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OpenCamera for Android is really good for this, since they took away the colour correction and exposure settings in the default Android camera - it has options for daylight, overcast, fluorescent and incandescent lighting (and surprisingly good auto-correction) as well as ISO settings (which I haven't had to play with so far). It also has a macro focus option, 'torch' flash option (if you want a better way to check that you've got everything positioned just right) and a timer. I'm also pretty sure it has a 'save as RAW' option, but I wouldn't touch that unless your phone supports microSD cards - RAW files are HUGE so you'll run out of space quickly if you're doing a lot of swatch photos or something.
Still not as good as a proper camera, but for those without the money to spend on a separate camera (or if you just don't have it on you when you want to take a photo) it's an option.
For my photos, I usually have it on 'daylight' or 'overcast' correction - the incandescent correction is pretty much defeated by my ridiculous bathroom lights (I have those 'heater-light' things, they make everyone look jaundiced as hell) and I've had no reason to use fluorescent correction yet. I use macro focus for swatch and product photos, and I use the 'torch' flash when I'm trying to show sparkle or pick up shifts in products. (Or when it's too overcast to take sunlight photos.)
(I'm not sure if there's a better camera app for Apple and Windows, but I'm sure there must be by now.)
Oreo ROM: [link]
Stock (Nougat ROM): [link]
I have a G5 Plus, & use Open Camera, which you can download from the Google Play Store, here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.sourceforge.opencamera
I used to use Google Camera, on my previous phones, but when I was unable to get it on this one, I gave Open Camera a go. I've been pretty happy with it, so perhaps you should give it a go. It's way better than the stock camera app, & it's free & has no ads.
Have you played around with non-default camera apps? I've been installing Open Camera on my phones and have been pretty happy with the finer control that doesn't seem to be available in most default apps.
Open Camera does that, and is a free, open source app as well. Tap on the popup menu (3 dots), then tap on the m icon for manual focus, then you should see a slider at the bottom of the screen to adjust it. You can read more in the manual.
Tell her to use Open Camera. Is an Open Source app that works way better than the default camera app. Works wonders! Send her the link [link]
I use OpenCamera. I have it set to record the audio from just the microphone. If it's set to just camcorder, it has the same muffled sound. It's worth looking into.
Android users wanting to use their phone's camera would do well to check out something like Open Camera, which is open-source and offers a LOT of manual controls. (I'm not the dev, just been using it for years across three phones now.)
I personally use Open Camera. I like the stock camera app, but the night mode issue is by far the only thing keeping me from using it. I would just toy around with a few apps and see what you like.
Pretty much my experience, too.
I just switched back from using Ginger Keyboard to the stock ASUS keyboard because it seems to respond better.
I found that Open Camera [link] helps a bit with taking pictures, so give it a try.
I've had great experience with Open Camera as well as the modified LG G2 camera that works on AOSP.
Try those out.
Is this the article you're talking about? They used an in-house camera app that they didn't publish. Post processing was done in Photoshop.
If you want manual controls, I suggest using Open Camera.
I was initially disappointed with image quality using the Motorola and Google camera apps on my G5+, but have had better results using OpenCamera.
An app like what /u/sid32 mentioned or one like Open Camera will allow you to choose what folder to save your work photos in. You'll want to place that folder outside of the DCIM directory so those photos won't get backed up with your Google Photos app.
Simple Gallery can handle viewing of your work photos only folder while also hiding it from Google Photos. Once you've created the work folder and taken a couple of pics so that it will show up in the gallery, long press on the folder to select it, then click on the three dot menu at the top right and click on "Hide Folder". This will place a .nomedia file within that folder so that other gallery apps like Photos will no longer see it.
Next, deselect that folder and click on the three white dot menu again and select the Settings menu. From there click on "Manage Included Folders", click on the plus sign at the top right and scroll down the list until you find your work photos folder and then click on that. Now go back out to the main gallery viewer page and pull down from the top to refresh the gallery. You should now see your work photos folder with (hidden) underneath.
The last thing to do, if you don't want any other folders but your work folder showing in Simple Gallery, long press and select all of those other folders. Click on the three dot menu and click "Exclude" and that will exclude those photos from being shown in just the Simple Gallery app. Do not click "Hide" or else the app will place a .nomedia file in all of those folders.
Sorry this is long-winded, and maybe there's a better way, but hopefully it accomplishes what you are wanting to do for now.
