Samsung ships the best camera smartphones in the industry, and the upcoming beast is Galaxy S23 Ultra. Thanks to the innovative Telephoto camera sensor and software optimization, it’s now possible to capture images of the Moon, with just a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Today, we are discussing how your Samsung phone’s Space Zoom photography feature works. Regardless, hardware is the key factor to introduce a huge zooming/magnification range, but, well-optimized software significantly improves the overall experience. That’s what Samsung does, others not.
Way back in 2019, Samsung introduced AI technology to the mobile camera when it launched the Galaxy S10 series. The company developed a Scene Optimizer feature that helps AI to recognize the subject and provide you with the best photography experiences regardless of time and place.
Specifically for Moon photography, Samsung Galaxy S21 series debuted even better optimization with artificial intelligence. Galaxy flagships starting Galaxy S21 series recognize Moon as the target using learned data, multi-frame synthesis, and deep learning-based AI technology at the time of shooting.
In addition, a detail improvement engine feature has also been applied, which makes the picture clearer. If you don’t want to capture photos using AI technology, you can do it by just disabling the Scene Optimizer from the camera viewfinder.
Data learning process for Moon recognition engine
Samsung developers created the Moon recognition engine by learning various shapes of the Moon from full to crescent, based on images that people actually see with their eyes on Earth. It uses an AI deep learning model to show the presence and absence of the moon in the image and the area (square box) as a result.
Moreover, the pre-trained AI models can detect lunar areas even if other lunar images that have not been used for training are inserted. However, the Moon can’t be normally recognized if it is covered by a cloud or something else (non-lunar planets).
Brightness control process
Well, AI enhances photography of the Moon, but better results require powerful hardware part as well. As it’s difficult to detect a small Moon in regular AI photography, the Moon’s photography is possible from 25x zoom or higher.
As soon as your Galaxy phone’s camera recognizes the Moon in the high-magnification zoom, the brightness of the screen is controlled to be dark so that the Moon can be seen clearly on the camera viewfinder, alongside maintaining optimal brightness.
If you shoot the Moon in the early evening, the sky around that is not the color of the sky you see with your eyes, but it is shot as a black sky. The tech behind this function is that when the Moon is recognized, it changes the focus to infinity to keep the moon in focus.
Starting the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung shipped the Ultra variants (S20 Ultra/S21 Ultra/S22 Ultra) with the capability of magnification up to 100x. When the user shoots the Moon with 100x zoom/magnification, it looks greatly magnified, but it is not easy to shoot because the screen shakes due to shake of hands.
For this, Samsung created a functionality called Zoom Lock that reduces shaking when the Moon is identified so it can be stably captured on your Galaxy phone’s screen without a tripod. Zoom Lock unites OIS and VDIS technology in order to maximize image stabilization to radically surpass shaking.
If you touch the screen at high magnification or shine the Moon without moving for more than 1.5 seconds to lock, the zoom map border (in the upper right of the screen) changes from white to yellow, and the Moon no longer shakes, making it easy to shoot.
Tips to take Moon shots in 100x zoom:
- After rotating the Galaxy in landscape mode, hold the phone with both hands.
- Check the position of the Moon through the zoom map and adjust it to the center of the screen.
- When the zoom map border changes to yellow, press the capture button to picture the Moon.
Learning process of lunar detail improvement engine
Once the Moon is visible at the proper brightness, your Galaxy Camera completes a bright and clear moon picture through several steps when you press the capture button. At first, the application double-checks whether the Moon detail improvement engine is required or not.
Second, the camera captures multiple photos and synthesizes them into a single shot that is bright and noise-reduced via Multi-frame Processing. Due to the long distance and lack of light in the environment, it was not enough to give the best image even after compositing multiple shots.
To overcome this, the Galaxy Camera uses a deep learning-based AI detail enhancement engine (Detail Enhancement technology) at the final stage to effectively remove noise and maximize the details of the Moon to complete a bright and clear picture.
Moon filming process
Samsung’s stock Camera application utilizes various AI technologies, which are detailed above, to provide clear Moon photos through various processes. Once focussed, AI automatically realizes the scene being shot and uses scene optimization technology to adjust settings for Moon quality.
To make Moon photography stable and easier, the Zoom Lock function, an image stabilization function, is used to provide clear moon photos on the preview screen. Once the Moon is positioned within the screen in the desired composition, press the shooting button to start shooting.
At this time, the Galaxy Camera combines multiple photos into a single photo to remove noise. As result, a bright and clear moon picture is completed by applying detail improvement technology that brings out the details of the moon pattern.
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Check One UI 4.0 device list here: Samsung One UI 4.0 Eligible Devices [Android 12 rolling out]
Samsung Galaxy One UI 4.0 Device List: Great to see that Samsung Galaxy S21 devices have already received the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update, while some of the flagship Galaxy smartphones are also running One UI 4.0 Beta, also based on Android 12.
Samsung has already shared its roadmap for One UI 4.0 rollout in different regions including the US. According to that rollout roadmap, the company has started the rollout process, which says the Galaxy Note 20 series users are next in the line to receive the major Android update, followed by the Galaxy Fold 3 and Flip 3 users, and later to the Galaxy S20 series in December 2021/January 2022.
If you are thinking about whether or not your Galaxy device will get the major Android OS this year – I am going to share the exact list below for a clear understanding.
Samsung One UI 4.0 Device List: Samsung Android 12 Device List
- Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra/5G – Rolling out in Stable form
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G – In Beta
- Galaxy Flip 3 5G – In Beta
- Galaxy Note 20/Note 20 Ultra/5G – In Beta
- Galaxy Z Fold 2/5G – In Beta
- Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra/UW/5G – In Beta
- Galaxy S20 FE/UW
- Galaxy Z Flip/5G – In Beta
- Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+/5G
- Galaxy Fold/5G
- Galaxy S10e/S10/S10+/5G
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Galaxy S10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy A-series:
- Galaxy A01
- Galaxy A02s
- Galaxy A03s
- Galaxy A11
- Galaxy A12
- Galaxy A21
- Galaxy A21s
- Galaxy A22/5G
- Galaxy A31
- Galaxy A32/5G
- Galaxy A42 5G
- Galaxy A51/5G
- Galaxy A52/5G
- Galaxy A52s
- Galaxy A71/5G
- Galaxy A72
- Galaxy A90 5G
Samsung Galaxy M-series:
- Galaxy M01
- Galaxy M02
- Galaxy M02s
- Galaxy M11
- Galaxy M12
- Galaxy M21 2021 Edition
- Galaxy M21
- Galaxy M22
- Galaxy M31
- Galaxy M31s
- Galaxy M32/5G
- Galaxy M42 5G
- Galaxy M51
- Galaxy M52 5G
- Galaxy M62
Samsung Galaxy F-series:
- Galaxy F02s
- Galaxy F12
- Galaxy F22
- Galaxy F41
- Galaxy F42 5G
- Galaxy F52 5G
- Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy Tab-series:
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
- Galaxy Tab S7 FE/5G
- Galaxy Tab S6
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Galaxy Tab A7 2020
- Galaxy Tab Active 3
- Galaxy Tab S7/S7+/5G
Other Samsung Galaxy devices:
- Galaxy Quantum 2
- Galaxy XCover Pro
This article was first published on February 03, 2021, and last updated on November 27, 2021.