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Jimmy McGee · May 28, 2015

Time-Lapse with ChronoSnap – XDA App Review

Some of the most interesting pictures are time-lapse animations that capture the passage of time.  Someone painting a house, someone building a treehouse, or a sunset are just a few of the ideas for a time-lapse session. A lot of smartphone cameras have some great power now, so why not use a smartphone. Developer Nathan Osman offers up an app that creates simple and easy time-lapse photos. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews ChronoSnap. TK shows off the...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · May 3, 2015

Sunday Debate: Great Camera Hardware, or Software?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on phone cameras. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below!     Cameras are typically one of the main attractions of a smartphone, and in the last couple of years, the advancements in this mobile picture-taking have...

Jimmy McGee · Apr 16, 2015

Profile Picture Editor – App Review

One great thing about our smartphones is the ability to take pictures with them. You can even upload them to your social media if you are brave enough. However, sometimes you want to edit and embellish your social media and local photos before posting them. Talented Developers over at IntuitiveWare offer up a picture editing program for your social media and local images. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Profile Picture Editor. TK shows off the application and shares...

Chris Gilliam · Mar 17, 2015

New App Spotlight: Geak Camera

Do you love adding filters to the snapshots you share on Instagram and Facebook, but wish you could see the filtered effects live while taking the shots? Senior XDA Forum member Flying Snail's new app is here to help. Geak Camera contains a pack of eight filter effects, two aspect ratios, and an intuitively minimal interface. Nothing here is inherently unique, but at only four days old this app is chock full of potential. Eagle eyed readers may remember Flying Snail and the Geak...

Chris Gilliam · Feb 28, 2015

Best Apps To View RAW Images On Android

Last week, I wrote about the best apps to unleash the raw photographic power of your Lollipop smartphone. All four of those cameras generate lossless DNG images with pounds of potential for apps like Photoshop to unlock, but what if you’re looking to edit or view those pics on the go? QuickPic, Google Photos, and the other mainstays treat raw images like they don't exist. This rundown seeks to fill the void and give you full control over your precious pictures....

Chris Gilliam · Feb 21, 2015

Top 4 Camera Apps for Lollipop’s New API

// Lollipop is supercharging our Android cameras with a new API, but not all apps (or devices) are created equal. For example, one would think the AOSP shooter would cry from the rooftops: "pro photographers rejoice - manual ISO and shutter speeds have arrived!" Alas, this is not the case, and even Google's closed-source version lacks support. Where, then, can we turn for our fix of new features? At XDA, we scoured the internet to bring together four contenders. These apps...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 16, 2015

ColorOS Camera on OPO: Great Port, Great Option

Some lenses are better than others, and when it comes to hardware the difference can be quantified in a lab. As far as applications go, however, the story is a little different - you've got hundreds of options out there, be it on the Playstore, on our forums or whatever third-party resource you can find. In some cases, cameras are finely tuned to specific sets of hardware, or have proprietary drivers and algorithms that significantly improve the experience. Owners of...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 8, 2014

Improve the Quality of Your Note 4’s Photos

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is without a doubt a great device. The highly functional S-Pen and pretty high end hardware specifications make it one of the most interesting devices of 2014. But even the best Android devices can be improved upon, and XDA is definitely a good place to look for some neat modifications. One of the aspects of the Note 4 that can be improved is the default camera application. Samsung put some restrictions on its camera application...

Jimmy McGee · Oct 18, 2014

Best 3 Pro Camera Apps – XDA TV

There are many Camera apps available for Android, some free, some not so free. Sometimes though you want more than just a standard camera app. The sensors are good enough on most devices now days that with the right app, you can do some pretty significant adjustments to your photos. The apps we cover today won't make you Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams, but if you know to turn your phone into landscape mode before you take a picture, these...

Tomek Kondrat · Mar 18, 2014

Take the Perfect Selfie with a Front-Facing Flash

Selfies are loved by some, while utterly hated by others. Taking a photo of yourself is quite the controversial sign of modern society, and the activity even presented itself in this year's Oscars ceremony. Taking a good selfie requires seeing one's face on the screen. It also requires a decent camera, and a flash never hurts. That's why Oppo added rotating camera to the N1. Those of you who don't want to cut off half your head when using the rear-facing...

Tomek Kondrat · Jan 3, 2014

Improve the Quality of Your Nexus 5 Photos with Simple Mod

The Google Nexus 5 is an undoubtedly great device. That said, its camera's image quality leaves much to be desired. Google tried to improve the camera by applying some patches in Android 4.4.1, but the camera can still be improved further. A few weeks ago, we talked about a camera mod for the LG G2 created by XDA Recognized Contributor Jishnu Sur™. This modification fixed a few issues like low video frame rate in low lighting, as well as a few other minor...

egzthunder1 · Nov 27, 2013

Create Your Own Mosaics on Android with ZaBa Photo Mosaic

Our devices have turned from the communicators they were meant to be a decade and a half ago into multimedia powerhouses capable of doing most of what we do with other gadgets and larger equipment. Of course, the all-in-one aspect and reduction in component size come at a cost (normally quality), but that is a topic for another discussion. For all practical purposes, our devices are powerful enough to do what we want to do without having to be stuck in...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2013

Improve Photos on LG G2 Photos with Jishnu’s Camera Mod

The flagship LG G2 was released not too long ago. Powerful hardware---almost identical to its younger sibling, the Google Nexus 5---places G2 in the top league of Android devices. But while the G2 packs great camera hardware, the stock camera software is a bit less than ideal. A camera mod released by XDA Recognized Contributor Jishnu Sur™ improves the photo quality significantly. For example, the stock camera app shoots video at 14 FPS in low light, which results in a choppy...

TheRomMistress · Jul 29, 2013

CyanogenMod Team Introduces Nemesis Stage 1: Focal

Coinciding with the release of Android 4.3 and and an updated stock camera, stage one of the CyanogenMod team's top secret "Project Nemesis" was finally unveiled on July 26.  According to the development group's weekly wrap-up on www.cyanogenmod.org, the goal of this project is to bring users the best custom operating experience possible. As such, Focal, a feature-packed camera application, was announced as the first component geared towards reaching that goal. CyanogenMod developer Guillaume Lesniak (XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD) posted details about the...

Samantha · Jul 27, 2013

Take Photos with the Proximity Sensor on the Sony Xperia Z

Taking pictures underwater is probably something that not many people have attempted. Of course, not only are the physical and hardware limitations preventing people from doing so, expect for a select 'few' devices, but physics tells us that capacitive touch screens will have a hard time registering any taps and swipes when under water. A physical camera button may remedy this issue on the Sony Xperia Z, but how about the proximity sensor? In answer to a question along similar lines, XDA...

Samantha · Jul 19, 2013

Physical Camera Button Mod for the HTC One

What can we do if phone manufacturers forget to include a physical camera button? "Make" one ourselves, of course! A mod we've covered did so on the Sony Xperia Z by substituting the volume buttons as a physical camera button, which allowed for quick launch of the camera as well as fast image capture. Well, now HTC One users can enjoy this function as well, as XDA Senior Member Matt has created a mod allowing for the volume buttons to act as a...

Samantha · Jun 2, 2013

Give Your Sony Xperia Z a Physical Camera Button

A product decision that I never truly understood up to this day is the exclusion of a physical camera button on a modern day smartphone. The three powerhouses of 2013 so far, the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Xperia Z, all lack a dedicated camera button to the dismay of many users. However, if you own the Xperia Z, fear not because there is now a mod that will (hopefully) rid of this issue. XDA Senior Member black97one has created a...