So how "pro" is the Pro Video Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series?
It's no secret that video recording on smartphones is becoming increasingly popular. After all, it's easy to set up, doesn't require a lot of equipment, and you can record video on-the-go. Over the years, smartphone brands have been working hard to improve video recording capabilities, even for entry-level and mid-range phones.
In this article, we will be checking out what the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series Pro Video Mode can do. The Pro Video Mode was featured a lot during the recent Samsung Unpacked event and we were curious as to how advanced it is. Audio monitoring? Do more through video settings control? If you want to know more, read on below to see how "pro" is the Pro Video Mode on the Galaxy Note20 series.
Getting started with Pro Video Mode
When you first go into the Pro Video Mode via the camera app's user interface, the first thing you see would be the camera settings. Of course, you'll see the usual White Balance, Auto Focus, Aperture, ISO and other settings, but what's new this time?
The Pro Video Mode screen looks more professional and you can choose a 21:9 aspect ratio for recording
When holding the phone horizontally, the slider on the right allows users to adjust the zoom
You can also choose to focus on the front, rear or all directions (Omni) for audio recording
While exploring, we discovered that the Pro Video Mode now features two new settings, which are for Audio Recording and adjusting the zoom. As far as we know, only the Galaxy Note20 smartphones have these features so far and they definitely allow content creators to make better quality video clips.
Friendly user interface
Despite being labelled as Pro Video Mode, the user interface is not hard to navigate at all. For example, if you want to use the free zoom, you can just use the sliding key at the bottom (if you're holding the phone vertically) to control it. Not only are the screen transitions smooth, but you also don't need to swipe the screen with two fingers to keep the screen stable.
As for Audio Recording, you can see the mini audio monitor on the display. To fully control the feature, you can tap on "Rear" at the bottom and then choose which microphone it should record from. On top of that, you can also choose the USB or Bluetooth option. Those two options are very useful additions for those who want to use an external microphone for podcasting.
Testing the zoom adjustment
Choose which microphone you want to record from
Demonstrating the zooming and audio recording functions simultaneously
To further demonstrate this feature, we did a video test on the Audio Recording feature, playing around with the 'Front' and 'Omni' setting. During recording, we noticed that the microphone is quite smart because when there were people walking by, the audio actually became softer and then refocused on the performance we were recording quickly and accurately. So to be honest, we are pretty impressed!
Oh and just a head's up, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series is still on sale. You can either get the Galaxy Note20 (RM3899), Galaxy Note20 5G (RM4299) or Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (RM5199). Moreover, buying either of the three models now means you will get a UV Sterilizer with Wireless Charging (RM299) and Wireless Charger Convertible (RM209)! Remember that these giveaways are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Wait, there's more! If you want to pay in instalments, Samsung also offers a 0% interest rate instalment package. You can enjoy a one-month free payment and save up to RM433.25! Interested customers can visit the nearest Samsung official store and choose any of the Galaxy Note20 series variants they want, then sign up for the instalment package.
Lastly, customers who purchase the Galaxy Note20 series from Samsung Experience Stores (SES) will have access to the Protection Plus warranty package (RM387), which includes not only an extended 1-year warranty but also a free screen replacement. Then there's also a Trade-Up campaign, so customers can get instant rebates by trading in an old device for any Galaxy Note20 series model. This campaign will end on 31 October 2020 and for more information, you may refer to this website.
So anyway, what do you think of the Pro Video Mode? Are you as impressed as we were? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more tech reviews at TechNave.com.