[APP][4.0.3+] Open Camera

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Open Camera is an Open Source camera app for Android that I've been working on.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.sourceforge.opencamera
Or install APK directly from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/opencamera/files/
Open Camera is also available on F-Droid.

Homepage: http://opencamera.org.uk/
Code: https://sourceforge.net/p/opencamera/code/

Features include:
- Option to auto-level using accelerometer so pictures are perfectly level.
- All the usual options like zoom, flash, focus modes (including a "manual" mode to only focus on touch), focus/metering areas, exposure lock, scene modes, color effects, white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, video recording.
- Options for timer and auto-repeated photo taking.
- Configurable volume keys (take picture, zoom, or change exposure compensation).
- Optional geotagging, including compass direction (GPSImgDirection, GPSImgDirectionRef).
- Option to optimise UI for left and right-handed users.

v1.47.3:


Auto-level feature (from v1.48):


I want to make Open Camera better, so bug reports and feature suggestions are most welcome (either email mark dot harman dot apps at gmail dot com, PM, at https://sourceforge.net/p/opencamera/discussion/ , or leaving a comment here).

Also a request for help: one of the challenges I've had is the wide variety of different cameras or camera drivers on different devices, and sometimes bugs happen that I can't reproduce on my devices. In particular I've had various reports of problems on Cyanogenmod. If any Android developers out there are willing to help out with investigating issues on any devices/platforms you encounter problems with, this will help Open Camera become a better camera app and I would greatly appreciate it :) Or simply sending me a logcat may help.
 
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tmzbeme

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I have tried this before. It's an excellent app that takes great pictures.
I'm already using snap camera so have no need for it, but it is better than pretty much all the other apps in terms of picture quality except for a couple.
 
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Kocane

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Im not too big on comparing the quality of vids and pics between camera apps, to my experience its usually around the same. However, what matters is functionality and I must say this app is really nice. Buttons with quick access to the functions, etc. Especially "exposure lock" i like!

However, it seriously falls behind on the visual part. I know that in a sense it doesn't matter but it's always a nice way to finish off a good app.

May I suggest something in style with the Samsung S5 camera app? (http://i.imgur.com/iy5w369.jpg)

Functions on the left side for easy access with left hand and then shutter button + video/photo mode button on the right.

Another little thing, how about a seperate shortcut for videomode :)?
 

mdwh

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Thanks for the comments, some great suggestions.

* I like the icons being along the top myself, but I'll add an option to have them go down the side for people who prefer that.

* An option for touch to capture sounds a good idea too.

Another little thing, how about a seperate shortcut for videomode :)?
Can I clarify what you mean by this - there's an icon to switch between photo and video, or do you mean to change video resolution? Or something else?
 

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Hi,

I just installing your camera and my first impression is :good:. It can detect wide resolution for my camera (16:9) where other competitor can't :D. For now I found bug related to save folder location, each time I open this setting app always tell path not found until I take one photo. Maybe because folder don't exists then app throw an error.

Anyway I didn't explore much this app but here some suggestion:
  1. quick button to change resolution settings
  2. quick button to change camera mode
  3. Maybe HDR mode either software or hardware

Other suggestion will be added later :good:
 
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mdwh

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For now I found bug related to save folder location, each time I open this setting app always tell path not found until I take one photo. Maybe because folder don't exists then app throw an error.
Oops yes, that's a bug in the new file chooser, I'll get a fix out for that.

I want to have more accessibility to other options, though need to think about how to do this (more icons means more clutter / running out of space) - possibly having a fully customised GUI, or a swipe down for more options, or other ideas are welcome.

Hardware HDR should be supported if it's offered as a scene mode by the device; doing it in software is something I may do in future.
 

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Oops yes, that's a bug in the new file chooser, I'll get a fix out for that.

I want to have more accessibility to other options, though need to think about how to do this (more icons means more clutter / running out of space) - possibly having a fully customised GUI, or a swipe down for more options, or other ideas are welcome.

Hardware HDR should be supported if it's offered as a scene mode by the device; doing it in software is something I may do in future.
I vote for swipe gesture to open more options. We can have 4 directions for swiping :D

Thanks for pointing out HDR mode in scene settings
 
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mirhl

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Half-press to focus of the hardware button continuously triggers focus, which doesn't steadily lock.

