Lunar Photography

Community Manager


  1. Lunar photography - an overview
  2. Data learning process for the lunar detection engine
  3. How to control the brightness of the moon
  4. Adjusting the effects of unsteady hands while photographing the moon
  5. Learning process of the engine that heightens the details of the moon
  6. Process of lunar photography

Starting with the S10, we have been making unceasing efforts to ensure that Galaxy customers take the best quality photos regardless of time and place.

To this end, we have developed the Scene Optimizer function that helps the AI recognize what you want to shoot and get the best results.

With the release of Galaxy S21, the AI can recognize objects such as the moon from a photo using the repository of data learned. It uses a detail-enhancing engine to increase the clarity of a picture taken using technologies like multi-frame processing and AI technology based on deep learning.

Users who want the original image copy untouched by AI may disable the Scene Optimizer feature.

Data Training Process for the Lunar Detection Engine

The Lunar detection engine was created with the AI learning the different stages and shapes of the moon, from full moon to new, as perceived by people on the planet.

It uses an AI deep learning model to detect the moon and identify the area it occupies (square box) in the relevant image. Once the AI model completes learning, it can detect the area occupied by the moon, even in images that were not used in the training.



However, it cannot detect the moon when it is obscured by clouds or other objects. It also cannot detect other planets or the moon in an unknown form (as opposed to what is visible from the earth).


How to Control the Brightness of the Moon

You can only photograph the moon from a high power zoom of 25x and above, using AI. This is because the distance of the moon from the earth makes it extremely difficult for the AI to detect it’s small.

Once the AI detects the moon using the high power zoom, the camera frame dims the screen brightness and maintains that particular optimal brightness. This allows us to behold a clear image of the moon.

You may notice that the background of the moon photographed in the early evening appears black instead of its true hue. This phenomenon is an offshoot of forcibly dimming the brightness of the image to sharpen the clarity of the moon.

The AI changes the focus to infinity once it detects the moon, and adjusts it to be on the moon.


Adjusting the effects of unsteady hands while photographing the moon  

The moon may be enlarged with a high power zoom of 10x but it is still hard to take a shot because of unsteady hands.

The ‘Zoom Lock’ feature minimizes the instability of unsteady hands. This feature stabilizes the locking of the moon in the frame once it detects the moon.

Zoom Lock combines the OIS and VDIS technologies to correct unsteadiness to the maximum, letting you photograph with stability.

Use this feature to relieve your unsteady hands and experience clear and awe-inspiring pictures of the moon.

When you tap the highly zoomed-in screen or do not move it for more than 1.5 seconds, it locks in on the moon. The margin of the map in the zoom, towards the top right side, changes from white to yellow. This ensures that the camera shot has become steady and you are ready to photograph the moon.

  • The moon may escape the screen frame because of unsteady hands in a super high zoom of 100x, making it difficult. Below are tips to handle lunar photography at 100x zoom.
  • Rotate your Galaxy phone into landscape mode and secure the phone with both hands.
  • Check the position of the moon using the zoom map and adjust it to the center of the frame.
  • You can take the photo as soon as the zoom map frame changes to yellow.


Learning process of the engine that heightens the detail of the moon

You press the shutter button once the moon is visible against good brightness. The camera goes through several steps after this, to give you a bright and clear picture of the moon.

First, it runs the moon detector to reconfirm whether or not to engage the engine that heightens the details on the moon using AI.


Then, it uses multi-frame processing to synthesize several shots into a single bright and noise-reduced shot of the moon.

There are physical limitations of distance and light when it comes to the set-up of lunar photography. The actual image captured in high power zoom by the sensors has a lot of noise. Multiple-frame processing alone leaves much to be desired in the image quality.

The Galaxy camera effectively removes all noise and amplifies detail to the maximum, with the application of the AI detail enhancement engine based on deep learning in the last step to give you bright and clear photos of the moon. It overcomes the limitations mentioned before.


Process of Lunar Photography

The Galaxy camera provides clear pictures of the moon traversing several steps, using different AI technologies, in the process.

The scene optimizer technology automatically detects the scene shot, if the focus is right. It adjusts the configuration values to improve the resolution of the image after.

Also, the Zoom Lock feature ensures a clear preview by correcting the effect of an unsteady grasp.

You just have to press the shutter button after the moon is framed in a desirable composition and location. The Galaxy camera takes multiple shots and combines them later to remove any noise in the final image.

Finally, the image is complete with just the right amount of brightness and clarity using detail enhancement technology. It elevates the detail on the respective pattern of the moon.