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Gonna be frank with you dude. All of those issues were being talked about all over the internet more than a year ago.
While I understand you qualm here is that you feel that there have been no updates to address these issues, note that at the time of your purchase (if approx 1 year ago) google was already focused on the 6p and 5x. This the ecosystem of the smartphone market. Old hardware becomes less supported while new hardware becomes the focus for development.
The lesson you should be walking away with here is that you shouldn't buy an older model phone before first realizing that the issues it has may very well never be fixed, and you should be researching your purchases (if they matter this much to you) before you make them.
As a side note, good 3rd party camera apps fix the issue with the stock camera being so terrible. Don't get me wrong, there's only so much an app can really do with the hardware it's given, but Camera FV-5 and Open Camera work better than stock for sure. N also apparently fixes a lot of the throttling issues and improves overall battery performance. As for the speaker volume issue, I've never run into it, so I don't know what to tell you there other than there is a wealth of information at your fingertips and there are likely workarounds of some nature out there, you only need to seek them out.
Camera FV-5 is a great alternative camera app for the Nexus 5. The focus always seems on point whether it be auto focus or tap to focus. If neither of those work you can switch to manual focus and just slide up or down to set the focus yourself. You can also set all of the typical camera controls ISO/Shutterspeed/Whitebalance and shoot in RAW!
If you're on Lollipop now check out Camera FV-5. full manual control, including manual focus, RAW support, relatively intuitive interface.
> Also, holy shit, they couldn't even do a round camera icon?
Yeah a round camera app icon seems like it would be pretty simple.
Cool picture! I got a Oneplus One and found this article for anyone else interested.
He mentions an app in the article:
Camera FV-5’s advanced controls and interface design make it the first app I would recommend for performing long exposures on a smartphone.
Camera FV-5 is amazing in my opinion. It's fast on the N5 - quick to start up and quick to shoot, has a ton of DSLR options and settings that let you fine tune your shot as much as you like, and it will take JPEG or PNG format pics while capturing RAW at the same time.
The three pictures shot in low-light were taken using the Camera FV-5 app which allowed me to fiddle around with the ISO and focus.
The shutter sound seems to be in the OS not the app.
I normally use Camera FV-5 rather than the default app and it's started doing it too now I'm on Nougat and when you toggle the sounds in there a popup appears from the developer warning you that although this disables the app's sounds you may still get sound from Android. And you do :-(
Camera FV-5 is incredible! RAW format, change save location, manual focus / exposure / ISO / etc. settings. Free version restricts resolution, paid version is $3.49
If you're rooted you should get xcam and then the paid package for it. You can change everything manually including shutter speed, bitrates, jpeg quality and much more. If you're not rooted, then Camera FV-5.
I really like Camera FV-5 pro as it's the closest to dSLR settings I have found that I like.
The reviews aren't great these days, but I really enjoy it. However it is not open source.
I apologize, I don't know what you're saying. Snap isn't the LG stock, no. It's CM stock, though.
Camera FV-5 is pretty good though. Regardless of CM or not.
Try snapdragon camera [link], or if you want a totally different app from stock, the most complete in the market in my opinion is camera FV-5: [link]
Flere som støtter RAW format så lenge du ikke behøver å bruke standard kamera app. Camera FV-5 har f.eks en lang rekke støttede enheter.
There's a lot to be done with a Galaxy s4 camera! My first experiments in astrophotography several years ago were made with an old Canon PowerShot A75 coupled to some old broken binoculars, so I know a bit about... "challenging" cameras :P
There are a few things you could try:
Check out Camera FV-5. It's a pretty amazing camera app that allows for all sorts of DSLR like adjustments and fine tuning to your camera settings. It's fast opening and has a fairly quick shutter response time on the Nexus 5 plus it allows for RAW + JPEG or PNG capture with every shot.
Camera FV-5 (there's also a lite version). It can also shoot in RAW if you have a Nexus 5/6 and you're on Lollipop.
