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Old June 23rd, 2009, 05:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed a couple of new camera apps recently - both have digital zoom and don't match Snap Photo for features yet, but looks like they might in the future.

I've tried them all and right now I'm enjoying Camera Zoom the best - seems to have the best mix of features and its really fun and easy to use. The devs are doing lots of updates so I can see it catching up with Snap Photo before too long - love the custom shutter animations too. Shame it doesn't have the filters like the others, but maybe they'll add that one day?

I use Snap Photo too but I kind of miss not having a zoom with it, even if its only digital zoom.

Which cam do you guys use?

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I would get full-sized images, and then crop them on your PC. Better than digital zoom functionality.
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I find digital zoom help me with composition.

Also even though it doesn't capture any additional detail, you can see additional detail whilst previewing that you wouldn't otherwise which sometimes helps you to take a picture at the right moment.

Obviously I would prefer optical, but we can't have it all!
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PRO Zoom Camera 5X all the way. Snap Photo is really old and laggy. If you haven't used PRO Zoom on your phone, you are missing out on some good shots I guarantee it.

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I haven't found any camera app other than the default one that supporst 5+ MP. Another feature I wish all camera apps (including the default one) had is the stabilization feature using accelerometer. Very handy in less-than-ideal lighting conditions where the shutter speed is slowed down and blurs pictures easily.
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Vignette supports full 8mp and has an anti-shake feature. I love the "toy camera" feature.
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Camera 360 pro. It's very good. Supports any resolution, has great filters and also anti shake thing
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+1 for Vignette!!
I purchased this app after discovering that X10 did not handle geotaggs correctly (fix now in latest firmware). It handles full megapixel resolution and has an extremely large selection of tools filters and options.
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Vignette, like almost all other android camera apps, doesn't support 5MP on my Acer Liquid. It seems that each app has to recognize the phone first in order to support it, instead of a generic 5MP setting that works on all phones that has a 5+ MP camera.
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My favorite one is Fxcamera, it brings Lomo effects to you
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FxCamera and Camera Illusion are both very good, I recently uninstalled Vignette because it doesn't take full 5 MP pictures on the Nexus One.
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Does anyone know of an app that will let me press the screen so the camera gets the settings etc and then actually takes the pic the second i RELEASE my finger from the screen? Basically im finding it hard to go from my old phones which had buttons you could hold half way down ready for an action shot

I thought 'picture on release' of finger would have been standard but i didnt check
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vignette is my favorite
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I tried vignette just now. Has lots of options but none about how to take the picture.

Seems to still just be a case of push the botton and then guess when you think its actually going to snap the image in front of you. Is the long delay just on the desire HD or common to all android devices?
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I tried vignette just now. Has lots of options but none about how to take the picture.

Seems to still just be a case of push the botton and then guess when you think its actually going to snap the image in front of you. Is the long delay just on the desire HD or common to all android devices?
I really liked Vignette, but it was slow to snap on my phone too. Then, it just stopped working. It wasn't force closing, it would just come up and nothing would display on the screen. So I gave up. Too bad because I liked it's look and options.
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if you set Vignette to rapid shot mode, and fixed focus (or infinity instead of auto-focus), it should snap it a lot quicker.
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Vignette and Camera360 both have been recently updated, both are great IMO, and Vignette seems to be a bit quicker than it had been previously. That said, I'm finding my Captivate's default camera app quickest, and using PicSaypro after the fact being the best route to getting good images.
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I tried Vignette (very slow) and Camera360 - very good app. Fxcamera is great fun although basic.

If buying one, I would still go for Camera ZOOM FX. Feature for feature, it seems to cover all bases and the updated interface is the most intuitive.
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All those apps suck! The lag ruins every photo. Want proper pictures? Use a proper camera and look through a real viewfinder. Not at arm's length. It's the only way to 1) really snap quick pictures, 2) get more or less stable, focused, images, 3) see details while you're composing.

