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All of these shots were taken using Manual Camera and edited using VSCO. The stock camera is perfect for taking casual snapshots but I'd prefer to use Manual Camera for shots that are a bit more premeditated.
Manual Camera is the perfect counterpart to Google Camera for when you want to use the Nexus 6's manual focus (and other fancy camera controls I'm too dumb to care about).
I used a cheap loupe and a Nexus 5 running Manual Camera with fixed focus to take the pictures. Light provided by an Armytek Wizard Pro with Nichia 144A 90+ CRI emitter.
Would you mind using Manual Camera a bit, taking a few shots and sharing to see what the new lens & sensor can really do? It's a paid for app unfort but I can provide an apk if you're not willing to spend anything.
The Samsung App doesn't support it yet, but you can change it with other apps who use the camera api 2.
At the moment it works with the App "manual camera" [link]
The developer of the app Camera FV-5 is also working on an update for the S6 to bring manual shutter speed and if you don't need the feature immediately I would probably recommend waiting for it. The manual camera app mentioned above is very unstable.
Personally, I like Manual Camera, but you can get L Camera with the same features for free on github.
HDR+ is a Google algorithm that is only available inside the Google Camera app. No reason not to have more than one camera app though. I use Manual Camera and Google Camera on my N5X.
Actually, I've tried doing "astrophotography" with N5 a couple months ago.
Here's what the setup looked like.
I've used Manual Camera for the exposure, MF and the like.
There is a camera app that has manual controls on it. i haven't tried it out myself but I have heard some good things about it. It costs 2.99USD however.
Regardless here is the link to it in the play store if you are curious:
Yeah, it's not as good as my old S6 for macro photography. When I want to get as close as I can, I use the Manual Camera app that has a setting to locked it at macro.
Manual Camera is the best IMO. Having said that, it's crashing a lot for me on my Pixel 2 XL. My guess is that the developer needs to update stuff to make it function properly.
Though it can't shoot video or HDR (bummer), Manual Camera does a fantastic job of replacing the stock camera. Utilizes the Camera2 API, so if you're willing to put the time in, you can get some amazing shots. Unless I have to do HDR or video, this is my go-to.
This has been one of my biggest gripe with the N5 (aside from it dying on me). I started using manual camera. It seems to be working a bit better.
This is the manual app I've been using so far; pretty happy with it. I'm putting together an album of shots I've taken on a current trip using the app.
Actually, you should try this app on your Nexus 5. It's not going to magically make the camera faster than an iPhone's, but it'll make a massive difference to the shutter speed nonetheless.
It wasn't a joke haha, but using a mobile phone to do low light event photography is just not viable at this point of time because the sensors are really bad.
Okay I fully understand where you're coming from. If you want to increase shutter speed and by extension noise in the photo since noise isn't a problem, then the default Samsung camera app won't cut the mustard.
This app is a possible alternative: [link]
It allows you manually set everything (Shutter speed is absent in pro mode on the default camera app). If I'm not wrong, it also allows you to set certain parameters as auto and the rest manual. So you could set a shutter speed of say 1/100 and set the ISO to auto to nail the exposure everytime. Allows you to shoot RAW too, so you can reduce the noise in lightroom. Can anyone else on this sub confirm this?
A few caveats: It is a paid app, but that shouldn't be a problem if it's for the mom :) And the software is kind of buggy too, the reviews complain about it crashing quite a bit. Hope you find a solution!
For root access you'll need the latest superSU zip. SuperSU is what gives you root. Flash it in custom recovery. Systemless root is simply a different way SuperSU script roots your device coming from the old days. It's just for your knowledge unless you're a developer so you need not be confused with that term.
TWRP is a type of custom recovery. You use it to flash ROMs, kernels, or like mentioned above, you can use it to flash the supersu.zip to obtain root access. To flash a ROM, you'll need to download the ROM which comes in a zip file.
Additional files that you'll need when flashing a ROM are Gapps (Google apps) and SuperSU (for root) - you'll need those if the ROM itself does not include them. Most newer ROMs come with supersu and root access out of the box. Check the forum/thread description to see if you need to flash additional files when installing the ROM.
Switching between ROMs will require you to wipe your device data. Your SD card will remain intact unless you manually opt to wipe it fully. You'll keep your music, media files, photos, savegame files, etc. But all your apps will start clean each time you install a new ROM. Everything restores from google backup from that moment on.
Keep in mind to give yourself some time to reload and install all your apps from google backup. So make sure you're in a WiFi zone.
3) Can't advise on this. I use the default Google Camera. You can consider Manual Camera. It offers some manual control and supports RAW. [link]
I'm not saying it's the best app, or the cheapest, but you can get all the control you want with the right application. Even raw if you want 25mb files to work with... Force iso down to 50 and it really cuts down the noise quite a bit if you can hold the phone still enough...
