Samsung teamed up with National Geographic Traveller India to showcase the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s 8K Video Snap feature.

8K Video Snap lets you extract high-resolution stills from a cinematic 8K video, so you don’t have to choose between capturing one or the other. Using 8K video snap on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, National Geographic Explorer and wildlife filmmaker Malaika Vaz captured majestic and gentle tiger sharks in their natural habitat. Malaika dived deep off the island paradise of Fuvahmulah in the Maldives, also known as “Shark Island.”

The journey was National Geographic Traveller India’s first-ever underwater expedition, captured using the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s pro-grade camera and flagship features. A video of the journey can be viewed on both Samsung India and National Geographic India’s social media channels.

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“We are excited to unveil yet another episode of an epic adventure with National Geographic Traveller India, shot using the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. At Samsung, we believe in innovations that enable our consumers to do more. Featuring a first-of-its-kind camera with a pro-grade 108MP lens and 8K video recording, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G changes the way you shoot. With the industry-first 8K Video Snap feature, photography enthusiasts now have the power to extract high-resolution stills from every second of an 8K video. The splendid marine beauty of Maldives’ Shark Island has been beautifully captured by Malaika on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G,” said Aditya Babbar, Senior Director and Head of Mobile Marketing, Samsung India.

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As part of the #UncoverTheEpic campaign, National Geographic Explorer and wildlife filmmaker Malaika Vaz uncovered the beauty of Fuvahmulah, the most splendid island in the Maldives. The underwater video, which features spectacular scenes of marine life and the majestic tiger shark, one of Shark Island’s most dangerous predators, was shot using the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. While tiger sharks prey on fish, they are both gentle and curious around humans.

Using the incredible camera capabilities of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, Malaika Vaz captured the magnificent underwater scene in 8K and extracted high-resolution stills from the video. The video offers insight into what it takes to swim with one of the ocean’s most efficient predators.

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“While filming underwater in the Maldives, I was surrounded by tiger sharks, Hawksbill turtles, schools of fish, and coral, and I was able to capture super-high-resolution video footage of these species almost effortlessly. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s 8K Video Snap allowed me to focus on filming sharks with the confidence that I would never miss an opportunity for a great set of images! As a National Geographic Explorer and filmmaker, I would say that my experience filming with the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G has been beyond special,” said Malaika Vaz, National Geographic Explorer and wildlife filmmaker.

“We are thrilled to work with Samsung and National Geographic Traveller India on this unique concept. After the highly successful National Geographic magazine cover, which was captured by Prasenjeet Yadav with the 8K Video Snap feature, this first-ever underwater expedition shot using the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is absolutely stunning. The idea is to introduce a new behavior in the minds and hands of the consumer, and to never worry about capturing the perfect still. Now, you can shoot 8K videos and, when the moment is over, grab high-quality 8K stills. We are delighted to see this grow,” said Emmanuel Upputuru, Chief Creative Officer, Cheil India.

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A Best-in-Class Camera Experience

With the most advanced pro-grade camera system, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G users can capture stunning, studio-quality photos in various lightings and settings. 8K recording allows users to capture videos in stunning quality and turn their best candid moments into high-resolution stills with 8K Video Snap.

The combination of anti-shake technology, 10x optical zoom, and both laser and dual-pixel autofocus enables the camera to produce results that rival those of high-end DSLRs. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G has a quad rear camera that features an upgraded 108MP pro sensor, from which users can capture 12-bit HDR photos with 64 times richer color data and more than three times wider dynamic range. For the first time on a Galaxy smartphone, users can shoot in 4K at 60fps across all lenses, including the front and four rear lenses.