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Galaxy S10 uses ‘cropped’ view for selfies in third-party apps

Samsung bundles a fantastic wide-angle front-facing camera on the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e; however, they aren’t able to capture an outspread frame in all scenarios, it has been revealed — the South Korean firm locks down the field-of-view for aftermarket applications.

What we mean by that is that the API (that’s the level of code that provides developers with access to core device functions) Samsung created for the front-facing camera, which is used by several social networks and communication services — like Facebook, Instagram and Skype — crops the frame.

It’s unclear why Samsung made this decision, but some have speculated it was on the cusp of a limitation imposed by Google that restricts the maximum field of view aftermarket Android applications can tap into for the front-facing camera to create a unified experience across all devices.

The reason could be a lot more straightforward, though

The selfie camera is set to shoot in a somewhat cropped field-of-view by default in the stock Camera client, with users having the option to adopt a wider frame with the tap of a button — a feature that was recently added to the Galaxy S9 — and that’s missing from aftermarket services.

If that’s accurate, utilising the camera’s wide field-of-view would require extra leg work from developers — that is, of course, is if Google hasn’t locked it down. Then again, that’s just a theory — we’ve reached out to Samsung for comment and will update this article when we hear back.

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zanzanha
zanzanha

I remember Sammobile writing an article about Lee Jae-Yong asking a worker why that person prefers and iPhone over Samsung, and that person said it’s because “it takes better selfies”. I hope I’m not wrong. And it’s same for many of people I know. They all agree that iPhone takes better selfies. Recently, I’ve been digging into photography as a hobby, and I found someone wrote “don’t put your girlfriend’s face at the edge of the screen, because usually smartphone cameras have wide-angle lenses which will make your girlfriend’s face stretched as a dumpling.” Yes, normal rear camera’s don’t take… Read more »

blendermaster
blendermaster

OK,
going back to Apple I think!

Biransahin
Biransahin

You never left Apple. iSheep are too brainwashed to leave the alternative Appleverse. 😉

Gunter2
Gunter2

I would like to support Mr. Biran and his opinion that possibly the cropping is due to the Instagram app which crops all photos and videos. If one is posting directly to Instagram from the camera app it probably has to do the cropping before posting. I hope you don’t delete my comment too. I cannot understand the problem here.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Instagram crops photos and videos. It was, probably sensible for Samsung to it within the app. And why does someone keep deleting my comment? This is the third time! I made no bad comment. What’s the problem? Are opinions no longer allowed in the opinion section?

Gunter2
Gunter2

Yes. I have seen you post this comment twice my friend and it is a very reasonable one. I’m quite new to this site and it’s excellent but I am very surprised at the bad behaviour of whoever is deleting your comment. I was actually thinking the same thing as I was posting on Instagram . Instagram does indeed crop the photos and also the videos. If you are posting directly from the camera app to Instagram it will have to be cropped first.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Thanks. You know I didn’t use any language or bad words. I just gave an opinion as to why the photos might be cropped before posting. There is no reason to delete any of the two that were deleted other than for some reason they didn’t like it. Maybe I’m wrong or maybe I’m right, it was just an opinion. 😕

Gunter2
Gunter2

I was thinking the same so I wrote the same. I hope I’m not deleted too. Also we could be wrong or right, but it’s just an opinion as you said. I’m really surprised that sammobile people are acting this way. You did nothing wrong.

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Guys, we had some bug that resulted in comments not going through. Had to reply to two comments twice myself yesterday. We’re not deleting anything, apologies for the inconvenience!

Biransahin
Biransahin

No problem Abhijeet. My comments were actually posted and people saw them and later disappeared, but others didn’t. But ok, obviously some glitch caused it. Appreciate your response. Thanks!

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

For now the problem seems to be the fact that the camera app runs on cropped view by default, and since third-party apps simply use default settings for a device’s camera, they’re getting the cropped version on the S10. As I said elsewhere, looks like Samsung didn’t account for that fact when it decided to make the field of view smaller by default on its front cameras and that’s limiting third-party apps as well. Add to that Instagram’s tendency to crop 16:9 photos by default, and you have a serious issue. 😛

locarno
locarno

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locarno
locarno

On Unpacked they said that photos from Snapchat etc. will be the same as from default camera app.

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Yes, and default app uses cropped view by default. Samsung probably didn’t think that part through when enabling support for Snapchat etc to offer same quality as camera app.