Keep in mind you have to enable raw in the settings, and it won't capture raw in burst mode unfortunately if you intend to reduce moving the phone by taking one sequence of multiple photos if you're trying to do some long exposure work. Might want to use the timer function for maximum stillness if that's your aim.
I don't have a nexus 6 but I have a 5. I'd really recommend that you all have a look at Manual Camera from the Play Store. It's been super quick on my Nexus 5 and it uses the new camera API. [link]
If you have a device that is on 5.0+ you could use an app like Manual Camera to change focus, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and many other options. Although it's a smartphone app the usage of these controls is the same as on a 'real' camera (except for the lack of a variable aperture which smartphones don't have). So in that regard you should be able to use any basic (and I mean super basic) tutorial on digital photography to understand what each of those options do. But don't be shy, it's super easy to learn and since we are talking about digital cameras you can take as many shots as you want to get it right. Here's a good one I found: [link]
For those with Android phones, Manual Camera is an awesome app that lets you control shutter speed, ISO, focus, and exposure compensation all manually. It's pretty good when you want better photos through your phone.
First of all, thank you for the review. Secondly, would you mind using Manual Camera a bit, taking a few shots and sharing to see what the new lens & sensor can really do? It's a paid for app unfort but I can provide an apk if you're not willing to spend anything.
Also, join us at /r/SonyXperia :)
AFAIK, not on the default camera app, but you might be able to try out an app on the Play Store that allows for manual camera controls. I've heard many people use this: [link] It's a paid app though, so I don't know if you want to try it out, but you could always refund within 15min if it doesn't suit you.
The real question is whether or not the limit for 10 second exposure is limited by the camera app, or by the camera hardware.
I've used Manual Camera since I owned my Nexus 6. It continues to work well and can control exposure, "shutter" speed, focal length, etc.
The only ways to focus on a subject with the Google Camera app is auto-focus or tap to focus.
I recommend the app Manual Camera for manual focus: [link]
Ouch, yeah, phones tend to be harder to control exposure with. If you have an android phone I would recommend getting google's official camera app, it allows for some control of exposure by letting you set a manual exposure compensation level, or if you have a newer lollipop phone you can try something like this and get fuller control of the process: [link]
That said, the overall composition is pretty good, maybe a little heavy on the bottom with the dock, but solid.
I haven't used any yet but I know there are a couple (still in development/beta?). One of them is Manual Camera; I remember it being mentioned recently somewhere on here.
its an app! not all phones are compatible with it because not all phone shave the possibility of being able to adjust specific settings before taking a picture like the shutter speed, and aperture size.
this is the Manual Camera App im talking about:
and this is the compatibility test it uses so you can know if those settings can be adjusted.
would you mind running the compatibility! taking a screenshot and sending me it? i dk if she will want it though because she doesnt like anything bigger that 5' screen. but ill try to see if she will take it! and incase she doesnt and you want to still get rid of it, you can trade it in at amazon and they give you a gift card! only thing is that the gift card can only be used on them :/
Nope. If you like taking pictures the best thing you can do is change your default camera app. Like I said you don't have to take RAW pictures but google's camera app compression is awful. This is what I use, manual camera
Thumbs up guys for the good work!
Will the camera modules be fixed? (Line across the screen while using 3rd party camera with flash) and will the stock camera app be laggy like in cm11s? And what about the camera app choice? I would recommend teaming up with Manual Camera it works flawlessly on the Nexus 5 and I would like to see it on the OPO. [link] /u/karim_oneplus
Edit: what about the voice activation feature?
Which app are you using? (Manual Camera, FV-5?)
A good smartphone - seriously. I regret buying a point and shoot now. It is better to use your smartphone with a good camera (Xiaomi has several good ones) - and use the Manual Camera app and learn the basics of photography composition, and what the settings mean and then save up to a good entry level DSLR.
I picked up Manual Camera with my Google survey bux and really like it. It has the full Camera2 API support so you can adjust just about any of the camera settings and also take pictures in RAW format.
Since RAW shooting is not available in the Essential Camera i use Manual Camera. Best Camera app imo when you want many settings (Raw support, shutter speed, focus distance...) [link]
The Standard camera app is ok for taking quick snaps and videos. it lacks manual controls, however, and i highly recommend Manual Camera for these situations. The interface is decent and gets out of the way, and you can also shoot raw if you want to
Hey man I want to help you out, get an app called manual camera.
I know it costs money but it allows you to force the 6P camera to absolute macro, no autofocusing needed.
Thats how I do my closeup shots with my nexus 5, but im sure it will work with your phone.
Its still a kickass camera app regardless.
I use the manual camera app, and I have no complaints with it so far. It gives you control over ISO and shutter speed, you can't manually focus though unfortunately.
