5 Ways to Use the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 AI Camera

AI and the S Pen make the Note 9 one of the best smartphone cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has one of the best smartphone camera setups on the market. Dual 12MP rear cameras and an 8MP selfie camera combined with artificial intelligence (AI) make the Note 9 the closest you can get to a professional-grade camera without having to carry a DSLR. Here are the top features of the Samsung Note 9 camera.

Information in this article applies to all Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphones.

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Artificial Intelligence Means Better Scene Optimization

The camera settings, options, and on-screen location of the Scene Optimizer function on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera.

One of the most notable features of the Note 9 camera is the AI capabilities that allow for unique scene detection. When using either the front or rear-facing cameras with Scene Optimization, the camera will automatically sample the subject and environment to determine the best settings for the picture. It adjusts the exposure, contrast, brightness, and white balance to help capture the best photos possible.

Scene Optimization has 20 different modes, allowing the camera to accurately adjust color, temperature, white balance, and other settings so that you get the best picture possible every time. These modes include:

  • Portrait
  • Flowers
  • Indoors
  • Animals
  • Landscape
  • Greenery
  • Trees
  • Skies
  • Mountains
  • Beaches
  • Sunrises
  • Sunsets
  • Watersides (flowing water)
  • Street
  • Night
  • Snow
  • Birds
  • Waterfalls
  • Text

Open the camera settings and tap Scene Optimization to toggle it on or off. When you're taking pictures in auto mode, you'll notice an icon appears in the middle at the bottom of the image indicating which type of scene the camera lens has detected.

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Take Flawless Pictures With Flaw Detection

How to enable Flaw detection on the Galaxy Note 9 camera.

Don't you hate it when you take a group photo only to realize that someone blinked or the image is a little blurry? With Flaw Detection turned on, you'll receive a notification if something is a little off. That way, you can retake the photo before you lose your perfect shot.

To enable Flaw Detection, open the camera settings and tap Flaw Detection in the Common section.

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Multiple Camera Modes for Action Shots

How to enable and use the camera modes on the Galaxy Note 9 camera.

The Note 9 camera also includes some useful mode options including:

  • Pro: Allows for manual adjustment of settings including ISO, f-stop, white balance, and more.
  • Slow-motion: Automatically captures video in slow-motion.
  • Hyper-lapse: Creates a time-lapse video of longer duration action scenes.
  • AR Emoji: Allows you to create an animated emoji from a selfie.

As with most Note 9 camera features, you can enable or disable these modes in your camera settings. Scroll to the Common section and tap Edit camera modes, then choose Rear camera or Front camera and tap the mode you want to enable. You can also arrange the order in which the modes appear on your camera by dragging them up or down the screen.

Changing the camera mode will not disable the Scene Optimization feature.

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Super Slow-Mo Videos and GIFs

How to save a slow-mo video as a GIF on the Galaxy Note 9.

With the Super Slow-mo feature enabled, a highlighted box appears on your camera screen. When a subject moves into the box, a short clip of slow-motion video is captured. The full video clip is very short (only about 14 seconds long), and the slow-mo part of the clip is only 2-4 seconds long, but you can turn these videos into GIFs that loop, swing, or play in reverse.

To adjust these settings, open the video in the gallery, tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner, then tap Details. You'll be prompted to save the photo as a GIF or an MP4 file.

You can capture still images from slow-motion videos. During playback, tap the screen to see the editing controls and tap the image icon in the top-left corner.

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S Pen Remote Shutter Release for Photos at a Distance

How to set up the S Pen as a remote camera shutter release on the Galaxy Note 9.

Thanks to Bluetooth, you can use the S Pen smart stylus to open the camera app and take pictures from a distance of up to 30-feet away. To enable and customize this feature:

  1. Go to the main phone Settings.
  2. Tap Advanced features.
  3. Tap S Pen > S Pen Remote.
  4. In the S Pen Remote options, tap Hold Down Pen Button To and tap Camera (if it's not already selected). You should be automatically returned to the S Pen Remote options screen.
  5. Next, scroll to App Actions.
  6. Tap Single Press, then select the action you'd like to perform when you press the S Pen button.
  7. Tap Double Press and select the action you want to perform when you double press the S Pen button.