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Thursday, December 11, 2014

App Review -- Camera51


I can't exactly remember how I came to learn about Camera51. I really want to say it was from Joe Hindy and the crew over at Android Authority, but I COULD be mistaken.

Camera51 automatically detects and analyzes faces, scenes, objects and lines and guides you to the perfect frame in every click.
Camera51 invites you to start taking photos like a professional. It utilizes photography principles used by professional photographers and artists and applies this vast knowledge base in a fun and intuitive interface.
All you have to do is place the smartphone icon in the "Aim-Box" and BAM! you've got yourself a photo that looks like a million bucks.

• Auto framing / auto composition technology: Identifies and automatically selects the main objects and lines of the photo to determine real time framing guidance.
• Perfect selfie: snap the ultimate selfie whether by yourself or in a group with the front-facing camera.
• Manual object selection: Users have the option to manually select an object by just tapping the screen, to determine framing guidance, focus, and exposure.
• Multi object selection: Allows users to select up to three different objects of interest per photo.
• Peripheral object alert: Enables the app to notify you of prominent objects that may interfere with your frame boundaries.

^^Captures from the the Google Play page^^

Since my actual digital camera eats disposable batteries like crazy, I've been using my Motorola Photon Q phone to take MANY of my blog photos. It has an 8 megapixel camera, whereas my digital camera is a 10 MP camera. To me, I don't see MUCH of a difference between the camera and the phone, regarding picture quality.

Personally, I find that Camera51 takes much clearer and sharper pictures than the pre-installed Motorola Camera. To get a true comparison of the two apps, I took a picture of my Logitech M325 Wireless mouse.

Both of these photos are taken with a Motorola Photon Q phone. The camera is an 8MP camera, stabilized in the same position (using a phone tripod) and unedited with the exception of adding the text and my watermark.

You can see in the Camera51 photo how much clearer and the colors seem richer than the default camera. It also has what I call 'Smart Flash' detection. With Camera51, it did not flash. With the default camera app, it still used a flash, even though the area was well-lit.

What I like the MOST about the Camera51 app is the fact that it has a 'Aim Box' to guide you to where the photo will be the best. It doesn't ALWAYS work the best, but a simple tap on the screen tells the app to refocus the 'aim box' for you. Snap the photo and you're done!

Unlike another camera app I've reviewed, I see NO battery drag with this app. The ONLY negative I see is the app is a bit slow to open, but nothing that would ruin the app experience.

Camera51 is an Android-only app right now, with plans for development on the iOS platform. You can download it for free by going here: Camera51 on Google Play.

Unless you have a kick*ss default camera app, you NEED this app on your phone.

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