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  1. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member

    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.

    If anyone knows any better camera apps to compliment the capabilities of the Nexus 5, please let me know so I may take advantage of them.

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  2. Ranhead

    Ranhead Well-Known Member

    I have not tried it myself, but have you heard of the Camera v1.3 Mod? You can read about it at XDA.
  3. geemacd

    geemacd Well-Known Member

    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
  4. jrichw

    jrichw New Member

    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.
  5. Ranhead

    Ranhead Well-Known Member

    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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  6. geemacd

    geemacd Well-Known Member

    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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  7. rhray

    rhray Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member


    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.
  9. stonethrower

    stonethrower Member

    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.
  10. chukka63

    chukka63 Well-Known Member

    i tried camera MX ,also bad.I really want my phone camera to be good but cant find anything to help it grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  11. BigCiX

    BigCiX Well-Known Member

    Is the camera really that bad?
  12. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Totally up to peoples opinion.

    I enjoy the stock camera.
  13. Ranhead

    Ranhead Well-Known Member


    I'm coming from a HTC EVO 4G ...... comparatively the N5 camera is AWESOME!!!
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  14. chukka63

    chukka63 Well-Known Member


    In daylight with motionless subjects you get great pics.
  15. rdillz

    rdillz Well-Known Member

    No. It take good pics for me
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  16. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. chukka63

    chukka63 Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. BigCiX

    BigCiX Well-Known Member

    Does the camera have continuous shooting like the One X/S4?
  19. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member

    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.
    /endrant

    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!?
  20. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    Focal has been updated and seems to take quick pictures on initial testing.
  21. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member

    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!
  22. Lona808

    Lona808 Well-Known Member

    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.
  23. chukka63

    chukka63 Well-Known Member

    I've been trying camera zoom fx but it doesn't seem any better than the stock
  24. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    Focal is still producing extremely dark pictures when you are taking in mid light conditions.
  25. mai8ko

    mai8ko Well-Known Member

    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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