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One thing I wish Samsung would add to its Night camera mode

I love the dedicated Night camera mode on my Galaxy S10+. It works wonders in low-light conditions by creating brighter, cleaner pictures with more detail, and it’s especially useful for the ultra-wide camera, which doesn’t fare very well in low-light situations in the standard Photo shooting mode owing to its not-so-wide aperture. But, while I’m pleased with the results Night mode produces, there’s one thing I wish Samsung would change about the process of taking Night mode pictures: A timer indicating how long you have to hold the phone steady for a photo to be captured.

Right now, you only see a progress bar when a Night mode picture is being saved. There is no indication of how long the phone will take to actually capture the picture before the camera starts saving that picture to storage for your viewing pleasure. You are simply told to “hold your phone steady while taking night shots,” and I do try to be as steady as I can, even holding my breath at times to reduce camera shake. To Samsung’s credit, you don’t have to be as still as a mannequin to prevent shaky Night mode pictures, and having an indication of how long you need to hold the phone would make the experience better.

It would be especially useful for Night mode for the front camera on the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, as a countdown would tell you how long you have to exert your willpower to keep the phone steady and tell your friends just how long they need to keep staring at the camera without moving a muscle. Perhaps it will be tricky for Samsung to add such a countdown or indicator as the time needed for Night mode to capture photos can depend on how dark the scene is, but even if that’s the case, I hope the company can figure something out to make it work.

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preime101
preime101

don’t hold your breath when taking a long exposure, if anything it will increase your hand shake. Instead take a deep breath and slowly exhale whilst taking the shot.

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

I don’t think they can cause the phone doesn’t know how long it’s going to stay like that, it stays like that depending on the lighting.

woody365
woody365

Zoom maybe?

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

I’m pleasantly surprised by the output. It actually gives better results, and faster, than fiddling with Pro Mode settings to get similar results.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

You only need to be still as the photo is being taken… The loading circle is post processing. The camera takes like a second to take the pic – that’s when you need to be steady. You can move about again when it’s ‘saving’

Gunter2
Gunter2

That’s true, I don’t think Abhijeet is talking about the circular saving icon, it’s before that, how long to keep still for the photo taking part, there’s no indication of how long to hold it steady, and that time can vary depending on the available light.

Gunter2
Gunter2

A very good point Abhijeet. It’s on the S9 plus too now, and I do that holding the breath thing too! 😂😂😂