The camera that ships with the image is still overexposed, oversaturated, and defocused.
However this can be remedied fairly easily by using a third party camera application.
I use the build of GCam Mod linked here on my hero2lte and the quality is extremely good. Portrait mode and HDR+/HDR Advanced work perfectly well and none of the aforementioned issues are present.
If you dislike the idea of using a modified proprietary camera application, you could make use of Open Camera which also has very good image quality (but a pretty terrible user interface).
From Quora [link]
> Anyway, it turns out that a camera app that I had already installed a long time ago had this feature… but I didn’t know it! It’s called Open Camera. (A Google search will direct you on where to get it.)
> Let’s say you want to take several photos of you and your cat.
> First click TIMER. This will set the initial PAUSE from the time you click the shutter to that of the first shot. (In our example above, select something like 10 seconds, which should give you plenty of time to grab your cat and get in front of the camera.)
> The second item you need to select is BURST. Here, you choose how many total shots you want to take. Let’s say you choose 10. (Valid options are 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, or unlimited.)
> And then finally you select BURST MODE INTERVAL. This is the item I missed earlier. This is the DELAY between each of the ten (in this case) shots. Let’s say you choose 3 seconds. (Valid options are no delay, 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 seconds, and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 30 minutes, and 1 and 2 hours.
I mainly use Open Camera now and it's quite good and quite free.
I also like the one-touch widget for taking a photo quickly.
Open Camera is on the Play Store
OpenCamera app will save raws in any situation, as long as your phone supports raw. I use it for basic shooting, and switch back to the bundled camera app for things like panos. This is on a Motorola.
OpenCamera - free!
When you photograph near a modern CFL or led lamp, you get lines because the lamps are not constant light source but are sort of blinking in high speed, that is to do with how they work. Usually you avoid that by slowing down the shutter speed, but what mobile phones do when you add light is usually make shutter speed faster. Unless your phone has a shutterspeed controls, I'm not sure you can do much about it. You might need a tripod or a stand to take pictures with slower shutter.
If your camera app doesn't allow to adjust the shutter speed, you could try some other app from the store such as Open Camera by Mark Harman.. Open Camera even has a anti-banding mode in the settings.
Try OpenCamera. This is both video/photo camera, but to get the best picture quality, you should go to the Settings and configure it.
Also OpenCamera can lock exposition that can be very helpful for those who wants to shoot a little bit pro) :D
For the camera, improvements were made to the auto focus speed, and consistency, especially in low light. Furthermore when recording video, especially in 4K, will have better accuracy and reliability while in situations with lots of motion.
If you need some better video controls, I recommend grabbing open camera for video recording for situations where you need to lock the exposure, and use back button focus.
Low light has improved in terms of detail, though in manual mode, there is currently a bug with the latest update they they know about, which i where once in a while, you may need to turn but focus on and off due to the auto focusing behaving strangely in manual mode.
Download open camera app and that's the quality you will get.
An issue with the camera in lineage is that you will sometimes get "camera cannot connect" message and you will have to reboot your phone to fix it.
Open Camera will give you manual shutter speed from 1/17758" to 4.1". Granted it also says "serious camera error" after taking a 4.1" picture, but it still takes the picture.
I use Open Camera - [link]
It's free, Open Source, shoots RAW, and has loads options to play with.
It won't do the 5T's portrait mode. It also doesn't have "beauty" mode. But I don't think that's a great loss.
Honestly, I still think you have no idea what you are talking about. Pictures are done by the app built in. You probably just preferred the stock app that wasn't available on LOS. This has nothing to do with scripts.Do you know what scripts are? Everyone knows that you shouldn't use the stock LOS app as its garbage. My phone has the same results using gcam on either stock or lineage. What you are stating makes absolutely no sense as all the camera functionality is done in the camera app. Here is a quick run down of all camera related changes in lineage [link]
If you want to do a comparison you need to make sure you are using the same app on both OSes. Here is a good free one you can test out using the same settings on both operating systems: [link]
Check out Open Camera. I've been using it for a few days. The interface isn't breathtaking and it does hiccup occasionally, but it's free. I still use Google's Camera app for quick shots, but Open Camera is great for when I want to dial something in.
I use this.
It doesn't make the camera iPhone level good but it gets from crappy to decent imo.
