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Galaxy S9 gets dedicated camera Night mode with the latest update!

Samsung’s June security update update for the Galaxy S9 brings a dedicated Night mode to the phone’s camera. When the company brought a dedicated camera Night mode to the Galaxy S10 lineup, we had wondered if it would bring the feature to older flagships, and now we have the answer. And this is not the first time Samsung is bringing camera features from a new flagship to an older device. Last year, we saw Galaxy S9 camera features like AR Emoji and Super Slow-mo make their way to multiple Galaxy phones in the budget, mid-range, and flagship segment.

As good as the Galaxy S10’s Night mode

We tested the Night mode on the Galaxy S9 after installing the update, and we think it works as well as the Galaxy S10’s Night mode, which isn’t surprising as both phones have the same underlying camera hardware. It just seems to be a bit moody on the S9. In one instance, we saw only reduced noise compared to automatic Photo mode, while in another instance Night mode increased the scene’s brightness but didn’t do much to fix the noise levels. This may have been a result of our phone moving a bit between shots, though, so we’ll need to test it out more to come to a proper conclusion.

Below is a photo taken in automatic mode compared with the same scene captured in Night mode (swipe left for the Night mode version):

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And here’s a comparison between the Night mode result on the Galaxy S9 and a Galaxy S10+ (swipe left for the S10+ version):

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You might notice that the Galaxy S10+ seems to have taken a warmer, more saturated picture compared to the Galaxy S9. And frankly, we prefer the output on the Galaxy S9, although opinions on which one looks better will depend from person to person. Furthermore, the difference won’t be a concern for anyone unless they’re looking at pictures taken by the two phones side by side.

Galaxy Note 9 should also get the same update

In addition to the dedicated Night mode, the update also adds the option to adjust the level of background blur in Live Focus mode using the front camera. We will hopefully see a similar update making its way to the Galaxy Note 9 in the coming weeks — that such an update will come is guaranteed, but it remains to be seen how long it will take.

Galaxy S9 owners will also have to wait a bit before the June update arrives in their country. It’s available in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines (for the Exynos variant) at the moment, and a wider rollout may take a few days to happen. You can check if the update is out for you by opening the Settings app on your S9 or S9+, selecting Software update, then tapping the Download updates manually option.

  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS OIS (F1.5/F2.4)
  • Model: SM-G965F
  • Dimensions: 157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • Display: 6.2” (158.1mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS Dual OIS (F1.5/F2.4) & Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4)

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Rutjan
Rutjan

I just updated to the G965FXXS4CSF1 June update for my XEF S9+ and there was no mention of nightmode in the change log.
I don’t see anything in the camera app either.
How can I be sure I got it?

zpl12
zpl12

Sadly, with the last update from June I start to have a little battery drain, in stand by it’s the same but when I use it the battery drain faster….anyone has the same problem ?

Rutjan
Rutjan

Is there any way downloadable modes for the camera would get back? I remember you could get them on the Galaxy Store, stuff like dual camera and more…

henklbr
henklbr

Those aren’t available any more for the new Camera-app

Rutjan
Rutjan

That is such a shame…

JerseyBiker
JerseyBiker

I just received the update today. Is there something you need to do use night mode? I don’t see anything in the settings.

henklbr
henklbr

International S9 of US S9?

zimbalama
zimbalama

s8,s8plus also needs night sights mode and camera blur,beacuse this is also flagship phone,samsung moust gives this future,

SAManiacs
SAManiacs

This Update should come in Galaxy A70

locarno
locarno

I don’t see big difference between S9 and S10.

Remember these days when Note series get update first than S ?

Eki79
Eki79

Any words on One UI update for S9? I’d like to get my hands on Bixby Routines…

Mouallem01
Mouallem01

Bixby routines is a first party module from goodlock that Samsung decided to add to the main software, you can download it and use it until the next update adds it.

locarno
locarno

I think that Routines are only available on S10 or One UI 1.1.

Eki79
Eki79

Thanks for the tip, but Good Lock is not available in EU… or at least in Finland.
Thinking about getting the apk from here, but I’d prefer the One UI 1.1 to come.

mada222
mada222

We got it a long time ago i think there’s a problem on ur device u must do it with odin to solve ur problem

Eki79
Eki79

You have S9 with One UI 1.1 … and with it, Bixby Routines?

mada222
mada222

No i don’t have it i understood the question wrongly

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

They can bring this to the s8 too

cardicek
cardicek

They can’t 🙂 support is almost over.)

stondec
stondec

Nice but unfortunately I’ll not be enjoying any of these festures on my Note 9 as I’ve decided not to update from Android Oreo, since Google decided to block call recording apps on Android pie.

mada222
mada222

The device has call recorder on the main software in android pie

DaVinciDevice
DaVinciDevice

Where???

vanillasky
vanillasky

Where is that recorder? I heard about this but I think it’s only I’m one of the versions of the phone, somebody was posting this on Samsung Members.
Which version of the phone do you have?

Biransahin
Biransahin

It is actually available in some regions, some countries ban it so it’s not there unless you root. My own country has a ban. However there’re plenty of apps on the Playstore. I record calls for business, with customer permission of course, to make sure we have no misunderstanding which can be very expensive in an engineering consultancy. I use Automatic Call Recorder, the pro version, it’s excellent. You can record and export the conversations to PC too.

mohammadhossein
mohammadhossein

it is hidden feature in CSC features and needs rooted phone to activate built-in recorder bcuz not available in many countries

Biransahin
Biransahin

You are spot on. 👍👍👍

Biransahin
Biransahin

What? 😂 Of course there are call recording apps for the Note9 with One UI. I use one, plus for some regions, call recorder is available on Pie itself. That depends on regions as some countries don’t allow it legally, but even then there are about 10 or 15 apps on the Playstore. Where did you come up with that idea?

mada222
mada222

U can download Egypt or Germany software latest version and it will appear on ur device

henklbr
henklbr

No, it won’t…

mada222
mada222

Is there a support for third part apps for ultra wide angle. A50 got this feature

superf
superf

S10+ is clearly more bright but more yellowish at the same time. S9 is a bit darker but has more natural colors. It seems odd since they share the same main sensor.

cardicek
cardicek

Yellowish are both none of that 🙂

kakudiego
kakudiego

I’m still on April patch. S9+ Snapdragon Unlocked

henklbr
henklbr

US-devices have other software development and release dates…

kaku85
kaku85

its more like, none software development and none release dates lol