Here’s how to use astrophotography mode on the Samsung Galaxy S22

Here’s how to use astrophotography mode on the Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung’s Expert RAW camera app brings the coveted astrophotography mode to the Galaxy S22.


Debuting in 2019, Google’s astrophotography mode wowed everyone with its unique ability to capture the night sky in stunning detail. It was an instant hit with stargazing enthusiasts for making what was essentially a hobby reserved for professional photographers more accessible to hobbyists with a smartphone. The mode hasn’t seen any significant changes since it first debuted on the Pixel 4, but it’s still one of the standout features of Pixel phones even today due to the lack of anything similar in the company’s high-end smartphones. competition.


Samsung missed the mark with its Galaxy S22 series by not having any kind of astrophotography mode, but now it’s fixing that with a workaround. It is updating its Expert RAW camera app to include a new ‘Astrophoto’ mode. While this isn’t a complete alternative to Pixel’s astrophotography mode, it does offer night photography enthusiasts a way to capture bright, clear skies with Samsung’s latest Galaxy S22 series phones. In this post, we will tell you how to get started with astrophoto mode on the Galaxy S22. Let’s dive in!

The updated Expert RAW camera app with Astrophoto mode will only work on Samsung Galaxy S22 series phones running One UI 5.

Before we get started, let’s take a quick look at some prerequisites for this particular tutorial, shall we?

  • One of the first things you’ll need to get this working is Samsung’s Expert RAW camera app. You can download it from the galaxy store.
  • You’ll also need a Galaxy S22 series phone with Samsung’s new One UI 5 software for astrophoto mode. We are using the regular Galaxy S22 smartphone running One UI 5 beta software in this particular tutorial.
  • Lastly, you will need a tripod with a smartphone mount to hold your Galaxy S22 series device in place. We’ve left a link to buy one below, but you can use any tripod of your choice for this.

Joby GripTight ONE GorillaPod Stand
Joby gorilla pod for smartphones

The Joby GripTight ONE GorillaPod mount is the perfect accessory to pair with your smartphone if you capture a lot of photos or record videos. You can use this mount on any smartphone as long as it meets the specifications.

Using Astrophoto mode within Samsung’s Expert RAW camera app is quite simple. Follow the simple steps mentioned below to start photographing the night sky:

  • Once you’ve set up your smartphone on a tripod, simply launch the Expert RAW camera app and look for a button to enable astrophoto mode. It’s located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • Select this button to open a menu overlay with options to enable Sky Guide and adjust the length of the shot.
  • Sky Guide, in case you were wondering, will let you pinpoint the location of constellations, star groups, and more. It is a very nice addition to the app that makes photographing the night sky much more interactive and fun.

A screenshot captured on the Galaxy S22 showing the sky guidance feature within astrophoto mode.
Sky Guide feature in Samsung’s Expert RAW camera app

  • Although the Expert RAW camera app is all about manual controls, enabling astrophoto mode will disable the option to adjust both ISO and speed. However, you will still be able to adjust the rest of the settings before you start capturing.
  • You can then go ahead and adjust the remaining camera settings based on lighting and other shooting conditions to try to perfect your shot.

Astrophoto mode interface on the Galaxy S22

  • Once you’re ready to go, simply select the shutter button and wait for the phone to finish capturing the scene.

As soon as the app finishes capturing the shot, you’ll see the final photo along with an option to launch Adobe Lightroom to make adjustments to your RAW image. You will also have the option to share the image or delete it to capture a new one.

astrophoto on galaxy s22

The final result will depend on several factors that affect astrophotography in general. There are many factors to consider when it comes to perfect shooting conditions for astrophotography. Perhaps one of the most important things is to make sure there are no major light sources for at least 10 miles. You can take advantage of apps like ‘Light Pollution Map’ to find the darkest areas in your city. We highly recommend getting out of the metropolis to capture the night sky, and this app will help you find the right spots.

Various weather conditions also affect astrophotography, so it’s also important to make sure you’re not trying to photograph the stars in cloudy weather. Sky covered with thick cloud blocks is not ideal for astrophotography, so we recommend using a weather app to identify a good time to go outside. There’s no shortage of weather apps on Android, but you might want to check something like ‘Weather Underground’ to check other stats like moon phases, AQI, and wind speed too.

There’s a lot you can control while taking detailed photos of the night sky, but a little preparation will make things a lot easier for you on your adventure.

And that’s how you can use the new Astrophoto mode in Samsung’s Expert RAW camera app to capture highly detailed images of the stars. The fact that this mode isn’t built into Samsung’s native camera app is a bit of a bummer because high-end devices like the Galaxy S22 Ultra you can really take good advantage of these features. However, we expect that to change with future Galaxy devices that are scheduled to arrive early next year.

galaxy s22
The Galaxy S22 offers a beautiful 6.1-inch AMOLED display and capable cameras.
galaxy s22

We used a Samsung Galaxy S22 to put together this Astrophoto mode tutorial. It’s the smallest of the three in the Galaxy S22 series, but it offers the same flagship experience you’d expect from a high-end Samsung device.

Have you tried it on your Galaxy S22 series device? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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