It’s common knowledge that the Galaxy Note 8 comes with an amazing array of camera features. But, in order to enjoy the camera features available on your Galaxy Note 8, it may be important to know how to configure and tweak its settings.
I’ll explain below how you can set up the resolution and the picture and video size to have a better camera quality. It’s important for a new user to understand how to make use of this process because it allows you to have more storage space on your Galaxy Note 8.
The first thing you should understand is how to set up the correct aspect ratio of the camera on your Galaxy Note 8. You can alter the settings from the 4:3 to a 16:9, you can also reduce it to a 1:1 ratio. If you are interested in knowing how to use this process, you should continue reading this guide. I’ll explain below about how you can alter the preferences to accommodate your needs.
Things You Need to Know About the Galaxy Note 8 Camera Picture and Video Size
Whether taking a picture or recording a video, there are two important things that you should consider, which are the aspect ratio and the resolution of your camera.
The aspect ratio gives you three options that you select from, while the resolution works based on whether you are using the front or the back camera of your Galaxy Note 8.
Understanding Aspect Ratios
An aspect ratio is the ratio of an image or display’s width to its height. The best aspect ratio depends on the purpose of the picture or the video. Here are the most common aspect ratios in use:
1:1 This means that the width and height of an image or video are of the same length. The image is a square. This ratio is specifically for design works.
4:3 The idea behind this picture is to give you a quality for if you are willing to print your picture on standard paper. It’s also suitable for taking videos that you are willing to share via email or MMS.
16:9 This ratio is the most recent one, and it was specifically brought up for pictures and videos that you want to view on TVs and PCs, or that you want to share on platforms like YouTube and other social media platforms like Facebook.
Just remember, these aren’t incidental choices, as the aspect ratio can drastically alter the quality.
Image resolution, in layman’s terms, refers to the level of detail an image has. Most of the time, people are referring to the pixel count and the sharpness. In this case, sharpness is the opposite of blurriness. The best photo resolutions should be chosen based on the same principles. Other forms that you can now choose from include:
7M (2560*1440, 16:9) – basically designed for pictures that you want to share on media platforms like Twitter or Facebook
7M (2160*2160, 1:1) – for pictures that you want to use to design websites
2M (2880*2160, 4:3) – for printing on standard but small papers like the 4R
1M (3024*3024, 1:1) – you can also use this ratio for design
1M (4032*2268, 16:9) – this ratio is basically for taking pictures that you want to view on your computer or TV, or share on YouTube
12M (4032*3024, 4:3) – this ratio is suitable for printing on large printable papers like the 8R
Rules of Taking Photographs with your Galaxy Note 8
- The quality of your picture will be altered if you scale up.
- Scaling down your camera will not affect the quality.
- If you have an SD card on your smartphone with enough space, I will recommend that you always select the best resolution available.
If you experience issues on your camera, refer to our guide  on how to troubleshoot the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera error.
Rules of Recording Videos on your Galaxy Note 8
- Even though the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a powerful filming resolution that is up to UHD 2160p, this does not necessarily mean you should use it if you don’t own a 4K TV.
- You can always use the smallest video size, which is the VGA, if you are recording for the main purpose of sharing it as MMS or email.
- If you are recording videos for the sole purpose of watching or sharing them online, you can use the HD 720p to record your videos.
- If the main purpose is to record in slow motion, then you can use 60 fps, or you can record in full HD.
The explanations above are to serve as a guide for you, rather than an imperative. You can experiment as much as you want to find what you like best. You can take pictures and record videos with whatever resolution you prefer as long as you have memory space on your Galaxy Note 8. A high resolution will produce larger files and vice versa.
Setting up the Camera Picture Size on Galaxy Note 8
- First, you will need to locate the Galaxy Note 8 preview screen.
- Then click on the camera app; there is a settings icon located at the top left corner of your screen.
- Click on it to pick the preferred camera size. There are options for the back camera that you can select from: 3.7M, 4.7M, 6.2M, 9.1M, and 12M.
- There are three different sizes that you can select from for the front camera, which are 3.7M, 3.8M, 5M.
Once you have chosen the preferred size, you can start taking your pictures. Just note that anytime you quit your camera mode, the picture size will return to the default mode, which is 5M for the front and 12M for the back camera. So if you have a size you prefer to use, you’re going to have to remember to reset it every time.
Setting up the Camera Video Size on Galaxy Note 8
- You will need to locate the camera settings page.
- Click on the Camera Preview Screen.
- Tap on Settings.
- Select the Video size option for the rear camera.
- Tap on one of seven video sizes that are available.
When choosing the video size–whether QHD, UHD, or FHD at 60fps–it’s important to point out that you will not be allowed to make use of the HDR, tracking AF, and even the video effects option. You should also know you will not be allowed to take pictures when recording videos using the FHD 60fps.