You can now take panoramas with the Galaxy S10’s primary 12MP camera
Update: It turns out the Galaxy S10 used the ultra-wide lens for panoramas before the latest update and has now received the option to switch to the primary camera, as pointed out by one of our readers. To see what difference the two cameras make to panoramas, check out the images below.
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Samsung’s recent Galaxy S10 update enables the use of the ultra-wide camera for panorama shots. Out of the box, the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ only let users use the ultra-wide camera for regular photos and videos; the ultra-wide lens was also used for background blur in Live Focus (bokeh) photos, but that was it. With the May update, Samsung added the option to take Night mode shots with the ultra-wide camera, and it turns out you can now take panorama pictures with the ultra-wide camera as well.
While an ultra-wide camera already lets you capture more of the world in a single shot, panoramas can be handy in some situations, and many users will likely find the option to use the ultra-wide camera in Panorama mode useful. The most obvious benefit here is that you can capture more vertical area, along with being able to capture more of your surroundings without moving the phone around as much as you would have to for panorama shots with the primary camera.
Here’s a scene captured with the primary camera in Panorama mode:
And the same scene captured with the ultra-wide camera:
Sadly, the May update for the Galaxy S10 has some serious bugs for many users. While the camera improvements are nice to have, we hope Samsung is working on quickly bringing out a newer update that fixes all issues. The company has neither pulled the original update off the air nor offered any official statement on its issues, so the wait for that bug-fixing update may be a long one.