How to Change the Resolution of Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet’s Camera

A useful setting for the Samsung Galaxy tablet’s Camera app that most people ignore is the image resolution. That setting is routinely ignored on digital cameras as well, mostly because people don’t understand resolution. You don’t always need to use the highest resolution.

High-resolution images are great for printing photos and for photo editing. They’re not required for images you plan on sharing with Facebook or sending as an e-mail attachment. Plus, the higher the resolution, the more storage space each image consumes.

Another problem with resolution is remembering to set it before you snap the photo or shoot the video. Here’s how image resolution is set in the Camera app:

  1. Touch the Menu button.

  2. Choose Settings.

    The Settings window appears.

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  3. Touch the Camera icon.

  4. Choose Photo Size.

  5. Select a resolution.

    The numbers in the white circles represent megapixels. The other numbers are the horizontal-by-vertical image resolution in pixels. The final numbers (in parentheses) are the aspect ratio, width to height.

    The list of resolutions can be scrolled up and down.

  6. Tap the Back button to return to the Camera app’s main screen.

    All the images you take from this point on are at the resolution you set in Step 5.

To choose a new resolution, repeat these steps.

To set the resolution for recording video, work through the same steps, but touch the Video icon in Step 3 and choose Video Size in Step 4.

  • Check the video quality before you shoot!

  • The tablet’s front-facing camera has different resolutions than the rear camera. You must first switch to the front camera to set its resolution.

  • Yes, low resolutions are just fine for uploading to Facebook. The resolution of the output device (a computer monitor or tablet screen) is low; therefore, you don’t need to waste storage and upload time sending high-resolution images or videos to Facebook.

  • Megapixel is a measurement of the amount of information stored in an image. A megapixel is approximately 1 million pixels, or individual dots that compose an image. It’s often abbreviated MP.

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