Never use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail! Use proper, appropriate tools! Use a nice, real camera to shoot nice, real images. Camera phones are just toy cameras. And it's painfully obvious.

When you go on holiday to a tropical island you don't go on your bicycle either, do you?

Camera phones are convenient for emergencies. Like for capturing the traffic situation and the damage after you had a collision, etc. But you will never get a 'pretty' picture out of it.
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Can't totally agree with you there, my n86 and old n95 have almost 0 lag (compared to most phones of the same age) after using the half click to get the settings. Also you could manual focus if u wanted with a hack. I was just hoping the software on this phone or some one had written would replicate this. I get the point about tools for the job but I never go out to do the job... I just end up in a place where I think, that looks great I wanna save it forever.

If anyone des find an app for fast photo let us know
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well, although it seems like you're looking for true functionality, rather than just gimmick kind of stuff, but I love me some retro camera...

the "xoloroid" (lol) is my favorite. My cousin's wedding the other day had a picture opportunity as he and his new bride walked into the fellowship hall. I realized that EVERYONE and their mother would be taking pics on their high dollar cameras, as well as their phones and whatever else that takes pics.

Either way, I switched to retro camera and took a 'poloriod' picture of them and it went viral amoung the family on facebook. Sometimes, it's not about the megapixels, the cost.... sometimes, it's just timing and something different
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well, although it seems like you're looking for true functionality, rather than just gimmick kind of stuff, but I love me some retro camera...

the "xoloroid" (lol) is my favorite. My cousin's wedding the other day had a picture opportunity as he and his new bride walked into the fellowship hall. I realized that EVERYONE and their mother would be taking pics on their high dollar cameras, as well as their phones and whatever else that takes pics.

Either way, I switched to retro camera and took a 'poloriod' picture of them and it went viral amoung the family on facebook. Sometimes, it's not about the megapixels, the cost.... sometimes, it's just timing and something different
Absolutely! At the end of the day it's not the camera that takes the picture, it's the photographer of course! Also you sometimes get plain lucky! All true.
But that the 'lens' of a camera phone is just a piece of plastic that you would also find in a toy camera from a chewing gum dispenser is also true...!
Let's be realistic about it and look at the whole package. Not just the parts you like and ignoring the rest.

The mark of a pro or dedicated amateur is that he can produce great images consistently. Not just one-off flukes. And you need good gear, and the skill and know-how to use it to good effect for that. None of which come overnight with the purchase of a phone that takes pitchers and snaps of course.

If you really like taking pictures then make the effort to carry a real camera. If you don't you're gambling and taking snaps at best.
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I think if you are aiming for professional model pics coming from a droid camera, you'll always be disappointed.

Just like the turn by turn navigation won't compare to a dedicated GPS unit
Just like the mp3 player won't compare to a dedicated mp3 player
Just like surfing the inet won't compare to a laptop.

if you want high quality, get a professional model. I do like the Droid for what I use. Facebooking, catching a pic I can submit to Peopleofwalmart.com and occasionally, a themed retro shot of my cousin at his wedding. They had plenty of high quality cameras there, I wasn't going to be able to compare on that end.


One thing I will say, and I talked about it at the wedding.... I remember a highschool buddy getting married in 96. He put disposable cameras on all the tables and let the guests take the pictures with those (a pro did the real pictures, but everything else, we took) I KNOW that we have better cameras in our droids than we had in a kodak funsaver.

