Do you use the manual controls of your phone camera app?

Do you use the manual controls of your phone camera app?
The more sophisticated phone cameras get, with megapixel counts in the double digits, optical image stabilization, and swanky focusing systems, the more capable of professional photography tricks they become. 

Not only that, but handset manufacturers are increasingly equipping the stock camera apps with manual modes, and even Apple strayed away from the point-and-shoot paradigm, adding an ever-increasing amount of options to its iPhone camera interface.

That is why we wanted to ask you if you actually find use for these manual modes on your phone's camera, or are mostly setting it on auto, and forgetting about all the other possibilities. Manual modes are getting increasingly complex - you can set separate values for exposure, ISO, white balance, and even shutter speeds with many phones, so if you are into photography, it's a great time to own a capable smartphone. 

How many of you are actually using those options, though? Mark your answer in the poll below, and tell us about it in the comments.

Do you use the manual controls of your camera app?

Yes, very often
From time to time
No, I mostly shoot in auto mode



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No I just use normal auto mode or HDR+, so much quicker But I'm all for adding more manual controls anyway Since why? More options is better

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

in samsung's flagship phones, user dont need much to worry about manual controls... auto mode take care of many things pretty well and quickly... manual controls are more important in old lumia phones which have a great camera but with pretty bad auto mode... example is lumia1020 and older pureview808, auto mode is fixed in lumia930

17. waddup121 unregistered

lol, hell yeah we do!

3. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

i would use it all the time if my stupid S5 had manual shutter speed and ISO. !!!!!!!!!!!!! i would buy the S6 just for those features, but it doesn't have them. and the G4 is too big for me. PLEASE Samsung add those two features to your camera app!

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Actually G4 is not as big as you might think since its a little bended and also have a good screen to body ratio it's smaller than the iPhone 6 plus.

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You can minimize the 5.5" phone's footprint all you want, but it's definitely on the too big side of things.

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

S6 has manual ISO. Shutter speed, however, is not there. Though if you really want those features, you can install 'manual camera' app from play store and use it.

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

there are additional camera features available on samsung galaxy app store... try there, may be you'll find manual shutter control add on

18. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Actually, S5 has manual ISO too if you disable hdr just like S6.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

On L1020 is have been using them all the time, on other phones I don't see much difference between auto and manual.

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

The only thing I used was ISO control and that was just for test

7. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The best thing is manual shutter speed and white balance i really can't adjust the ISO so i let it be on auto mode.

12. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

After you experience Nokia camera it's hard to revert back to point and shoot. The Lumia 1020 taught me a lot about photography before I got the money to buy my first DSLR. Interestingly enough, I have the Xperia Z3 which has very few manual options for the time being. I think Sony will push an update soon though. I just played with the G4 at T-Mobile yesterday and it is every bit of fun and it delivers up to its hype.

13. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

After have using the L1020 as my main camera for 1.5 year, I have finally bought a decent DSLR. Bought a Nikon D5500 with an 18-55 DX VR II lens + 50mm F/1.8 lens and DAAAMN! The best things about the camera is: - Enormously better dynamic range (Landscape) - low light performence - Sharpness is better (50mm F/1.8 lens is BEAST) but sharpness is not that important for me :) But sometimes I do use my L1020 because I like it! :D

15. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I wonder if the DSLR camera can capture more details! Anyway the L1020 have the best smartphone camera for capturing photos it's even better than some of not pro cameras in the market really.

14. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I'm not really into fiddling with manual camera controls because I don't know how to use them, but I'd like them to be there if ever I get the feeling I want to take my photography to the next level.

16. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Believe me it's easy to use specially when the white balance is off you can easily adjust it in most of the times

19. chenski

Posts: 777; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

My g3 doesnt have any manual controls, so =p

20. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

I often fiddle around with exposure time and ISO, makes for great results depending on what you're shooting

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