Showcase: Motion panorama with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

In true Samsung spirit, the improvements and new features packed into its latest Galaxy S phones—the S7 and S7 edge—number several dozens. For the most part, the company has focused on improving the hardware, but there are quite a few new goodies on the software side, especially on the camera front.

That's right, not only has Samsung moved to an entirely different, 12-megapixel snapper, but the underlying camera software has been upgraded with some new features—like Motion panorama. You might have missed this one during the entire hoopla, but it's actually a curious sliver of functionality that is worth exploring in brief, just so you know what's in stock should you go for one of the new phones.

As the name suggests, Motion panorama is alike to your normal panorama—there's a switch on the top of the interface to turn it on. Doing so, however, will force your S7 or S7 edge to shoot a video alongside the panorama image each and every time from there on. In result, when viewing the creation within the built-in Samsung Gallery, you'll be able to see a moving snapshot of a moment, instead of a still panoramic photo, meaning the new phones can be put to some fun creative uses. Unfortunately, you can't share these creations—at least we know of no easy way—as this is a proprietary format. Instead, you can choose to share either the image or the video from the Motion panorama, but not both at once—recipients have no way of viewing them.

In our experience, Motion panorama works fairly well. The image quality is untouched, while video is recorded at 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, which is decent, and both are superbly stitched together with no weird visual aberrations or artifacts. On the downside, the S7/S7 edge constantly prompt you to tilt them to explore your creation, but navigating panos this way is exceedingly awkward, as the phone gets stuck constantly. Overall, we can't say this is something you'll be making regular use of, but we imagine that Motion panoramas at, say, huge events, would serve to capture the mood and vibe of ambiance. 

Here's a quick demo of what Motion panoramas look like in person:

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. raykingellis

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

It would be nice if they brought back the "Drama Shot" feature from the S4. I was never able to get it to work on my S5 with the "Shots and More" option, which now seems to be absent from the S7 lineup altogether

2. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

That's a great feature.

3. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

its basically a video

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