Most of the smartphones purchased today work on Android operating system. One of the biggest disappointments of the owners of the phones on this OS is due to the poor quality of photos. Advertising and video reviews viewed before purchase promise much clearer and better photos. However, as far as I`m concerned, the quality of photos on Android can be improved by changing settings of the camera and customizing them for yourself, environmental conditions such as lighting, background, etc. In this article, I share my experience how not to set measure to your smartphone.

How to improve the camera on your Android phone through system settings

Launching the camera of your smartphone for the first time, it is easy to see that all the settings of the photo module are set by default. For example, these are standard picture quality, HD resolution, zero brightness and contrast, and so on. Therefore, in order to achieve better images, you should reconfigure several key installations.

Check and, if necessary, change the resolution of the picture. For best results, it should be maximized. Optimally adjust the white balance, determine the need for flash.

How to improve the camera on the phone using mobile programs

If the changes to the settings did not lead to visible improvements, it may be worthwhile to install one of the analog camera applications, which are in a huge amount for Android phones. Here are some of them.

Open Camera

It is an easy and free application that adds several functions to the standard settings of the camera of your smartphone, and thus, it optimizes the system interface of the photo module. In particular, the utility allows you to:

  • set up the frame grid,
  • edit the overlay text and geotagging on the picture,
  • assign manual focus control,
  • perform automatic formatting in RAW (creating images with minimal software processing),
  • set exposure bracketing (automatic continuous shooting with changing key parameters) and much more.

The application does not contain ads at all, however each user can thank the developer with a certain donate.

Better Camera

Another application that adds additional features to the standard camera settings of the smartphone. For example, the utility adds autofocus lock, which is a very useful feature, especially when creating macro images, when you need to focus very precisely on a particular part.

In addition, Better Camera enhances existing settings. So, in HDR mode, the utility not only creates a sequential series of shots with different brightness and contrast, but also warns the user with a sound signal in order not to accidentally move the camera. When night mode is on, Better Camera selects the optimal settings for difficult lighting conditions. A function Best Shot takes a few pictures and selects the most developed of them.

Fans of non-standard images will definitely appreciate the multi-shot mode. While the object moves in the frame, the camera takes 8 pictures at regular intervals, after which the frames overlap each other. The result is an interesting dynamic effect.

Alfred

It ia an application that turns a smartphone into a surveillance camera. To do this, you need to install the utility on at least two mobile devices. One will shoot a video, the second will receive a signal. Both smartphones are synchronized through a Google account, which allows you to configure remote control.

So, the main camera can be switched to motion capture mode. Recording will begin automatically as soon as someone appears in front of the lens. Among the key features of the application, one can also note:

  • Creation and saving of screenshots
  • Rotate Images
  • Flash control in flashlight mode
  • Choice between the rear and front camera
  • Black and white image transfer
  • Display information about the frame rate, size and bitrate.

Frame-lapse

It is an Android application that pumps a smartphone camera to create a time-lapse. This is a fairly popular type of photography, when the camera takes a series of shots for a certain period of time and then stitches them into accelerated video. For example, in 5 minutes, you can show the change of weather that occurs in one day.

Frame-lapse contains a large number of settings and is suitable for both beginners in the creation of time lapses and professionals.

AfterFocus

This utility adds new features for post-processing of images. The newly uploaded photo, or finished from the album, is loaded into the editor. The user can then process it using five basic modes:

  1. Blur. It sets different types of blur.
  2. Aperture. Depth of field study
  3. Fading BG. Foreground selection with background fade effect
  4. Filter. Overlaying one of 20 filters, such as b/w, sepia, cold tones, with brightness and contrast adjustments.
  5. Effect. Overlay vignettes, color masks, stickers or sharpness.

Now you know how to improve the quality of the camera on the phone, as well as how to add unique features to the photo module. Especially note that an important advantage of all the above methods is that they only apply to the system settings of the camera, without interfering with the engineering settings.

If there is blurriness, streaks, blemishes in the pictures when the new application is running, then it’s probably not in the camera, but in the phone’s defect. In this case, you should take your smartphone to a service center for repair.

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