Take great pics at any event with the Galaxy S7

Updated December 31, 9999

The school play, the game-winning shot, the piano recital, the pie eating contest at your hometown carnival—these are moments you’ll want to remember. And with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, you can easily capture incredible photos and videos to reminisce about later. Here’s how.

Try quick launch

There are many moments in life that pass before you have time to take a photo. But with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, you can open the camera app in less than a second by double tapping the home button, even if the screen is off or locked. Good news: this setting is enabled by default. If you want to confirm that it’s all set and ready to go: Camera App > Settings > Turn On Quick Launch.

Use tracking auto focus

Unlike the action shots you’ve taken in the past, which may have been blurry and out of focus, the ones you’ll take with Tracking Auto Focus will come out clear. How does it work? First, open the camera app, then tap Settings and slide the Tracking AF button to the On position. In the preview window, tap the object on which you’d like to focus, then tap the shutter button to take a photo, or tap the recording button to take a video. Your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge will automatically track motion and adjust the focus.

Play with pro mode

For more control over your shots, from ISO to the amount of light the sensor captures, use Pro Mode to make it easy. Once your Camera app is open, all you need to do is tap Mode and the Pro Mode icon. Play around with the different levels and you’ll be able to see adjustments to your photo in real time. After a bit of fine-tuning, you’ll probably surprise yourself—maybe Pro Mode will inspire you to start up a side gig as a professional photographer. Dream big.

Shoot in burst mode

Burst Mode can take up to 30 rapid-fire images, which means: by the end of a photo op, you could end up with a flip book of pictures. And since every split second is captured, you can also choose the best shot in the bunch. To use it, open the camera app like you’re going to take a photo, then, instead of tapping the shutter button, press and hold it for as long as you please.

Check out motion photo

What do you get when you cross a video with a photo? A cool, stylized take on a goalie’s big save. See for yourself by opening your camera app, tapping Settings, then sliding the Motion Photo button to the On position.

Use the volume key

How do you take a selfie when your hands are full? Simple. Once the camera app is open, you can use the volume key on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge to take pictures. And here’s a lesser-known fact, those same keys can be programmed in two other ways: one to record video and the other to zoom in and out. To reconfigure the default setting, go to Camera App > Settings > Volume keys function. From there, make your choice and rev up that selfie game.

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