Galaxy S21 series & Fold 4 get astrophotography with Expert RAW update

Galaxy S21 series & Fold 4 get astrophotography with Expert RAW update


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Samsung‘s Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy Z Fold 4 are finally getting the astrophotography camera feature. The latest update for the Expert RAW app brings this new feature. It lets you take long-exposure photos of the night sky. You can capture stars and constellations like never before with your phone.

New Expert RAW update brings astrophotography to the Galaxy S21 series and Fold 4

Samsung added astrophotography to Expert RAW in October of last year. The Galaxy S22 series received the feature first, while the Galaxy S23 series also got it out of the box. However, all this while, the company didn’t push the new camera feature to any other device. The One UI 5.1 update was expected to bring it to compatible older models, but not to be.

In late February, reports emerged that Samsung is working to bring astrophotography to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. It appears the company has begun this planned rollout. The latest foldable and the entire 2021 Galaxy S lineup are reportedly picking up the new camera feature.

According to SamMobile, which first reported this Expert RAW update, the new version is available for Galaxy S21 units running the April 2023 firmware build. The same likely goes for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 as well. You can download it from the Galaxy Store (link below). If you haven’t yet installed the April patch, go to Settings > Software update and tap on Download and install to check for updates. If the new SMR (Security Maintenance Release) isn’t available for you, wait a few days and check again.

Some Expert RAW features will remain exclusive to new models

Samsung regularly updates its Expert RAW app with new features and improvements. With the launch of the Galaxy S23 series, the company added features like Astro Hyperlapse, 360 audio recording, and high-resolution shooting. It recently confirmed that the Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Z Fold 4, and Galaxy Z Flip 4 will get Astro Hyperlapse, which lets you take hyper-lapse videos of the night sky at a 300X speed.

However, the latter two features will not trickle down to any of Samsung’s older Galaxy devices. Not even the Galaxy S22 series and the Galaxy Z Fold 4. So there’s no question of the Galaxy S21 trio getting it. But users of the latest foldable and Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra can take advantage of the astrophotography feature with the latest Expert RAW update. Click the button below to download the new version of the app from the Galaxy Store.


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