How to Take Pictures with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Picture-taking and video-recording duties on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are handled by the same app — the Camera app. A shortcut dwells smack dab on the Home screen, but you can also locate the Camera app's icon on the Applications screen.

The Camera app controls both the main camera, which is on the phone's butt, and the front-facing camera, which is not on the phone's butt. The app takes still images and records videos, depending on how it's used.

After starting the Camera app, you see the main Camera screen.

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To take a still picture, touch the Shutter icon. The camera focuses, you may hear a mechanical shutter sound play, and the flash may go off. You're ready to take the next picture.

To record video, touch the Record icon. As video is being recorded, two new icons appear: Stop and Pause. Touch the Stop icon to end the recording; touch Pause to suspend recording; touch the same button again, which is now the Record button, to continue. Then, finally, touch the Stop button to end the video.

To switch back to still photography from recording a video, touch the Camera button, shown in the margin.

To preview the image or video, touch the Previous Image icon that appears in the lower left corner of the screen. After viewing the preview, press the Back button to return to the Camera app.

  • The Galaxy Note can be used as a camera in either landscape or portrait orientation.

  • The camera focuses automatically. The rectangle at the center of the screen turns green when the image is in focus.

  • Zoom by swiping or pinching the screen. The center rectangle changes its size to reflect the zoom factor. You can also zoom by using the Volume button: Up zooms in; down zooms out. A slider appears on the screen when you use the Volume button — and you can manually adjust the zoom by swiping the slider as well.

  • You can take as many pictures or record as much video with your phone as you like, as long as you don't run out of internal or external storage. Speaking of which:

  • The storage icon indicates that images and recordings are saved to the phone's MicroSD card.

  • Hold steady when recording video! The camera still works when you whip the phone around, but wild gyrations render the video unwatchable.

  • If your pictures appear blurry, ensure that the camera lens on the back of the phone isn't dirty.

  • Use the Gallery app to preview and manage your pictures.

  • The Galaxy Note stores pictures in the JPEG image file format, using the jpg filename extension. Video is stored in the MPEG4 file format, using the .mp4 filename extension. Images and videos are stored in the DCIM/Camera folder on either internet storage or the MicroSD card. Internal storage is named sdcard0; external storage is named extSdCard.

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