Switching Between CamerasTips


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  1. felixor

    felixor Active Member

    I've searched, read the stickers, browsed a bit, and still can't find an answer.

    Is there a way to quickly switch from the main camera to the front-facing one? I'm getting tired of having to do it the long way by going into the settings. If there isn't a short way to do it on the original camera app, is there a 3rd party app that can do it?

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  2. dr g

    dr g Well-Known Member

  3. It's 2 clicks.... Settings, then hit switch camera. Is saving ONE CLICK that big of a deal?
  4. rican408

    rican408 Well-Known Member

    Yes it is a big deal. It should be one button readily available. Hate to mention it, but the icrap4 has the one button thing... its nice.

    Just checked, its 3 clicks. Menu button or swype for options. Settings tab, then switch camera.
  5. dr g

    dr g Well-Known Member

    Why? There is no photographic reason for such easy access to switching cameras. There might be a reason for it *remembering* which camera you picked last, but other than that, there is no reason whatsoever to have one touch access to switching the camera. I would NOT sacrifice screen space/icon space for this.

    This is a typical apple gimmick. Ooh, look it has two cameras, and look how easy it is to switch between them. Uh, why would you need do that? Hurr durrr...
  6. Brent Pierce

    Brent Pierce Well-Known Member

    I would like it to be one click, as well. I understand everyone's ridicule about complaining about 2 extra clicks. But isn't that we got a freakin' awesome phone?
    We can search Google in one click, see our Twitter feed in one click, turn wifi/4G/bluetooth/GPS on or off with one click, publish to our Facebook with one click. This phone is the derivative of convenient.

    There's always room to complain about something. There's less room to complain about someone complaining about something. I guess I'm complaining about people complaining about someone complaining about something that I am also complaining about too.

    "Good day."

    I said "Good day!"
  7. dr g

    dr g Well-Known Member

    Sorry but this does not rise to the level of those things. There are some things that are not on the top level of control, and rightfully so.
  8. skipbrown

    skipbrown Well-Known Member

    Not only should it be easier to switch between front and rear cameras(like the iPhone), having a dedicated shutter button on the side of the phone would make it so much easier to use.

    Other than that, i love my Evo.
  9. plumeria

    plumeria New Member

    I just got my Evo today and didnt even know about this feature until i read this thread. How neat! Oh how I love discovering new things. Can't wait to find out more
  10. someguy45

    someguy45 Member


    Agreed. Who cares it takes 2 seconds. Dedicated shutter button however would be much more beneficial.
  11. Munnarg

    Munnarg Well-Known Member

    Make it yourself I say lol.
  12. gx1400

    gx1400 Well-Known Member

    Oh the benefits of open source!
  13. Minjin

    Minjin Well-Known Member

    I fully agree with the OP. I would love to see a small button on the main screen that switches between cameras. Sometimes when you want to take a picture, a few extra seconds can make all the difference. I would also like to see a small button to switch between still/video. There's no reason for that one to be buried in the settings either. Yes, you can just open the camcorder app instead but you shouldn't need two different apps to do the same thing.
  14. dr g

    dr g Well-Known Member

    Really think about this. When would a few extra seconds make a difference in a photo you would take with the front-facing cam? These will be more or less exclusively self-portraits, and these are *always* staged. It probably sounded good when you said it, like a lot of i-garbage, but when you actually put it into practice, it's a bunch of i-nothing.

    They aren't two different apps, just two different shortcuts on your homescreen. So if you think about it, it's -1 click from your camera interface. That said, this would be a better use of a screen button than switching cameras.
  15. Minjin

    Minjin Well-Known Member

    Not everyone has the same needs and desires as you. I don't know how many times I need to repeat that in a forum before people understand it. I think it's around 6 where we first learn empathy and realize that the creatures around us are beings with their own thoughts just like us. Did you forget that lesson?

