Do you use manual controls for your phone's camera?
by Preslav Kateliev / Nov 13, 2018, 9:24 AM
But, over the past 18 months, AI has become the new buzzword and it's very often said when we are talking about cameras, too. Suddenly, the "auto mode" has been reinvigorated under the "AI" moniker, and some manufacturers are experimenting with "simplifying" their Camera apps and also removing stuff like the HDR toggle switch.
Thankfully, nobody is touching Manual Mode, not just yet, and — in all honesty — it's a pretty fleshed out feature on most flagships out there. You've got shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, focus, and color temperature settings on almost any phone camera you pick up.
As far as the iPhone is concerned — there are quite a lot of 3rd party apps (Camera+, Halide, and many others) out there that give you the complete Manual Mode experience, which the stock app lacks.
But... do you use it? Or were manual controls cool while they were new and trendy, but are now impractical and not needed?
Do we still care about manual camera controls?
Yeah, I use them every day!
Uh, sure... I might experiment with them from time to time
Wait... I forgot I had those
Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018
My Xs camera are stunning and gorgeous. Taking more selfies and videos than ever.
posted on Nov 13, 2018, 9:30 AM 2
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Selfies? And you're a guy?
posted on Nov 13, 2018, 12:39 PM 5
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I don't want tech to be in my way when i take photos, i've tried many camera apps and always go back to iPhone own camera app, Almost always it gives me great results. Sometimes i change the exposure (usually lowering it) i'm surprised that people don't use that feature much, it can make your photos look so much better in certain situations.
posted on Nov 13, 2018, 9:53 AM 0
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One of the reasons for using manual is the file being saved in DNG format...which gives it versatility for post process editing. And yes, people don't really use the exposure adjustment that's available...its one of the most useful feature.
posted on Nov 14, 2018, 3:00 AM 0
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For all the lads that don't know, Night Sight, Night Scene and Night Mode are imitations (quite good I might add) of something called long exposures. You need a tripod and an ND filter if there are bright light sources around. Yeah you can tell what camp I fall in.
posted on Nov 13, 2018, 10:38 AM 5
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But you don't get that sort of filters for phones. Just external clip on lens for macro, wide or 2X zoom.
posted on Nov 14, 2018, 3:03 AM 0
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I haven't used the manual controls on my Note 8. I've tried it, but the HDR images are better than using manual controls.
posted on Nov 13, 2018, 10:56 AM 0
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I disagree with that. HDR has it's time and place, but often you want to create a specific mood, and you need a specific exposure to do that. Manual control can give you the best control over the exact results. Here's a shot I took back with the Note 5 on manual, no post-processing:https://www.flickr.com/photos/
posted on Nov 13, 2018, 12:49 PM 0
Posts: 996; Member since: Jul 31, 2012
I'd like a lot more mode options in manual. HDR, Super sampling, bulb, optical stabilization off, multiple exposure, tracking, face detection, flash sync, etc. They all need to do much better with their software to impress me. And if they wanted sales they would.
posted on Nov 13, 2018, 1:01 PM 0
Posts: 297; Member since: Nov 16, 2015
Pay £\$1000for a device that can't shoot raw without having to pay even more for an app, to then pay even More for features in the app, good old c r @ p p l e
posted on Nov 13, 2018, 11:46 AM 3
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