>as good as G-cam
Well, my phones always get better pictures when I use “Camera FV-5” better than native and even G-Cam. It is not open source, neither free, but the results are the best I have ever seen. :(
I haven't tested it extensively but this is an app I have used a lot over the years so I thought I'd try it. it does have a raw option and it does appear to save the images as raw. You can bracket exposure. There's also a video app by the same company I'm planning on trying although I'm pretty happy with Sony's video apps.
There's a light version but here's the pro version:
Camera FV-5 Pro
i used camera fv-5 which is a manual camera app that allows me to do long exposures
Play store link
There is lite version as well.
I bought Camera FV-5 a long time ago, back when the Google camera didn't support raw files, and it's pretty decent. I hardly ever use it nowadays though, but I sometimes use their video app because it doesn't zoom in (like current Google camera does).
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If you're looking for greater control over your camera settings then I would recommend FV-5 which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. There is a free version but I highly recommend the pro because it does give you access to more features.
Pro - [link]
Free - [link]
You don't have as much control, you have exposure, white balance presets (so you choose different white balance), HDR and that's about it.
Now on Android you can install any type of apps, if you want more control, you can just install an app that gives you more control such as:
But usually you end up getting better results with the Google Camera, because even though you have less control, Google has a lot of algorithms running to process your photos.
Did you try Camera FV5? it uses something called Intervalometer, I'm sure it should fit your requirements stated here.
Why not just use this?
EDIT: This is my favorite camera app on the Play Store regardless of the manual settings. Just does the best job and is most configurable. It can't shoot video on it's own, but there's a Cinema FV-5 app for that, also probably the best in video. Check these out, well worth the money (Lite versions available for testing).
I seriously don't get the obsession with the minimal interface. It takes so long to change anything.
I use an app called camera fv5. It can control the shutter speed on my oneplus. I'm not sure if it supports long exposure on your phone. I think there's also a free lite version so you can try it out.
I used Camera FV-5 for "pro" features, and it does have raw support, but don't have 5.1 yet, so can't comment on how well raw works in it.
It is expensive for India, which would probably be $50-100 or so?
Have you tried any of the Android DSLR apps? Camera FV-5 is nice.
The OnePlus One does a pretty good job and their stock CM camera app is pretty good. It supports RAW and it's the only app that can shoot 4K video. No other camcorder app to date supports OnePlus One 4K. I'm sure Cinema FV-5 will soon enough because they have 4K support for other 4K recording capable devices such as the Note 4. I just play the waiting game now. For the actual image and video quality, I like it. It's Sony 13MP camera can do better, it's really up to the software and camera APIs to be more developed to really take advantage of the camera even more.
Have some sample shots using the OnePlus One (aka photos I took with the phone throughout the time I've had it):
Here have a pic of the CN Tower
Here have a pic in an aquarium
Here have a pic in a subway station
Here have a pic of a rainy, foggy night at a major intersection
Here have a random night time shot
All of these photos are unedited and shot with the stock CM camera app on 100% JPEG, on the automatic mode.
Note: imgur loves butchering the image quality
Camera apps can help improve the image quality you get from your phone's camera and provide you with more options when shooting. Camera FV-5 does a pretty good job of this and it supports RAW DNG capture on the OnePlus One. Previously it was only the stock CM camera app that has a number of bugs and issues. Camera FV-5 gives as much control as you can get for the most part. Manual ISO, manual focus if your device is using the camera2 API such as the Nexus 5, 6. Manual shutter speed, custom white balance and more. For the OnePlus One, you can do proper long exposures using the Camera FV-5 app for up to 60 second long exposures. On the CM camera app, it was limited to 8 seconds. It's not the fake 1080p only long exposures, rather it's the same kind of long exposure for DSLRs and point and shoots. It's great and it actually works.
If your phone camera does not support RAW, what you can do is set the camera apps to save as PNG. This is technically a lossless format considering that JPEG drops data so the file size can be smaller. PNG saves all of it, it's not quiet RAW because there is post processing to make the image look different from what the camera is outputting, but it's going to be better than JPEG.
4K is cool and all but computers often lag when trying to play it back. It would only work when I was playing it back using Premiere Pro in the source viewer. I don't know why, but VLC, QuickTime and Windows Media Player lagged like shit. Windows Media Player actually lagged the least for some reason too. Playback on phones are fine if it's high end/recent enough. Although the Nexus 5 with it's 800 processor was unable to play the 4K without a lot of stuttering no matter what video player I used (including MX Video Player).
