New Manual Camera app uses Android 5.0 Lollipop APIs to bring you full manual control to images

New Manual Camera app uses Android 5.0 Lollipop APIs to bring you full manual control to images
Apple's iPhone has long had a reputation for being an excellent camera with a straightforward interface that makes it easy for people to take pictures without having to know much about photography at all, but with iOS 8, the Apple ecosystem got a wealth of apps that cater to the other end of the market - photography enthusiasts who want manual control over things like shutter speed, ISO, and white balance.

Android, on the other hand, matches these capabilities only in Android 5.0 Lollipop, a version which is unfortunately slow to roll out to consumers. Even those who rock a Nexus device, or one of the few devices that have gotten the Lollipop update, however, have no easy way to benefit from the new camera APIs. The reason? Simple, there is no app in the Google Play Store to offer controls over low-level camera controls like shutter speed.

We should really say 'was', though, as Manual Control for Android from GD Software, the makers of the acclaimed DSLR Camera Pro, is the first app we know of on Android to fix that (we expect many more to come in the near future). The app boasts everything a manual shooter would require from an Android camera: manual shutter speed, manual focus distance, manual ISO, manual white balance, and manual exposure compensation. You can also save images in RAW (DNG) format for further processing (and given that Adobe has just yesterday launched Lightroom for Android, we're getting closer to an all-mobile light photo editing).

In addition to all these capabilities, Manual Camera boasts modern, good looks, which unfortunately seems to be the exception rather than the rule when it comes to Android camera apps. The $1.99 price tag for this app seems perfectly justified, and we do recommend you check it out at the link right below.


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20 Comments

1. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

but ... people hate manual mode ...

2. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

nope :D

6. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Phonearena do

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

*normal people

3. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Says that it's not compatible with my device ( S5 - G900F - android 5.0)

4. Topspliff

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

Not compatible with my Note 4, what a waste of time reading this article!.

5. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Wow! the interface is Damn Beautiful and simple. Can't wait to try this when I got lolipop for my Oneplus one. I hate auto mode so this one might become my default camera :D

7. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

No manual shutter?

8. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

If only there was an android phone with a camera just as badass if not better than Lumia 1020...Then it would be time for me to move! :D

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Not compatible with HTC One M7...

11. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Would be nice to know which phones actually are capable of this. It would be phantastic to play with the shutter speed and reduce the iso, but i don't think the hardware of my s3 on cm12 is capable of this.

12. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I'll give it a try.

13. RajuSesharaj

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Not compatible with Moto G 2014 running 5.0.2

14. numbertwo

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

only nexus 5 and nexus 6 have the new camera api...

15. dperreno

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

No go on the Moto X 2nd gen.

16. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

why can't this app be compatible with Galaxy s5?

17. bsinc1962

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Actually the app Camera FV-5 has had full manual mode for quite a while.

18. rdeleonp

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Yes, but this one is faster, better looking, and smaller in size to boot! Very, very nice app.

19. leonmbj

Posts: 45; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

this is only for nexus 5 and 6

20. psn1819

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I wonder if your able to activate video capture with it? $1.99 doesnt seem so bad

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