How to Use the Samsung Galaxy S 5 as a Camcorder

By Bill Hughes

Your Samsung Galaxy S 5 Camera application can also function as a digital camcorder. So, whenever you have your phone you are able to capture moments from your life on video.

How to start the camcorder on the Samsung Galaxy S 5

All you need to do is to put your camera into Camcorder mode. From the camera viewfinder, you tap the icon with the silhouette of a movie camera in the upper-right corner and you switch from photographer to videographer.

At this point, recording video automatically starts. You get the notification that says “Rec” in red and the timer from when it started.

The recording continues until you either tap the stop button, which is the circle with the dark square in the center on the right side of the viewfinder, or the pause button, which is the button with the parallel slashes in the middle. If you press the Stop button, the screen will revert back to the still camera.

Samsung Camera app in video recording mode.

If you press the Pause button while in camcorder mode, the buttons to the right morph into the options seen in the small image below. You can tap the upper button to switch back to the camera. Your other option is to tap the button with the red dot to begin recording again.

You can tap the button with the red dot to begin recording.

Your phone is not only recording the video, but it’s also recording the sound. Be careful what you say!

How to take and share videos with your camcorder on the Samsung Galaxy S 5

Just as you share photos you take with the camera, you can immediately share a video, play it, or delete it by tapping the video viewer. Also, the video is immediately saved on your camera. It’s stored in the Gallery app or is viewable from your Video Player app.

You can get fancy with some of the settings for your camcorder, but you won’t find nearly as many settings as you have for your camera (fortunately!). Three settings: Video Size, Video Stabilization and Recording Mode, are available in settings from the menu button.

You cannot get to the setting screen from the camcorder viewfinder. You must stop, which brings you back to camera mode. From there you tap the menu button to get to settings.

Which video size (resolution) you should use? Here are your options:

All possible video size/resolution to save videos.

  • UHD: This is Ultra-High Definition TV, the high-end setting. Video clear enough to discern everyone’s wrinkles and pores on your Samsung 65-inch Ultra HD TV. If you have a UHD TV and want to get the full effect from your home videos, by all means use this setting. An inexpensive 32gb memory card can store about an hour of video in this format.

  • Full HD: This is the default resolution. In television terms, this is the maximum resolution offered by high-def video formats, such as Blu-Ray. A 32gb memory card can store around five hours of Full HD video.

  • HD: This is still a high-def format, but it’s not as clear as Full HD. A 32gb memory card can store around twelve hours of video at this resolution.

  • VGA: The lowest resolution is 640 by 480. This is the resolution everyone used for the first 60 years of TV. This is also better resolution than the VHS tapes many people still have. Using this setting, you could take 20 hours of video on that 32gb memory card.

Your phone can handle up to a 128gb memory card.

Use the Video Stabilization setting unless you like the feeling of being seasick. It’s turned on by default.