One thing I did with his funsaver though, was I took it into the bathroom with me and took a carefully positioned picture of my pee-stream and my hand strategically placed. He developed that one later and got a nice surprise that is now lost by everyone taking pics on their phones. I suppose that's either a great thing or a bad thing, depending on if I am a guest at your wedding.
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One thing I did with his funsaver though, was I took it into the bathroom with me and took a carefully positioned picture of my pee-stream and my hand strategically placed. He developed that one later and got a nice surprise that is now lost by everyone taking pics on their phones. I suppose that's either a great thing or a bad thing, depending on if I am a guest at your wedding.
After that, what do you think...?
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I think I won't be given an invite to your wedding, or at the very least, not given a funsaver at it.... lol

lol
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I think I won't be given an invite to your wedding, or at the very least, not given a funsaver at it.... lol

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Of course not! You've already got a camera phone, don't you! If you want to waste money on your pee, it'll be your money, bro, not mine!
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fwiw - my buddy told us about a year later, as we were looking through his wedding album (no, we didn't expect to see the pee-picture, but it did open the conversation) and he told us "man, some dumbass took a picture of himself peeing on one of the cameras"


bwahahah.... we cried we laughed so hard and we fessed up. He said even the one hour photo place made a comment about it.

Good times in our youth.
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All those apps suck! The lag ruins every photo. Want proper pictures? Use a proper camera and look through a real viewfinder. Not at arm's length. It's the only way to 1) really snap quick pictures, 2) get more or less stable, focused, images, 3) see details while you're composing.

Never use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail! Use proper, appropriate tools! Use a nice, real camera to shoot nice, real images. Camera phones are just toy cameras. And it's painfully obvious.

When you go on holiday to a tropical island you don't go on your bicycle either, do you?

Camera phones are convenient for emergencies. Like for capturing the traffic situation and the damage after you had a collision, etc. But you will never get a 'pretty' picture out of it.

I've seen brilliant pictures taken with phones, or even the most low end point and shoot cameras, and I have seen photos that are awful in every aspect taken with high end professional cameras.

It's not the tool that is lacking, but the user.
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I just sold my wife's iPhone 4 and got her an Evo. She seemed OK, not too impressed, with it until she tried the camera. Then she wanted to kill me. The lag ridiculously, painfully ruins every photo she tries to take (of kids, baby, pets, etc). The phone captures NOT the moment she intended, but a second or two later. Absolutely ridiculous.

I would appreciate it if anyone found a solution to this.

P.S. Forget the iPhone 4. My $30 ancient piece of crap phone (before it died) was instantaneous, and took better pictures.
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I've seen brilliant pictures taken with phones, or even the most low end point and shoot cameras, and I have seen photos that are awful in every aspect taken with high end professional cameras.
Incidental extremes are hardly indicative of the average, let alone of the overwhelming majority.
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I am using SnapPhotoLite. It's pretty good, except that it doesn't have zoom! Big annoyance.Also, if you have the "Stability detection" turned on, the camera won't take a photo unless you are really still or there is good lighting. I have shaky hands, so I had to turn this option off. you will see an app called PicSay about which everyone raves as an android photo editing app. I noticed in the user agreement that they will monitor various things on your phone, which is why the app says it needs internet access.
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I am using SnapPhotoLite. It's pretty good, except that it doesn't have zoom! Big annoyance.Also, if you have the "Stability detection" turned on, the camera won't take a photo unless you are really still or there is good lighting. I have shaky hands, so I had to turn this option off. you will see an app called PicSay about which everyone raves as an android photo editing app. I noticed in the user agreement that they will monitor various things on your phone, which is why the app says it needs internet access.
I downloaded PicSay also, but deleted it after reading the user agreement also. The most intrusive app I've seen so far.
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Great discussion on a classic topic I have done some serious photography with my Sony Ericsson K750 back in college (when I couln't afford a camera ) , some people still do not believe some of the pictures were actually taken by that phone. Anyway, having a camera is always a good thing. So has anyone found any better camera app than the ones discussed here?
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Laugh we're inviting beta testers to try a new Android camera app

we've been working for the past year on a new camera app called Pecan. it's going to go live in android marketplace in the next week or two (by end of april 2011) and i'd love to hear any feedback from users who are looking for new camera apps.

i'll send a message to the forum when the app is live, but in the meanwhile you can see some screenshots on our website, here: http://projectpecan.com

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we've been working for the past year on a new camera app called Pecan. it's going to go live in android marketplace in the next week or two (by end of april 2011) and i'd love to hear any feedback from users who are looking for new camera apps.

i'll send a message to the forum when the app is live, but in the meanwhile you can see some screenshots on our website, here: http://projectpecan.com

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What would you say sets your app apart from the other camera apps that are out there?

