How to use advanced video recording features on the Galaxy S21 series

The Galaxy S21 series was launched in January 2021. Here we have three classic Samsung models: the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. They all differ in specs and features, especially the Ultra variant, with its high-end characteristics. The Galaxy S21 series is an advanced successor to the Galaxy S20 smartphones that has received several significant improvements. Samsung has provided the new smartphones with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. The Galaxy S21 Ultra received a 108MP camera with a 10X optical zoom, while both the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+ received a 64MP camera and a 3X hybrid zoom. All three models can record 8K video at 24 fps.

The Galaxy S21 series offers many features when it comes to video recording. If we talk about video resolution, the smartphones of the series can record:
8K video at 24 fps (7680x4320)
4K UHD video at 60 fps (3840x2160)
1080p FHD video at 60 fps (1920x1080)
720p HD video at 30 fps (1280x720)

When it comes to shooting speed, the Galaxy S21 series offers the following options:
Super Steady 1080p video at 60 fps
Super Slow-mo 720p video at 960 fps
Slow-motion 1080p video at 240 fps
Hyperlapse 4K video at 30 fps

Moreover, these smartphones allow users to take 33MP still photos while playing 8K video. Among other things, the Galaxy S21 series has such useful features as Director's View and Pro Video.

How to record videos at 120fps
FPS (frames per second) or frame rate means the speed of both video recording and video playback. In terms of shooting, FPS refers to the number of images taken in one second. The more frames are taken per second, the more natural the playback will be. The standard frame rate is between 30fps and 60fps. If you play a video at a much slower frame rate than it was recorded, you get what is called a slow-mo.

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Choose the "More" option.
  3. Now switch to Pro Video mode.
  4. Tap on the "FHD" icon and choose "FHD 120".

How to enable Director's View
Director's View is a new camera feature introduced with the Galaxy S21 series. It allows users to switch between lenses while recording video, thus creating a multi-angle view. When Director's View is enabled, scenes from all cameras are displayed on the screen, so there is no need to guess which lens to choose. Users can not only switch between Ultra Wide, Wide, or Telephoto lenses but also record video simultaneously with both the rear camera and the front camera using Split view or Picture-in-picture view.

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Select the "More" option.
  3. Tap on the "Director's View" icon.

How to enable Hyperlapse mode
With Hyperlapse mode, users can record their own time-lapse videos very easily. Unlike slow-motion videos, time-lapse videos speed up the perception of time. Such an effect is achieved by shooting fewer frames over a longer period of time with pre-specified intervals. If you play such a video, let's say, at 30 fps, it will seem that time is flying very fast. Thus, a short video can contain many hours of shooting.

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Select the "More" option.
  3. Tap on the "Hyperlapse" icon.


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  • 04.03.2021

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