9 Best Samsung Galaxy M20 Camera Tips and Tricks
Lately, Samsung has been experimenting a lot with phone cameras. After the first quad-camera gig on the Galaxy A9, Samsung brought a three-camera module on the Galaxy A7 2018. Freshly joining the club is the Samsung Galaxy M20 with an ultra wide-angle camera and a 13-megapixel primary sensor.
Apart from capturing wide-angle shots, this phone lets you experiment with burst photos, stickers, and cool portraits. While Samsung may boast about the Galaxy M20’s camera, we are elaborating on what its camera is capable of and the things it cannot do.
Let’s jump right in and check some of the best camera tips of the Galaxy M20 to up your photography game.
1. TAKE BETTER PORTRAITS
The Galaxy M20 bundles a portrait mode aptly called Live Focus. With this mode, you can capture quality pictures with a noticeable depth-of-field effect and make your subject pop out. However, this phone doesn’t warn you if the blur isn’t spot on. You’ll learn about the unsuccessful attempt only after you click the shutter button. Since there is no warning icon, the best thing is to click a picture from an ideal distance of around a meter (or less) from the subject.
2. EDIT THE CAMERA MODES
Samsung revamped the camera interfaces in its Android phones last year. Now, you don’t have a dedicated page with different camera modes. Instead, all the modes are arranged at the top, and you can switch between them by swiping left or right. Though it is a welcome change, it also means that it takes time to go from Mode 1 to Mode 2.
Thankfully, you can rearrange those modes so that your favorite ones appear first and next to each other. Tap on Settings > Edit camera modes and drag your favorite modes to group them together.
3. ADD A WATERMARK
The watermark feature has made its way to virtually all the new phones since OnePlus 5 hyped it in 2017. However, until now getting a watermark meant installing a third-party app for most Samsung users. Fortunately, Galaxy M20 users can now stamp a custom watermark on your photos. To enable it, go to Settings > Watermark and toggle the switch on.
4. CAPTURE IMAGES WHILE RECORDING VIDEOS
Making a video from still images is an easy job. Sadly, it isn’t the other way around. Downloading a separate app just to extract a still frame can be a daunting task. That’s something you should keep in mind while filming a video.
Simply tap on the camera button while the video is on. As simple as that.
5. GO FOR A HANDS-FREE SELFIE
Stretching your finger all the way to the volume button to click a selfie can be very inconvenient, especially in the landscape mode. Not to mention that at times, the images turn out to be hazy, blurred with the subject out of focus.
To overcome that, you should opt for the selfie timer or the Show palm option which captures a photo as soon as it detects an open palm.
6. CONTINUOUS SHOTS
Imagine your cat making a series of funny expressions. Is a single photo enough to justify the whole scene? I bet not! Let the Burst mode aka Continuous Shots come to your rescue. It lets you take a set of consecutive photos without missing a beat.
Continuous Shots are saved as a set, and you’d need to save the frames explicitly to your phone’s gallery. To do so, tap to open the photos (denoted by a stack), pick one of the frames from the bottom panel and, tap on Save Image.
7. CREATE COOL STORIES
Now that we are talking about the phone’s Gallery, let us explore another of its hidden features — Stories. Nope, I am not talking about Facebook Stories or Instagram Stories but rather the in-house Stories feature of Samsung phones.
Most Samsung phones are known to string together a set of pictures that you’ve captured on a single day. Although the system automatically generates Stories, you can also create your own.
8. TRY WIDE ANGLE SHOT ON LANDSCAPE MODE
The Galaxy M20 also bundles an ultra wide-angle shooter, which as you rightly guessed, captures many details in a single frame. If you are thinking of capturing wide-angle shots in portrait mode, skip the thought immediately.
Ideally, wide-angle shots should be captured in the landscape mode where the fish-eye effect is less evident. The good news is the phone tries its best to remove the fish-eye effect on its own. Once you click a photo, open the image through Gallery.
9. INSTAGRAM BUFF? TRY THE 1:1 FRAME
Do you want to upload pics to Instagram without worrying about resizing and cropping? If yes, say hi to the built-in image resizer. Available under settings, this option lets you capture perfectly square images so that you can upload them directly to social media. On the same line, the 4:3 ratio isn’t bad either.
GET THE MOST OF THE CAMERA
It’s true that Samsung has stripped many options and features from the camera interface. You can’t shoot Sound-and-Shoot images or wide-selfies, which were available in the Galaxy J series phones. Also, the handy option to zoom using the shutter button has been removed.