The football gliding through the goalposts, the penalty kick, the spike, the set, the game-winning run—that’s the action you want to remember, and yet, it’s been tough to catch in the past. Not anymore. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge help you easily capture sporty photos and videos so you can see instant replays to your heart’s content. Here’s how.
Try quick launch
Whether it’s your favorite player stealing second, or your kid dribbling through defenders on her first breakaway, the moment tends to pass before you have time to take a photo. But with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 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. But just in case it’s not working, make sure that the feature is enabled: 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 S6 or Galaxy S6 edge will automatically track motion and adjust the focus.
Play with pro mode
For more control over your shot—be it ISO or the amount of light the sensor captures, Pro Mode makes it simple and 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 pro sports photographer. Dream big.
Download sports shot
Your Samsung Account gives you perks. When you’re signed in, you can get product news, free downloads and access exclusive apps, like the Sports Shot app. This one in particular helps you take crisp, clear pictures of fast-moving subjects—like, say, a puck or a pop fly. You could also use it at a roller derby or in a hockey rink, to collect even more share-worthy photos in your gallery. The world is your arena. To get started: Camera > Mode > Download > Select “Sports Shot” from the Galaxy Apps store.
Shoot in burst mode
Burst Mode can take up to 30 rapid-fire images, which means: by the end of the game, you could end up with a flip book of photos. 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.
Use the volume key
How do you take a ballpark selfie when one hand’s holding the camera and the other is balancing two soft pretzels and a cotton candy? Simple. Once the camera app is open, you can use the volume key on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 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 sporty-selfie game.
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