Hey, what’s up, I hope you guys are good. Today we’re going to be talking about the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra camera in specific the pro photo mode and the pro video mode. I dropped one for the note 10 A while back and the note 20. But you guys still hit me up and you want me to do one for this phone. If you’re not following me on Instagram, please be sure to check me out in a connect with me over there, give me a follow. I’m trying to step up my game. And the best way to do that is to have followers like you guys.
So go ahead and give me a follow. And yeah, Okay, so with that shameless plug out of the way, let’s go ahead and dive into the note 20. Oh, what’s your camera. So I got the camera app pulled up here under pro not pro video, it’s pretty important that you’re under the same camera mode for me, especially if you’re trying to follow along. I’m gonna give you a quick breakdown. Here. On the bottom we have ISO, we have our shutter speed, autofocus and manual focus, or white balance, and then we have settings to taking a photo such a tint, contrast, saturation, highlights in the shadows.
If we go back, if you were to change of these settings, and then you want to default to the settings they were when you first booted up the camera app, you could swipe over and then just tap on reset, and it will reset everything back. So we dive into the shutter speed here, which means the camera is automatically going to be controlled by the phone. If you want to manually control it, just slide the slider here, or you can tap where it says auto you will be instantly put into manual mode whenever shutter is in manual mode. So with ISO, you can’t have them separate.
I really don’t know, So it’s nothing that’s specific to the note 20 series. Next to our shutter speed and our ISO. by tapping the shutter, So if you go into the positives, that means you’re increasing the brightness. And if you go into the negatives, you’re decreasing the brightness.
If you’re doing quick shots like street photography, maybe even some shots of your family or you know amateur portrait shots, you really don’t even need to control the shutter speed or the ISO long, and raw capture, which we’ll get into here in a minute. we have our focus control. Right now it’s set to autofocus. it’s going to instantly put me into manual focus. And what’s really nice is with manual focus, you do get focus peaking.
So I swipe my finger from the flower all the way to the mountain, let me know what’s in focus. By the way, in Case you’re wondering, the flower means close focusing distance, the mountain is far focusing distance and infinity.
So if you’re taking a landscape shot, and you’re pretty far away from like, A beach or mountain or something like that, you’re probably gonna want to go all the way over to where the little mountain is for the furthest focusing distance, infinity to try to keep everything in focus. So next to our focusing, we have our white balance. And in my personal opinion, white balance is more important than exposure control on a smartphone, because smartphones can mess up white balance really easily.
So controlling white balance is very important. And with the Promote on the no 20 Ultra you have different Kelvin temperatures that you can dial in, let it automatically pick a white balance and then just tap it again to lock it. Honestly letting the phone control the white balance originally is perfectly okay just make sure you lock it off like I just showed you. we have a few more options. This is going to be your metering. If we start over here we have middle weighted metering, which means it’s going to be a large circle in the middle it is going to take that information and expose that information.
If we go to the next one which is matrix, To determine the exposure that it needs to be at. For the most part matrix metering is what I personally use. It gives you a good balance between the background your subject and the foreground but if you want the most control, the next one is spot metering. This allows you to use a very small spot meter in the middle, you can oint out and expose for what you want to expose for for example, if you want to expose for the sky or for the bright background insPtead of having a Balance shots.
That way, it creates a dark silhouette of your subject, you can do so by pointing. you can meter for Portion. Next to metering, we have our aspect ratios three by four, nine by 16, one by one and full. Now, depending on the aspect ratio you pick depends on the size of your photo, the aspect ratio, you’re changing the megapixel count. And you change from three by four to like one by one, you’re going to get a smaller photo. So it’s probably going to be like 10 megapixels, I don’t know, I’ll put the resolutions are on the screen.
As you change the aspect ratio that way, you know. Now next to that we have our timer, which is set for two seconds, five seconds or 10 seconds, or you can just leave it off, this is gonna be great. If you’re trying to take a family photo and you want to be in the shot, then we have our flash control. And if we dive into the settings, that really makes promos worth it. And that’s under save options. And that’s save raw copies. Whenever you have saved raw copies turned on, you’re going to save a raw image. it comes to editing and really getting the most information in your photo, you want to make sure that it’s turned on, it really takes the camera experience to the next level.
