Poll results: manual camera controls – not for everybody

It's a pretty modern thing to have manual controls on your phone's camera app. Well, unless you are Apple, who actually decided to take out the HDR button completely on the iPhone 8 (no worries, you can get it back, look here). That aside, most major players now have a “pro” mode or “manual” mode on their apps, letting users adjust ISO, shutter speed, color temperature, and focus as they desire.

But the phone makers have also been achieving amazing results with their handsets' image post-processing. Auto modes have become extremely competent — they are super-fast and often better at picking the right settings for a scene than your average users.

So, we were curious, now that we've all had a couple of years to play with manual cameras. Are we over them? Do you use the “pro” mode on your camera app, or do you just do the point and shoot with the auto mode? Well, here's how that poll went:

Do you use your phone camera's manual / "pro" mode?

Yeah, I love it!
Very rarely
Nah, not for me



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Well, the majority said they love manual controls, so that's close to it being for everybody.

2. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

3. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

In this article more tha 20% users voted for manual, but PA conclude Manual is not for everyone. Whereas in iphone article, most of the users avoid the 1st poll, but PA........ How pathetic

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That's why I always call out PA on their Hypocrisy? And I really believe no one should take their reviews and comparisons seriously today ( there use to be a time in PA history where they were very even with every vendor but it seems that has all changed since the last few years).

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Android fanboys will vote for anything which iPhone doesn't have. Apple haters will rule these polls no matter what.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1601; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

And you enjoy being a biased troll, what's your point?

7. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Or, maybe we voted on manual mode because we actually use it? Just a thought though.

8. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

Poor you

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