I'm pretty interested in the auto upload function, I assume it will send all new photos to facebook without me having to "share" them?
Would it be possible to substitute facebook for animage hosting service such as picasa, flickr or put photobucket?

Also, my phone has a 12.2 mega pixel camera, will your app be able to take advantage of that resolution fully?
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What would you say sets your app apart from the other camera apps that are out there?

I'm pretty interested in the auto upload function, I assume it will send all new photos to facebook without me having to "share" them?
Would it be possible to substitute facebook for animage hosting service such as picasa, flickr or put photobucket?

Also, my phone has a 12.2 mega pixel camera, will your app be able to take advantage of that resolution fully?
thanks for the reply! we're starting with three things that set Pecan apart from other apps.
first, it's a fully integrated camera experience, which means both the shooting mode and the photo preview mode are handled by the app. that means that you can do clever things like see which photos have been uploaded to facebook, move from preview to shoot mode easily, and more.

second, we support auto-upload (with or without delay), so you can just choose which facebook album you want to upload to (or create a new facebook album straight from the phone), and then upload the photos automatically. we're a small team so we decided to focus on facebook at this stage (given that they're the world's #1 photo sharing website now).

third, we let users manage photos in albums and add tags that can be automatically uploaded to facebook, too. no other app let users manage different photo albums right now.

about the 12.2 mpex camera, i think that facebook does compress photos so it might not display the full resolution. when we support in future other services like Dropbox, full resolution would be supported too.

looking forward to hearing your feedback once Pecan goes live!
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This got a review on a photo site. Nokia does put out a decent camera. My 5mp Nokia C6 was way better than this one on the Galaxy. Plus it did have a flash.
Of course, not dealing with Nokia/Ovi is a bigger plus, and I have a bridge camera and a DSLR.

Since Sony makes cameras, I wouldn't be surprised to find a good camera on their phones.

Pecan looks interesting, but Facebook isn't. I'd like the settings menu to be more available.

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thanks for the reply! we're starting with three things that set Pecan apart from other apps.
first, it's a fully integrated camera experience, which means both the shooting mode and the photo preview mode are handled by the app. that means that you can do clever things like see which photos have been uploaded to facebook, move from preview to shoot mode easily, and more.

second, we support auto-upload (with or without delay), so you can just choose which facebook album you want to upload to (or create a new facebook album straight from the phone), and then upload the photos automatically. we're a small team so we decided to focus on facebook at this stage (given that they're the world's #1 photo sharing website now).

third, we let users manage photos in albums and add tags that can be automatically uploaded to facebook, too. no other app let users manage different photo albums right now.

about the 12.2 mpex camera, i think that facebook does compress photos so it might not display the full resolution. when we support in future other services like Dropbox, full resolution would be supported too.

looking forward to hearing your feedback once Pecan goes live!
Thanks for the response, your app would also keep a copy of the photos on the sd card I assume? Would they be in full resolution or would they be compressed?
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we've been working for the past year on a new camera app called Pecan. it's going to go live in android marketplace in the next week or two (by end of april 2011) and i'd love to hear any feedback from users who are looking for new camera apps.

i'll send a message to the forum when the app is live, but in the meanwhile you can see some screenshots on our website, here: http://projectpecan.com

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Id love to beta test it!!
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Yea I would too actually.
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Waiting for an app that has the post production quality of the iPhone 4 as well. It really blows the droid out of the water in picture quality and speed. Thats the only area where the Droid is no where close to IOS phones on.
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Camera Fun free/pro is a fun little camera app. I really like that it can take a "sketch" photo.

