The One UI 5.0 rollout based on Android 13 started a few days ago, and after the Galaxy S22 family, dozens of other Samsung phones will receive the latest system package from November. One UI 5.0 is more of a refinement than a rethinking of the interface, and not only the list of available functions has been expanded, but also the camera options.
The sequel is coming, but the S22 Ultra and its siblings will continue to receive software updates [+]
Expert RAW, which saves DNG RAW raw files that have undergone high-dynamic, multi-element image processing, for example, in addition to manual settings for normal, ultra-wide and zoom cameras, now also offers an astrophoto or space photography mode, with long exposures between 4-10 minutes, which also means that the mode will require a stand or perfectly still support.
A clever trick is to draw the constellations of the current sky on the live image based on the GPS and the gyroscope, so that it is clear which part of the sky and its inhabitants we want to record with light painting. Multiple exposures can now be saved as part of a series of 2-9 images, manually or automatically exposed, combining the results with three types of overlap. And as always, those who want to process the DNG RAW file right away can do so locally with the mobile version of Adobe Lightroom.
The Camera Assistant application, or not: installing it will give you an icon, but it actually expands and overwrites the settings of the factory software, such as the list of options available within the Camera. Here you can turn off automatic HDR and lens switching, or the video recording gesture on the camera tab.
We can request the softening of images to smooth out sharp textures, and a shorter shutter speed without fiddling with manual mode, which can be practical in case of fast movement. The number of clicked pictures can also be specified after the timer has expired, and finally the camera preview can be projected via HDMI without displaying any annoying extra icons or buttons. First of all, the Galaxy S22 family certainly enjoys all these advantages.