Galaxy S7 has a Live Photos-like feature, Samsung just didn’t talk about it

Before the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were announced, there were rumors that the devices would come with a feature similar to Apple’s Live Photos feature, which in turn was inspired by HTC’s Zoe functionality. Samsung didn’t say anything about such a feature at the Unpacked event, but the new flagships do have an option to take “moving pictures”. It’s called Motion photo and it’s tucked away in the camera app’s settings.

For those that aren’t aware of what features like Motion Photo or Live Photos do, here’s a short explanation. When you capture an image with the phone’s camera, the camera app takes a few additional photos in the background. You won’t see these photos in the gallery, but if you press on that image that does show in the gallery, you will be treated to a short video of the images taken before the actual photo was captured. It’s more like a GIF than a proper video; Apple’s Live Photos feature captures extra images both before and after the photo you take, but Samsung’s version only does the former.

Overall, Motion photo is not something most will use so it isn’t surprising to see Samsung skipping a mention when it unveiled the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. What do you think? Do you think Motion photo is a nice feature to have, or do you think it’s something you will never/rarely use?

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1 year 1 month ago

Wasn’t this feature already available in S6 as well? The animated GIF mode, it does capture many images and can be played when clicked on the image.

1 year 1 month ago

Yes, this feature is included on the S6 — as well as previous generation Galaxy phones.

1 year 2 months ago

Force Touch thing?

1 year 2 months ago

More importantly, does the S7 Edge camera have:

- Optical image stabilization?
- Auto HDR?

I personally believe these two items contribute far more to a photograph than the Live Photo.

1 year 2 months ago

It’s a bit gimmicky, I thought it was on the iPhone and I still think it, but I’m sure some will like it.

1 year 2 months ago

I hate how everyone talks about how it’s a Live Photo’s-like feature when HTC had Zoe back in 2013!!!!!

1 year 2 months ago

I like the motion panorama idea, and want to see a demo of hyperlapse on the S7 edge

1 year 2 months ago

Prefer burst photo mode over Live / Motion photos. If I wanted to capture more of the moment I’d take a video.

What about slow motion feature though Abhijeet, is it any better? Can it match the iPhone 6 240fps yet?


1 year 2 months ago

I don’t understand why you are not aware that Samsung has been offering animatet gifs since S4. This is the reason for not mentioning it.
Actually this function inspired the others.

1 year 2 months ago

Samsung just didn’t talk about it ?- Open ur eyes check out Samsung site

New Ways to Record Memorable Moments

Samsung introduced the Panorama Shot mode in the Galaxy S in 2010, enabling users to take a photo of a much wider scene than the one visible on the screen. The same feature was installed as the Wide Selfie mode on the front-facing camera of the Galaxy S5 in 2014 to allow for a wide-angle selfie of up to 120 degrees. With the Galaxy S7, Samsung introduced a new kind of panorama mode to upgrade the smartphone photography experience.

The Motion Panorama Shot feature lets one record the movements of the subject being photographed in the Panorama Shot mode. The resulting images are as vivid and vibrant as videos. By simply swiping the captured image or moving the device a bit, users can view the motions of the captured panorama shot.

Another new feature of the Galaxy S7 is Hyperlapse, a variation of time lapse photography tailor-made for smartphones. Through Hyperlapse, users can compress hours of recording into seconds to illustrate the subtle movements of the photographed subject. The device automatically selects frames with soft and stable images, while minimizing camera shake with its adaptive vDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization) function to produce a stable time lapse video.

The new feature automatically adjusts shooting speed based on the subject’s movements. It shoots slow moving subjects faster, and vice versa, making time lapse recording easier and more intuitive for beginners.


1 year 1 month ago

Motion Photo technology isn’t new for Samsung and has been in their cameras since 2012. Here’s that link from CES introduction. Source;

The Motion Sensing used is from the Genius of their own now CEO of Think Tank Team Labs….. Pranav Mistry. Who they sponsored as part of his SixthSense Motion Sensing Technology MIT Project. The TED Talk was brilliant then and he still is today. Maybe we’ll eventually see his Mouseless mouse on Samsung phones too!!! :D …..he’s just a young genius now. Wait till he really gets going. I mean he’s the young CEO behind Gear S2 2013 Ring Face Control Interface Patent too!!! ……..that Apple only wishes they had working for them in Silicon Valley.

But from his offices in the top (10th floor) of their new R&D Headquarters in San Jose…. he looks down on Apple’s new Space Doughnut Headquarters from the tallest building in Silicon Valley today!!! ….and is probably still laughing at their lame attempts to get him to work for them in the Space Doughnut’s basement. Well at least compared to Samsung’s only earthquake proof Skyscraper in Southern Silicon Valley!!! ;)

1 year 2 months ago

They didn’t talk about it during the event

1 year 2 months ago

Just a fancy item. Not a selling point.
We have couple of iphone 6s plus in our home and no one is using much of the 3D touch or live photos.

1 year 1 month ago

That’s because they are just two of the features Apple ripped off of SAMSUNG….. Synaptic and Immersion. We won’t see Synaptic sue Apple over 3D Touch or Samsung sue them either. Since they had 3D Force Air Gap Tech patented in April 2014 a whole year before iWatch came out!

“Motion Photo” was a feature in Samsung’s cameras in CES 2012!

So if those aren’t great features….. why did Apple steal them and are now at least fighting Immersion over their ripped off Taptic from Haptic Patents. btw…. Immersion has had Microsoft, Sony, Google and Samsung all in court on Haptic Technology. They won an injunction to Ban PS3′s with Haptic controllers, and they settled with the rest, who are all just paying license fees now. No doubt your iphone will be subject to the upcoming ITC ban and maybe even have it confiscated until Apple pays up!!! :D