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Tenhi

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Is there any camera app where shutter speed can be set lower than .6s? I tried few but it seems that all of those have same limitation when it comes to shutter speed...

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MunkinDrunky

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Feb 25, 2012
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I would just like to share a quick test I performed with 3 cameras to see each response time.
I used the google camera(stock marshmallow mra58r), HTC M9 camera (its here in the apps- first page), and Hydrogen OS camera (http://forum.xda-developers.com/oneplus-one/themes-apps/hydrogen-os-camera-oneplus-1-op2-t3241423).

I really was curious how fast the google camera responds compared to any other camera. The time it takes to open app, and take a picture. I used a stopwatch for the tests and started the timer as soon as I hit the app for the camera and stopped the timer as soon as the pictured was taken (usually indicated by screen flash or whatever each app uses).

Test 1 was a three shot test (not burst shot-just took three successive shots). Each camera I tested 6 times(3 shots each time).
Google: avg time 4.88 sec
HTC: avg time 6.82 sec
Oxygen OS: avg time 5.49 sec

Observations:
i)The google camera focuses the first time and afterwards doesn't really readjust focus unless significant movement is made in between shots. This would seem to be why the times are so quick for subsequent shots. However, this is why there is alway at least one blurry, terrible pic of the three.
ii)The HTC camera refocuses after each shot and all three pictures have good to great quality.
iii)The Oxygen OS camera seems to take the better road (perhaps just less bloaty app), it refocuses each time and somewhat faster. The picture quality is not noticeably different from the HTC pics, all three are good-great.

Test 2 was a single shot test. Each camera was tested 9 times (dunno why- just chose 9)
Google: avg time 3.22 sec
HTC: avg time 3.25 sec
Oxygen OS: 2.36 sec

Observations:
i) Not all pictures turned out great here on the google camera. Only 6/9 were usable and good and not terribly blurry. Quite consistent (not enough tests to be statistically, but hey this was a quick thing I did) with Test 1 results, because ⅓ pics were bad.
ii) The HTC camera did comparably well in time, but the focusing was much better as all 9 pics were good.
iii)Oxygen OS camera was the fastest of the three and still managed to give great quality pics (just as good as all the good ones from the other two camera apps).

Final note: Basically it seems with our shutter speed its pretty hard to get under 2 seconds to get that first shot and have it be good. I’ve noticed that if I'm doing anything with lots of motion, like if I’m out climbing then someone takes a picture of me with my phone; most of the shots are unusuable. At least the oxygen app is the snappiest and I will now start to use that as my default camera app.

P.S. will try other cameras in the future too. I didn't post pics because I thought for the quickness of these tests it would be a pain to upload all of them.
 

Tenhi

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Jun 3, 2010
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Manual camera is the App of the week on Play store, if someone wants to grab it for 0.10 €/$...
 

tornido067

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Dec 6, 2013
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I would just like to share a quick test I performed with 3 cameras to see each response time.
I used the google camera(stock marshmallow mra58r), HTC M9 camera (its here in the apps- first page), and Hydrogen OS camera (http://forum.xda-developers.com/oneplus-one/themes-apps/hydrogen-os-camera-oneplus-1-op2-t3241423).

I really was curious how fast the google camera responds compared to any other camera. The time it takes to open app, and take a picture. I used a stopwatch for the tests and started the timer as soon as I hit the app for the camera and stopped the timer as soon as the pictured was taken (usually indicated by screen flash or whatever each app uses).

Test 1 was a three shot test (not burst shot-just took three successive shots). Each camera I tested 6 times(3 shots each time).
Google: avg time 4.88 sec
HTC: avg time 6.82 sec
Oxygen OS: avg time 5.49 sec

Observations:
i)The google camera focuses the first time and afterwards doesn't really readjust focus unless significant movement is made in between shots. This would seem to be why the times are so quick for subsequent shots. However, this is why there is alway at least one blurry, terrible pic of the three.
ii)The HTC camera refocuses after each shot and all three pictures have good to great quality.
iii)The Oxygen OS camera seems to take the better road (perhaps just less bloaty app), it refocuses each time and somewhat faster. The picture quality is not noticeably different from the HTC pics, all three are good-great.

