I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Prime now for over 4 weeks. It is a great entry level device. One of the great additions this phone has is the high quality 8 megapixel back facing camera and its 5 megapixel wide angle front facing camera. These 2 cameras support high quality shots and come with a slew of features to make anyone a photographer. The cameras even have the ability to shoot video at 30 frames per second and recording at 1080P High Definition quality.
To access the camera from the lock screen touch the "camera" and slide up. This will open the camera app for immediate use.
To Access the camera once the phone is unlocked
Select the "Apps" menu button
Scroll to the Camera app and "select" it to open it.
Once in the application the camera is live and is ready for immediate capturing of images. The camera is preset to start out in the auto mode. Which will auto select the settings needed for you. For most users this will be the best option for you. At this time you simply just point the lens towards the subject and either click the camera icon or click the up or down volume rocker to take a picture. If you want to focus the camera simple touch the subject of your photo on the screen and the camera will present a circle enclosing the area you touched and refocusing on that spot. When looking at the screen you will see various icons to choose from. Starting top left will be Settings, flash options, timer and picture affects. At the bottom starting on the left is mode selection, camera swapping, camera capture button, video capture button and picture/video review box.
When accessing the Settings option here you will have a few choices for setting up the phone for regular camera use. Depending on your mode you will be accessing the settings for either the back facing camera or the front facing camera. At this moment these will be features for the back face camera. First option is the picture size selection. Currently this is set to 6 megapixel but this can be changed to capture ranging from 2.4 Megapixels to 8.0 Megapixels. Next is the video capture ranging from VGA (640x480) to FHD (1920 x 1080). You can turn on grid lines for leveling images on capture, tag photos with GPS location even turn on the review option to immediately display the picture once taken. With voice control feature on this will allow you to capture a image by just saying smile, cheese, capture or shoot. Then select where the pictures should be stored on the phone or on a micro SD card. Strongly recommended to store images on a micro SD card. Finally, select what the volume rocker does, choose from capture picture, to start video recording or simply zoom. Once these are set they will remain in effect until you change them or reset all the settings to default.
After you setup your camera for everyday use and you are comfortable taking pictures check out the different "Modes" you have available. There are 11 different mode settings. Auto, Pro, Panorama, Continuous Shot, Beauty Face, Rear-cam selfie, Sound & Shot, Sports, HDR (Rich tone), Night, and Animated GIF. If you select the "Info" button in the top right hand corner it will give you a small write up of each mode so you know what it does. My favorites are Rear-cam Selfie - Once selected just point the camera where your face will be and take a picture you will have a few seconds to get into place. My other favorite is the Shoot and Sound mode. You know how a picture is worth a thousand words. Well with this option you can capture a picture and then record up to 9 seconds of audio to be tied to the picture. Never forget where the picture was taken or what the context of the picture is about.
Samsung created this phone with Selfies in mind that is why they have given a wide angle lense to be used on the front facing side. When you swap to this view you are given the same optional choice s at the top with the exception of the flash option being replaced by the beauty option. The beauty option is basically an instant photoshop type of setting. Where you can manipulate the face size eyes size and overall picture. Under the settings section you will have the same optional choices as the back facing camera. The camera is preset for 5 Megapixels but can be set anywhere from 2.4 megapixel to 5.0 megapixel. Video capture can be set from VGA (640x480) to FHD (1920x1080). When selecting the Mode options you are only given 7 options to choose from Selfie, Wide Selfie, Interval shot, Continuous Shot, Night, Sound & shot, and Animated GIF.
Here is the difference using the regular selfie capture and wide Selfie capture. Though this is not the same as the standard wide angle camera shot.
Here is the capture of the wide angle shot on the Samsung Galaxy Prime compared to an un-named competitor phone. Taken at the same angle at the same time. You can see how much more the Samsung can bring in to view.
Samsung Galaxy Prime Front Facing Selfie
Un-Named Competitor Front Facing Selfie
Samsung has pact in a great camera for everyday use. While you may not become the next professional photographer you will be able to take exceptional that will bring you a lifetime of memories. Enjoy taking pictures and have fun.
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