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Take a Picture

Learn how to take a picture, switch between front and rear camera, focus, and zoom.




Prenote info

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G feature different cameras. For technical details about your device's camera, see the Specifications tutorial. For advanced camera features, see the Advanced Photo & Video Features tutorial
In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

• Take a photo
• Switch between the front and rear cameras
• Focus the camera
• Zoom in and out
• Use Multicapture
• Access and use Single Take

This tutorial requires you to open the Camera app. From the home screen, select the camera app Camera app. To access the camera from the lock screen, press the Side button twice or select and drag the Camera app Camera icon up. 

Take a photo

Select the Capture icon.

Note: Alternately, press either of the Volume buttons.

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Switch between front and rear cameras

Select the Switch camera icon.

Note: You can also swipe up or down to quickly switch between the rear and front facing cameras.

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Focus the camera

Select the screen in the desired location to focus the camera.

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Zoom in and out

Drag two fingers from the middle of the screen toward the outer edges of the screen to zoom in. Pinch two fingers from the outer edges of the screen to the middle of the screen to zoom out.

Note: When zooming in on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing clarity. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has new AI-powered stabilization called Zoom Lock. This feature facilitates locking the frame when using either the 3x telephoto or the 10x periscope camera on the smartphone. This should enable clearer and sharper images of distant objects, especially while capturing celestial bodies such as the moon or the sun.

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Use Multicapture

Select and drag the Capture icon down to the bottom of the screen to take a burst of images. The number of photos taken will appear on the capture icon. Release your finger to stop.

Note: You cannot take burst shots in high resolution. To change the camera resolution, select the Ratio icon Ratio icon then select the desired option.

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Access and use Single Take

Single Take allows you to shoot a scene in a series of pictures and short videos at the same time. From the camera screen, swipe right to SINGLE TAKE then select the Capture icon to begin recording. Pan the camera around slowly to capture multiple photos in the scene. Single Take will stop automatically after about 10 seconds. To manually stop recording, select the Stop icon. Your device will automatically process all the photos and videos captured.

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The photos and vidos taken using Single Take will be displayed as a collection. To view the collection, from the Camera app, select the Gallery icon.

Note: Alternately, from the home screen select the gallery app Gallery app.

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