What can be improved for the photo and video experience is a good update for the stock CM camera app. The view finder is cropped in as 16:9 even if you selected 4:3 for the photo capture buttons. That means it's really hard to frame stuff up properly in a cropped view finder. Google Camera app used to do this and it drove everyone nuts. 4K DCI (24fps) recording with the CM camera app LAGS when you're recording and looking at the view finder. When you press the record button and look at what you're recording, the return video is like 10-15 fps. I don't know why it does this but it's an annoying thing because you would have a delayed reaction when recording stuff with a laggy view finder. When recording in 4K 30fps, the view finder lag isn't there although there seems to be a minor delay in the view finder itself.
That and the focusing is retarded. CM camera app problem, when you tap to focus and it locks the photos, you can take a photo and the focus should stay the same. When you press the video record button, it just refocuses which drives me nuts sometimes. Not only that, but sometimes the CM camera app can't focus at all during recordings. I can be doing a recording in broad daylight and it would still fail. Like really, WTF. There was also this bug where tap to focus during video recording only worked when you tapped the left or right side of the screen.
If you decide to film stuff in 60fps or 120fps, guess what. There is no audio recording what so ever. That and when you play back the video, it's in 30fps so if something was shot in 60fps, it would be played by default at 30fps, so that 1 minute video you just recorded at 60fps, the output file is 2 minutes long. The 720p video quality is pretty bad and blocky. Also in video, a lot of people notice white lines show up on their videos. I see it when using snapchat all the time.
There should be a CM11s OTA update before CM12s comes out so there's that. I look forward to that so hopefully the annoying camera things can be fixed while still on Kit Kat. Then on Lollipop, additional goodies in the camera2 camera API can be made good use of such as manual focusing using a slider. I've used it on the Nexus 5 with L Camera and Camera FV-5 and it's pretty useful when you want to take macro photos and Google Camera or whatever other camera app flat out won't work. It also works for video recording too. L Camera also allows you to record at a higher resolution for video which is pretty nice. The Nexus 5 cannot do 4K video because it lacks the actual pixels on the 8MP camera sensor to actually fit the 4K resolution requirement.
The camera2 API also allows you to do full manual shutter speed. On the Nexus 5, I was able to set whatever shutter speed and ISO I wanted using the L camera app. You can do that on the OnePlus One too but a cool thing is that in Camera FV-5 with the Nexus 5, on the upper part of the app it tells you the camera aperture, shutter speed and ISO. On the OnePlus One and every other device, it only shows up for the picture you just took. For the Nexus 5 (or Nexus 6), it will show the live camera parameters so you'd know beforehand what the settings actually are just like a DSLR or point and shoot. That's something I found out earlier today. There's also RAW DNG capture now.
Another thing that drives me nuts is when apps use their own internal camera app but the focusing is flat out annoying as shit. When sending a snapchat video or recording a vine, I find that it will pull focus back and forth even if everything is in focus and fine. It's just driving me nuts.
Whenever these things are all fixed, the OnePlus One is an even better phone with a great camera on it.
Google Play Store Link to Camera FV-5
Google Play Store Link to Cinema FV-5
Edit: CM11s 05Q OTA update is rolling out right now and there are now three video focus options: auto, continuous, and infinity. In CameraNext, they added letterbox view for to show actual capture in preview. Finally! The cropped view finder was driving me nuts. I wonder how much better the image processing is and such. Now I wait for the OTA or flash the zip whenever it's available.
Yes; Camera FV-5 and Manual Camera. But manual focus requires the Camera2 API, which isn't available to the OPO yet AFAIK.
Edit: looks like only the Nexus 5 & Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S6/Edge and the LG G4 can support ~~manual focus~~ Camera2.
Edit 2: just ran the Manual Camera compatibility tool, and it looks like the OPO doesn't support any of the maual settings :(
Edit 3: apparently there is a ColorOS Camera mod that supposedly fixes manual focus functionality. Looks promising! Have you tried it?