And it adds a lot of value in the promo code on Samsung devices. So make sure to turn that on. It’s one of the biggest reasons to even use promo code. So really, other than that, there’s nothing else for me to tell you about pro photo mode. So we’re going to go ahead and switch over to pro video. Now just like pro photo, we have a bunch of controls down here. And we have a reset button on the far left, you just got to swipe to the right and then tap reset that you can set everything back to their default states. we have is for the microphone, if I tap it, we have Omni, which is going to equally capture sound from all sides of the phone, then we have front it’s going to prioritize the audio coming from the front of the phone.
we could hook up a USB C mic which I don’t have one hooked up. That’s why it’s grayed out. Or we can use a Bluetooth mic. But again, I don’t have one hooked up right now or I’m not using one which is why it’s grayed out. So you have a lot of options in terms of audio input for pro video mode. Now if we go back, we have option to control our ISO. you into manual mode or you can swipe the slider unlike DSLR and mirrorless cameras that feature aperture priority and shutter priority.
Smartphones only can use shutter priority since most of them don’t have a variable aperture, some have a dual aperture. But that’s about it. we have our focus control. And again, just like in pro photo mode, we have focus peaking to help you really get a nice sharp focus on your subject. Next to our focus controls, we have our white balance controls, And then we have the option to control the tent, the shadows highlights all of that the same stuff that we could control in pro photo mode. And the last option we have on the bottom here is zoom. And this allows you to control the zoom with a slider Versus having to pinch in.
So you can do a slow zoom, you can do a fast zoom, it allows you to control the speed that you’re zooming in. Up top, we have the histogram here that you can toggle on and off. And it displays resolution. Next to that we have our aspect ratios I just showed you, I’m gonna go ahead and put it back in 8k. Because I think shooting manual 8k video on a smartphone is just it’s kind of mind blowing, I still can’t believe that it’s on there. I know LG did it. But it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter what phone that it’s on. To me, it’s just mind blowing that you can shoot manual 8k video on a smartphone. So next to our resolutions and aspect ratios.
As you can see, it’s very harsh, though I don’t recommend doing it. I would suggest going that route I’ll add one that I recommend down in the description. So this check there and you can check it out for yourself. So next to flash control, we have our settings of course, in of here there is quite a bit to cover, we have pro video sizes.
To pro video mode and it’s really, really cool. So up top we have our 16 by nine 8k video, but if we go down we have 16 by nine 4k video, which goes up to 4k 60 frames per second and you’re controlling it manually just like pro photo mode but for video and you can go all the way down to 720 P and 30 frames per second. You can even do 1080 p 120 frames per seconds while retaining all of that manual Control, although that we have 21 by nine, which is a cinematic aspect ratio, something that you’re used to seeing in movie theaters, and you can shoot an 8k at 24 frames per second in that aspect ratio.
But if you want to, you know, save some space on your phone, you can record 21 by nine in 4k up to 60 frames per second, it’s unreal the amount of control you have in of pro video mode on modern Samsung flagships like it’s really crazy. So let’s go ahead and back out of pro video size and go back to the main screen here. One thing I forgot to show you in pro photo mode that works in pro video mode is controlling your exposure and your focus Points separately. So if I touch anywhere on the screen, and then just hold, you’re going to see I can drag the yellow exposure lock out of the autofocus lock. So I put the autofocus lock, it’s going to focus on that specific spot.
And I put the AV lock or the automatic exposure lock, it’s going to expose for that place. Version of spot metering except instead of being isolated, you have control to move. And unfortunately, you can see you cannot separate the two so this is specific to the pro modes that are found on the Samsung 20 Ultra.
You know ultimately this is probably the biggest reason I suggest using pro photo mode or pro video mode. And that’s to fine-tune skills to make. And ultimately, it allows you to control the turnout of your image and that’s really important. So I hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you did think giving it a thumbs up.