Samsung One UI 2.1 tripod support drastically improves Night Mode photos

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 owners aren’t the happiest of smartphone owners out there following the emergence that they could be in line to miss out on the One UI 2.1 update.

The 2018 flagships have already been upgraded to One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 and while the update to One UI 2.1 doesn’t bring any changes to the base OS, there are plenty of new features that are already blowing Galaxy Note 10 and S10 owners out of their mind.

Following its debut on the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip, the One UI 2.1 firmware has found its way to the Note 10 and S10 family of devices. As usual, the rollout is staggered and thus still ongoing to date, more so for carrier-locked devices.

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U.S. unlocked (AT&T) Galaxy Note 10 update to One UI 2.1

Several One UI 2.1 features have already been highlighted here on PiunikaWeb and today, we’ve bumped into yet another interesting addition that is getting Galaxy S10 and Note 10 owners excited about what else One UI 2.1 has in store.

It’s all about the camera improvements Samsung slid into the One UI 2.1 update. The improved performance in Night Mode has already been given a thumbs up by many S10 and Note 10 owners, but there is more to this dedicated camera Night Mode feature.

According to a Redditor who is already enjoying the fruits of Samsung’s efforts, the One UI 2.1 Night Mode feature includes tripod support to allow for a longer Night Mode exposure as long as the phone is on a steady surface, you know, just like when mounted on a tripod.

Apparently, the image below has the same scene shot with normal photo mode (top), handheld Night Mode (middle), and Night Mode with a tripod (bottom). You can easily tell the difference in quality.


Unfortunately, though, there is no indication or timer for that matter, only that the shutter speed tends to be much longer than when shooting in handheld Night Mode, resulting in brighter and cleaner shots.

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Review Editor. Besides phones, I also enjoy the farm, music, football, and, of course, food.