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How To Set Camera Picture Size And Video Size On Galaxy S9

How To Set Camera Picture Size And Video Size On Galaxy S9

If you are a smartphone enthusiast you probably know that Samsung Galaxy S9 has the best camera of any smartphone in the market at the moment. If you haven’t discovered the thrill of using the Galaxy S9 camera, then the only viable explanation could be that you haven’t properly tweaked the settings of the camera. Once you set the settings to give you the optimal performance, there is no telling what will be able to distract you from the camera because the experience will just be intoxicating.

One of the things you need to set right is the picture and video sizes. In other words, we are talking about adjusting to the right resolution of the camera for the best picture quality. Well, even for those who are not thrilled by the prospect of getting amazingly great shots from their camera, there is still need to adjust the camera resolution so that your pictures are not of extremely large size. This will save you a lot of storage space in the long run.

Now that you are already considering tuning the resolution settings to get the perfect picture and video sizes, you should already be familiarizing yourself with the concept of aspect ratio. By default, your videos will have an aspect ratio of 4:3 but you can replace this with either the 1:1 or the 16:9 aspect ratios. Start practicing changing between these aspect ratios and decide which one you think will work best on your videos and pictures gave the right resolution. You can adjust the aspect ratios to suit your needs as well as your preferences.

The Essentials of Galaxy S9 Camera Picture and Video Size

Whether you are shooting videos or simply taking photos, there are two important parameters that you must focus on. These two parameters are the aspect ratio and the resolution of the camera when taking videos or photographs.

There is a likelihood that you will only be limited to the three aspect ratios mentioned above; the default aspect ratio of 4:3 or the other two ratios of 1:1 or 16:9. If this is the case then the degree of resolution will mostly be defined by whether you are using the front (selfie) or rear camera.

To select the best aspect ratio and the corresponding right resolution, you need to look into a few things. Your selection should depend on how you intend on viewing the photos and videos and what you are going to do with them.

Aspect Ratios

  • 1:1 – this aspect ratio is highly recommended for design purposes.
  • 4:3 –this one can be used where the photos need to be printed on a standardized photo paper or for videos that are going to be shared via MMS or email. The 4:3 aspect ratio is also commonly used for videos to be aired on TV although this was particularly for the old TV models.
  • 16:9 – this is a more recent aspect ratio which is used where most of the photos and videos are to be viewed on the modern TV models, on PCs and social media.

For the best photo resolution, you will have the following options to select from. The options for the photo resolutions are more than those you will find for the aspect ratio. Below are the photo resolutions you can work with and their corresponding use.


  • 7M (2560*1440, 16:9) – this resolution is used where files are to be shared via Social Media or through MMS.
  • 7M (2160*2160, 1:1) – this is purely for web design photos.
  • 2M (2880*2160, 4:3) – this resolution should be used if you intend to print on small papers or for 4R
  • 1M (3024*3024, 1:1) – this is another optional resolution for design works.
  • 1M (4032*2268, 16:9) – if you intend to take photos that should be shared via PC or aired on TV, you need to set your camera to this particular resolution.
  • 12M (4032*3024, 4:3) – this one is mainly recommended for large prints or 8R

When taking photographs, you can ensure the best results by following the simple rules outlined below;

  • Scaling up affects the quality of shots taken.
  • Scaling down doesn’t affect the quality in any way.
  • If you have extra storage space provided by an SD card, you need to consider the highest resolution of them all.

Video Settings

For video filming, more complex rules may have to be followed.

  • Even though your Samsung Galaxy S9 supports high-resolution videos like UHD 2160p, it is not recommended to use this resolution unless of course, you have a 4K TV on which you can watch these UHD videos.
  • The best option for videos that are to be shared via MMS and email is the VGA resolution which is the smallest video size.
  • A more decent resolution such as the HD 720 should be used where there is a need to share and watch the videos on smartphones and tablets or online.
  • A full HD 1080 or at 30fps is only recommended for videos that are to be aired on TV. This resolution will produce the best video quality especially for news hunters who only have their smartphones as tool to work with.
  • Our guide on how to record slow motion videos recommends that the best resolution to work with should be full HD at 60 fps and ensure that the speed is set at half. This combination will usually give you the best slow motion videos on your Galaxy S9 smartphone.

We can briefly add that all the points provided above are meant to only act as a guide. If there are any features that can increase the resolution, they should be scaled down although these would possibly lead to consumption of more storage space on your device. Having taken note of all the guidelines provided above, you should be able to decide the best picture size for your photos and videos putting in mind the purpose for which you are going to use them on your Galaxy S9 smartphone.

Setting Up The Camera Picture Size On Galaxy S9

  1. With your Galaxy S9 powered on get to the preview screen.
  2. In the camera app, locate the picture size from the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the picture size settings icon then select your preferred camera picture size from the options provided.
  • The rear camera will have six options; 3.7M, 4.7M, 6.2M, 9.1M (with two different ratios) and 12M;
  • On the other hand, you will only have three options to choose from for the front camera; 3.7M, 3.8M, 5M.

After selecting the optimal picture sizes, you can start taking photos just in the same way you do. Note however that the selected picture size settings will only be active for the photos you take at that moment. This is because one the camera app is closed and launched again. It will go back to its default picture sizes which are 12M for the rear camera and the 5M for the front camera.

To Set Up The Camera Video Size On Galaxy S9

  1. Ensure your Galaxy S9 is turned on
  2. Launch the camera app to be able to access the camera settings.
  3. Now get into the Camera preview screen and select on Settings.
  4. Tap on Video sixe
  5. Choose the optimal video size from the seven options provided.

There is limitation on which settings and features you can use for your camera. For instance, deciding to use the UHD, FHD or QHD at 60fps restricts you against using the tracking AF, HDR or any other video effects. Moreover, you won’t be able to use your Galaxy camera to take photos when you are recording videos in FHD at 60fps. You should therefore be certain about which settings you need to use, when and where.

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