Basic Camera Settings Options on the Samsung Galaxy S 5 - dummies

Basic Camera Settings Options on the Samsung Galaxy S 5

By Bill Hughes

Tapping the Settings icon on the viewfinder of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 brings up a number of choices ranging from changing the picture size to storage options:

  • Picture Size: You can go up to 16 MP for high image quality, or you can choose a lower resolution to save memory. This option gives you choices.

  • Burst Shot: The Samsung Galaxy S 5 offers you the ability to take a fast series of shots instead of just a single shot. If your subject is prone to blinking at the wrong moment, a series of shots increases the chance of one of the series being a good shot. The phone will present the series right away so you can see whether any of them were good.

  • Picture Stabilization: If too much caffeine is causing your shots to blur, this capability is your answer.

  • Face Detection: The Samsung Galaxy S 5 can spot a person’s face and assumes that you want it to be the place where you focus. Otherwise, if you don’t use this mode, the camera may assume that you want whatever is in the center of the viewfinder to be in focus.

  • Tap to Take Pictures: If tapping the camera icon on the right side of the viewfinder is difficult for you, you can turn this feature on and tap anywhere on the screen.

  • Selective Focus: Blurs the background to highlight object in focus.

  • Flash: Choose between always on, always off, or automatic.

  • Timer: This delays the shutter by a few seconds so you can run and get in the picture.


  • HDR: A color-enhancement feature.

  • Location Tags: This option embeds into the photo the GPS coordinates of the location where you took the image.

  • Storage: If the phone detects a memory card, it will prompt you to use it to store your image. This is usually a good idea as it frees up the memory on your phone for other applications.

  • Review pics/videos: With this feature, there’s no need to tap the thumbnail on the viewfinder to see your image. Instead, the camera always immediately shows the picture you just took.

  • Remote Viewfinder: This setting is a little over the top: It lets another smartphone see what you see in the camera’s viewfinder.

  • White Balance: By default your camera figure adjusts to accommodate the primary lighting source and uses the HDR setting to get the best colors in your images, but you can also set these manually.

  • Guide Lines: If you find that your photos are often tilted or off-center, guidelines can help you get your vertical and horizontals lined up.

  • Voice Control: Why go to the effort to tap the shutter icon when you can simply tell the camera to take the shot by saying “Cheese”? This option also lets you tell the camera to “shoot,” “smile,” or “capture” and have it do the tapping for you.