Manual Photo Controls Reach Mobile Devices

Gone are when the cameras of mobile phones were a mere ornament to get out of trouble. Cameras with terrible resolutions, that after taking the photo trying to recognize the portrayed object was a superhuman effort of imagination. But that is already past, photography on mobile devices has evolved.

The resolutions achieved by Smartphone cameras are amazing, exceeding many compact cameras on the market in size and quality. And the best of all is that the operating system behind them and that controls them manages to give us many functionalities.

Nokia has been doing it in the Lumia series thanks to its application for Windows Phone, Android and iOS come behind to offer the same. Everyone has realized that for the “average” photographer, the Smartphone camera has become a perfect substitute for the typical compact that many use. We can take photos, record videos, and share them in seconds. All this with a camera that far exceeds many compacts on the market.

Now, the next step is to ensure that the applications that control the use of the camera do not allow having manual controls over the photography. That it is not simply a matter of point and shoot, that we can control exposures, focuses, levels of ISO sensitivity, white balances … Let’s see that it is coming to the photography of mobile devices.


Gone are when the cameras of mobile phones were a mere ornament to get out of trouble. Cameras with terrible resolutions, that after taking the photo trying to recognize the portrayed object was a superhuman effort of imagination. But that is already past, photography on mobile devices has evolved.

The resolutions achieved by Smartphone cameras are amazing, exceeding many compact cameras on the market in size and quality. And the best of all is that the operating system behind them and that controls them manages to give us many functionalities.

Nokia has been doing it in the Lumia series thanks to its application for Windows Phone, Android and iOS come behind to offer the same. Everyone has realized that for the “average” photographer, the Smartphone camera has become a perfect substitute for the typical compact that many use. We can take photos, record videos, and share them in seconds. All this with a camera that far exceeds many compacts on the market.

Now, the next step is to ensure that the applications that control the use of the camera do not allow having manual controls over the photography. That it is not simply a matter of point and shoot, that we can control exposures, focuses, levels of ISO sensitivity, white balances … Let’s see that it is coming to the photography of mobile devices.

 

GOOGLE GETS DOWN TO WORK, IMPROVES ITS API FOR CAMERA CONTROL

Google has made it clear. It wants to improve the experience of using the camera of phones that use its operating system. For this, it has provided the API (Application Programming Interface) for your camera, with greater control. For the first time, we can have manual controls and capture in RAW format, which would be the “raw” file of the image, without any compression.

In this way, Google will allow us to control values such as shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, focus, white balance, or exposure. But the best of all is not this, but this API will be available to developers so that we can see specific photography applications with much more functionality.

Having the possibility of taking photographs in RAW format allows us to have all the photo pixel information in the created file without any compression. In this way, we will be able to post-process the image with an editing program to achieve the best possible result from the photograph.

 

APPLE ALSO JUMPS INTO THE CAR IMPROVING THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE CAMERA OF YOUR IPHONE WITH IOS 8

Last June of this year 2014, during the developer conference where Apple presented iOS 8 (the operating system for your iPhone) and OS X Yosemite (for your Macs), we also made clear Apple’s position in this regard. It has also provided developers with better tools to control the camera of their Smartphones. Thanks to this, we can have applications with more functionalities.

iOS 8 and the photography applications that are developed will be able to get much more performance from the camera. We will be able to shoot in automatic or manual mode. If we choose the second option, we will be able to focus manually, getting interesting Bokeh. We can also vary the exposure of photographs manually, exposure compensation, or manual white balance.

 

AND THANKS TO ALL THIS, OF COURSE, APPLICATIONS COME BEHIND THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THESE FEATURES

If we focus on iOS, one of the first applications, after the launch of iOS 8 that have come to take advantage of all this is Manual. This application takes full advantage of our camera’s sensor’s characteristics and allows us to control the final result much more. This application allows us to control all the values that we have been commenting, as an extra in the application. We can have access to the Exif data of the photograph. We will also have a Histogram that shows us the levels on which the photograph “limps” or use the flash as a fill light when taking photos.

If we are Android users, perhaps the complete application that exists right now is Camera FV-5. The truth is that it seems that we are using a professional camera rather than a Smartphone. We will have access to all the functionalities of a conventional camera on the screen of our smartphone. Exposure compensation, white balance … It is actually like having an SLR, saying that it even has an instruction manual (quite extensive) to teach us everything the application allows us.

And then Nokia came and took out a smartphone attached to a camera. The Nokia Lumia 1020 turned out, a little over a year ago, to be the first Smartphone where the most important thing was its camera. To do this, they created an application worth controlling this camera; thus, we can also control almost any aspect of photography. Nokia Camera allows us to control the focus in real-time, so we can record videos, for example, and maintain a focal point even if it is in motion.

Gone are when the cameras of mobile phones were a mere ornament to get out of trouble. Cameras with terrible resolutions, that after taking the photo trying to recognize the portrayed object was a superhuman effort of imagination. But that is already past, photography on mobile devices has evolved.

The resolutions achieved by Smartphone cameras are amazing, exceeding many compact cameras on the market in size and quality. And the best of all is that the operating system behind them and that controls them manages to give us many functionalities.

Nokia has been doing it in the Lumia series thanks to its application for Windows Phone, Android and iOS come behind to offer the same. Everyone has realized that for the “average” photographer, the Smartphone camera has become a perfect substitute for the typical compact that many use. We can take photos, record videos, and share them in seconds. All this with a camera that far exceeds many compacts on the market.

Now, the next step is to ensure that the applications that control the use of the camera do not allow having manual controls over the photography. That it is not simply a matter of point and shoot, that we can control exposures, focuses, levels of ISO sensitivity, white balances … Let’s see that it is coming to the photography of mobile devices.

 

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