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Galaxy S9 gets a new super slo-mo video mode in latest update

Samsung has added a new super slow-motion video recording mode to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones.

Within the phones’ July security update, Samsung added the ability to shoot 720p video at 480 frames per second. You can only shoot for 0.4 seconds, so you better time it right, but that’ll give you a 12-second super-slow mo video at the end of it.

The phone already had a 960fps mode, but that only enabled video capture for a blink of an eye at 0.2 seconds. That mode too results in a 12-second video overall.

Samsung does try to make capturing the correct moment a little easier through its neat automatic motion detection tool. While the slo-mo mode can be activated manually through the settings, the automatic application is smarter.

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After pressing record, a square will appear within the viewfinder. When the camera detects motion within that square, it will capture that movement in super slow motion.

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The idea is to line-up that square with the motion event you want to capture. So, if you want to see a skateboard trick at 960fps or a flower fluttering in the breeze, you can simply ensure it sits within the square when recording.

The July update is currently on its way to Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets, starting with the unlocked versions. We can expect this feature to be available out of the box on the forthcoming Galaxy Note 9, which will launch on August 9 and likely go on sale before the end of next month.

Earlier today reports suggested Samsung may consider merging the Note and Galaxy S lines in 2019. Will the Note 9 be the last ever? Let us know your thoughts @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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