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Take Better Pictures with the Galaxy S 4

By Bill Hughes

Using the default Camera settings to snap pics is perfectly fine for those candid, casual, on-the-go shots: say, friends in your well-lit living room. However, your Samsung Galaxy S 4 phone camera can support much more sophisticated shots.

Your digital SLR camera has a bigger lens than your phone, but your phone has a much bigger brain than your camera. The main options are covered here, but if you want to get a lot fancier, play around with the settings to your heart’s content.

Here are two ways to enhance your photo options: Flash, and Settings.

Flash options on the Galaxy S 4 Camera

Sometimes you need a flash for your photo. Sometimes you need a flash for your photo, but it’s not allowed, such as when you’re taking images of fish in an aquarium, newborns, or some animals. (Remember what happened to King Kong?) Regardless of the situation, your phone gives you control of the flash. Tap the Settings icon at the top of the viewfinder. This brings up the options seen in this figure.


You have the options of Off, On, or Auto Flash, which lets the light meter within the camera decide whether a flash is necessary.

Settings options on the Galaxy S 4 Camera

Tapping the Settings icon on the viewfinder brings up a number of choices:

  • Photo Size: You can go up to 13 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 4 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 just the wrong moment, a series of shots increases the chance of one of the series being good. The phone presents the series right away so you can see if any of them are good.

  • Face Detection: The Samsung Galaxy S 4 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.

  • Metering: If there is no face to detect, you still want the autofocus to work. Using Metering mode lets you tell the camera that you want to focus in on a spot or a zone you select on the viewfinder.

  • ISO: In the olden days of film, the International Standards Organization (ISO) defined a numbering system that would be used for film. Film that was “slow,” such as 100 film, was good for bright conditions. The fast film, such as 400 or 800 film, was good for dim conditions. This setting lets classically trained photographers control their settings using old-school terms. The rest of us can just use the Auto setting.

  • Anti-Shake: If too much caffeine is causing your shots to blur, this capability is your answer.

  • Auto Night Detection: This setting automatically takes the steps to make your night images look as good as possible.