Essential Camera update adds AutoHDR mode and new HDR algorithm

Essential Camera update adds AutoHDR mode and new HDR algorithm
The Essential Phone may not be the perfect flagship, but the folks behind it are trying to make it better and better. One aspect that Essential needed to improved considerably, the camera is now getting another software update that should provide Essential Phone users with more options when taking pictures.

This isn't the first nor the last update the Essential Camera app gets, but it's definitely an important one since it brings a couple of new major features. Firstly, the update adds an AutoHDR mode and a new HDR algorithm that should improve performance, capture speed, and scene rendering.

These alone would make this update extremely important for Essential Phone users, but there's more. Essential confirmed the update includes a new feature that allows Dynamic HDR and Flash indicators to highlight icons when HDR or flash is used in auto mode.

Finally, various stability fixes have been implemented as well. In order to benefit from the latest improvements, make sure to download the latest version of Essential's Camera app via Google Play Store.

source: Essential (Twitter)

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1. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Its good they're updating the camera but it annoys me that they release products in an unfinished state...

2. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

I agree. They gambled that even in an unfinished state, they could sell enough to make a decent amount of money. I think they lost that gamble due to so many bad reviews. It would have been better to work out more of the bugs and release a better phone from the beginning.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1977; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So every software that receives major updates was released in an "unfinished state" ? A bit stupid...

6. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Correct. These days video games and phones are always half baked, it's an absolute joke. Back in the day when they couldn't patch video games, they just worked on release.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Glad to see Essential consistently updating their software and camera. Camera performance on the Essential is no longer an issue.

5. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Any full article on essential phone using latest stock update vs. google camera? It could be a great filler before you flood us with samsung s9 articles on march. I'm John V will do justice on that article.

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