Learn how to use the camera on your Samsung Galaxy S4. This section explains how to use the camera on your phone. You can take photographs and shoot video by using the built-in camera functionality. Your 13 megapixel camera produces photos in JPEG format.
Note: Do not take photos of people without their permission.
Do not take photos in places where cameras are not allowed.
Do not take photos in places where you may interfere with another person’s privacy.
How to use the Camera
Taking pictures with your device’s built-in camera is as simple as choosing a subject, pointing the camera, and then pressing the camera key.
Note: When taking a photo in direct sunlight or in bright conditions, shadows may appear on the photo.
From the main Home screen, tap Apps > Camera icon to activate the camera mode.
Using the phone’s main display screen as a viewfinder, adjust the image by aiming the camera at the subject.
Before you take a picture, use the Up and Down Volume keys to zoom in or out. You can magnify the picture up to x4 (400 percent).
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Pinch the screen to zoom out or pinch outwards to zoom in.
If desired, before taking the photo, you can tap on-screen icons to access various camera options and settings.
You can also tap the screen to move the focus to the area you touch.
Press the Camera key until the shutter sounds. (The picture is automatically stored within your designated storage location. If no microSD is installed, all pictures are stored on the Phone.)
While viewing a picture, after you have taken it, pinch the screen outwards to zoom in or pinch the screen inwards to zoom out. You can magnify the picture up to x4.
Press Back key to return to the viewfinder.
Camera Modes on Samsung Galaxy S4
There are many different camera modes that you can use to help optimize your photos depending on the conditions and your experience.
From the camera viewfinder, tap the Mode button to change the mode to one of the following:
Auto: Automatically adjusts your camera to optimize color and brightness. This is the default setting.
Beauty face: Use this to take photos with lightened faces for gentler images.
Best photo: Use this to take multiple photos in a short time, and then choose the best photos among them. Press the Shutter button to take multiple photos. When Gallery opens, tap and hold thumbnails of photos to save, and then tap Done.
Best face: Use this to take multiple group shots at the same time and combine them to create the best possible image. Press the Shutter button to take multiple photos. When Gallery opens, tap the yellow frame on each face, and choose the best individual face for the subject. After choosing a pose for each individual, tap Done to merge the images into a single photo, and tap Save.
Sound & shot: Use this mode to enrich pictures by adding background sounds for a few seconds. The background sound is recorded for up to 9 seconds after taking the photo.
Drama: Use this to take a series of photos of a moving object and then merge them together into one image.
Animated photo: Use this to create a picture in which a few selected static objects move by animating objects detected by the device.
Rich tone (HDR): Use this to take photos with richer colors and contrasts.
Eraser: Saves the best of 5 taken pictures and removes any passers by.
Panorama: Use this to take wide panoramic photos. Press the Shutter button to take a photo, and then move the camera in any direction. When the blue frame aligns with the preview screen, the camera automatically takes another shot in the panoramic sequence. To stop shooting, press the Shutter button again.
Sports: Use this to take fast action photos.
Night: Use this to take photos in low-light conditions, without using the flash. Press the Shutter button to take multiple photos. Photos are automatically merged into a single photo.
Quick Settings in Camera on Samsung Galaxy S4
Tap > icon at the top of the display to quickly change Camera settings. Not all of the following options are available in both still camera and video camera modes. The available options vary by mode.
- Configure Camera settings.
- Activate or deactivate the flash.
- Use this to activate or deactivate night detection.
- Activate or deactivate the voice control to take photos.
- Select a resolution for videos.
- Activate or deactivate the sharing options.
- Hide Quick settings.