It is a well-known fact that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9 features an incredibly upgraded camera. However, you may have to change a few of your camera settings in order to experience this camera at its full capabilities. Altering the settings will help you take captivating, beautifully pictured with your Galaxy device.
There are multiple options available to alter the setting on your device’s camera. One of the options that may affect your picture quality greatly is the size of pictures and videos, commonly called resolution. Adjusting the resolution on your camera could result in higher quality pictures and increased storage space in your Gallery.
In order to fully understand photo resolution, you will need to understand some key ideas, including aspect ratio. This detail is important because setting this wrong can result in skewed, blurry photos. The phone will come set at a default aspect ratio of 4:3. However, this can be reset to a 16:9 ratio or a 1:1 ratio. If you think these options may better suit your needs, the following information can help you understand aspect ratio and allow you to better configure your camera settings on Note 9 and Note 8.
Samsung Note 8 and Note 9 camera picture and video size – the essentials:
Whether taking selfies, photos, or videos, aspect ratio and resolution should not be overlooked.
You will have three options for aspect ratio: 4:3 (default setting) 16:9, and 1:1. The resolution options will vary depending on which camera you are using (rear or front facing.)
The best aspect ratio choices can be determined depending on what are you planning to do with the photos and videos and how are you going to view them:
- 1:1 will be a square photo, this is recommended for design qualities
- 4:3 is a standard photo size. This should be used if you are printing photos you want to fit in standard frames or for videos that you want to share digitally, whether through email or SMS.
- 16:9 is a newer option optimized for videos and photos that will be viewed on a computer, generally through a social media or video service outlet, such as YouTube.
The best photo resolutions should be selected on similar principles, only that now you have more options to choose from:
- 7M (2560*1440, 16:9) – for photos or videos sent via MMS or shared on social media sites
- 7M (2160*2160, 1:1) – for specific photos that need to be optimized for web design use
- 2M (2880*2160, 4:3) – use this for 4R or photos you wish you print
- 1M (3024*3024, 1:1) – another optimization option for web design work
- 1M (4032*2268, 16:9) – use this for photos and videos that will be seen on PC or TV or shared via social networks
- 12M (4032*3024, 4:3) – use this for 8R or larger printed photos
Taking photographs is usually accompanied by simple rules:
- If you increase the scale on your photos, expect the quality to be affected (usually decreased)
- When you scale photos down, you should not lose any of the photo quality
- If you have an SD card in your device or plenty of available storage, you should go with the highest resolution available.
Filming videos is usually accompanied by more complex rules:
- You should have no need to film videos in extremely high resolutions (like UHD 2160p) unless you have a high definition device to view the videos on, such as a 4K TV.
- If you are going to send your videos and photos through MMS or email, you should choose VGA.
- If you are filming videos that you plan to share or watch online, from a smartphone, tablet, or PC, you should use HD 720p
- If you plan to view your video on a TV, you can use a higher quality. You will experience the best quality if you use 1080p and 30fps
- If you want to record video in slow motion, using 60 fps, and then setting it to half speed for playback will give you the best quality.
The information listed above is merely a guide. There are a couple key rules to follow: If you decrease resolution, you will not be able to scale down the photo or video. This option will take up less storage space. If you increase the resolution, you can scale down the photo, but this will use more storage space in your device. You should use these guidelines to optimize your camera settings on your Note 8 device to make it right for you.
To set up the camera picture size on Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9:
- Open the preview screen on your device
- Access and open the camera app, then click the settings icon
- Once you select this option, you will be able to choose a picture size from the list of options you will be presented with:
- 6 options for the rear-facing camera, including 3.7M, 4.7M, 6.2M, 9.1M (with two separate ratio options) and 12M;
- Three different setting options for the front-facing camera: 3.7M, 3.8M, 5M.
Choose a size and then return to your camera application. You can now take photos as normal. However, closing the camera app will change your setting back to the default options (5M for the front-facing camera and 12M for the rear-facing camera.)
To set up the camera video size on Samsung Note 8 and Note 9:
- Open the Camera settings on your Note 8 or Note 9 device
- Open the screen to view your Camera Preview
- Tap the Settings option
- Select Video Size (for rear facing camera)
- Now, choose one of the 7 available options for video size.
When opting to select any of the QHD, UHD, or FHD options at 60fps, you should be informed that you cannot use HDR, tracking AF or video effects anymore on this file. You also will be prevented from taking photographs when filming videos in FHD at 60fps.