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Google Camera update brings back self-timer and 16:9 crop

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Google's latest update brings fisheye and wideangle panorama options to the camera app.

While the pre-installed camera apps on most Android smartphones tend to come with a multitude of modes, features and options, Google's own camera app has always been defined by simplicity, similar to the approach that Apple is taking with its iPhone camera app. 

However, when Google launched a major update in April that included a redesigned UI and the new Lens Blur effect , in the eyes of some users it was taking simplicity too far by removing the self-timer. Another change that many users, for reasons that are not entirely clear, seemed not to appreciate was the 100% "viewfinder" which meant that on phones with 4:3 imaging sensors the preview image was not covering the entire screen, as the latter often uses a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Google has taken care of those two points of user criticism with another, more minor update. The camera app now offers 3 and 10 second self-timer settings and 16:9 aspect ratio has been added to the image size and resolution options, allowing the users of smartphones with 4:3 image sensors to shoot in the wider format.

Other features that come with the new version of the app include wide angle and fisheye panorama options that are based on the Photo Sphere technology. The update is rolling out now and should be available on the Play Store soon.

Source: Google+ | Via: GSM Arena


 

Comments

Total comments: 12
LokTo

But I still cannot choose where to save photos... Did I miss something?

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Lars Rehm

Well, your photos are saved are saved on your phone. Where would you like to save them?

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LokTo

External SD Card

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Peter Galbavy

Still no white balance settings - which are rather important.

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Lars Rehm

I have to say I don't think I have ever used manual WB on a smartphone outside of testing. Usually the Auto WB does a pretty good job and minor color casts are pretty easily corrected in editing apps.

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Peter Galbavy

I have and I still do. While not my real camera I do occasionally use my phone and tablet for random shots. Editing kills what little JPEG quality is there already.

AWB is defeated by indoor and backlit scenes quite easily.

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Caleido

Technically speaking, 16:9 is not a wider format but actually narrower vertically on a 4:3 sensor.

Cropping it afterwards because you like those dimensions - and don't mind loosing parts of your image, sounds more logical.

But it's less simple, I presume.

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Impulses

People just like taking pictures that (or using a crop mode that) will fill the screen of the device they're taking it on as well as other common devices where it'll be viewed (laptops, TVs, many tablets outside of Apple's, etc). I've seen people pick 16:9 on a P&S camera for the very same reason, and they usually don't care that they're throwing pixels away even if you go thru the trouble of explaining it... Some folks just have a deep seated hate for black bars. :P

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0MitchAG

It's not binning pixels if you shoot at 4:3 and crop to 16:9 later. It just means that your composition will be correct in the first place.

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thomy

At least, the return of the Timer !!!

Thx mister Gogole :D

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ageha
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dpmaxwell
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