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Old November 16th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For all of you who love to take pictures and still aren't quite satisfied with the Nexus 5 camera, try Camera Awesome. The issues are obviously the software of googles camera and not the phone. Camera Awesome shoots around the same if not faster than the native app, and the quality is noticeably greater and consistent throughout the photos. There are however a few issues to warn you about. The biggest being that occasionally the app will want to capture photos with lower exposure (darker) than the preview. The quality is still there but in low light situations it makes pics sometimes unusable. The other dissapointment is the user interface is still iPhone themed. Which is ugly and confusing for android enthusiasts. Oh, and it lacks an HDR mode, but it seems to take better pics than Google's "HDR+". Tegra 4 devices get HDR, slow mo and more... So we are getting jipped but I'm sure the developer will improve the app in the future. I am just going to use both apps until I decide which is superior. There is a lot left to be desired with the Google camera. But when Camera Awesome acts correctly and doesn't mess with exposure I get nice shots that feel like better quality than the ones I can achieve with the native app. So the pros sorta out way the cons. Don't hold me responsible if you spend the three dollars and decide you don't like it after the 15 minute window. Results seem to vary, as the app supports very few flagship phones currently.

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I have not tried it myself, but have you heard of the Camera v1.3 Mod? You can read about it at XDA.
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Think some people would want a camera app improvement method rather than rooting just yet.
I know I want to stay mostly stock just now for a while but any camera app that can improve that would be awesome
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VSCO Cam for Android should be coming out any second now (it's been in beta testing for months) and I'm waiting for that. I strongly suggest it to all Android users once it hits the play store.
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Think some people would want a camera app improvement method rather than rooting just yet.
While that is absolutely true, I thought I would share a way to "improve" the current camera software. Particularly since the OP expressed an issue it.
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While that is absolutely true, I thought I would share a way to "improve" the current camera software. Particularly since the OP expressed an issue it.
Sorry, didn't mean don't share, wasn't my intention. Was just hoping others would post up too if I mentioned apps as I would love a decent camera /video app as the dodgy focus on the phone ruined videos I was talking at a concert last week
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I would love a decent camera /video app as the dodgy focus on the phone ruined videos I was talking at a concert last week
I took a video last week which had some focus issues too, I didn't know if it was just a problem with my particular scene or not. Focus would be fine and then it would slam out of focus shortly and then go back. This would happen on an even pulse every 2 seconds. I tried to figure a way to share the video on here but couldn't figure an easy/private way to host the file.
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I have not tried it myself, but have you heard of the Camera v1.3 Mod? You can read about it at XDA.

Yeah I've read all about it. But not only do I not have a computer to root, I'd rather not at this point. I'd like to enjoy out of the box experience and still be covered by warranty in case something happens in the near future. So far I seem to have got a good batch.
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I have purchased camera awesome and it is average at best or maybe the camera is just poor and there is not much that can be done with it.
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i tried camera MX ,also bad.I really want my phone camera to be good but cant find anything to help it grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Is the camera really that bad?
Totally up to peoples opinion.

I enjoy the stock camera.
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Is the camera really that bad?

I'm coming from a HTC EVO 4G ...... comparatively the N5 camera is AWESOME!!!
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Totally up to peoples opinion.

I enjoy the stock camera.

