Blogger Mel Wells was alarmed by her new Samsung phone when the front-facing camera used a default "beauty face" filter, so she posted the selfie to Instagram. She realized the default setting was airbrushing her pictures to remove her skin's imperfections, so she demonstrated just how dramatic the effect is when it's turned up all the way:
Wow Samsung. When you get a brand new phone and go to take a selfie and realise that the default setting on the front camera is automatically on "Beauty level 8" which evidently means: seriously airbrushed face. This means everyone who gets a new Samsung phone and flicks the front camera on is automatically being told "Hi, we're Samsung and we think you look way better when we automatically airbrush your selfies for you, x 8!!" Thanks @samsungmobile for the vote of confidence, I think I'll keep my freckles and imperfections since this is how I look in 3D and this is how all my friends see me in real life. I hope young girls are buying iPhones instead of Samsungs. (Wait, do iPhones do this too?) To clarify - no apps here - this is Samsung's DEFAULT FRONT CAMERA SETTING. 😟🙈
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She claimed the default setting is "beauty level 8" (the highest), which definitely added a bunch of enhancement. Wells' freckles completely disappeared with the filter.
It's unclear if the default level is that high, but it can be adjusted or turned off. Wells makes a good point that people shouldn't feel the need to airbrush selfies, especially young women. However, everyone can now enjoy the fun prank of cranking the beauty level to 8 on the phones of their less tech-savvy loved ones.