Without a doubt, the narrative form of greatest growth in recent years is the visual. Today our digital life – and our content consumption – is fundamentally video and images. We use them to tell, to show ourselves, to inform ourselves, to laugh, to move us, to inspire us and endless other actions, many of them can only be done digitally: a meme cannot exist on paper because it is denatured (On paper, it should be a comic or a comic, things about the format and the context).
The quantity of what is produced and the level of consumption are closely linked to the fact that today most phones have a camera. that, at least, borders on the decent. Many people choose to spend large budgets on their equipment to ensure, for example, excellent photographic quality, but An excellent hardware is useless if it is not accompanied by excellent software. Although we do not notice it, the phone camera is another application, and it is the one that is in charge of managing the physical camera of the team, it is who drives it. If it is misbehaved … we will get poor results.
This is why it is essential to have good photography applications. I have been using the one I recommend today for more than a year. Is called Open Cmara is free and extremely powerful. This app is not going to make your phone have a better physical camera, but it will allow you to get the most out of it.
It has several execution modes, you can use it fully automatically, but Its strength is in the possibility of manual controls that other camera apps do not provide.such as selective focus during video recording.
How is it different?
- Completely free
- Pods self-stabilize the images so that they are perfectly level (regardless of your pulse)
- You can handle the focus, modes scene effects color, balance of whites, ISO, compensation / exposure, detect faces and great cast.
- It allows take photos while recording video
- Timer with countdown (which can optionally include a voice)
- Auto repeat mode (with configurable delay)
- Tea Lets you take pictures making a noise (eg: a whistle) or with a voice command (eg: saying whiskey).
But Open Cmara also has other possibilities, such as set volume buttons to give them different functions and also has a Interface Although it is not the panacea of the intuitive, it is quite a lot and it is also configurable. How point against, the menu layout generates some discomfort and in many occasions it is difficult to find some functions, but the determining factor is that those functions are there.
If the above does not reach you, I tell you that it also incorporates all the functions that follow.
- Zoom by gestures multitctiles and one-touch control.
- Option to lock portrait or landscape orientation for photos or videos.
- Option of preview upside down for use with attachable lenses.
- Choice of save folder (including Storage Access Framework support).
- Disables the shutter sound.
- Overlap of a selection of grids and clipping guides.
- Location tagging Gps optional (geotagging) of photos and videos; For photos, this includes the compass address (GPSImgDirection, GPSImgDirectionRef).
- Apply date and time, location coordinates and personalized text to the photos; store date / time and location as video captions (.SRT).
- Yes, you can take a selfie (also known as a front camera), includes support for screen flash.
- Panorama, even for front camera.
- Support for (some) external microphones.
- Widget to take a photo automatically after launch.
- Support for HDR (with automatic alignment and ghosting) and exposure bracketing.
- Support for Camera2 API: distance from manual focus (with optional focus assist); ISO manual; manual exposure time; manual white balance temperature; burst mode; RAW files (DNG); Slow motion video.
- Noise reduction (including low light night mode) and dynamic range optimization modes for better quality photos.
- Options for histogram on screen, zebra stripes, maximum focus.
- Focus bracketing mode.
- Support for Mi Band 2 & Amazfit Selfie.
- Completely free and without ads in the app (only ads on the website).
- And it’s open source!
Anyway, what If you don’t have a good camera app, it’s because you don’t want to.