The Galaxy S 4 Digital Camcorder - dummies

The Galaxy S 4 Digital Camcorder

By Bill Hughes

Your Samsung Galaxy S 4 Camera application is not only a very high quality camera; it can also function as a terrific, compact digital camcorder you carry in your pocket.

Starting the Galaxy S 4 camcorder

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 see the notification that says Rec in red text and the time code indicating when it started, as shown in the figure.


It continues recording 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 tap the Stop button, the screen reverts back to the still camera.

If you press the Pause button while in Camcorder mode, the buttons to the right morph into the options seen in the following figure. 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.


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

Taking and sharing videos with your camcorder

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 is 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!). Two settings, Video Size and Image Stabilization, are available in Settings from the Menu button.

You cannot get to the Settings screen from the Camcorder viewfinder. You must tap the Stop button, which brings you back to Camera mode. From there, tap the Menu button to access Settings.

As with still pictures, you may as well use the highest resolution (or size) unless you’re concerned about running out of memory. The highest quality (1920×1080) is the default option, as seen in this figure.


Use Image Stabilization unless you like the feeling of being seasick.

Under most circumstances, you get the best results by leaving the default settings as they are — unless you want to save memory space by reducing your resolution or get really creative by using black-and-white mode effects. However, in this case, you should change the default settings and select Image Stabilization.