Xperia S with 4.4 aosp.
 

fredsky2

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Really loving all the app so far, here's a few ideas/suggestions


  • Double tap anywhere/press and hold to auto focus + take picture (this is by far the feature i miss the most from my windows phone life, maybe im not the only one)
  • Option to mute annoying sounds
  • more and more obvious GUI feedback (like for when switching from picture<>video)
  • circle inside the glass square doesn't look that well imhO the start recording/take picture should lose that visible square
  • angle line looks like an odd part of 3x3 grid (maybe its supose to be like that? i dunno, i know zero of pro-photo taking)


as a side note, at least on my device, the zoom scale looks inverted (at 0x bar it's blue, at 4x it's invisible)

i must say i really really love the option to controle the exposure from the volume menu, great idea

great work!
 
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typos1

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Oops yes, that's a bug in the new file chooser, I'll get a fix out for that.

I want to have more accessibility to other options, though need to think about how to do this (more icons means more clutter / running out of space) - possibly having a fully customised GUI, or a swipe down for more options, or other ideas are welcome.

Hardware HDR should be supported if it's offered as a scene mode by the device; doing it in software is something I may do in future.
Hello, been using this for a few months, its one of the better camera apps, but could do with a few improvements (sorry to sound negative, I do like it!)

I d like:

An ISO shortcut, or option to add it, so you dont have to delve into the menus

Touch to focus and take a picture all in one, like Snap camera (already been suggested twice, so this seems the most popular request so far !)

Option to remove zoom slider - hardly any phone camera has optical zoom and digital zoom is 100% useless so I dont want it cluttering up the screen.

On my find 5 the camera button (the one you hit to take a shot) is surrounded by a square and it looks awful, so an option to change the style of this button would be nice (circle, square, pic of a camera, red, blue, white etc. I notice the screen shot in the first post there is no square though ?

How about a maximum no of icons you can have on the screen based on the size of the device, then user can choose what icons to have up to the maximum that can fit, so the amount of clutter is down to the user and the number of icons down to whats physically possible ?

I do like this app, but it is slow to take pictures, especially when stabilised, Snap camera isnt this slow whether youre using the stabilise feature or not, would be nice if it was quicker.

Was using the app with CM and did have some problems, using OmniROM now and dont seem to have them. Used to use Snap mostly, but that seems to have bugs on both CM and Omni, would like to remove it and 100% replace it with this.
 
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meyerweb

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A question about the "auto-stabilise."

Stabilization (as in Optical Image Stabilization, or OIS) generally refers to a camera shake reducing feature. Is that what this does? Your description sounds more like auto-leveling than the traditional meaning of stabilization.
 

cornelha

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I honestly have only one issue with this camera, it's damn ugly. Other than that it works beautifully on my S3 running CM11. You are using standard controls, so themes kinda mess with your work. I would suggest spending some time on a look and feel that would make your app look more modern.
 

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I really like this! I have an older armv6 version of focal but UI is very difficult to navigate. This one fills the bill.

UI suggestions:

*Universal choice of <-|+> or slider. Really do not need both visible. Do not take space for both or unselected alternative. It is those sliders that make the iPhone camera a joy to use.

*Place all those potentially per-picture options up front rather than in properties (or set their defaults in properties): ASA, white-balance, color-effect, et al. Done this way on focal and cm11s camera.

*Focus region is settable on cm11s camera (in properties but would rather see up front as well).

*Option for powerbutton capture (focus and shoot).

*Option for normal camera-icon capture (focus and shoot). Previously requested here. I am kind of confused as to what is going on right now and can be surprised to see "taking picture."

*Generally, unclutter everything which is going on the screen on top of the view. Do not need all those numbers and boxes except where directly functional such as focus region.

Might be interesting and make for quicker shoots: continuous auto focus--more likely picture is ready when I press the button. I do not think anybody is doing this at present (but nobody else is fudging angles and such either!).
 
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Darkshado

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Cool app from what I've seen in two minutes of tinkering or so.

I was wondering if it'd be possible to set 60 and 50 Hz anti-flickering from the app? I'm travelling in a 50Hz power region and some museum lighting gave me weird banding effects that I suspect was caused by this.