Yes, FV-5. Here's a demo someone shot with it.
I like Camera FV-5
There's Cinema FV-5 if you want to record videos.
If you're using a phone camera, use an app that allows you to change ISO, Shutter speed, and focus, and get some sort of tripod. Set the shutter to 1/60 if NTSC and 1/50 if PAL. Set the ISO to the best level for your lighting. Adjust the manual focus until it is ever so slightly out of focus and you should be good to go.
I used Camera FV-5 on my Pixel 2 XL and took this and several other pictures. Keep in mind that you'll sometimes get a moire pattern simply from the image being zoomed out too much. If you zoom in a bit or display it at 100% it should go away.
Edit: The uncompressed originals are in this reddit post I made
Camera FV-5 claims that it can do up to 30 seconds.
I've bought a lot of camera apps over the years and always come back to this one.
Check these out . Full manual control and yet nicer MD ui with lot features . [link]
This app has been an amazing fix for me.
Protip; the bands in the pictures are caused by the light! Had the EXACT same problem like ~2 weeks ago.
I downloaded a camera app called FV-5
What I did is I set the "light metering mode" to the small dot, and it works wonder
Let me know if you need a more specific explanation, mini looks good, could use a wash of nuln oil! :)
Worth the buy, but know the limitations going in.
Things you can adjust: Exposure compensation, shutter (1/32000s to 1/20s), ISO (50 to 1600), focal distance, white balance (works with presets, but Kelven mode is still broken), flash (on/off. no auto), GPS, grid lines (off, thirds, golden ratio, diagonal), timer (off, 2s, 10s), shutter sound (on/off), and JPEG + RAW mode. Also, an option to max the screen brightness for outdoor visibility.
Those are the only things you can change, which means...
Things for which you're SOL: HDR/HDR+, changing the number of megapixels, histogram, exposure bracketing, video. HDR is a big deal, and keeps you from seeing the camera's true, grainy nature. The histogram (graph showing percentage of the shot at each brightness or color value) is an indispensable composition tool when you're learning, and shows you when you've gone too far on each dial. Here's a quick primer with examples. If you're looking to do astrophotography like this post, the ISO and shutter limits are a bit low.
Takeaway: Manual Camera's layout is the most intuitive of the bunch, and lets you see how each setting changes the picture in real time as you play with the adjustment nob. This is how a camera app should function, and sounds like exactly what you're looking for; an interactive playground for learning the concepts behind a DSLR. That said, pictures will look grainy no matter what you do. The default app takes amazing (HDR+) shots by near-instantaneously stacking multiple exposures to cut out noise while preserving detail. You'll find yourself going back to this for every-day shooting. The grainy shots are a true representation of the camera sensor's ability, and RAW (DNG) capture lets you harness their potential in photoshop or GIMP. Don't expect miracles out of the box, but the sky is the limit on your PC.
Other: If you want to learn more about photography, you might also look at Camera51. It's a free camera app that guides you through composition as you're taking the shots.
What features do you want from Windows Phone? Android is an open platform and there are a bunch of apps to customize your phone.
Some of my suggestion based on what you wrote:
Aside from that, I don't think there are any feature available in Windows Phone that isn't available on Android -- even the stock one -- aside from things like Continuum, which used only by some anyway.
The beautiful part about Android is you can customize it the way you want it, even without rooting and flashing custom ROM into it. Just head on to the Play Store and look for customization apps.
Camera FV-5 kills the stock camera app, Lux Auto Brightness is just way better than the normal brightness manager and Business Calendar is probably the best calendar app I've ever used.
I've been using Camera FV-5 and it's got a lot of great controls.
Stock camera apps typically are.
Historically I've always used Camera FV-5 (there's also free "lite" version to try it before spending any money) as I like the SLR feel of it ~~but lately I've been using the Google Camera app more and more, the APK for which is available from various places (here for example) and seems to do an excellent job (HDR+, fake bokeh etc).~~
ETA - turns out I'd not been using the Google Camera app. Sigh.
I don't know which type of smartphone you have but you can use these apps for Android and IOS mobiles.
