How to Use the Galaxy S21’s Single Take 2.0 Camera Mode

Never want to miss a photo opportunity, but are sometimes unsure whether a photo or video is the best way to capture the moment? Samsung single take mode is for you. It’s based on Samsung’s advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI), comprehensive editing suite, and multiple cameras to make sure the entire scene is covered and all you have to do is point your phone in the right direction.

Don’t think that this is just a gimmick or something useful for those who are not skilled photographers. It’s much more than that. Single Take was introduced for the Galaxy S20 series, but is available again for the Galaxy S21 series and has been updated to Single Take 2.0 at the same time. I used it on the Galaxy s21 Ultra. Here’s what’s new and how to get the most out of this unusual and very helpful feature.

What You Need to Use Single Take 2.0

You need a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, or a Samsung Galaxy S21. All have the latest One UI 3.1 software on board, while the cameras and processor are competent and powerful enough to run Single Take 2.0. While it is likely that version 2.0 will also be available for other older Samsung phones in the future, not all features will be included as some are only made possible by the superior AI and other technologies in the S21 phones.

What does Single Take 2.0 do?

Single Take creates 14 different individual compositions from a single short video clip, from a “golden” best shot, a black and white photo and a filtered still image to a boomerang-style video, a slow motion video and multiple shots were created with filters and at different video speeds. If you can’t decide whether to use a video, capture a still picture, use a wide angle mode, or even use 108 megapixel mode, just use single take. It covers all of this and more.

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Version 2.0 improves on the first version by adding more scene options to create more content from your one video. The improved processor and AI are used to capture more facial expressions. So, if your subject is a person, the changes you make are more likely to capture smiles and open eyes than blurry faces and blinks.

Getting started in single take mode

Finding Single Take in the camera is easy. Open the camera app and look at the menu slider under the viewfinder. Single take is the first option on the left. Swipe to activate it. Before you begin, it’s important to remember that single take is a video mode, not a still mode. Hence, your scene needs to be moved for it to work. It can really be anything as long as something happens.

If you use Single Take frequently or want to remember to use it, change any of the camera settings to always open the Camera app in the last mode you used. This way, you don’t have to switch between modes while recording a video, assuming you were using Single Take the last time you opened the app. To do this, go to Single Take, tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu, scroll down to Settings to Keep, tap it and toggle the Camera Mode option on.

Single take adjustment

Single Take 2.0 creates up to 14 different scenes and stills from your main video, with the amount of newly generated content depending on the amount of movement and tension in the original clip. Not all of Single Take’s custom shots are gold, and if it always becomes one of your least favorite styles, it can be frustrating to watch. Fortunately, something can be done to avoid this.

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There is a hidden menu that allows you to remove certain custom options from Single Take’s repertoire. In the top right corner of the viewfinder, tap the down arrow to see a list of items that Single Take generated. For example, if you don’t like the highlighted videos, just tap the arrow next to that option.

Video recording length

Single take is preset to record video clips with a duration of 10 seconds. Just tap the trigger to start. As soon as this point in time is reached, it ends automatically. However, you can stop it beforehand if you prefer. Depending on what you’re recording, 10 seconds might be too long or too short. However, there is a way to adjust the recording time of single take.

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At the bottom right of the viewfinder you’ll see an icon that says 10s. Tap on it and with a slider you can set the recording length between five and 15 seconds. Single take takes at least five seconds to capture enough video to generate custom content.

In the gallery

Individual recordings are displayed as usual in the gallery app. You can tell them apart by a small circular icon in the lower left corner of the thumbnail. Open one, then swipe up on the screen to view all of the various custom snapshots. Tap each item to see it in the main preview, then tap again to see the sharing and editing controls at the bottom of the screen.

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Although Single Take created a custom photo or video for you, the look of each photo was not set in stone. Tap the Edit button and you’ll be able to change any aspect of the photo or video, just like any picture taken in the other modes. There are really some drawbacks to using Single Take if you’re just looking for variety in your videos.

Is it worth using?

Single Take doesn’t really take much effort, but does that mean you should be using it regularly? Yes, but it depends on what photos and videos you take regularly. If you’re photographing flowers, landscapes, buildings, or something that isn’t really moving, Single Take isn’t very useful. If you’re recording videos of your family, friends, or pets, as well as sporting events, cars, or promotions in general, give Single Take a try as this is exactly the circumstances it is made for.

How about the results? There are some impressive things about Single Take, and it often takes a photo that you may have had trouble getting at the moment. For example, during my tests while tracking a car, a frame was isolated, enlarged, cropped to an aspect ratio of 16: 9, and the vehicle perfectly centered while adding some motion blur to the background. I would have struggled to get this exact recording at the moment, but Single Take did it for me, almost without my intervention.

It’s easy to turn off Single Take mode as one for those new to photography, but even if you consider yourself a skilled photographer, Single Take offers plenty of creative options. When used carefully, it can inspire you even more, and it’s fun to challenge Samsung’s enhanced AI to find something you might not even have seen in the moment.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera is superb, and with the tech advancements in the phone, Single Take has grown into an even more powerful camera than we first saw it on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. This is one of the few additional camera features added to smartphones. We recommend that users actually spend time using them and experimenting with them. It may sound a bit like a gimmick at first, but it isn’t. Single take is worth your time regardless of your photography skills.

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