Galaxy S10 update with dedicated camera night mode now widely available

The latest Galaxy S10 update that started rolling out earlier this week is now more widely available. This update is an important one, as it brings a change many Galaxy S10 users had been asking for: A dedicated Night mode can now be found in the camera app. As we had explained earlier, Samsung has simply separated the Bright Night functionality from the camera’s Scene Optimizer feature and turned it into a Night mode, so users can now fire it up at whim.

And that’s an important change. Before the new update arrived, it was the phone itself that would decide when it should use Bright Night, and Samsung had tuned it to kick in only in extremely dark situations. Now, even in scenarios where the automatic mode would take good pictures, you can use Night mode to take brighter photos. As an example of this, we’ve added a comparison below of a scene shot in Night mode (swipe left) and the regular Photo mode (swipe right).


And we’d say it’s high time a dedicated Night mode came back to Samsung’s flagship phones, as the company had removed Night mode from its flagship devices a few years ago when it started equipping them with cameras that automatically take great pictures in low-light conditions. The next step would be to bring its flagships’ low-light capabilities up to par with what some of the competing smartphones are offering, and we believe Samsung should do that with the Galaxy S11 at the latest or risk falling further behind.

So if you own a Galaxy S10e, S10, or S10+, go ahead and check if the update is available for you. You can do that by tapping Download and install in the Software update menu of the Settings app. The update is a 205 MB download over the air and also includes the latest Android security patch.

  • Model: SM-G970F
  • Dimensions: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide
  • Model: SM-G973F
  • Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.1"(157.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

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  • I tried it and it works ok, I'm satisfied with it..I've no problem with it as I don't do low light photography that much..Yes, its Nowhere near to Google pixel and Huawei level..but still something is better than nothing. Now I'm waiting for that 25w charging update from I can juice up my phone fast. As my s10 battery backup is average. Hope in next update we will get that 25W tweak. Finger crossed.

    • Fully agree and Samsung needs to add 25W charging support to S10 series. Still I don't understand why it wasn't available out of the box for such a high-end price device incl. 25w charger, especially if Samsung release it for mid range A series one month(!) after flagship S10 releases. It's really undignified to discuss here and hope for 25W charging support when competitors already implemented 50W charging technology. It's time to wake up Samsung and finally leave Note 7 paranoia...

    • Probably not going to happen. That 25W charging uses USB Power Delivery standard rather than something based on Quick Charge (as Samsung's Fast Charge is), so it's unlikely a software update can provide that. Not that we will complain about it if it does show up.

      • That's very sad..if that is the case..then I think Samsung s10 is not a good choice for a premium device to buy in market. I know camera is good, screen quality is good..but not the best. Even the exynos we are getting in India is not the best. Now even the charging speed is bad..badder than a 3 year old one plus 3t. We costumer pay good amount to buy a good product, not a product which is only ok. I seriously now regret my buy. Better have waited for one plus 7. Which will give 30 watt charging speed and I know it will be cheaper also and will have most of the hi end features as well.
        Seriously I'm very disappointed with Samsung, they are providing 25 watt charging in there low model of A series. If this thing will not happen, then this is my last Samsung mobile I'm going to use.

      • As far as i know Samsung chipset supports fast charging at 25w and its an new processer Than whats present in A80 so they must have included a fast charging capability and a charger itself na... now we wait for the update and buy a charger i hate a80 has both ...and they lack in flagship phones

  • "it was the phone itself that would decide when it should use Bright Night"

    This is still available ?

    • Nope! Now you have to manually select it every time as Night mode, even I realized perhaps having both as options would be better.

  • "back to Samsung’s flagship phones, as the company had removed Night mode from its flagship devices a few years ago"

    I have this mode on my old A5 2016.

    • There were times when it wouldn't connect back to my WiFi once I return home. It would detect the network, however, every time I tried to force it to connect, it would error out saying "authentication error". The only way for me to reconnect to WiFi was to reboot the phone.

  • I just installed this update and somehow fingerprint sensor is working way batter.

  • Truly speaking Samsung's Night Mode is just Gimmick work in order to retain sorry Cheat the Customers Night Mode has introduced. still, it is way behind the P30 pro and Google Phone.

  • Still havent received this update on my S10+ Dual Sim in South Africa.... so annoying