You can also read this for better smartphone photography : 5 Amazing Tips for Smartphone Photography
Camera fv-5 has raw. It has a free version with some features and the full version is $3.95. Worth the buy.
Camera FV-5 recreates the DSLR feel, including exposure bracketing (multiple shots with different exposure settings) and a kick-ass intervalometer (time-lapse taker) chock-full of settings. There's a Lite version if you'd like to take a test drive first, but it limits the capture resolution and disables DNG.
Other than that, I'm fully on board with the suggestion of /u/EPIC_BOATSEX - there's nothing like RAW, Manual (camera) action. The app's got one of the best designed UIs I've seen in years, even if it does scrimp on the advanced features.
Also, check if you can use Google's own app. The fancy bits of their magical HDR+ are only possible under the hood thanks to camera2. You won't get DNG ourputs or manaual controls, but it's worth it for the low light photography.
This might help?
Third party app: Camera FV-5 ([link]) able to let you shoot pass 10 seconds shutter speed limitation from the stock camera.
I mean, i'm sure you're kidding but:
Try: [link] as well. Lovely manual mode.
I've been using Camera FV-5 on my Nexus 5X and it has been great. The app has tons of options plus it works well.
Camera 360 or Camera FV-5
just going to reply again so you get it. I was wrong, I thought it was $10, it's only $4.
Yes, I use Camera FV 5 [link]
Camera FV-5 above all!
There is a rule of thumb in photography, and it is this:
This means that you should enjoy photography no matter what camera you have with you. If you have a massive wet plate camera and you enjoy it you will also drag it with you, but if you don't find it worth your time to drag it around well, then the mobile is the better camera for you.
For me, I don't use a bag much any more. I simply choose One of my lenses when walking out the door. If I Only have the manual Nikkor 50/1.4 Ai-S lens, well then there isn't much use to think bout macro photography so I will actually concentrate More when I don't have the option of swapping the lens.
So perhaps you should either decide not to use or even leave the mobile at home so that you do not have the option of chickening out when you want to take a photograph?
>and take time setting up which messes how I do things
What things does it mess up?
I've found that for me experience makes you get better.
I shot manually on my Nikon D800, so walking around I am constantly aware of the light so I will make small adjustments as I go so that if a situation shows up I will be pretty close with the settings when I need to be.
I use the Xperia Z1 for a special kind of photography, I started an Instagram account specifically to use with my Z1 so that I would WORK with it. And it is a really good camera, especially with the FV-5 app, that you might want to get if you want more control.
There are a few things to consider;
The Canon is an older camera and lots happens all the time with cameras.
The Canon is a DSLR which means other lenses, beyond the zoom function that will also alter the way an image comes out.
Depth of Field - something lenses do and a mobile doesn't. Pretty much.
Mobile is Always with you, this can be good or a curse.
There is nothing really to say that you can't be a mobile photographer today. Just do what you enjoy and let the "professionals" whine all they want about it. There is always someone that will be on your case no matter what.
You shoot with a mobile only and someone with a entry level DSLR tell you how much better that is, you shoot with your DSLR and someone with a mid segment will tell you to get a better lens, you shoot with the top lens and top body some geek with an old analog camera from the 50's will tell you that digital is not real photography. You just can't win if you listen to others.
You photograph because You want to do it.
Take three days where you go out with your mobile only and you really spend time trying to get proper photos.
Then you take three days with the DSLR and do the same. Mess around with the settings and see how you can take different images of the same objects with it.
If you are indoors then try to take the same photo with both cameras and compare them to find what you like best.
I use this one [link]
Get a good camera app. Test around and see what one you like the best, or take my word for it and try Camera FV-5 for a half hour (if you don't like it - than refund it!).
Secondly, you almost always have to run a phones picture through a third party photo editing software, like Snapseed for android phones (Google actually owns this app) for them to look any half-decent. Than just learning what to apply, and how much... I usually fool around in the 'tune image' and 'details' section. Anywhere from 0-25 for each individual sub-setting yields the best results I find.
M7 user here. I use Camera FV-5.
Fv-5 does long exposure
Have you tried this app? [link]
It seems like you're asking for too much