Test 2 was a single shot test. Each camera was tested 9 times (dunno why- just chose 9)
Google: avg time 3.22 sec
HTC: avg time 3.25 sec
Oxygen OS: 2.36 sec

Observations:
i) Not all pictures turned out great here on the google camera. Only 6/9 were usable and good and not terribly blurry. Quite consistent (not enough tests to be statistically, but hey this was a quick thing I did) with Test 1 results, because ⅓ pics were bad.
ii) The HTC camera did comparably well in time, but the focusing was much better as all 9 pics were good.
iii)Oxygen OS camera was the fastest of the three and still managed to give great quality pics (just as good as all the good ones from the other two camera apps).

Final note: Basically it seems with our shutter speed its pretty hard to get under 2 seconds to get that first shot and have it be good. I’ve noticed that if I'm doing anything with lots of motion, like if I’m out climbing then someone takes a picture of me with my phone; most of the shots are unusuable. At least the oxygen app is the snappiest and I will now start to use that as my default camera app.

P.S. will try other cameras in the future too. I didn't post pics because I thought for the quickness of these tests it would be a pain to upload all of them.
nice testing bro :D i prefer htc camera app .
 
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MunkinDrunky

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Feb 25, 2012
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nice testing bro :D i prefer htc camera app .

thanks, i always used to use the stock app but it is kinda lacking. HTC has great features but I felt was a little laggy compared to both the stock and oxygen os apps. the lagginess is in the responsiveness of the ui, pressing the buttons and accessing all the settings and features. i dunno why thats been my experience..
 

mtalbert63

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The new google camera seems to be all that I need. I understand people need other features and want different things, but for a point and shoot. The new google camera works good enough for me.
 

magisterludi

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I have 2 kids, powered by 125cc 2 strokes. Anyways, they're always on the move And just cant seem to put the brakes on when Dad wants to snap a pic. In the pursuit of successfully capturing all those "OOOGrab the camera!!" moments, I have been testing camera apps for some time. I admit --I've not had a "structured" method for deciding which app is statistically "the best," however, after using many camera apps (I've tried all mentioned in this tread and quite a few others) I've found that manual camera and proshot are my "go-to" cameras if i have my N6 on me.

I tend to use manual camera when i need a picture taken now. right now. I have manual camera assigned to the camera unlock on lockscreen. It opens fast, tap focuses fast and writes fast, thus i am able to take another pic fast. Its great. The wheel for adjusting exposure/iso is very convenient once you get acclimated to it. The pictures are fantastic.

I tend to use ProShot when I know Im going to be taking pictures. The camera functions/image properties/etc aren't as easily manipulated as in ManualCamera. However, when you can take time to set up your shot, I don't think there is a cam app out there that can match the clear, precise, color correct images ProShot can spit out. ProShot evokes the infamous "You took that from your cellphone?!?"

Just my 2 cents. Oh and thanks Google for the softboot when using Google Camera to try to take a pic of my littlest ones first steps....and again trying to capture his face the first time he ate a sour patch kid. ah well.
 
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bigsnack

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Slightly off topic, but I thought maybe someone can assist me here. My LG G2 on a debloated rom opened the camera app almost instantaneously. But, with any camera app(even the default google one) It takes 3-4 seconds just for the view finder to come up so I can take a picture. Is this a software thing or a hardware thing?

That said I do like a better camera and the holiday pricing I paid for it makes it even better. Is there any camera app with slow-mo support?
 

Cinner

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If image quality is most important then you only have two options really: HDR+ using the stock camera, or RAW using a third party camera. Because no matter which camera you use, if you are using JPEG compression every camera app will give you the same image processing with a lot of compression and lacklustre detail. I tried several apps from camera fv5 to manual camera and open camera, and when you compare the images at 100%, they basically look identical to the images coming out of the stock android camera. Unless you use hdr+, which offers relatively superb compression and detail. Shooting in raw is even better but not nearly as convenient of course.
 

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    Google camera & manual camera. Gets the job completely done. No need for anything else.

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    What is everyone using these days besides Google Camera? Is there anything new on the horizon to look out for?
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    The best if you ask me :)
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    I'll check out manual camera. Do you just use it for specialty shots?

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    I do yes, and for the RAW .DNG files.

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    What is everyone using these days besides Google Camera? Is there anything new on the horizon to look out for?

    Look up the HTC camera in the nexus 6 forums (somewhere). It's a great camera!


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