A Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra shot this animal documentary short

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Samsung and Discovery have teamed up to film a short wildlife documentary using the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Two videos are available now: the documentary and an accompanying behind-the-scenes short. Everything in both videos is filmed using only a Galaxy S21 Ultra with no additional lens.

As there is no Galaxy Note phone this year, the Galaxy S21 Ultra remains the best camera ever for a Samsung smartphone. Its 108 MP main sensor and dual telephoto setup make it incredibly versatile.

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But can a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra shoot an animal documentary? Samsung seems to think so, because it has teamed up with Discovery to do it. Wildlife photographer Yashas Narayan and his team used a pair of Galaxy S21 Ultra phones to shoot tigers in the wild.

Samsung has now released the documentary which you can check out. We have reflected it below. A little further down, we also mirrored a behind-the-scenes short that proves the cameraman has, in fact, only used a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra the entire time.

Notably, the cameraman did not use additional lenses. The phone is housed in a grip system to give it more control (and prevent it from dropping the slippery glass slab). Otherwise, however, the phone is as it is when you take it out of the retail box.

Check out the videos below.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Wildlife Documentary

After watching the short, it’s pretty easy to tell that everything was shot on a phone. It just doesn’t have the clarity of a professional camera, especially when Narayan or the cameraman zoom in on subjects. Even in the video’s thumbnail, the grass the tiger is walking on looks like a hazy haze.

That being said, the close-ups of Narayan in the car are crystal clear. Image stabilization is also pretty amazing considering the car is bouncing up and down all the time.

Check out the behind-the-scenes clip below if you’d like to learn more about how it was done.


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