure rear camera is using. If front camera is active, tap the switch button to switch to rear camera.
- Tap Settings icon in Galaxy S7 camera preview screen.
You will get Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for rear camera as shown below.
Among these settings, if there is a switch in the right side, you can turn on or turn off the feature. For those without a switch, you can tap it to set it accordingly in a pop out window.
As shown above, you can find the following entries in Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for rear camera.
1. Video size (rear)
You set the resolution and frame rate of the videos to be taken. High resolution or high frame rate will make your video look better, but they require more storage.
You need set this before recording the video.
Please read this guide on recommendations to set video size and photo size for Galaxy S7 camera in different scenarios
2. Motion photo
Motion photo is a new feature in Galaxy S7. Before pressing shutter button, Galaxy S7 camera can record a short (a few seconds) video clip thanks to the fast focus in Galaxy S7 camera sensor.
So, if you press the shutter button too late, you may still find the perfect moment form the video clip, which is saved together with the photo. You can extract desired frames from the video clip.
The downside of enabling this option is more storage space will be required.
3. Tracking AF
Once tracking AF is enabled, Galaxy S7 camera can track and automatically focus on a selected subject even if the subject is moving or you change the camera’s position.
Please refer to this guide on how to use tracking AF in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
4. Video stabilization
Video stabilization allows you to activate anti-shake to reduce or eliminate blurry image resulting from camera shake while recording a video.
Video stabilization in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge does NOT work with tracking AF.
5. Grid lines
Galaxy S7 camera grid lines allow you to display 3×3 viewfinder guide lines. This can help new camera users to compose a better photo. The grid lines will remind you to put the main subject into the middle/center location.
6. Location tags
If location tags are enabled, Galaxy S7 camera will attach GPS info into the meta data of the photo. You can find the exact location of the photo after many years.
Such info can be viewed and edited in most Gallery or photo editing apps.
As the location info is embedded into the photo, you probably should remove such info when sharing the photos publicly. Google Photos has an option to remove such info automatically before sharing.
Sometimes, the GPS info may be no accurate because GPS signal strength may decrease in locations where the signal is obstructed.
7. shooting methods (rear)
In addition to tap the shutter button in Galaxy S7 camera preview screen, you can take photos or record videos using voice commands.
Galaxy S7 camera shooting methods setting allows you to activate or deactivate other ways to take photos or record videos.
8. Review pictures
After photo is taken, you can choose to review the picture (to make sure the photo meets your expectations), if this feature is enabled. Of course, you have to dismiss it before you can take next photo.
This can be annoying for some Galaxy S7 owners. If you do not want to check every photo, you can disable review pictures. You can always tap the Gallery thumbnail in Galaxy S7 camera preview screen to check the photo whenever needed.
9. Quick launch
You can launch Galaxy S7 camera quickly by pressing Home button twice. This is called Galaxy S7 camera quick launch.
This quick launch option allows you disable/enable this feature.
10. Save as RAW file
When Pro Mode is selected, the Save as RAW file option will be available.
RAW files retain all of a photo’s data for the best image quality and future re-processing/editing, but they will take up more storage.
Please follow this guide on how to use Pro mode in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
11. Storage location
If you installed a micro SD card in Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, you have the option to set storage location for photos and videos.
By default, if SD card is detected, most photos and videos will be saved in SD card.
But for some camera modes, photos are always saved in phone (internal) storage. For example, burst mode photos are always saved in phone storage regardless of the storage location settings.
You may check this guide on how to use micro SD card on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
12. Volume keys function
For Galaxy S7 camera, volume keys can be used as shutter button to take photo, or to record video or to zoom in/out.
You need set the volume keys function here. The default option is for taking photo.
13. Reset settings
You can reset all camera settings by tapping it.
Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for front camera
As shown below, Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for front camera are similar to those for rear camera mentioned above.
Compared to Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for rear camera, Galaxy S7 front camera settings have one unique setting:
Save pictures as previewed
When using front camera, by default, the previewed photo in preview screen is mirrored.
By default, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge camera will try to flip the previewed photo.
You can enable this option to save the mirrored photo (without flipping).
Please read this guide on how to prevent Galaxy S7 camera from saving mirrored photos, and how to flip mirrored photos.
You may also noticed, as shown above, Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings for front camera do not have:
- Tracking AF;
- Save as RAW file.
Because front camera does not support tracking AF, and Pro mode, these two settings are not relevant.
Shooting methods (front)
In Shooting methods (front), you can find more alternative option to take photos for Galaxy S7 front camera, e.g., using heart rate sensor, using gestures.
Please read this guide on how to use 5 different shooting methods for the front camera in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Access Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings from Settings –Applications — Camera
You can access Samsung Galaxy S7 camera settings from Settings –Applications — Camera.
The settings available in this page are common for both Galaxy S7 front camera and rear camera:
- Motion photos
- Video stabilization
- Location tags
- Review pictures
- Quick launch
- Volume key function
So, it is like the “global” settings for both cameras.
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For other guides on using Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, please check Galaxy S7 online manual page.
For detailed Galaxy S7 how-to guides, please check Galaxy S7 how-to guides page.
For more Galaxy S7 camera guides, please check Galaxy S7 camera guide page.