I rarely use a phone camera. Although I have film and digital slr's, I find it so inconvenient to pack all that equipment. I usually carry and use a Canon digital point and shoot. It is a few years old and doesn't even have image stabilization. I have taken some very decent photos using a few easy techniques, eg. bracing camera wherever possible, not using flash whenever possible, using flash on bright days to reduce harsh shadows, using slow sync if flash is necessary, learning to adjust exposure compensation to bracket exposures, figure out which zoom setting is the clearest (usually the widest end) and then zoom by using my feet. I am not going to sell any photos, but the picture quality is almost as good as if I had used a dSLR. I take a lot of photos and I don't bother with post production.
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I tried vignette just now. Has lots of options but none about how to take the picture.

Seems to still just be a case of push the botton and then guess when you think its actually going to snap the image in front of you. Is the long delay just on the desire HD or common to all android devices?
My phone will wait until I release the "take picture" button.
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Snap Photo Pro is my favorite camera app.
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Camera 360 pro is a very good camera app with HDR and a host of other effects. By far the best one I've tried.
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Hi, new here. Am looking for a camera fone app that allows me to save files in raw format or DNG or at least tiff. anybody know of such an app. ( yes if have searched this forum , but currently nothing has showed up.)

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Hello

I've had my Desire S for a couple of weeks. Took some photos with it recently but there seems to be a lot of JPG compression, presumably to keep the filesize small.

My 6 year old Sony camera is 7.1MP and gives a pretty consistent file size of around 3.5MB per picture, so I was assuming a resolution of 5MP would result in 2.5MB or thereabouts. But the photos are coming out at with a large range of 750Kb to 1.75MB.

Pixel size is correct, but I can't find any settings on the app to change the quality: this website shows a 'quality' setting on a previous Desire model, but I can't find it on mine. Am I just being daft, or is it no longer there?

Alternatively, are there any cameras apps that concentrate purely on the jpg quality, without bells and whistles of special effects etc? I can do them on my computer later.

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Vignette cuts the view about 1/2 on Desire Z/2.3.3/CM7

Any other alterantives? Tried Camera 360 Pro but it cant shoot video and I think doesnt support the full resolution.
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we've been working for the past year on a new camera app called Pecan. it's going to go live in android marketplace in the next week or two (by end of april 2011) and i'd love to hear any feedback from users who are looking for new camera apps.

i'll send a message to the forum when the app is live, but in the meanwhile you can see some screenshots on our website, here: http://projectpecan.com

thanks!
chief pecan - chief (at) projectpecan.com

I would also like to beta test if you are still looking, although you might be ready to release soon......However...... A simple request, I would like the option of date stamping my photos as well as saving them to SD with a date instead of a sequential IMG#
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Hello

I've had my Desire S for a couple of weeks. Took some photos with it recently but there seems to be a lot of JPG compression, presumably to keep the filesize small.

My 6 year old Sony camera is 7.1MP and gives a pretty consistent file size of around 3.5MB per picture, so I was assuming a resolution of 5MP would result in 2.5MB or thereabouts. But the photos are coming out at with a large range of 750Kb to 1.75MB.

Pixel size is correct, but I can't find any settings on the app to change the quality: this website shows a 'quality' setting on a previous Desire model, but I can't find it on mine. Am I just being daft, or is it no longer there?

Alternatively, are there any cameras apps that concentrate purely on the jpg quality, without bells and whistles of special effects etc? I can do them on my computer later.

Thanks in advance

Gary.

Yes, it is a similar story on my Incredible S with an 8MP camera - very small pictures, and therefore not great quality once viewed on a bigger screen. Are there any camera apps, preferably free, that don't compress the JPEGs much, ie use the camera's sensor to take the photos, but do all the processing themselves, rather than use HTC's over-compressed processing.

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