Samsung Galaxy S22 camera features go to older phones

Eric Zeman / Android Authority


  • A handful of Samsung camera features originally launched on the Galaxy S22 series are coming to older phones.
  • Phones as old as the Galaxy S10 series will see at least some of these features.
  • The update will begin this month and continue through June for some older models.

When a new Galaxy S smartphone lands, it usually comes with a few exclusive features. However, only some of these features depend on the advanced hardware inside the device, which means older phones can get them as well.

Updates will start rolling out this month. However, some older models will see Samsung’s new camera features arrive in June. Here’s what you can expect:

Samsung Camera Features: Improved Night Portraits

With a Galaxy S22 phone, you can get great night photography results using Portrait mode through the telephoto lens. This feature will make its way to the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Automatic framing

Taking a picture with all your friends can be a little tricky, which is where auto-framing comes in. It zooms in and out and automatically crops things to fit everyone in the frame. It’s coming to the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and all Galaxy Z Flip models.

Additionally, Samsung will also bring auto-framing to video calls. This will be rolling out to the Galaxy S21 and S20 families along with their respective FE variants. It will also come to the Galaxy Note 20 series, all Galaxy Z Flip models, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Fold 3, Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Note 10 series. Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite models are also included here.

Video call effects

Video calls are an integral part of everyday life these days, and Samsung has camera features that can make your calls more fun or just better quality. On Galaxy S22 series, you can use custom backgrounds and custom mic control settings in Google Meet, Google Duo, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, Zoom, Messenger, etc.

These features are coming to a ton of phones, including Galaxy S21 series (including FE), Galaxy S20 series (including FE), Galaxy Note 20 series, all Galaxy Z Flip models, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy S10 series (including Lite) and Galaxy Note 10 series (including Lite).

Social media camera improvements

Some social media apps have built-in cameras, and these often aren’t as good as the phone’s default camera app. Samsung helps here by applying some of its optimizations and effects to specific social camera systems, including Snapchat and Instagram.

You’ll only find it on the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 improvements

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 will get support for Samsung’s Expert RAW app. This app gives users full control over all phone lenses and does not apply Samsung effects and optimizations. Currently, this is only available on the Galaxy S22 series and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but Samsung’s foldable flagship from last year will get it soon.

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