    I'm not saying that these things would help me just because they are done that way on an iPhone. I'm saying that these things would help because they would help and because they make sense. How about if it would take a couple extra clicks to close your browser window? You don't do that too often. Would it really matter if it took an extra few seconds out of your day? It should only take one click because there's no reason for it to take more than one. The same concept applies here. It is a feature that is more commonly accessed than the others (for me) so there's no reason it should be a hassle. What is so difficult to understand?

    Again, why should I have to waste home screen space for both of these icons when one should do and I should be able to easily switch between the two modes?

    You want another example? I want to turn my phone off. I must first wake up the screen by pressing the power button. Then move my thumb to activated the lock screen. Then looonnnggg press on the power button. Then choose the power off option. Then confirm. I don't do it often but it takes an absurd amount of steps, more than I have seen on any other phone, and it simply isn't necessary. Put a power off slider right in the lock screen. Or make it so that a long press from lock turns off the phone without a bunch of confirmations. If you really think that it will be pressed in your pocket (very unlikely), give it one one screen confirmation at the bottom or top of the screen. Then I'll at least be able to do it while it is still in my pocket without looking at it.

    I guess good UI design isn't as obvious as I thought.
  16. Munnarg

    Munnarg Well-Known Member

    Send HTC an email if you feel so strongly about it.
  17. jadoe05

    jadoe05 Well-Known Member

    Wow you guys are really going at it. lol. I am in the majority here, and i don't see it as a big deal. Looking at the op i offer the solution of the Mirror for Evo app in the market. It goes straight to the FFC. Then i read complaints about taking up space on one of the seven homescreens...i digress.

    To the op based on what i understand is your want/need you honestly have only a couple options

    Get a phone that comes setup the way you want

    Rewrite the UI and/or make your own app

    Not trying to be a smart ass, but there is no way one device can make everyone happy. Outside of my two above suggestions, i don't see any possible way to do what you are after.

    My advice, just enjoy your phone for the things you like and take these small miscues in stride. No reason to complain about what you can't change.
  18. garyray

    garyray Member

    I for one think it should be an icon on the main camera screen.
    Didn't think to check the menu to find the switch til I read this. It should really be obvious.

    But no bigger now that I know. Few clicks though not very obvious
  19. sdnorth100

    sdnorth100 New Member

    Maybe I'm missing something, but when you are in the camera or the video recorder, simply slide out the tab on the left side of the screen (top of the screen if not held horizontally) by sliding it. Then click which one you want to switch to and slide the tab back into place. I know it's not exactly one touch, (swipe, touch, swipe) but easier than hitting menu, etc.
  20. jeffreytz

    jeffreytz New Member

    I would love a little button (under the shutter button) that would let me switch cameras. This "it's only three clicks vs. 1" logic is kinda silly to me, most improvements to GUIs are for convenience sake anyway.
  21. pdxsurreal

    pdxsurreal New Member

    I agree with the OP. I use uStream Producer to stream live video, and a small button to allow me to switch between cameras would be ideal.

    But even if I disagreed, I see no reason to blast the OP. Isn't that the point of a forum? To ask questions and get educated responses? If they're asking the question, its obviously important to them. "Why" they're asking is irrelevant.

    As i have no coding skills, I'll be watching for a 3rd party app that adds this functionality.
  22. Minjin

    Minjin Well-Known Member

    FYI, this supposedly unnecessary "fix" will be included with CM6.
  23. AdamBlue

    AdamBlue Active Member

    One of the great Wonders of the Internet. I think it's part of the Internet ****wad Theory.

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  24. Matlock

    Matlock Well-Known Member

    For those who actually want to help, keep it up. for the rest of you, if you can't post something helpful, don't post anything at all.

    And by the way.

    Mirror 4 Evo utilizes 1 click front camera App. enjoy.
  25. kixs

    kixs Member

    I agree! now this is helpful and an example of a good forum member! Tnx Mat!

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