Lowering the resolution helps with the delay when taking a picture too. The memory speed isn't the best and it shows when snapping pictures. 3840x2160 works well for me and takes good enough pictures for everyday use and I can still crank it up if I need more.
• Yes, WiFi tethering works
• Yes, I keep my Misfit and Android Wear connected constantly
• Open Camera for use of camera
One thing is, the ROM creator has disabled NFC because it was draining absurd amounts of battery, he is working on a fix.
Other than that, it works exactly like CM on any other device!
I thought you were going to mention the lens flair...
Edit: Actually it's the flash that sucks on this camera. I just keep it off all the time now because it ruins night shots by turning up the grain factor. Good thing it's completely unnecessary, because with HDR on, night shots always come out great.
I installed Open Camera recently and am looking forward to seeing what kind of night shots I could get now with manual controls. I tried it a bit last night and was amazed with how much more light this phone's camera can get into pictures by turning up the exposer. Going to revisit some scenic shots I've previously taken and had ruined by the flash going off.
I think they really should return exposure control to the stock camera app in an update, because the app by itself only turns up the ISO for dark shots, resulting in graininess.
I can't say I've ever had this issue, but I see it on the tracker. Have you tried using a third part camera app? I personally use Open Camera mainly because I can record without that terrible noise the 5 suffers from on the stock camera app. It might be worth a shot.
Give OpenCamera a try. It correctly detects the reverse-landscape orientation of the sensor so everything looks proper. It also has experimental EIS for video recording, and it works pretty not bad, as long as you're not using high-res (4k).
This one allows you to tweak all the settings such as resolution, ISO, exposure, etc. Plus there's no bloatware or ads.
Frequent crashes for me.
I use Lenovo Super Camera. No idea about low light performance. Have heard good things about Open Camera.
I just gave this a shot and was able to lower the resolution enough to take a photo at 45kb. It's a shitty photo, but if you want small file size from the get-go you'll have to deal with it. The app has many resolution choices, so you can play around with it. I might leave this on my phone for a while to mess with. Good luck!
I think the default OnePlus camera app doesn't support external microphones, at least I couldn't make it work.
I downloaded an open-source camera app, called OpenCamera and in its settings I could declare that I want to use my external mic. It worked perfectly ;)
Open Camera seems to have pretty good video quality and resolution settings.
On their website, they have links to where you can download the APK.
And here's the Google Play link for referance.
Open camera is pretty good. Not perfect but it does the job very well. And it takes much better pictures that the stock google camera.
There are some listed here, I tried Open Camera and it worked well for me (you can change saved image quality) but I think it might be slower than the native app.
We used to be able, but it seems something about Android 8.1 prevents manufacturers from adding the option.
Not even GCam by Google has the option on Android 8.1. So I believe it is not Razer's fault; since their camera app is based on Gcam's code. Unless they try to make their own source coded app later.
Open Camera has the option.
It takes good pictures, though it will show flickering on screen since it doesn't expect the fast screen refresh rate. That does not influence how the picture comes out in the end anyways.
Google's Gcam is good for videos since it has video stabilization it does via software.
If the camera isn't a concern, I'd say go for it. You can probably get decent pics with manual controls. I don't bother with the default camera app, though. I personally use Open Camera. Other than that, it's a solid device. Battery is fantastic. I usually charge every night because I do a lot of Bluetooth streaming and my job has terrible reception. Even then, I can go 2 days between a charge if I wanted to.
Maybe check out Open Camera. You can record up to 3264x1840. Seems like locking focus and exposure in this app produces some decent footage. Still messing around with it myself. You are right about the stock app dropping the ball on video though.
After trying about 6-7 looking for a mostly-intuitive interface and manual focus (since my 6P focus hunts a LOT at the short/macro end), I settled on Open Camera, which is working quite nicely for my needs.
EDIT: Clarified that my 6P hunts
You can contact Google support, if needed they will send a replacement model. As for long exposure you can go as far as 4s using open camera app:
I know it's not the Snap Camera app, but Open Camera 'seems' to be working on my Nexus 5 running 5.0.0 at a resolution of 3840x2160.
From what I understand, it's free too!
Play Store link
Edit: Play Store version is 1.23 and F-Droid is 1.24
Edit2: v1.24 has camera2 api but the focus is pretty bad...
Try installing Open Camera? I had it installed before I updated to Nougat on a Swift at the weekend. It's still working fine throughout.
I'll check the default camera app tho'.
