The Galaxy S7 Phone Camera's Viewfinder Settings - dummies

The Galaxy S7 Phone Camera’s Viewfinder Settings

By Bill Hughes

Your digital SLR camera has a bigger lens than your Samsung Galaxy S7’s phone, but your phone has a much bigger brain than your camera. Tapping the Settings icon on the viewfinder brings up a number of choices.

The Settings options.
  • Video size (rear): You have the option to get really carried away here. The lowest video option is VGA. This is the resolution of your old, analog television. That was perfectly adequate for us for many decades, but HD is the minimally acceptable resolution for thoroughly modern folks. However, your phone scoffs at this puny resolution, and can take it to four higher settings, as seen here. The only reason to hesitate to use these higher settings is that, just as with still pictures, videos recorded in higher resolutions take more memory. It is good to know these resolutions are there. In addition to higher resolution, the FHD (60 fps) steps up quality by taking many more images per second. FHD normally uses between 24 and 30 frames per second. Using 60 frames per second removes any flicker at all. It also uses twice the amount of memory.
Your phone’s camcorder resolution options.
  • Motion photo: This is a neat capability. Selecting this option records a short video clip before you take the still photo.
  • Tracking AF: The Samsung Galaxy S7 can spot a person’s face and assumes that you want it to be the place where you focus if you toggle this option to the On position. 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.
  • Video stabilization: If too much caffeine is causing your shots to blur, this capability is your answer.
  • Grid lines: Some people like to have a 3 x 3 grid on the viewfinder to help frame the shot. If you are one of these people, toggle on this option.
  • Location tags: The Samsung Galaxy S7 uses its GPS to tell the location of where you took the shot. If this is too intrusive, you can leave out this information on the image description.
  • Shooting methods (rear): This option lets you turn voice control on. Your camera is listening to you. If you say, “Smile,” “Cheese,” “Capture,” or “Shoot,” the camera will snap a shot. This is simpler than using the self-timer. If you say “record video,” the video recorder will start recording. In either case, you can tell it to zoom by saying “zoom” — or not if you turn off this option.
  • Review pictures: Some people want to see the shot right away. Others want to take a bunch of pictures and look at them at their leisure. If you want to see the image right away to see whether you need to take a second picture, turn on this toggle. It will jump you in to the Gallery app right away.
  • Quick launch: You can launch the camera by pressing the Home button twice. If you would rather not, here is where you can disable that setting.
  • Save as RAW file: This option turns off all the fancy photo-enhancing capabilities and just gives you whatever the cameras sees. This is for the folks who want to work with the images on some other PC.
  • Storage location: If you have installed a microSD card in your phone, it will assume you want to use it to store images. If you have a microSD card installed but want to save photos in phone memory, here is where you make that selection.
  • Volume keys function: This setting allows, or disables, the increase/decrease volume buttons on the side of the phone to control the shutter, the video recorder, or the zoom/pan capability when in camera or video mode.
  • Shutter sound: It can be satisfying to hear the click when you take a picture. If you would rather not, turn that sound off here.
  • Reset settings: If you mess something up, tap Reset settings, and it will take you back to the default settings.
  • Help: If you mess something up but are too stubborn to reset the settings, the Help option will help you figure it all out.