Every year, Samsung puts forth compelling flagships that deliver the best that the tech industry has to offer. Year after year, Samsung’s flagship offerings cast a tall shadow over the competition and, in 2021, the company has upped the ante even further with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup. The three phones, the Samsung Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G not only offer the latest and greatest in terms of software and technology but also ship with top-notch cameras having a wide array of innovative features. Today, we will be focusing on the camera capabilities of Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+, which makes for a perfect smartphone for anyone who is looking for a Pro-grade photography experience. The phones come with industry-leading features such as 8K Video Snap, Director’s View, and Single Take among so many others. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.
8K Video Snap
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ can capture stunning videos in 8K — the highest resolution on a smartphone. Now, as much as we love working with these super-high-resolution clips, there’s one more feature that we find amazing — 8K Video Snap. It allows you to capture 33MP photographs straight from 8K videos. So, you can revisit a video you shot in 8K on the phone and snap a frame from it. Simply tap on the 8K Video Snap button on the top-left corner to get a sharp and detailed photograph from your video.
Take a look at the 8K Video Snap above. The photograph has clearly captured heaps of detail in the shadows, near the trees in the background. What’s more, the moving subject has been captured flawlessly in the composition too. Rest assured, 8K Video Snap is truly a handy tool to have in your arsenal, especially if you don’t want to spend hours framing a shot as you can just revisit an 8K Video clip and capture photos from it later on.
Director’s View and Vlogger Mode
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ also ships with Director’s View, a feature that lets budding videographers unleash their creative brilliance as a filmmaker. It allows users to make the most of the versatility offered by the multiple cameras of Galaxy S21+ and lets them switch between the different lenses at will. Consequently, you can get up close or shoot a wider frame wider, to accommodate more of the scene without pausing or stopping the video. In essence, the smartphone can give you three different perspectives, all in one clip — isn’t that mind-blowing?
And it only gets better as Director’s View also includes the Vlogger Mode, which allows you to shoot a video with front and rear cameras simultaneously. Samsung has also added a few customisation options with Vloggers Mode — you will be able to choose from Split View, Picture-in-Picture View, and Single View to stylise your videos per your taste.
Single Take is, by far, the most innovative way to capture a particular scene and get multiple social media outputs. With Single Take, you can record a clip up to 15 seconds and get up to 10 photos and four videos with the tap of a button. The photos include wide shots, ultra-wide-angle shots, telephoto shots, and more, while the videos can include short hyperlapses and boomerangs, apart from regular videos.
Case in point, the Single Take we made of a performer in a popular market in Delhi-NCR. Instead of ruminating on the approach for this particular composition, we simply deployed the Single Take feature, and we got pictures clicked with the wide camera, the ultra-wide camera, as well as the telephoto camera.
Moreover, Single Take also created stylised photos, like a black-and-white option. Lastly, Samsung gives you granular control over Single Take’s output so you can always head on over to the Gallery app to keep the images and videos you fancy whilst discarding the rest. Pretty cool, huh?
Pro Grade Camera
The Pro Grade Camera onboard the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ ensures that your camera game is always on point — the smartphone camera comes loaded with features that bring it at par with professional cameras. As a matter of fact, the cameras on the phone succeed in offering excellent dynamic range to your shots. For instance, take a look at the images clicked with the phone, you’ll notice that the smartphone has captured an abundance of details in the frame, thereby ensuring the subject is extremely sharp. Moreover, the handset has preserved the details in the shadows and the highlights eloquently too.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ ensure that you don’t have to worry about ‘the perfect moment’ and get a quality picture during any time of the day (or night). While we’ve already discussed the smartphone’s capabilities under the sun in length, let us now shed some light (pun unintended) on the devices’ lowlight capabilities. With these phones by your side, you can simply switch to its Night Mode to capture low-light shots and will be amazed by the amount of clarity and detail the images are replete with. In fact, to give you a better picture, here’s a side-by-side comparison of images shot with the Night Mode enabled and disabled.
As you can see, once Night Mode is enabled, there is ample brightness, good facial details, and excellent exposure control. Not to mention, the software algorithms have mitigated the noise in the images to a great degree too. So, how did the company achieve these results? Well, to cut a long story short, Night Mode makes use of multi-frame processing to combine up to 30 images into one clear photo. Correspondingly, every photo snapped with the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ is comparable to a picture that was captured with a professional camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ make capturing portraits a much richer experience. Why, you might ask? Well, the smartphone not only allows you to get a live preview of what the images will look like, but it also lets you adjust the level of background blur, thereby ensuring your subject stands out. You can even use some industry-leading features which come bundled with the Portrait Mode to add a bit more flair to the shots. For instance, choosing a high-key mono blur will make the background appear black and white, whilst retaining the colours on the subject.
It goes without saying that the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are an absolute delight for any photography / videography enthusiast, and those buying these smartphones can be sure that they are getting the ultimate camera experience any device in this price range can offer. Those interested can get the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ with prices starting at Rs 69,999. There is an additional exchange benefit of Up to Rs 7,000 or bank cashback up to Rs 7,000. And there is an exciting additional offer you just can’t miss — users can get a Galaxy Watch Active2 or Galaxy Buds Pro for just Rs 990.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are no-brainers for anyone looking to buy a new, powerful handset! So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Samsung.com, Samsung Exclusive Stores, or leading online portals and key retail outlets to get your Galaxy S21 series smartphone today!