Android Smartphone Photography For Dummies
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A useful Camera app setting on your Android tablet that most people ignore is the image resolution. This setting is routinely ignored on digital cameras as well, mostly because people don’t understand resolution. Let’s be blunt:

You don’t always need to use the highest resolution.

High-resolution images are great for printing photos. They’re good for photo editing. They’re not required for images you plan on sharing with Facebook or sending as e-mail attachments. 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 to set image resolution in the stock Android Camera app:

  1. Display the Camera app’s shooting modes.

  2. Touch the Settings icon.

  3. Choose Resolution & Quality.

    The Resolution & Quality screen is organized by shooting mode and then by back or front camera.

  4. Choose a mode and a camera.

    For example, choose the item Back Camera Photo to set the still-image resolution for the tablet’s rear camera.

  5. Choose a resolution or video quality setting from the list.

Not every Camera app follows these exact same steps. For example, in the Samsung Camera app, you choose Settings and then the Settings icon again, and then, finally, you choose Photo Size from a menu.


To set the front camera’s resolution, first switch to it. After the front camera is active, set its resolution. Unlike on the rear camera, only a handful or resolutions are available for the tablet’s front-facing camera.

  • Set the resolution or video quality before you shoot!

  • 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.

  • A picture’s resolution describes how many pixels, or dots, are in the image. The more dots, the better the image looks and prints.

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

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Mark Hemmings can be found traveling the world conducting photography workshops with a big emphasis on iPhone photography. He has a great passion for teaching iPhone camera best practices, which shows in his daily Instagram photo lessons. Hemmings has been a professional photographer since 1997 and an iPhone travel photographer since 2012. Learn more at

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