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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by The_Chief, May 21, 2018.

  1. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    I don't do selfies a lot, so this area of the camera is really sort of new to me.

    Anyway, I was messing around this morning with my new keyboard/workstation and thought I'd make a little progress video for the family. I recorded about a 1 minute of video with the front camera and... it's a mirror image of reality! Left is right and right is left!

    I opened the rear camera & took a quick video, and everything is fine. There are no settings that I could have accidentally tapped to capture reverse images and videos, so any advice is appreciated!

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  2. Daniel Fernandes

    Daniel Fernandes Android Enthusiast

    Some camera apps do that by default... It's normal. If your camera app doesn't have an option to get rid of that, consider getting another camera app...
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  3. Hadron

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    I've noticed that my Pixel's front camera appeared reversed when taking a picture or video, but the actual recorded image is the correct way round (in fact investigating this phenomenon is the only time I've used the front camera - I'm really not a member of generation selfie! ;)). The best explanation I could come up with is that some people might find framing easier this way (I'm not one of them, but I can see it). But actually recording the image reversed seems strange. You are sure there's no "mirror" option in the settings anywhere? I don't know the Samsung app, but I have found it in some camera apps before (though I've never looked for front videos until today, and neither of the apps I have has that as a front video option).
  4. Xyro

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    On my s7 edge running on Oreo, I have the option to "Save images as previewed", i.e. flipped. The text implies it only affects photos, but I tested it and it affects videos too.

  5. marctronixx


    What @Xyro posted,

    This same screen is on the note 8 in the camera settings.
  6. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    What I ended up doing was clearing cache and resetting the camera settings to default. Worked!

    But am I to understand that Samsung designed a camera that, by default, captures a photo or video, flips the image so right is left and left is right, and SAVES it that way unless a user specifically tells it not to???
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  7. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Well if resetting the camera settings to default fixed it then it doesn't sound like they made it the default. Why it should be an option in the first place still seems strange to me though, as I'd have thought that the number of people wanting mirror videos would be about zero.
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  8. InfernalByte

    InfernalByte Android Expert

    It's a technique used in post editing. Imagine a character exiting screen left only to reappear in the new set screen right. It can be very disorientating for the viewer, unless that's what you want to do.

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