EDIT: default is opening and taking photos for me. Maybe try another app, set it default then set the original back as default if it then opens correctly? IMHO Open Camera beats the default but just an opinion.
> Only thing I miss from LP is saving photos to SD.
Check out Open Camera. Works much better than the ASOP or Moto apps, packed with tons of features, and even has an option to choose where your pictures get saved.
I've had my N6 since launch and have had above average battery life, but I have been running custom ROMs/kernels pretty much the whole time. My phone has never had the extreme throttling that I've read about on here and I think the camera is better than most people give it credit (I use Open Camera)
Wife just got a G4+ to replace an aging S5 and has not mentioned poor battery life in the couple weeks she's had it. I was pleasantly surprised at everything about the phone (size, feel, screen, sound) for the price when I was setting it up for her.
Sister had a S6 up until a month ago and never complained about battery life and she was glued to it 24/7.
I think maybe Open Camera and Camera FV-5 might do what you want. Just from memory so you will need to check them out yourself.
My stock camera and all of the Google cameras pause my music, but Open Camera does not. I just tested it with Spotify and Bluetooth headphones. I don't have any music on my device to test local music and music players with the stock camera.
Don't Pause! runs in the background and silences notifications when playing music. I just tested it and it worked with Spotify, Open Camera, Bluetooth headphones. You could also accomplish this with an automation app.
To answer the hardware/software question, you can download a camera app with manual focus, such as Open Camera  and run the focus to the macro extreme. I had a hard time focusing on objects closer than a few inches in manual mode. You may need to get a stick-on macro lens for your N5X if you want to be closer.
You need to set the exposure higher. The non-cast-iron in the photo will be too bright, but you'll get good detail in the CI. If you're using a camera with a touch screen (such as a phone), usually you can touch the iron to have the camera focus on it and base its exposure on that spot. Alternately, many cameras have exposure controls. I use Open Camera on Android ([link]), which has lots of controls to get things just right.
Alternately, you can put your pan on a dark background and the camera should automatically set a higher exposure.
Open Camera has options to choose audio source while recording videos. Useful if you want to use external source for recording audio.
Install the app. Open it. Go to it's settings menu. Click on video settings. You will see options for video quality , scroll down & you will see Audio Source Options. You can also record mono or stereo audio, if it is supported.
Just connect your external mic to the phone. Open this app. Change settings related to audio source & select 'Use external mic if it's present'. Now record the videos. It will use external source for audio & It will record video from your phone camera. Completed video will have audio from external audio source. So, that you won't have to edit & sync them after recording video.
No I just used this [link]
I am not a photographer or DSLR nerd, so I can't make any claims about the app's quality, but I can tell you it hasn't hard locked my phone any :D
After they update it, I'll try the Essential camera app again. I liked their minimal UI.
The developer says here that you can use Open Camera to access the wide lens. Did you try that?
> That is a drawback. It'd be tough to see the details, but I think you could see the framing decently.
I just tried this by rotating a widescreen photo I'd taken and viewing it in portrait mode. I assure you, I would not have captured the same photo if I'd held the phone in portrait mode. It comes down to the skill of the photographer, but that's kind of why smartphones are so good. They put a decent camera in everyone's pocket and make it easy (read: intuitive) to take photos and videos quickly.
> That's why I think it's the phone companies' responsibility to change the phone rather than expect people to change how they film.
Hmmm. I do see your point here. For some cases it would be great to have landscape lock in portrait mode, say when filming an intersection. But it would be preferable to film a single encounter with a police officer vertically so that their hands are always visible. It's definitely a case where I can see the clear advantage in having the option.
I guess it isn't considered a problem sufficiently large enough to merit a default option by manufacturers. After all, those who want options can find them easily on the app store like this one that allows orientation locks.
Yeah, it's a shame that this seems to be sort of a Pixel worshiping community rather than a Pixel discussion community. I've gone all-in on Pixel, even subscribing to Project Fi, since day one, but I've had some very real problems -- this being a major one.
If you're still struggling, the app that finally solved my video-recording problem is Open Camera. Unlike some of the other apps I tried, it's free, it completely supports external mics, and it, uh, actually works without crashing.
Honestly, had I known about Open Camera, I'd have never upgraded to the Pixel 2 simply because I had no other reason to upgrade. I kinda feel like Google just ran away with my $700 in this case, but hopefully my experience can help you out a bit.
