How To Set Camera Picture Size And Video Size On Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus

One of the beautiful things about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus is that they come with a series of default settings that are just perfect for the plain user. Take the default settings for video and picture size – even if you are clueless about these aspects, you can still take great pictures and capture great videos by simply using the default settings of the Camera app.

And then, if you are more into tech details and you enjoy exploring your options, you can start considering some actions for tweaking these settings, depending on your current situation, as well as your needs and expectations. For instance, the specificity of aspect ratio, for either videos or photos, as well as the storage space that you have available, are two factors that might make you change the default settings.


In case you didn’t know, the app is set to a 4:3, at least that’s what we call default camera picture size and video size in Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus devices. When people start analyzing this feature, they often switch it to one of the following two aspect ratio options, which is either 1:1 or 16:9.

Now, before you begin looking into the extended options, allow us to underline the importance of aspect ratio and resolution type. As mentioned above, the main 3 aspect ratios you can choose from are 4:3, which is the default option, followed by 1:1 and 16:9 – each of them is suitable for both videos and photos. But on top of all that, the type of resolution is also playing a crucial role in the final result. To be more specific, you will get different results depending on whether you will use the front camera or the rear camera.


Aspects To Consider When Setting Camera Picture And Video Size On Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus:

So far, we made it clear that you can choose from the following aspect ratio values – 1:1, 4:3, and 16:9. If you don’t know what they mean, or what’s their best use, you have all the chances to get the wrong results. Hopefully, the following details will make your choices clearer and help you take practical decisions on the spot.

  1. The 1:1 aspect ratio works best when trying to use your photos for special design works. The more quality you need, the more you’ll have to use this one.
  2. The 4:3 aspect ratio, as a default value, was meant to give you average results for both photos and videos. So, either you’re looking to print those photos on normal photo paper or you’re planning to play those videos on certain old TVs or shared emails and MMS, you’re good if you stick to it.
  3. Last but not least, the 16:9 aspect ratio is more suitable for photos and videos that are supposed to be later viewed or played on TVs and PCs. Online access via YouTube or other platforms where a higher quality is required is also another good reason for choosing the 16:9 aspect ratio.


As far as the photo resolution is concerned, you’ll spot more options and here is what you must know about it:

  1. 12M, which means 4032*3024 at a 4:3 aspect ratio, works best with photos that are about to be printed in 8R or with larger photos on paper.
  2. 2M, which means 2880*2160 at the same 4:3 aspect ratio, is better for photos printed in 4R or, just the same, for larger photos on paper.
  3. 1M, which means 4032*2268 at the 16:9 aspect ratio, is suitable for photos that will be viewed on a TV or shared on various social networks.
  4. 7M, which means 2560*1440 at the 16:9 aspect ratio, is suitable for photos that will be shared via social media and MMS.
  5. 1M, which means 3024*3024 at the 1:1 aspect ratio, is suitable for photos dedicated to various design works.
  6. 7M, which means 2160*2160 at the 1:1 aspect ratio, is suitable for photos dedicated to various web design projects.


If there’s one thing you need to always keep in mind from the entire above, it’s about scaling up and down. When you work with photos, a scale down will not affect the quality, but a scale up can lead to very poor images! Consequently, especially when storing your photos on an SD card, it is best if you work with as high as possible resolutions.


Back to the video settings, here are the essentials:

  1. Most TVs will play your videos without any hiccups if you set the camera to film in full HD at 30fps by default.
  2. As tempting as it might be to film in UHD at 2160p – because your Galaxy S8 or S8+ Plus camera clearly supports it – unless you do have a 4K TV to play the video afterward is completely useless and a serious waste of storage space.
  3. The full HD video at 60fps filming option is ideal for slow-motion videos – suffices to set this up and play your videos in half speed afterward; you’re guaranteed to get the best slow-mo videos on your Galaxy S8 on this occasion.
  4. If your plans with these videos are not that big and you only intend to play it on social media, from your tablet or smartphone, suffices to rely on the HD 720p video option.
  5. Finally, for sending videos via email or MMS, the smallest possible video size is your best bet.


All these being said, the decision is still yours. You can play with our recommendations or try other options on your own. Just don’t forget that the available storage space will not forgive you for making the wrong selections – if you want higher resolutions, you can decrease the size but you should expect for taking up more storage space. Alternatively, using less storage space comes with a lower resolution and the impossibility of increasing the size of your files.

Before we end this tutorial, let’s just specify the last things you really need to know in order to implement the available changes.


How To Adjust Picture Size Of Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus Photos:

  1. Launch the camera app on your smartphone;
  2. Tap the picture size settings icon;
  3. Expect for a pop-up window to appear;
  4. Select one of the 3.7M, 3.8M, or 5M size options – note that the available options will be smaller when adjusting the settings of the front camera!


How To Adjust Video Size Of Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus Videos:

  1. Return to the main screen of the camera app;
  2. Select the Settings gear icon from the lower left area of the screen;
  3. Select the Video Size option;
  4. Choose the video size that you prefer, considering that you can also use illustration for the settings of your rear camera video.


Needless to insist on this, if you intend to record in FHD, QHD or UHD, the HDR, the tracking AF and the video effects will be unavailable. The same, if you select the FHD at 60fps filming option, you won’t be able to take pictures while recording.

Speaking of pictures, even if you change the picture size settings successfully, the camera app will return to its default settings every time when you turn it off and then back on. Go ahead and see for yourself what it means to juggle with all these options of how to set camera picture size and video size in Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus.

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