The new Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite combines several interesting features such as a 48-megapixel sensor, a 5-megapixel macro lens, a scene optimizer and a super stable OIS (SSOIS). In short, the camera is solid enough for the price. And combined with the functionality of the software, it is sure to draw the modern photographer into you. This is why we have compiled the tips and tricks of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite camera.
As we always like to say, the phone is not limited to specifications. Unless you dive deep into the camera app and its associated settings, you are missing many hidden features. Since we got hold of the Galaxy S10 Lite, we have thoroughly tested it and compiled the best tips and tricks for you.
1. Get the most out of macro mode (and SSOIS)
A dedicated macro lens means that you can capture even the smallest details of your subjects. However, dedicated Macro mode cannot be found in the ribbon. Yeah, disappointed. Like the night mode, it is also hidden under the Plus button.
So, if you want to take a few macros, press the Plus button and choose Macro from the list.
Does SSOIS mode seem too good to be true? Well, it’s as good as it sounds. Just activate it via the ribbon above and you will soon see the results.
2. Activate the 48MP mode
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is the first phone in the S series to sport a 48-megapixel camera, so it only makes sense that you take full advantage of it.
But as luck would have it, it is not activated by default, and the option is a little hidden. But don’t worry, it’s not that difficult to get it back.
Simply press the aspect ratio icon at the top (noted 3: 4) and choose 3: 4H from the list. Now all you have to do is aim the camera and snap.
3. Activate animated photos
I love animated photos, and it’s a great feature to have if you have small children or pets at home. This clever mode captures the moments leading to a photo and converts it into a nice little video.
For example, if you aimed the camera at your kitten, it will start recording a few seconds before pressing the shutter button. And the best part is that you have both the photo and the video with you. Cool, right?
To activate it, press the icon with the small play button at the top, and that’s about it. From now on, your phone will have a small clip to accompany each photo.
And it doesn’t stop there. You can also capture a still image from the resulting video. In your phone gallery, tap the Play Motion Photo tab> Edit.
You will see the entire roll of the video. Now adjust it to the position of your choice and tap the Photo icon. Yes, as simple as that.
4. Create GIFs
This is the age of GIFs. With social media at the heart of our lives, you can never have enough GIFs. But with the Galaxy S0 Lite, you can also create GIFs from your own photos. And the best part is that you don’t need the help of an external application for this.
Just take a burst of photos and your phone will automatically convert it to GIF. Interesting, I would say.
However, you must activate it first. To do this, go to Settings> ‘Keep the shutter button on’ and select the Create GIF option.
The only thing you have to do is change the aspect ratio while taking pictures. GIF mode does not work in 48 megapixel mode.
5. Change the camera options in the bin
Of course, we like the multiple camera modes that come with the Galaxy S0 Lite. But each of them is not our favorite, right? In my case, I rarely use the Live Focus video mode. Instead, I like to use macro mode and food mode.
So if you want to improve your camera experience, you need to group your preferred camera modes. And the good news is that it’s pretty easy to do.
To do this, open the camera app and tap More, as shown in the screenshot below. Then tap the small pencil icon to enter Edit mode.
Now drag and drop your favorite modes into the ribbon below. Move the least used modes to the bin above.
6. Shooting suggestions
Not sure about your photo frames? Why don’t you let your phone help you?
Yes, you read correctly. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes with an option called Shooting Suggestions that tells you the correct frame for each of your photos.
This will save you from twisted angles and skewed photos and the phone will be right most of the time. To activate, go to camera settings and flip the switch for shooting suggestions.
Once done, you will see a line and a white drop on your screen. And you will need to align your frame to get the perfect photo.
7. Remove FishEye in Ultrawide fix
You may already know that ultra wide cameras tend to translate the fish-eye effect. And it’s more visible in portrait photos. Well, the Galaxy S10 Lite offers you a nifty option to have it removed.
Once activated, it straightens the curved line, giving a more symmetrical appearance to the photo in question. To activate it, go to the camera settings and tap Save options and flip the switch for ultra wide lens correction.
Cool tip: The HDR option for videos allows you to improve the appearance of videos. You will find the settings under Settings> HDR (Rich tone).
8. Save images to HEIF
The HEIF or HEIF image file format is a game-changing image format. This new image format is designed to save you storage space. And at that time, when taking pictures with our phones is second nature to us, these types of formats are a blessing.
The Galaxy S10 Lite also allows you to save your photos in HEIF format. However, it is not enabled by default.
You will have to activate it manually via the recording options> HEIF images.
Note that although this is a big improvement in terms of storage space, it may not work properly with all applications, especially with some third-party image editing applications.
Fortunately, it works with apps like Snapseed, and at the same time, you will have no problem backing up HEIF files to Google Photos.
Capture great photos
Apart from the above, the Galaxy S10 Lite brings together some interesting features like AR Emojis and Scene Optimizer, which bring the power of AI to the table.
While the former allows you to draw cute face stickers, the latter helps you by enhancing regular photos into something incredible.
Did you know that the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10 Lite share almost similar functionality? Check out the post below to learn how to use one-handed mode to the fullest.
Last updated Jan 31, 2020