Open Camera lets you set the ISO manually.
Open Camera (Google Play).
Open Camera works fantastically on CM11 + FirePhone, for both photos and hi-res video.
Other apps that use video are still broken (Skype, Wechat, anything that reads a QR code), but just for taking photos and video, Open Camera is a lifesaver.
As a street photographer, I know what you're looking to achieve. I doubt that there's room for a calibrated helicoid/voice-coil focusing mechanism inside that tiny camera module that will achieve what you're looking for. The laser AF works by timing the lag between emitting the laser and the image sensor's detection of the "bounce" off the subject. As such it will only work for intermediate distances (up to 1m?), above which a Contrast Detect AF algo kicks in. (I don't think the module has PDAF/Focus Pixels type of tech on it.)
In short, I highly doubt the smartphone sensors are designed for hyperfocal/zone-focus type shooting.
Edit: Hmm I could be mistaken. There's an app called Open Camera that has a manual focus mode that works on my 5x. Give that a shot. link
You can't disable the heavy processing in the stock camera app for the front facing camera. If you use a third party camera app, like Open Camera, you should get most more what you're expecting.
Unless you're talking about the wide angle or focus in which case, both are fixed in hardware and cannot be changed.
My slow motion shots we're all done with the stock camera by locking the Auto Exposure/Auto Focus and dragging down the exposure to the lowest setting.
But the rest of the low light shots were done in Open Camera by focusing on the harsh exposure and locking down the Auto Exposure button.
Don't expect any miracles, due to lack of Camera API2, 3rd party apps have limited control over the camera. It's still sufficient to get better results.
OpenCamera is the go to answer and it does the job.
I had slightly better low light results with ProShot and I really like its features and interface but it can be buggy at times. Also, it's not free (but frequently discounted, I think).
Yeah, I inferred that was the actual question. It's rather unfortunate that the team misinterpreted it. You might be right about it being a separate team handling that limit in the app.
I haven't tested it yet, but I wonder if the app Open Camera is also held back by this 4GB limit as well? Curious if it grabs a value somewhere in Android's system that says the device default is 4GB?
I found out the 4GB limit when I recorded a 2 hour lecture in 1080p, which of course split my videos among 6(?) separate files. It confused me for a bit, because I thought the internal memory was formatted with a native Linux system. I wrongly concluded that they must have formatted an $800 phone with an old FAT FS.
Maybe I should chat up the Google Support team and ask if they are aware of the issue?
Thanks for answering. I actually knew about how limited the Pro Mode is but I was wondering if options are also limited in Camera FV-5 or Open Camera which are some manual camera apps. Camera FV-5 is paid but Open Camera is free. It would be great if you could check it out for me. Here is the link for Open Camera: [link]
Just ISO and Exposure Time, nothing more. I understand if you can't be bothered. Thanks.
Long exposure camera 2 is a pseudo long exposure app, it uses camera shutter as video recorder at lower resolution.
Please install Open Camera [link] for real slow shutter photography and share the true slowest exposure time with us. Thanks
Sorry to mention OpenCamera twice but Tasker can detect this app. When the app starts I trigger a reminder to hold the camera in landscape mode. Shutter sound can be muted in the app.
That's your choice of course, but it's a mistake.
For a mere 3.07 Mbytes you could have OpenCamera:
Shutter sound can be muted, and (oh joy) AutoInput can click the Take Photo button. Thus you could have the phone say "cheese" when you take a photo suppose ...
Is Open Camera good? How does it compare to an app like Manual Camera or Proshot? This will be the first time I have a device with a nice camera so I've never played around with these apps before.
Also have that happen on occasion with stock camera. It's probably a bug. Use Open Camera [link] seems to go away if phone is already horizontal when switching from camera to camcorder.
Have you tried Open Camera? [link]
Camera FV-5 should work as well, i think i'll invest in that, if i really keep the 5x.
And i found L Camera, but it seems it wasn't updated for a few months ([link]).
I'm still rocking my Nexus 4, so i don't have any hands on experience with RAW photography on a smartphone. Maybe the apps have to be updated to support the new devices as well?
I like Open Camera ([link]) because it has all sorts of manual features and takes advantage of the new Camera2 API introduced in Lollipop. The other app I bounce over to is the camera app from the HTC M9 (since it doesn't rely on HTC's framework anymore you can install it as an APK).
