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By xdabbeb, Inactive Recognized Developer on 11th September 2014, 03:14 AM
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XCam LG

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NOTE: Public M Beta: See downloads below.

My goal for this application was to create a more flexible camera solution for LG phones. The camera hardware itself is very capable, but LG didn't necessarily take full advantage of it with their software. This app extends the capabilities of the camera and offers increased control/quality.
  • For instructions on using the XCam LG Settings donation app, see the 2nd post.
  • This is ONLY for stock or stock-based firmware (the version of Android that LG provides).


Installation:
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  1. Make sure you have turned on the option for "Unknown Sources" under Settings > General > Security.

  2. Download the latest version of XCam LG to your phone that corresponds to your Android version (links below). When the download has finished, pull down your notification tray and select the file. If you can't find it, go to "Downloads" listed in your app drawer and select the file from there. This will start the install process.
  3. If you wish to support development and gain additional functionality, you can purchase the XCam LG Settings app from the play store HERE. For details on the options within this companion app, see the 2nd post.

  4. Due to changes Google made STARTING with Android 4.4.x, saving to external storage (your sdcard) is impossible without reverting the change. Fortunately, this is very easy provided you have root access. If you want to make the change yourself manually, HERE's a good explanation. You can also download NextApp's SDFix from the play store that automates the change.

FAQ:
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  1. Why won't XCam 6.x install on my device?
    • If you're running ART on Android 4.4.x, XCam 6.x won't work. In order to make XCam compatible with the official ART included with Android 5.0.x, changes were needed that make it incompatible with the unofficial/beta implementation included with KitKat. XCam 6.x will work perfectly with the official KitKat runtime (dalvik), however. If you want to run ART on KitKat, you can still use the latest 5.x branch apk.
  2. I'm using L...where did the LiveEffect video and Shot & Clear photo modes go?
    • LG removed support framework for these modes from their L firmware. If you want them back, feel free to contact them.
  3. Will this work on AOSP?
    • No. This camera requires framework/driver support that is only in the stock LG firmware.
  4. Will you ever make it work on AOSP?
    • Though I won't say "never", I will say it's highly unlikely. Asking this question repeatedly makes it less likely.
  5. Why doesn't my screen turn on with the Vol- longpress when this is the default camera app?
    • This is due to LG hard-coding the package reference in their framework. XCam LG itself has the capability but your firmware will need to be modified to point to the new package. I have given some of the details on what to look for HERE.
  6. Why are the 60 and 120 fps video modes darker?
    • This is due to the nature of light & photography. An increase in frame rate means a faster effective shutter speed...which also means less light getting to the sensor per frame.
  7. Why doesn't the 60 fps video mode always shoot at 60 fps?
    • LG's camera driver decides when the ambient lighting is high enough to allow 60fps. All the camera app can do is request it, so it's out of my control.
  8. Why don't I have a saturation slider in the settings app?
    • As mentioned in the settings app's play store description, this is only available with the stock G2 camera driver. LG removed this capability from the G Pro 2 and the G3.
  9. Why are the icons overlapping/misaligned and why is the preview not filling the whole screen?
    • This is because you changed the default screen density/dpi for your device, which throws off the UI layout. To resolve this, you can either use the freely available App Settings xposed module to force XCam to stock (640) or modify the apk yourself using the files I have posted here as a guide. I will not be supporting these mods, however, so do not ask questions about how to make the changes or use apktool in the thread.

Problems/bugs/errors:
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  1. Gather as much information as possible on how to reproduce the issue.
  2. If the application is force closing, get a full logcat that shows the error/problem. Here is an excellent tutorial on how to make one. There are also apps such as SysLog available in the play store that allow you to capture this on your device.
  3. Post very clear/exact steps to reproduce the problem along with logs here. If you don't have either, post in the Q & A thread.

Changelog:
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Version 6.2.4:

  • fix DualCam FC on KK
  • fix DNG conv for GPro2/LGL22
  • fix GPro2 LED FC
  • fix G2 LP AutoFlash FC
  • add Rule of 3rds grid toggle
  • add Max Screen Lux toggle
  • add Touch Shutter toggle (like tap-to-focus/shoot in stock G3 camera)
  • low batt check off
  • G3 front camera Beauty
  • NR on/off for more modes (device-dependent)
  • Auto HDR/Night in IA shot mode for G3 series
Version 6.0.0:
  • Official LG Android L compatibility
  • UI refresh and new icons (thanks @60nine !!!)
  • Gesture selfie for front camera
Version 5.2.4:
  • revert :: bump 60fps min rate higher in low-light (caused problems in certain luminance conditions)
  • fix UHD mode missing from stock g2 + 4kUHD version
Version 5.2.3:
  • NEW:: w10m video snapshot in 1080p/720p 30fps modes
  • NEW:: manual focus in HDR, Burst, Panorama, Shot/Clear modes
  • NEW:: bump 60fps min rate higher in low-light
  • removed unused code/permissions (fix vs98511c & L crashes)
  • fix HDR edge glitch for G3
Version 5.1.2:
  • Add Shot and Clear photo mode
  • Slightly improved quality in a few shot modes
Version 5.1.1:
  • BugFix: FC when selecting Help in Photo mode
  • Bypass Video mode popup for Sprint users
Version 5.1.0:
  • Added support for the LG G3
  • Redesigned icon
  • Support for XCam LG Settings donation app (available in Play Store)
    • Control Jpeg Compression Level (Quality), Contrast, Saturation (stock G2 camera driver only) and Sharpness.
    • Control minimum shutter speed for Burst Shot, Intelligent Auto, Night, Normal and Sports photo modes.
    • Control other camera features such as the audio noise Gate, automatic night mode, focus Lock/video recording sounds, etc.
  • Sports mode now set at min 1/30 shutter speed
Version 5.0.0:
  • Initial release of completely new app
  • NEW Lightframe/flash mode for front camera
  • NEW Sports mode revamped
    • Set at min 1/24 shutter speed
    • For now, if you don't open the camera in Sports mode, you will need to toggle between IA mode and back to Sports to enable this faster shutter (you can also toggle between video and back)
  • Normal mode now bypasses the automatic switch to night mode in low light (and the corresponding multi-frame smoothed/nr photo).
  • Improved image quality across the board



Special Thanks To:
  • Brut.all & iBotPeaches - apktool
  • JesusFreke - smali/baksmali
  • 60nine - for the excellent icons and banner
  • troopii - for the color matrices and commiseration


Please provide any feedback pertaining to bugs or feature requests as I'll be actively working on this project.

Devs: Due to the fact that this mod is available as a normal apk install, there is no need for and I do not authorize it to be included in ANY roms/firmware. It just creates confusion for people installing it and fragments bug reporting and feature requests. You can direct them to this thread to install the latest version. Though it should go without saying, I do not approve of any use/copying of the code/methods contained herein for your own app/mod.

XDA:DevDB Information
XCam LG, Device Specific App for the LG G3

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Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: 6.2.4
Stable Release Date: 2014-09-10

Created 2014-09-11
Last Updated 2016-02-16
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XCam LG Settings Donation App
!!! PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST BEFORE PROCEEDING !!!

The XCam LG Settings app provides something extra for those who choose to donate and support development. It allows on-the-fly configuration for many aspects of the camera that were previously unavailable.
  • This is ONLY for stock or stock-based firmware (the version of Android that LG provides)...not AOSP/CM/etc.

Installation:
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  1. Download the latest version of XCam LG Settings from the Google Play Store HERE. This will start the install process.
  2. If you want to test early releases, join the XCam LG Settings Google+ community and then follow the link found there to become a tester.
  3. If your phone/model shows as currently unsupported, please get in touch with me.

