The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 It may not be a drastic improvement over its predecessor but it brings a lot of subtle and purposeful upgrades to the table. The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s camera array is finally on par with other flagship devices on the market. It still catches on with what the rest of Samsung’s flagships have to offer, but it’s a welcome change. It basically matches the camera assembly in a file Galaxy S22Which means it can take some amazing photos and videos. It offers a lot of variety with its software as well. If you are wondering how to use the Galaxy Z Fold 4 cameras and software, you are in the right place. From Expert RAW to an array of different shooting modes within the Camera app, here’s everything you can expect to see while taking photos and recording videos with the Galaxy Z Fold 4:
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Camera hardware
Galaxy Z Fold 4 borrows the same camera system as the Galaxy S22 Plus to deliver a groundbreaking experience. The main camera is a 50 MP sensor with an f / 1.8 lens and optical stabilization. It does not reach the level of the main sensor in Galaxy S22 UltraBut there should be a noticeable improvement over the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The 10MP telephoto lens offers up to 3x optical zoom and 30x space zoom, which is again better than what we got last year with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Finally, there’s a super camera The 12-megapixel resolution we’ve already seen on other Samsung flagships. It features an f/2.2 aperture, 123-degree field of view, and a pixel size of 1.12μm which produces some powerful results with plenty of detail.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 also comes with two camera sensors for selfies. There is a 10-megapixel camera on the cover screen and a 4-megapixel under-display camera (or UDC) hidden under the main screen. The company hid the UDC better this time by arranging more pixels on top of it. You won’t really notice it unless you specifically look for it. However, the 4MP UDC quality is still not that great. It will do the trick for video calls, but we suggest you turn to the other 10MP sensor on the cover screen to take selfies. Alternatively, you can also unlock the phone and use the cover screen as a scene selector to take selfies using the main camera system on the back. It works fine and I’ll show you how to do it in the following sections.
You can take a look at some camera samples captured with this phone in our Galaxy Z Fold 4 review that was linked earlier in this article. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the different camera features and shooting modes offered by the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Samsung One UI camera app is packed with features
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 comes with the same stock camera app that you get on other Galaxy devices with OneUI software. It scales very well to take advantage of the larger home screen on this phone, so I recommend opening the screen to frame shots or explore options unless you’re in a hurry to capture an unmissable moment. The camera app comes with a lot of different functions and modes to choose from. I have set the app to default ‘Photo’ every time I restart it to frame my shots from scratch. Other modes including portrait and video appear at the bottom with a “more” button that lets you see other modes.
One of the best things about the Samsung Camera app is that you can also drag and drop these modes or rearrange the position of the existing ones according to your preference. Not many other camera apps on the market allow you to do this, so I’m glad to see Samsung put more thought into their features to allow for customization.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the camera settings you might want to explore on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 before you start shooting with it. You can access the camera settings page by selecting the gear setting at the top of the viewfinder screen. The options here are very similar to the ones you get on the Galaxy S22 series. There are plenty of options to explore, but Samsung also gives you a quick summary of each option to help you get a better understanding of what they do before you can turn them on or off.
In my case, as you can see, I enabled the Scan QR option which is something I used a lot even on the Galaxy S22. With this, you can simply open the camera app and scan any QR code without having to download or search for a dedicated app to do so. I also recommend checking the “Settings to keep” option where you can tell your phone to remember some settings previously used within the camera app.
Additionally, you can also disable the Location Tags option if you don’t want the phone to add location information to the metadata. Regardless of your preferences for saving location data, we suggest that you remove EXIF data from your photos before sharing them online. You can check out our detailed guide that explains How to remove EXIF data To find out more about her. There are plenty of other options to explore, so be sure to take a close look at them before you start shooting with the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers plenty of shooting modes
Galaxy Z Fold 4 has many different camera modes for shooting. Here is a quick summary of some of the modes you can use other than the usual photo, video, and photo modes:
“Pro” and “Pro Video” modes: These modes, as the names suggest, will give you more precise controls for taking photos and recording videos, respectively.
