The Galaxy S7 Phone Camera’s Mode Setting

By Bill Hughes

Your Samsung Galaxy S7 phone camera can support sophisticated shots. The Mode setting is where you make some basic settings that describe the situation under which you will be taking your shot. The default is a single picture in Automatic mode. The Mode icon is a round button underneath the button for the shutter release.

Tapping on this icon brings up the options shown here.

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The Mode options pop-up on the camera viewfinder.

Tapping the Mode icon brings up a number of choices:

  • Auto: Taking a single photo at a time is the default setting, which assumes average light. It’s a good place to start.
  • Pro: This mode gets you to all kinds of camera settings that someone who knows what he or she is doing would want to control rather than let the camera make the choice. This includes setting the exposure, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, white balance, focal length, and color tone. If you do not know what these mean, this is not the mode for you.
  • Selective focus: This setting lets you get within 20 inches of an object, which is too close for the normal autofocus. On top of that, you can change the focus after taking the photo. (You read that right!)
  • Panorama: This setting lets you take a wider shot than you can with a single shot. Press the Camera button while you rotate through your desired field of view. The application then digitally stitches the individual photos into a single wide angle shot.
  • Video collage: This knits together a series of video images right on your phone.
  • Live broadcast: Use this mode to upload images in real time to Facebook.
  • Slow motion: This switches you to video mode to slow down really fast shots.
  • Virtual shot: Put an image in the viewfinder and walk around it. The phone figures out where you are and creates a virtual tour. If this does not prove to you that your phone is a “smarticle,” nothing will.
  • Food: This takes pictures that emphasize the colors in food to make your friends even more jealous.
  • Hyperlapse: You can use this setting to create a time-lapse video. The video camera will adjust the speed of the shots based upon the movement of the phone.

If these are not enough for you, Samsung has some more options. At the top of the figure is the option to download even more modes. A small sample is seen in the following image. The good news is that you only download the one you want.

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Mode Download options.

Choose the option that sounds right and snap away.