Samsung Galaxy S23 update fixes bananagate issue, introduces 2x in-sensor zoom for photos

Galaxy S23’s August 2023 firmware packs a lot more changes than expected

Samsung was quick to roll out the August 2023 security update for the Galaxy S23 series right at the beginning of the month. Despite being a monthly security patch and the company’s accompanying release notes suggesting no major improvements, the update weighed a hefty 1.4GB. Now, Samsung’s Korean arm has published the official change log of the latest Galaxy S23 firmware, which contains a lot more changes than initially anticipated.

Firstly, the August update introduces a 2x zoom option in Photo and Video mode across the entire Galaxy S23 series. This feature uses in-sensor crop to deliver better image quality, a trick used by the Google Pixel 7 Pro as well. You’ll need to install the latest Camera Assistant to enable the 2x zoom option though. It comes a couple of months after Samsung added a 2x zoom for portrait mode to its 2023 flagship. Additionally, you can now use 2x zoom when recording videos in Super Steady mode on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Secondly, Samsung’s official change log mentions a reduction in motion blur when capturing moving subjects. This has been a longstanding issue with the company’s phones, and it remains to be seen if the August 2023 firmware fixes the problem for good. The third notable change is the optimized camera app’s performance when using various features in Photo/Video mode.

For Galaxy S23 and S23+ users, the good news is that the update claims to reduce the blurring caused by the bananagate issue. Samsung also claims to bump the frame rate from 24fps to 30fps when shooting videos in Portrait mode with Big Circle, Color Point, or Glitch effects. Other changes mentioned include optimized file size of motion photos and a new AI deep learning technology

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