In daylight with motionless subjects you get great pics.
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Is the camera really that bad?
No. It take good pics for me
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Is the camera really that bad?
Still shots are fine, it's focusing on moving objects which are showing problems. I'm yet to take a single picture of my son crawling around which has not blurred. Hopefully the rumoured update is coming.
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A big percentage of people want a good camera to go with a good phone.Nexus haven't caught on yet.I hope they do and soon.
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Does the camera have continuous shooting like the One X/S4?
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Does the camera have continuous shooting like the One X/S4?
I just came from the One X and no, it doesn't have any burst mode at all except you tapping like crazy and waiting forever for the next pic to be taken. Annoying. ><
I really really really REALLY loved the One X's camera. I still believe it's one of the best to date. If the megapixels were 13 instead of 8 it may very well have been. The HTC One's camera is not what I expected. Sure the software is great but with 4 megapixels, alot of huge factors suffer like editing capabilities, and especially macro/closeup shots. Sorry HTC, but quality in all modes > decent low light pics.
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No, not at all. The stock camera is fine, you just really need the right conditions. The major cause of the poor performance is actually the software. Google's camera app just plain sucks. The HDR+ feature is the ONLY thing I like about it. BUT fear not fellow photographers! There are rumors (with evidence) that Google is working on a new camera API, so we may see a substantial upgrade here soon for KitKat. Or we may just be disappointed again... who knows!?
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Focal has been updated and seems to take quick pictures on initial testing.
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Focal has been updated and seems to take quick pictures on initial testing.
Good to know. I've been trying it from time to time on my devices but it always seems to lack a bit, but I haven't given it a go on my Nexus 5 so I will now!
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Also, VSCO cam was released yesterday on android, and it's very popular on iOS. It's fast and takes nice pics but has few features and the interface is odd. I just use it to edit pre-shot pics.
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I've been trying camera zoom fx but it doesn't seem any better than the stock
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Focal is still producing extremely dark pictures when you are taking in mid light conditions.
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I don't get all the complaints about the camera. I've got nothing but compliments about the pictures. I've even had an iPhone user tell me it looked better than their pictures (theirs were more cloudy in the same conditions) and an S4 user was shocked when he saw the quality of pictures and video. The camera's not perfect by any means, but they're also working on updates. That's a pretty decent value for what we paid.
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I don't get all the complaints about the camera. I've got nothing but compliments about the pictures. I've even had an iPhone user tell me it looked better than their pictures (theirs were more cloudy in the same conditions) and an S4 user was shocked when he saw the quality of pictures and video. The camera's not perfect by any means, but they're also working on updates. That's a pretty decent value for what we paid.
Yes, I'm also starting to really like the camera the more I use it. With HDR+ I get really crisp, colorful shots without losing detail. It is also very consistent. I can't wait for the new API to come out, I imagine the Nexus 5's camera will be a beast then.
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Have you taken any pics with anyone/anything moving ?
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Yep, and they came out blurry, but what do you expect?! It's a phone-camera after all! It's not a high-end camera exclusively, which if I'd paid 4 bills for, I'd expect to be able to take pictures while doing back flips - but it's not. For what it is, it's pretty impressive actually and there's an update around the corner for it. Can we really complain, considering how bad@$$ this phone really is? That's not even considering that it's the best bang for your buck in the unlocked market. Taking that into consideration, and the fact that the camera gives the iPhone cameras a run for their money, we really should appreciate that we have one of the best budget-conscious all around quality and well-put-together phones ever made. Let's see what 4.4.1 does for the camera, being that it's around the corner, and really enjoy our new bad@$$ phones in the mean time. :-)
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Have you taken any pics with anyone/anything moving ?
This morning while taking pics of the sunrise off of the bridge near my house I did catch a couple moving cars, and they had the normal motion blur cars usually have. I have not tried capturing moving people yet. And I have not had any difficulty snapping shots of my active dog indoors. Sometimes he moves and I think I missed the shot but when HDR finishes it looks great. Even in photosphere he interrupted a shot and moved too fast for me to fit his head in, but somehow Photosphere correctly stitched in a boxer head (even if it was a little misshapen). I'm actually quite happy, compared to my original impression using the camera hands-on. Coming from an HTC phone I was thoroughly disappointed, but I have come to realize it's mainly because of Google's crappy camera app/interface. Crossing my fingers that their new API will spruce it up and rival the competition flagships.
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Waiting patiently for the cataclysm update

I may just edit the updater-script and flash it anyway
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Did you manually install? I've been frequently hitting check for update in my settings. Lol
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Yep, it got a little messy because I was getting status 7 errors, but once I reflashed the system.img from the factory image, it only took 4 minutes
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I'm missing my laptop more and more. Can't play LoL. Now I can't root and flash things on my N5. ):
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