Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge hide a Live Photos-like feature called 'Motion Photo'

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge hide a Live Photos-like feature called 'Motion Photo'

In the weeks that preceded the recent unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, multiple unofficial sources claimed that Samsung will be equipping its new flagships with a 'motion photo' feature inspired by the HTC Zoe and the Apple Live Photos. Although Samsung spent no time mentioning such a feature during its VR presentation of the new phones, it turns out that it does show up in Samsung's new Android implementation.

When you get the chance to use a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, head to the camera app settings, where you'll find a feature called 'Motion photo'. With the feature activated, the phone will take a few extra photos each time you capture a still. While these additional photos will not be displayed in the gallery, users can tap the original photo to view a short GIF that contains several photos taken before the actual photo.

One notable difference between Apple's Live Photos and Samsung's Motion Photo is that the Apple system takes additional photos both before and after the original image while Samsung's implementation only focuses on the moments before the image capture.

Given that this is far from being a make-or-break feature, it's not surprising that Samsung doesn't spend its effort marketing it. Other details about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge cameras carry far greater importance. Among these, the highlights are the extra-large pixels and the Dual Pixel autofocus technology.

source: SamMobile

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37 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2938; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Saw this coming last year. No surprise here. It's only a half-baked copy so they're not making a big deal out of it.

4. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

did you saw it coming when it was copied in iphone from HTC and nokia? I am sure, you were blind that time. But at least you found some good doctor now. Good for you.

7. Iodine

Posts: 1473; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Who predicted that that Live photos is coming to iPhone ? What matters is 1. It's well executed, easy to use. 2. Massively adopted already by 3rd parties. 3. It's used. And in the matter of copying. Who prevented samsung copying HTC zoe instead of Live photos ? Why they have to wait for what features Apple "copies" before they copy, each time ? Is copying that you will make a car with 4 wheels ? No. Is it copying that you make a feature for the camera ? No ! Is it copying when you tear down a competitors OS, design, studing how to immitate it and chase after every feature only to say "Mee too !" ? I think yes.

8. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

This Mee too is done by iphone first, bro. No need to write a long paragraph to prove your point. Get over it.

18. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Htc did it first

35. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

you are an idiot. I am replying to comment number 7. Please Read the last line of his comment.

14. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Really? so dismissing the actual use and existence it had prior to apple simply because you didn't know about it? really? seriously? Apple copied this, it existed and worked great on other products, but guess what its very limited in usage, where you'd want a picture like that and you can only watch it on a device, especially depending on format, can you watch your 'live' photoes outside your phone? if so on what? Seriously, Apple didn't 'execute' it well, or anything more then the previous users of it did.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17184; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In the matter of copying, both Apple and Samsung copied HTC. There's the correct response.

27. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

oh definitely and that's what happens, you build on others features and idea's, is generally how a lot of progress and things we take for granted now a days are made. But Apple seems like the whole "We made that!" thing which just annoys me to no end.

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Did you saw 3D touch also coming?

16. fyah_king unregistered

See.:)

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Pressure sensitive touch screens are not apple's invention, personally I find the hover and heightened sensitivity features more interesting because that technology touch free touch was created at that point (or near to it) and not something years old, yet for some reason that new technology was scoffed at? Gloves + work phone screen without any issues or real loss in precision is very useful.

20. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I guess I need to put /s at the end of the sentence for some people

21. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Does the phone have 3D Touch (or something relevant) or it a sarcastic comment...lol

24. s.kumaran

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 18, 2016

iPhonearena - What the hell are you talking about? Are you a dumbass? You're just mad because you are proven wrong. The idiots thinking apple invented Live Photos. Apple Live Photos copycat from Samsung Animated Photos (GALAXY Note 3 and S4) - youtube.com/watch?v=a-u5xVEn8NE youtube.com/watch?v=KewspKIBPR8 Open ur eyes check out Samsung site - news.samsung.com/global/setting-a-new-standard-in-​mobile-photography-the-camera-of-the-galaxy-s7

32. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

If funny how Apple make a big deal now about this crap now and Samsun floors more at the hardware over the live image and crap like that

33. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

not on backorder yet and delivery dates not pushed farther to right on launch day which is a sure sign of No Demand for S7

2. tonyv

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

any word on how much extra space this feature takes up?

5. Iodine

Posts: 1473; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

A Live photo takes about twice as much space compared to a regular picture.

3. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

What about LG G5? is this feature included?

6. maherk

Posts: 6746; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Has anyone seen the motion panorama? It is super cool

10. Unordinary unregistered

Really nice!

9. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They should have taken a jab at Apple and called them gifs

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2938; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Then it wouldn't have any sound :(

13. sissy246

Posts: 7029; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Note 5 and maybe the s6 and s6 edge and active may have it. But there is a setting called animated GIF kinda works like taking a live photo.

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

S4 have it

23. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

the problem with that is you have to switch between the modes and the quality blows on gif mode, So You can end up missing gift/photo only moments

19. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

they are ashamed so they hide it

22. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i was woundering why they didn't say anything about it, but now i know it's because it's a b bootleg version of it.... Do it right not half ass

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they have it since S4... why did they need to brag this old feature? lol

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