Some of you might not be aware of this rather hidden feature but many Samsung phones running One UI 2.5 (and, naturally, One UI 3.0 as well) do have a so-called Moon mode. It’s not a stand-alone / dedicated camera mode but instead it’s integrated with Scene Optimizer. This means that unless you’ve pointed your smartphone’s camera at the Moon before, you’re probably unaware of this feature’s existence.

Poorly would be one way of putting it. Or rather lackluster. It’s not that the idea itself is inherently bad but the implementation leaves something to be desired. Sure, Scene Optimizer can quickly pick up whether or not you’re pointing your camera at the Moon but the final results aren’t all that different compared to shots that were captured without Moon mode/Scene Optimizer turned on.

Perhaps this is the reason why Samsung has seemingly released this One UI 2.5 feature without building any hype around it. It’s just not that spectacular. Then again, it might represent the beginning of a full-fledged astrophotography mode so we won’t hold it against Samsung. Besides, even if it won’t become a part of something bigger eventually, the mode could very well improve with future updates.

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