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Samsung’s astrophotography feature coming to more Galaxy phones!


Last updated: February 24th, 2023 at 14:40 UTC+01:00

While Samsung made a big deal about astrophotography features on the Galaxy S23 series, not all of the features actually debuted on the new flagships. A dedicated mode to take photos of the stars and the sky using long exposure times was introduced on the Galaxy S22 series through Samsung’s Expert RAW app, while the Galaxy S23 lineup added the option to take astro-hyperlapse videos.

And with the One UI 5.1 update, we had expected these features to come to older Samsung flagships, but we ended up being disappointed. But it seems those features will become available on more phones at some point in the near future. Samsung is reportedly working on updates for almost all flagships from the last three years, including 2020’s Galaxy S20 Ultra, to bring the Expert RAW app’s astrophotography mode to more users.

The astro hyperlapse feature, however, might not be coming to pre-Galaxy S23 flagships, or at least that’s what the source of this information suggests. The Astrophotography mode will reportedly be available on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Fold 4. If the feature doesn’t come to older Galaxy smartphones with future software updates, it is possible that a limitation exists in their camera sensor or the chipset.

With the One UI 5.1 update, Samsung added several improvements in terms of camera features, ease of use, and image and video editing. The stock Camera app lets you easily switch to the Expert RAW app, choose between selfie color tones, and cut out objects from images by just long-pressing them. Image remaster, shadow remover, and reflection remover features are getting improved performance as well.

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