The Galaxy S9 is capable of taking 12MP images and up to 4K at 60FPS video. In this video, I’ll show you how you can change the image and video resolution on your Galaxy S9.
Let’s take a look at how to change your photo and video resolutions on your Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Now, go ahead and launch your camera and what we’re going to do is tap on the settings icon in the bottom left hand corner. From here we can see the top we have our rear camera and then we have our front camera down below at the bottom of the screen. So, for rear camera we have picture size, which is currently set by default to 4:3 at 12 megapixels. So, we can actually go ahead and adjust down to 4:3, 6.2 megapixels, a 16 x 9, which is 9.1 and we can see all the resolutions listed on the right-hand side.
Now, what we can also do is in here toggle save RAW and JPEG files. So, this will save a raw copy of the picture for photo editing software, but this will only happen when we’re taking the photos in pro mode. So, that’s a little added bonus here in this section.
Now, that we adjust the resolution of video files, we come into video size and by default, it’s set to FHD, which is 1920 x 1080. We have all the way up to UHD, which is 4K at 60 frames a second all the way at the top of the device. So, tap up there, and now our resolution will be set to 4K at 60 frames a second. Notice down below at the bottom of the screen we have UHD or 60 frames a second, UHD, QHD, and FHD at 60 frames a second. Those resolutions do not support tracking autofocus in video effects. So, you will just be relying only on the optical image stabilization on the device itself and you won’t be able to apply any other effects. Then video stabilization isn’t available in UHD 60 frames a second and 1 x 1 resolutions.
We can also choose high-efficiency video, which this will record videos in the HEVC format to save space. We might be able to play those videos on other devices or share them online but this does not affect slow motion videos. So, if you wanted to use that, go ahead and toggle that on. I wouldn’t recommend it because the actual video file that it’s recorded in by default is more universal and will typically play on any computer whether it be Mac or Windows and that will work, [inaudible 00:02:05] without having this high-efficiency video format on.
So, right now we have our video files set to 4K at 60 frames a second. And those two resolutions are for the rear camera. Now, if we come back down to the front camera we can see our picture size currently is set to 80 megapixels, which is by default. Then we have all the other resolutions and then you see the sizes on the right-hand side. Then we also have video file size. Right now it’s at FHD, which is 1920 x 1080, but the front camera will record all the way up to QHD, which is the 1440 p and if you set that there it will go ahead and record video files in that format.
Notice that we also do have the option for high-efficiency video on the front camera as well. Then notice that QHD resolution does support video effects and video stabilization isn’t available on QHD and 1 x 1 resolutions. So, being that the front camera does not have any sort of optical image stabilization, you will be relying you on you keeping your hand steady as much as possible to keep the footage from looking too shaky.
Now, if you were to come back down to FHD, notice that it does support some sort of stabilization. Again, this isn’t optical. This is all going to be software stabilization because it’s not using the full width of the sensor. It does have a little bit more room to kinda come in there and use some software to stabilize your footage to make it appear less shaky.
With the QHD option, you are going to have to rely on keeping your arm and hand as stable as possible to result from having a lot of shakiness in your footage.
So, that is how you change your video and photo resolutions on your Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. If you found this video useful be sure and give it a thumbs up. For more videos like this, be sure and subscribe to “State of Tech” and we’ll see you in the next one.
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