Showcase: Hyperlapse on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is awesome

One of the many interesting features that Samsung has thrown on its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is Hyperlapse, a feature that allows users to create intriguing videos with moving the camera around. It snaps photos in very quick succession and afterwards stitches them together in a video. The best way to describe a hyperlapse video to a person who has never seen one is to imagine a timelapse done with a camera that quickly changes its position, which gives the impression of an accelerated action speeds up the action in a creative kind of way. 

The best part of hyperlapse videos is that they almost always turn out shake-free, even if the phone has been subjected to shaky external forces. It will take a bit before you get the hang of this hyperlapse ordeal, but once you master the technique of creating such videos, it will certainly be a rewarding experience.

And Samsung is making it quite easy for one to become the ultimate "hyperlapse artist". Actually, it's as easy as grabbing your shiny new Galaxy S7 and coming up with a creative idea of how to utilize the fancy camera feature. The most common kind of hyperlapse videos are ones captured from within a moving vehicle, since this is one of the easiest ways to nail a hyperlapse done right.

So, how does one shoot a hyperlapse with the Galaxy S7 or the S7 edge, exactly? As we said, it's easy — launch your camera app, then select it from the "Mode" menu, and you're good to go! Oh, we almost forgot: you can choose between several shooting speeds, which will greatly affect your video. By default, hyperlapse will shoot in Auto mode, but you can tinker with this setting and set the speed from x4, which creates smoother videos, all the way to x32, which will produce some rather fast-paced ones. If you're not entirely sure what the best speed for a certain shootout session will be, it's recommended to leave the speed setting at its default auto value.

Here's our brief video demo of Samsung's hyperlapse camera feature, which is just one example of the creative results it can be used for.

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

How is this different from Microsoft's hyperlapse app?

3. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

it's not, in many ways (might be worse in term of video quality) , but it's intergrated into the default camera app, so it's somewhat more convenient

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Before MS hyperlapse. I was using the free app (with no ads) called Hyperlapse from the Instagram developers - I was shooting hyperlapse videos on my new 5S about 2.5 years ago . It took about two years or so for MS release it on android. But in all fairness the first time I read about hyperlapse was when MS was working on the software -- few months later App Store had this perfectly made Hyperlapse app. When you guys get it, try walking around people playing tennis or mount it on a bike and go off road - this thing is awesome. Can you adjust the speed after you shoot the video on Samsung? Nice addition Samsung, good job.

2. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Tt's smooth and shake-free, but the quality is really, I mean REALLY BAD! Stop the video and you'll see it's as sharp as a potato

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It's really shameful. On s4 and s5 you could shoot time lapse at full 1080p. But from s6 onwards it's limited to 720p only. Time lapse takes less effort to shoot than regular video. So 4k time lapse shouldn't be an issue.

5. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I guess Hyperlapse and Time Lapse are two different things?

6. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

That video wasn't really a hyperlapse but timelapse.

8. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I guess you're right. My point still stands. There is no reason S7 can't do 1080p time-lapse while S4 can. Hell, I can take pictures at 5 seconds interval and stitch them together to make an awesome 6K time lapse on my S6. I just need a system with enough horsepower to render it.

7. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

In hyper-lapse videos, the position of the camera is aimed at a defined, fixed point and moved over considerable distances in order to create a tracking shot in time-lapse sequences.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Hyperlapse and time lapse are completely different things. After the video was shot, the first thing the software does is continually adjust the frames to a focal point and consistently readjusting it to make it butter smooth. Unfortunately it will cut off some part of each frame or zoom in/out of each frame to compensate for shakiness and tilt in order to make the video smooth that's why sometimes it looks blurrish. If you want to stitch photos together there's an app on App Store called LAPSE IT. I'm sure similar or the same app is on android, it's got quite vast options and features and very customizable. You can set time intervals with a sound when it takes each frame - I use it to make cartoons for my daughter using her own toys - she still thinks they come alive when she's not around.

9. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Htc one a9 has also a built-in hyperlapse, and its amazing i think that it is better than the s7's

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