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

Poll results: 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? 

Well, 30% of our respondents are actually using those on a regular basis, and another 32% frame their scenes from time to time with the manual options. Granted, 38% say they mostly shoot in auto mode, as their phone usually arrives, but that's a much smaller percentage than what could generally be expected from the average user.

Do you use the manual controls of your camera app?

Yes, very often
30.03%
From time to time
31.48%
No, I mostly shoot in auto mode
38.49%

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17 Comments

1. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

I always use manual mode

2. BobLawblaw unregistered

Shooting in manual mode on my z3 makes a huge difference. The pictures look stunning compared to the crappy superior auto..

6. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Not all the time, but I agree... But for quick, good lighted snaps, SA does the trick

15. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Me too but just wait until we get the 5.1 update. Full manual controls FTW. Not confirmed but I believe the Camera2 API will be included with it.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I use manual mode from time to time on my Z, but the pictures still turned out to be pretty average, superior auto will made it look worse sometimes. Hope Sony will implement RAW and more settings in manual mode in the near future.

4. BobLawblaw unregistered

I had a Z a few years back and I always thought the pictures were fairly poor quality..

8. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Yup. The orignal Z has worse image quality on a smartphone. Bright lit shots used to be good but white balance, color and foucs are always off otherwise.

5. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

More or less evenly distributed. I personally, use AUTO on events like parties and if there are kids/pets where I don't have the time to tinker with settings. When I'm out touring, I use manual.

7. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

how many devices really have manual mode???? i think that it's less than 3% of android smartphones. if they would have shutter speed, ISO controls maybe people would use them more often. i know i would.

9. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Lol .. I wish I had enough knowledge to use manual controls.

10. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I wish my phone had those.

12. Shocky unregistered

Nope, generally speaking when I use my phone to take an image it's too take a quick image. Manual mode requires time so it's seldom used.

13. Tizo101

Posts: 524; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Sadly I can't remember the last time I took a picture with my phone lol

14. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

My Find 7a has been always great in auto mode and improved in the lollipop update. But I will use Manual mode when there is something worth really snapping.

16. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

What manual mode??? Stock android camera manual mode is hidden deep in settings & not much manual settings. So no. Auto all the way.

17. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I would probably use Manual Mode more if my phone had one on it, but sadly LG has decided to not bring that feature to the G3.

19. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

do we even have proper manual controls? fv-5 camera takes care of that but drops the resolution dramatically. other than that true manual control only g4, some oppos and a few other phones i forget have.

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