I use Open Camera
Its a really great and versatile camera app with lots of options and features. And pictures come out pretty good. And it's completely free with no ads
Open Camera + 4K Mod is what I'm using and the pictures are beautiful.
'Open Camera' app records in stereo if you change the settings. Not amazing, but still way better than the mono default in the stock Google Camera app.
Could someone test video recording in any 3rd party app, for example in [link] ? Is the video quality in 3rd party apps comparable to the stock app?
Open Camera and Camera FV-5 both take raw photos.
If you want a great camera app -- not necessarily the fastest, but very good at choosing the best focus and exposure -- try Open Camera
The Z Play does not support RAW with either of its built-in cameras, as others have stated, but the Z and Z Force do. Here's a sample from the rear camera on my Z, taken with Open Camera:
Rummage around in preferences|action and see if allowing some time to autofocus helps; by default it's two seconds, so you might wait in your task for an extra second.
The OpenCamera app has a rather good burst mode; plus it responds to AutoShare's Take Photo intents. You might see if the vibration happens with that.
My use case was firing off 8 shots to make sure one came out right (my hand shakes).
Great tips! I might try out that app next time I have some google play credits. If anyone is looking for a great camera app on Android that's totally free, check out Open Camera - Android Apps on Google Play
Open Camera can record in 60 FPS, and makes a solid all-around alternative to the stock camera. You can also install the official MiFavor Nougat camera from a package on XDA.
Viper4ARISE is the audio solution for every need, except for the "only one channel" speaker bug. Works beautifully for headphones, and Atmos is an option in the package.
I'm using Open Camera; works really well. However, I'm hoping to try out the camera in MiFavor's Nougat and see how that goes.
I am currently using OpenCamera. This app still works. [link]
The integrated app does not focus and can't take a picture and the Motorola Camera app crash immediately with nightly 20171030.
OpenCamera appears to have lots of options, and I suspect it'll probably help you.
If you have an external microphone, OpenCamera will use it when filming a video, which inexplicably the built in app won't.
[link] - it's free though you can make a donation to the developer.
Sorry for the delay, that was lame of me. I think it is still not fixed but I can run fine with other camera apps. I am currently running with "Open Camera": [link]
Open Camera let's you make quick settings shortcuts, one of them is record video. I'd have to install it again to check, but it might have widgets that do the same thing.
Thanks for the tips :) I've also been trying to mess with other camera apps too. I have [link] and [link]
What do you use?
Aside from my "do a short swipe" alternative, there's Open Camera that responds to AutoShare Intents without need of AutoInput.
I haven't used it with S7 but it works on my S4 mini.
Try open camera for your photo needs, it seemed better than Google camera to me.
My auto focus has been wonky, and I enjoy open camera's option to focus manually as well.
Open Camera is the fastest full camera app to launch and be ready to snap a picture, in my experience.
If you wanted to try something a little different, maybe Spy Camera OS 3.
If speed was the most important, you could use an automation app to trigger a picture, burst of pictures, or video without a viewfinder.
I'm on android too but that doesn't work. It must vary from phone to phone. I'm on a Moto X Pure 2015 and the default camera app doesn't really let you do this or pull down the notification tab.
I did a little bit of research and did find a solution, though.
If anyone is creeping this thread and has the same problem as me, try out Open Camera. I'm sure there's other 3rd party Camera apps that let you play music while recording as well.
Open Camera is the best camera app I have enocoutered. Fully featured and completely free Open Source Camera app. No ads!
Snapseed for photo editing.
Try camera apps that support it: -
Open Camera -> [link]
AZ Camera - Manual Pro Cam -> [link]
Don't use the default camera app, use one like this and compare: [link]
But even then I think the Samsungs still does processing. Another option is to take a screenshot of the Snapchat viewfinder
I do think there has been some post-processing on the photo...you can usually notice it around the finer hairs around the eyebrow - they get softened into the skin.
I've noticed the same thing, especially when it comes to videos. But I installed Open Camera which is a massive improvement over the stock camera app. It's not perfect, and definitely can't compete with the Pixel, but I'm able to take halfway decent pictures and videos with it. And I was able to keep the 'twist twice to open camera' feature by making a Tasker task to kill the Moto camera app when launched and launch Open Camera (suggested on an XDA thread).
Since you just got it, I'd probably recommend exchanging it just to be sure it's not a faulty device.
Try another camera app and see if the problem persists.