Did you know that Android L brings a ground-breaking new Camera API?
posted by Victor H. / Jun 29, 2014, 7:03 AM
One in particular is set to give a ground-breaking and reinvigorating shake to mobile photography - after years using the restricted Camera v1 API, Google finally adopts a brand new API that speeds up the camera radically and allows for much more advanced third-party apps. The changes in it put Android a leap ahead the other platforms in terms of settings and capabilities for camera app developers.
The new camera API will not only be able to capture DNG format (with raw data) images like advanced cameras, but it will also open up to settings like the exposure time (something that was not previously available on Android). Moreover, it will open access for third-party app developers to the color correction matrix (something that only phone makers have access to currently).
The issue with the current Android camera API is that manual controls in it are treated in a separate, general layer outside each of the picture. With the new, pipelined API, each image will carry all the settings with it. This kind of optimizations is what allows each shot to quickly come through the pipeline with its unique settings, and ultimately, this is what has enabled Google to achieve the mind-boggling 30fps burst image still shooting speeds for 8-megapixel capture on the Nexus 5.
We’re looking forward to seeing this new camera API and all the imaginative ideas of developers for new camera apps. In the time until the public release in the fall, though, only the Nexus 5 will take advantage of it.
source: Google Developers
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Seems decent enough.
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 7:12 AM 0
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DNG, not RAW. Still a very good format like RAW.
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 7:41 AM 1
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If you want to get technical, no photo is technically raw. All photos go through a level of compression and processing. DNG is a little worse than traditional RAW formats but still wayyyy better than JPEG
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 9:28 PM 0
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BTW my HTC one m7's camera takes really bad photos after I flashed custom ROM, Android revolution HD sense 6.0. Do anyone has the same experience like that?
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 7:43 AM 0
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"The new camera API will not only be able to capture RAW format images like advanced cameras, but it will also open up to settings like the exposure time (something that was not previously available on Android, nor is it available on any other mobile platform)." So I'm confused here. Are you deliberately ignoring Nokia Lumia smartphones or what?
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 8:39 AM 9
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Can all Nokia Lumia models shoot RAW? Same with exposure time? I'm just asking because I really don't know.
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 9:05 AM 2
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Correction, only higher end Lumia Pureviews can shoot in RAW (1020, 1520, 930) but in ALL Lumia phone, you can manipulate exposure using shutter speed, exposure compensation and you can even alter manual focus using Nokia Camera. I have a Lumia 925 WP8.1 DP, so I know what I'm talking about btw.
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 9:45 AM 3
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They are talking about third party app, no the native ones, I think.
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 9:07 AM 0
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I don't think they're avoiding it; I just think they don't know. And that seems pretty worrisome to me for a site that aims to be an objective purveyor of the mobile phone industry.
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 11:24 AM 1
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THis is why Nexus 5 can make better pictures then many current flagship smartphones like G2, Z2, S4... When HDR+ is ON!
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 10:39 AM 1
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This is indeed huge news. And it wasn't even mentioned in the Android L presentation! Apple would make an eight wonder of the world out of that story!
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 12:24 PM 3
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Oh, yes welcome to the circlejerk. There really is a world outside of Phonearena you know.
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 2:28 PM 0
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Personally, I think the HDR+ capture in image 1 is inferior to the N5 standard crop, because you can hardly see the man's facial expression on the NDR+ capture. Nevertheless, both captures are quite poor because they have too much colour saturation. I certainly would not use that slide if I was trying to promote the new API.
posted on Jun 29, 2014, 3:13 PM 1
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