While the Galaxy S9 and S9+ may run the same version of Android and Samsung’s Experience UX as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, they come with several new functionalities that aren’t available on the 2017 flagships. Most of these functionalities are scattered throughout the interface, and they're easy to miss if you don't look for them. For example, on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the camera app has several new options that let you decide what holding down the shutter button will do.
On older devices, holding the camera shutter button will take a burst shot (multiple photos in quick succession). However, on the S9, thanks to a new setting in the camera app, you can record GIFs by long-pressing the shutter button. For now, this is the only way one can directly record GIFs on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ through the camera app. Strangely, the dedicated Animated GIF mode that we saw on last year’s phones is not available on the Galaxy S9. Not too many users would want to create gifs via the camera, but we're glad that there's an option to do so. Google Photos recently added support for motion photos to be saved as GIFs, and it looks like this is Samsung's way of getting the functionality to their flagship. Without further ado, see how one can switch to taking GIFs in the camera by long-pressing the shutter button.
Step 1: Launch the camera app on your Galaxy S9 or S9+.
Step 2: Navigate to the camera settings by tapping the gear icon on the bottom left of the screen
Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu to find the option that says Hold Camera button.
Step 4: Tap Hold Camera button to and select Create GIF.
You can now press and hold the shutter button in the camera to record GIFs. These are saved to your Gallery like regular photos and videos and can be shared with others through any app that supports GIFs. GIFs exist in the sweet spot between photos and videos and are ideal for capturing moments that require more than just one photograph but don't need a full-fledged video. However, we all know the primary purpose of a GIF is to get that quirky reply to someone's social media post.