Vertical video: This is just portrait mode for videos. Allows you to adjust focus on any subject in the scene and adds subtle focus to the rest to give your video a cinematic look. It’s similar to what Apple is trying to achieve with Cinema Mode on the iPhone 13 Pro. But it is not reliable so I would suggest sticking to Normal mode or “Pro Video” mode for videos on this phone for now.
night: Night mode, as you already know, will allow you to take better-looking photos at night when there is not enough light in the scene. I’ve noticed that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 automatically shows the night mode button in the main photo mode when there is not enough light.
food: This is one of my favorite modes because it allows you to take some great pictures of the food you are eating. It allows you to add a blur effect around the food and even lets you adjust the color temperature of the image before you take it.
panorama: Panorama mode has been around for some time now and allows you to move across the frame to capture a broader perspective. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will automatically switch to the ultra-wide lens once you enter this specific mode.
Hyperlapse: Just like the Galaxy S22, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 also gives you some good options in Hyperlapse mode. You can record in either FHD or UHD and use either the main camera or the ultra wide camera. You also get an option to select the recording speed, which is very easy.
Before we move on to the next section, I’d like to highlight the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s exclusive feature that allows you to use the rear cameras to take selfies. The external display becomes your viewfinder in this mode and lets you frame your selfies very easily. This is what I use to take selfies on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 because the main cameras are much better than both the selfie cameras on this phone. Just note that your phone will remain unlocked for this to work, which means you’ll have to be extra careful not to drop it because, you know, there’s a good chance it will break or scratch if dropped flat.
Even if you manage to grab one Best offers As for that, there is no denying that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is one of the most expensive phones out there. So keep your hands steady. In fact, I wasn’t too confident while using this mode to take a selfie when I didn’t have a bag on the device. I highly recommend choosing one of best cases In order to have a better grip on the phone for this.
You can enable this mode by clicking on the Cover Screen Preview button at the top. Here, I’ve highlighted it in the screenshot below:
The expert RAW camera app works on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 too
Samsung Expert RAW camera app is also available for the Galaxy Z Fold 4. You can download it from the Samsung Galaxy Store provided you have a Samsung account set up on the device. This camera app, for those who don’t know, is the company’s advanced camera app which is aimed at professional users who know their way around cameras and the various options for adjusting the photo as you take it. You don’t get any features exclusive to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 on this app, which means it offers the same set of features found in other flagship devices including the ability to take RAW photos, more precise control, and more.
According to Samsung, the Expert RAW camera app adds a wider dynamic range to add more detail to photos. This is good for those who want to preserve as much RAW detail of the image as possible for future edits. However, the resulting images are 16-bit RAW files that can occupy up to 30MB per piece on your phone.
Expert RAW camera app only allows you to take pictures. So you cannot use this app to take selfies, night shots, selfies, and even videos. It is very restrictive unless you are a professional photographer who wants to capture RAW images from your smartphone for the post-processing capabilities. I’m not a big fan of taking RAW photos mainly because I don’t plan on making aggressive edits to my photos after the fact. It’s available for free, so feel free to download it and play around with the settings to get used to shooting in manual mode.
Well, that brings us to the end of our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera walkthrough. I hope you find this guide useful if you are new to the world of flagship phones and find all the camera settings too confusing. Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers a powerful array of cameras that allow you to take some great photos. The stock camera app from Samsung that comes with OneUI is one of the best options out there. It should be enough for most users as it provides all the basic tools you need to take good photos and videos.
So what camera mode of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 do you plan to explore first? Let us know by dropping a line in the comments below. I have been using this phone as a daily driver for the past two weeks and trying out new features. The phone offers a great user experience out of the box, but I encourage you to check out our collection of The best chargers and accessories To pair with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. I can personally guarantee a lot of the items mentioned in that kit and I’m sure they will improve your overall experience.