If for most smartphone buyers today a bright screen and a good camera are in the first place when choosing a phone, then for young people – the target audience of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, the front camera is also important. Initially, front-facing cameras in phones appeared during the launch of 3G networks and were intended for video calls. Humanity does not use video calls as often as mobile operators hoped (and even then overIP services like Viber, Skype or Zoom and so on are used more often – there are many of them, and each has its own preferences). The most common front-facing camera use case today is for self-portraits or selfies. The growth of their popularity was promoted first by Instagram, then by Snapchat with their stories. Now there are stories in the Facebook / Instagram link, and in the increasingly popular TikTok. These are billions of selfies every day, which makes the front camera important for young people, for whom the Internet and mobile communications have always existed and they simply do not know another life. In a previous publication, we compared the technical capabilities of four smartphones currently in the Galaxy S20 series, and, as you remember, the Galay S20 FE greatly outperformed everyone with its 32-megapixel camera, losing only to the older model – Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has it 40 megapixel.
Precision down to the smallest detail
In general, we remember that older models of smartphones are always distinguished by the best technologies and the best technical characteristics, so the fact that they take excellent self-portraits does not surprise anyone. In this sense, the Galaxy S20 FE is in no way inferior to its older brothers, the selfie camera, providing excellent detail when shooting portraits and a beautifully working bokeh effect – blurring the background.
But few people know (and few people use it) that Samsung smartphones have a separate section in the camera menu, which makes it easy and simple to take funny and sad, downright silly and all sorts of different selfies. Everything to have fun with the front camera and entertain your friends. The section itself is hidden under the “More” button in the camera’s shooting modes menu. It is called the AR Zone and comes separately along with the Bixby camera (which, in turn, is used to read QR codes, although the main camera can already do this in standard mode, and can also translate texts from foreign languages, recognize images and identify wine by wine label).
AR Zone and what is included in it
AR Zone (about English augmented reality – augmented reality) consists of 6 applications. AR emoji camera is used to create your own avatar, AR emoji studio to change its appearance (you can change clothes and shoes, change the color of eyes, hair, lips and choose accessories). AR emoji stickers allows you to create animated stickers based on your avatars (very cool theme, by the way). AR coloring can be attributed more to fun even more exotic than the use of avatars. The Picture Link app allows you to experiment with augmented reality and this may be interesting, but not relevant to today’s selfie theme. But let’s talk about the Deco Pic application in more detail, because it allows you to turn ordinary selfies into completely crazy ones.
The AR emoji camera can also be used for selfies, but is designed to create an avatar or avatar mask using augmented reality technology. By choosing one of the suggested avatars, you can record a video and send it to your friends.
You can do the same with your own avatar – the video will look the same, but it is interesting because an avatar constructed with your own hands is, first of all, interesting. And, secondly, with the proper skill and creative skills, he can be very similar to you.
Come off to the fullest
But back to the Deco Pic app. It has three main modes of operation: masks, frames and stamps. In principle, all this can be obtained with the help of third-party applications – this is true, but why waste time searching and selecting applications, clog up memory (and there are a lot of them, and you will have to spend a lot of time and memory) if the Galaxy S20 FE is already installed such an application.
If I’m not mistaken, the first application to use such effects was a Ukrainian developer’s project called Looksery, bought in 2015 by Snapchat. Then, in 2016, there was a story with the Belarusian MSQRD, quickly bought by Facebook. That is, the stories are already 5 years old, but every year such masks are becoming more diverse and more fun. Half of them add more effects if you open your mouth.
The frames against this background do not look so cool anymore, but there is also where to roam around and fool around – ahead, in spite of everything, the New Year holidays, and even in conditions of self-isolation, no one will forbid fooling around.
Stamps are a simpler and less intricate thing, in fact, it is a watermark that you can superimpose on a selfie, move it around the frame and change its size within some limited limits. The lyrics are all in English and can be used to express a wide variety of feelings from Sorry to Marry Me. There are congratulations on Christmas, birthday and Halloween. There is an incendiary and inviting Party On sticker or a convincingly approving Good Job. You can set the current date and day of the week, mark the beginning (middle or end) of holidays, travel and just Fridays. In general, there is a certain simply for self-expression, which is also able to make more diverse the already complex (remember a billion selfies every day?) Genre of photography as a selfie.
Three things to know about the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE selfie camera
- it is in no way inferior to the older models of the Galaxy S20 series;
- it has excellent detail when shooting portraits;
- Camera apps in the AR Zone allow you to seriously expand the possibilities for funny selfies;