Usage:
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  1. Image Control:
    • Quality: Change the jpeg compression level from 0 (high compression/small file size) to 100 (lowest compression/largest file size)
    • Contrast: Change the pre-processing contrast level from 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest)
    • Saturation: Change the pre-processing saturation level from 0 (greyscale) to 10 (highly saturated). This option is not available on all devices/drivers.
    • Sharpness: Change the pre-processing sharpness level from 0 (lowest) to 36 (highest)
  2. Shutter Control:
    • Burst/IA/Night/Normal/Sports: Change the minimum shutter speed for the corresponding shotmode. This is useful if you want to capture faster-moving subjects in lower light situations and don't want the camera to automatically shift to it's slowest possible shutter speed (~ 1/7 sec). Keep in mind that increasing this speed obviously means darker photos. Some interesting results can be achieved by leaving "Auto Night Mode" (described in next section) enabled while setting the minimum shutter speed of Normal mode to 1/30. The multiple exposures of night mode and the corresponding noise reduction still kick in, but the focus time is improved. Due to edge issues these photos are best if cropped.
  3. Bitrate Control:
    • Change the bitrate for UHD (if supported by your device), FHD60fps, FHD30fps, HD120fps (slo-mo), HD60fps, and HD30fps modes. NOTE :: You can only go as high as your firmware/rom allows for. NO app can override this. To change this, you'll have to edit the maxBitRate for the h264 encoder in your media_profiles.xml.
  4. Photo options:
    • Auto Night Mode: Toggle the automatic drop into Night for the Normal shotmode ON/OFF.
    • Noise Reduction: Toggle photo wavelet noise reduction ON/OFF. This will work on many (but not all shotmodes)...Normal, Panorama, HDR, Night and IA. NOTE :: Turning this off bypasses all post-processing. This includes sharpness, contrast, zoom, etc.
    • Normal Mode Raw: Toggle raw bayer mode ON/OFF for Normal shotmode. They will NOT have a preview image as your gallery app can't read them. The resulting files will have a .dng extension and will be in the /sdcard/DCIM/Camera/dng/ directory. You can use your file manager of choice to browse to this directory and open them with the free version of PhotoShop Express from the Play Store or view/edit them on your computer. The library I wrote to convert our camera's mipi raw to dng is based on ille's raspiraw binary, which in turn is based on sample code by Dave Coffin (creator of dcraw).
    • Chroma Flash: Toggle chroma flash ON/OFF (G2 Advanced KK driver and GPro2 KK only)
    • Focus Lock Sound: Toggle the sound heard when touch focus locks ON/OFF
    • Night Mode: Toggle the night shotmode availability under the mode button ON/OFF
    • Sports Mode: Toggle the sports shotmode availability under the mode button ON/OFF
  5. Video options:
    • Continuous Focus: This is the default focus mode for video that adjusts continually based on both your and your subjects' movement. Turn it off to access the following mode
    • Fixed Focus: When continuous focus is OFF and this is ON, video mode will be set at a fixed/infinity focal point. When both continuous AND this is turned OFF, the focal point can be set while in photo mode and when you switch to video it will hold that focal point.
    • Audio Source: Select any of the available audio sources listed HERE. If you're looking for the equivalent of the previous Noise Gate Toggle, select Mic. This allows control over the sometimes objectionable "underwater audio" effect.
    • Stereo Mics: Toggle between stereo (ON) and mono (OFF) if supported by your device.
    • Audio Rec Check: Toggle the check for another app using the microphone ON/OFF. This can alleviate the "Cannot start recording while another application is using audio" message encountered when the "OK Google" Detection from any screen option is enabled under Google Now. Keep in mind that this is enabled for a reason, and that videos recorded while this check is bypassed may stutter slightly.
    • Recording Sound: Toggle the sound heard when starting/stopping video recording ON/OFF

Problems:
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  1. Gather as much information as possible on how to reproduce the issue.
  2. If the application is force closing, get a full logcat that shows the error/problem. Here is an excellent tutorial on how to make one. There are also apps such as CatLog available in the play store that allow you to capture this on your device.
  3. Post very clear/exact steps to reproduce the problem here along with any pertinent log files or email them to [email protected].

Changelog:
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Version 1.6.5:

  • G2 Advanced LP support
  • One-time reset of prefs
  • Remove G2 LP raw (LG broke it). I will keep working on it.
  • NEW:: Audio Source toggle (device-dependent)
  • NEW:: UHD 5min limit toggle
Version 1.5.2:
  • Save raw in dng format
Version 1.4.0:
  • XCam LG 6.0.0 push
Version 1.3.5:
  • NEW:: save raw in Normal ShotMode
  • NEW:: disable photo NR
  • NEW:: adjust video bitrate
  • NEW:: video focus: toggle continuous, fixed/infinity and lock from photo mode.
  • improved update/model checks
  • layout change/cleanup
Version 1.2.0:
  • Add automatic update check for XCam LG app
  • Adjusted min shutter speeds for stock G2 camera driver
  • Fix camera driver quirk that could cause "cannot connect" error after first run of settings app on certain devices.
  • Detailed licensing errors with links to contact Google directly in the event of a problem.
Version 1.1.0:
  • Add stereo/mono microphone option for video
Version 1.0.1:
  • Add support for LG G3
  • Thank you toast only on first run
  • Fix links in Menu > About
Version 1.0.0:
  • Initial release

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Yes!!!! Atlast its here!! Thanks so much xdabbeb

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Testing it now!!!

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Running good xdabbeb gonna purchase it now at google store for development support and as my salute to you that you brought it here at the G3 section as i have requested last week.

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Got a camera error after downloding the extra settings but was fixed after reboot..

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Got a camera error after downloding the extra settings but was fixed after reboot..

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The Donation app has to temporarily access your camera on the first run to determine its capabilities for setting up which menu items are available on your device. It seems that occasionally it fails to release the camera (though I've told it to) which can cause that issue. It would only happen on the first run, however, and it seems random as only one of my testers ran into it. If you feel like trying it again and can get me a logcat I'd love to take a look, as I haven't been able to reproduce it myself.

Regardless, a reboot will fix it and it doesn't need to run that check again until you clear data for the donation app.
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BeautyShot makes the camera force ckose

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BeautyShot makes the camera force ckose

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Camera is awesome, nice work! better than original, il need few more tests before using it as primary
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BeautyShot makes the camera force ckose

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Thanks. Didn't hear back from tester on that. I just uploaded a new version that should fix it. Please reinstall it and let me know.
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