Pro mode video recording is missing on Android Pie for the Galaxy S9/Note 9

In an attempt to get the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update out there as quickly as possible, Samsung may have forgotten to include the option to record videos in Pro mode. On Android Pie, video recording gets a dedicated mode in the camera app. It’s a change many haven’t taken kindly to, and it seems Samsung didn’t take into account that this would require an important change in Pro mode as well.

Before Pie, video recording had a dedicated button next to the regular camera shutter button, so one could simply switch to Pro mode and hit that button to start recording videos with manual camera settings. But Pie has a separate Video mode, so switching to Pro mode only allows you to take photos. And, funnily enough, if you go into the camera settings and try to modify what camera modes you see in the camera interface, the description for Pro mode says that it lets you “take control of your videos.”

It’s clearly a major oversight on Samsung’s part, and the company seems to have rushed to make the camera app more iPhone-like without thinking things through. And it also raises questions about how final these official updates really are. While the Galaxy Note 9 has received the final update in only one country, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been updated in quite a few markets. The problem exists even on the newer Pie build a couple of countries have received.

Whether the worldwide rollout will fix this remains to be seen, but as it stands, you might want to hold off from updating to Pie if you like taking videos with custom camera settings.

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  • Luckily my S9+ still on Oreo with Samsung UX. I tried in my Note9 with One UI beta and it's horrible. For me Samsung UX is more polished, intuitive, attractive and comfortable than One UI. Only few features of One UI is better than Samsung UX.

  • Alson, motion panorama is not available. You can play recorded motion panorama you've made in Oreo, but you can't make one in Pie. This Pie update lacks a lot of features..

  • i have the new android pie for 2 weeks and i can confirm the new camera UI suck's !!!!! And i have some lags when i go in recently used apps and i try to close some apps !!! damn it seems the new One UI is full of bugs !!!!!

  • this feature is nice, with the pie update is no longer available .. I think Samsung really has to remember, the front camera produces smooth images without details, Live Focus from rear cameras only works in strong light, in low light never works ... we are talking about flagship s9, s9 Plus, so many people are not so happy with the quality Photos

  • I don't like this iPhone like camera UI at all. I don't like it on 8.1 let alone on Pie. Embarrassing that Samsung has ditched its much intuitive and practical camera UI of the past for this one only to please supposed new iPhone switchers

  • I could totally use a pro mode for video recording as the automatic changes of exposure can be a hassle sometimes.

  • Not an owner yet, but a potential buyer for S9 or S10 ONLY because of this pro mode video function. Would be very disappointed if not available on Android pie, since not many companies are offering this function but with good picture quality.