Galaxy S20 multi-camera video recording takes a page off the iPhone 11 Pro book

Galaxy S20 multi-camera video recording takes a page off the iPhone 11 Pro book
As we all know, the upcoming Galaxy S20 will have multiple cameras to shoot with. Three main ones, to be exact — ultra-wide-angle, wide-angle, and telephoto. The triple camera system that became popular in 2019.

The iPhone 11 Pro may have been late to the party when it comes to triple cameras, but it came with a pretty nifty feature — Apple allowed developers to use all of the device’s cameras at once. The makers of the popular app Filmic were quick to release a feature called DoubleTake, allowing the user to record a video with all cameras at once — the three cameras on the back and the selfie snapper at the front.

While it’s a pretty niche feature, it is none the less useful for shutterbugs, vloggers, and aspiring videographers who want to experiment with multiple angles in the post-production stage.

Word on the street is, Samsung is adding a similar feature baked into the Galaxy S20’s camera software — no need to download a 3rd party app. According to the rumors, it’ll be called “Single Take” and it will allow you to take photos with the three main cameras (a-la LG V40 Triple Shot), but also let you record video from all three cameras at once.

After the footage has been shot, the user would be able to choose which version they want to keep. Or, if Samsung follows in LG's footsteps, you should be able to save all three photos that have been taken with Single Take, and turn them into a GIF that zooms in and out between the images that have been taken with the three cameras. As for vloggers, it would be nice to switch to a clip that has been taken with a wider lens when reviewing the footage — just in case you messed up the framing and left some details out of the "normal" camera's field of view.

Placing all the eggs in the camera basket

This does keep in line with the rumors that Samsung is putting heavy emphasis on camera performance video recording with the S20. We are expecting support for 8K video with the rear camera as well as a reworked and expanded Pro mode, which is still mostly veiled in secrecy.

As for photos, Samsung will be joining in on the hybrid zoom fun, allegedly offering up to 100x zoom, one-upping Huawei’s crazy 50x magnification, and an upgraded Night Mode (called Bright Night), which could potentially put any current device to shame.

There’s no word on whether the selfie camera would be let in on the Single Take action. Hopefully, it will, so that the S20 keeps up with the iPhone 11 feature pack. Again, it's a niche feature, but it makes it possible to shoot improptu interviews with just a phone or make one of those videos where you can seamlessly edit in "talking head" footage while recording something with the main camera.

The Galaxy draws near

Whathever is still unknown about the next step in the Galaxy S evolution is about to be revealed in only a week. Samsung will be holding an Unpacked event in San Francisco on the 11th of February where we will finally learn the price and new features of the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Early predictions say trio would be starting at $999, which is quite a shocker. Samsung can't afford to not have an answer to the $699 iPhone 11, right? Or is the new Galaxy S10 Lite supposed to cover that niche?



10. MsPooks

Posts: 339; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Heh heh.... When your readers know more about phone history than you.

11. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh trust me, they know it, they just choose to ignore it.

13. Mikele

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

They knew the history of Dual Camera (front and back recording simultaneously) only to praise Apple.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

When phones only had one rear camera Samsung could use the front and rear simultaneously, not sure why they ever abandoned that feature.

14. RoryBreaker

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Not for video

16. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

You could record video, yes. I remember recording video with both the front and rear camera on my Galaxy S5. I still have some vids like that saved.

3. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You do realize Apple wasn't the first to introduce this feature? I definitely recall Huawei introducing it with the P30 Pro. And since you do know that LG was one of the first to implement this feature, why are you giving Apple the credit in the title instead of LG?

4. peschiera

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

The best thing is that Dual Camera recording (front and rear camera at the same time) was introduced by Samsung in S4 already and disappeared I think in S8. And that feature was actually useful. So Sammy always takes "a page off the Samsung book". Sammy does things because they simply can do it. They don't need to lok at Apple for it first.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I think it was axed in the S6 when they redesigned the camera app, I could be wrong. I know it was on my Note 3 and wasn't on my S7.

7. peschiera

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Just checked S7 Edge of my wife. It has the Dual Camera.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2564; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I agree and disagree. The reality of it is that when your competition introduces (or reintroduces a feature), if it's something that is feasible to copy and bake in without spending a whole lot of extra resources then you should just do it. I think there is this obsession with "who copied who?" when companies just look at it as "oh Apple/Huawei/Samsung introduced this feature in their latest smartphone, can we offer something similar to our consumers so we don't lose any customers because of the lack of said feature?" So it is true that Samsung most likely saw Apple or Huawei introduce this feature and figured they should offer it as well. I mean the decision comes down to this: either we don't offer this feature and people flock to the other brand or we offer it and get called a copycat. I would take the second choice anyday.

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