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LR Mobile on Samsung Note20 or similar

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Just upgraded to the Samsung Note20 which has 3 front and 1 rear cameras, and have not yet had much time to try photography with Lightroom mobile.

Wondering if anyone else has this model or similar and can share how well LRM can take advantage of the phone's considerable camera features.

This question can also apply to any of the new multi lens phone cameras I guess.

thx, Dave
 
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For Android, there's so many different configurations out there, I suspect Lightroom's camera will be fairly limited. Let us know how you get on!
 
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Finally had some time to try out the Note 20 camera with both the Samsung app and LRM. The Note 20 has a 10MP front camera and 3 rear cameras:
  • 12MP wide (79 degree fov) f1.8 with dual pixel AF and image stabization (main camera apparently)
  • 12MP ultra wide (120 degree fov) f2.2
  • 64MP “Telephoto” camera (76 degree fov), f2.0 that normally bins pixels down to 12, but can save a file in 64MP. There is no optical zoom, zooming is done by cropping and throwing away pixels.
As suspected, LRM supports basic control of the camera, but provides no support for many of the more advanced features of the camera(s).

Supported in LRM:
  • Switching between front and rear cameras (though only the 12 MP wide camera)
  • DNG format for the rear 12 MP wide camera, but only jpg for the front selfie camera
  • In Pro mode, control of SS, ISO, WB, aspect ratio, etc works fine.
  • Flash, zoom (digital), and manual focus also work.
LRM is unaware of the other two cameras on the rear.

Samsung’s own app provides control of the 3 rear cameras but only to an extent. For instance, you can save dng files along side jpgs, but only in some modes and not in Pro Mode (???). Also in Pro Mode you don’t get to decide with of the 3 cameras will be used, the phone makes that decision based on some mystery logic. And in Pro Mode there is no option to save the full 64MP.

For now I will probably use the Samsung app and auto-import images into LRM. It will be interesting to see if future upgrades to LRM enable more control of advanced features as phones continue to get better/multiple cameras.
 
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