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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Enable and Use Panorama Mode in Camera App in Android 4.4 Kitkat

Have you ever wanted to take a wide landscape image or commonly referred as panoramic photo as you can see in the header of a webpage for instance? If so, you can easily do so by using panorama mode in the stock Camera app in the Samsung Galaxy SIV. Panorama mode works by taking consecutive multiple shots that will allow you to capture landscape image up to 360 degree in a full rotation and then stitches them into a single picture.

How to take a panoramic photo?
Before taking a panoramic photo, here are some tips that will help you to have a better panoramic picture:
  • Take a panoramic photo in a good light situation. If you take the photo in a low-light situation or at night, make sure the phone is moved slowly to let the phone gets enough light to make a good low-light shot.
  • Don't change the phone position--if possible--by holding the phone as steady as possible.
  • Don't move the phone too fast to avoid missing frame and make sure to follow the guiding frame while moving the phone.

Now, you're ready to take a panoramic photo by using the following steps:
  1. Open Camera app.
  2. Enable panorama mode by tapping and then select Panorama.
  3. Tap to take picture and then move the phone in one direction slowly and steady to let your phone takes another shot well. FYI, because this mode takes multiple shots, make sure to hold the phone as steady as possible and move slowly by following the guiding frame.
  4. To stop shooting tap .
  5. If you didn't stop shooting manually, the phone will automatically stop shooting when the blue frame reaches the end of the guiding frame.

Based on my experience, one thing that makes it hard to have a good panoramic photo is the difficulty to keep the phone position. That's why I can conclude that the result will be much better if you take panoramic photos by using a tool to help you to keep the phone position, for instance by using a panoramic tripod head.


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