My own experimentation suggests that camera automatic post-processing usually tries to reduce off-tints, which gets weird when photographing a very red light next to one with some green in it like Nichia sw45k next to Cree 3C. You pretty much have to shoot RAW and post-process yourself.
There's an app for that on Android, though not all phones provide the required Camera2 API support because phone manufacturers are bad.
For paid version u can use this app
If you want free version AZ camera also does the trick
That's showing signs of PWM there - the lines are what happens with PWM and an electronic rolling shutter at a high shutter speed.
I wonder if Manual Camera works on your device. That manual focus and exposure are unavailable on most Android devices still after Android introduced APIs for it seems broken.
I don't, but I can say I have used Manual Camera. While it isn't my favorite, it gives you full control. Camera FV-5 also does it but I haven't personally tried it.
> lack of iso and a good camera app
gonna interject here, you can download whatever camera app you want. This is a good example. It has full manual controls lacking in the stock app. There's plenty of alternatives. I think the 6p is the best bet overall because it's so consistently good in all areas. I think the software on the g5 and s7 will leave you disappointed.
Manual camera is worth playing with, nice interface, does what it says on the tin, raw support if you want to go that far.
No aperture tho (obviously) & if you set the app beyond the limits of the phone the icons go red and it won't take the photo.
Exactly my question.
If Camera2-API is really the only thing that makes the OOS camera better, then Google Camera, Manual Camera or any other Camera2-api-app should result in equal quality, right? Or is there something else missing?
Manual Camera and Camera FV-5 have worked well for me. They take some getting used to, but they are quite powerful.
But I really enjoy using the default camera app on the Pixel XL. I don't feel like I need these alternatives anymore.
something to make the note 4 more attractive: there's this fantastic manual camera app, with all the same features of the LG camera app. though, it's not quite as nice to use, and cannot record video. you'll have to use the normal camera app for that.
something to make the note 4 less attractive: samsung is generally really bad with software updates. the LG G4 is already getting marshmallow, but I would never expect the note 4 to get it. and also, a lot of the features that come with any samsung phone are very quickly forgotten about after using it for more than a month. it's not like you're gonna stop using the pen or anything, it's just that there's gonna be a lot of features slowing down your note, taking up storage, and not being used by you.
I don't know how to find the dng with the stock camera app, but manual camera they definitely show up, it saves as both jpg and dng, so turn on show file size when you're selecting the photo to get the right one.
The stock Google camera app is very basic, and limits what you can do with pictures. I had Manual Camera in mind, but there are a few camera apps that have more options.
Manual Camera or FV-5 may be what you are looking for.
Do you have two pictures where I can see that HDR+ Off creates a better picture? HDR+ captures perfectly exposed pictures for me.
Every. Single. Time.
You can check out Manual Camera though. It can also shoot in auto without any HDR stuff.
Otherwise there is nothing I know that opens the stock cam in HDR off.
But by the way, if I turn off HDR+, it stays off when I open camera next time. Even if I force stop the app, open it from the lockscreen whatsoever: It stays off.
I've seen most people here recommend Manual Camera. I'm not sure if it offers the feature you're after, but it's certainly worth taking a look.
If you have a Nexus 5/6 or any other phone that supports RAW image capture on Lollipop, Manual Camera. I wish the dev made the app available for non Camera2 API phones too. I love how it looks.
There's L Camera too. Again you need to have a phone with Camera2 API.
Here you go! [link]
Make sure to check if your phone is compatible. There's an app from the same company that's free that runs a test to make sure
A camera app that allows you to manually set things like ISO, shutter speed, EV compensation, focal distance, etc. Google released an updated api that enabled the adjustment of these. There are a few paid camera apps in the store that let you do this, I've used Manual Camera, and it's fine, the quality of the picture will depend on your settings rather than the app, so it's up to user interface preference. [link]
There is also the free, open source L Camera, which you can get the apk for in the apps github page. There may be some instability with it, though I've never noticed such (but don't really care for the UI).
If your have the time before a capture to adjust a few settings, then you may want to consider buying one of the camera apps. I end up using it anytime I want to take photos of my toddler doing anything remotely interesting--shutter speed greater than 1/60, iso 600-800 (anything much beyond 600 is noticeably grainy), ave exposure compensation as appropriate.
The downside is candid shots you can't plan for and adjust settings...still can only hope for the best.
It's not free, it's 2.99. I'll vouch that it has very good manual controls and image quality. It does lack some things like the ability to adjust the JPEG compression quality and no video.
I don't think the image quality is any better than using Professional Mode in the stock Moto app, but it is easier to use than that and has more granular control of the manual settings. Moto app, you can only set the ISO to specific values (e.g. you cannot select 300 or anything between 400 and 800, it skips from macro > 100 > 200 > 400 > 800...)