One of the most useful new camera features introduced on the Galaxy S21 lineup is Director's View. It's a dedicated shooting mode that lets you see the feed from and switch between all rear cameras while recording videos and also enables you to record video via the front camera at the same time.
When Samsung updated older Galaxy flagships, such as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 lineups, with some of the Galaxy S21 camera features, Director's View didn't come along for the ride. But while Director's View is still missing from all Samsung flagships except the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung has introduced a somewhat stripped down version to the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series with the latest software update for these devices.
Front and rear camera recording at the same time, but no Director's View
Those who have received this particular update, which includes the May 2021 security patch, on their Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20, or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will find a new mode called Dual Recording in the camera app. As the name suggests, this mode lets you record video from both the front and primary rear camera at the same time, with the feed from one of the two cameras showing up in a small window at the top that can be moved around freely.
Here's a short video showing how this mode works:
It's unclear at this time if the Dual Recording camera feature is headed to other flagships, like the Galaxy S20 FE and Samsung's foldable phones, but we will let you know once we are able to confirm. For now, if you own a Galaxy S20 or Note 20 series smartphone, you should see if the May security update is available for your device from its Settings » Software update menu. It could take a few days before the update arrives in your country, so you will have to be patient if it doesn't show up just yet.