Taking pictures under low light can be quite tricky, most especially if your phone doesn’t support LED flash and digital optical zoom. Pictures taken during the day are of great quality with vibrant colors  and amazing details caught on camera. On the other hand, pictures taken at night are exactly the opposite. Dark rooms where there is absence of natural light spoil the rewards of having quality moments with friends and family.

Most high-end phones are already equipped with the best cameras, but some mid-range and low-end smartphones aren’t as lucky. Devices with above-average cameras can take advantage of camera apps from the Android Market that can help fine-tune their devices’ basic picture-taking capabilities.

If you’re a trigger happy photo enthusiast always using your smartphone as a point-and-shoot camera, then we’ve got good news for you. An Android application called Night Vision Camera can greatly enhance picture-taking in the dark. Even if you don’t have LED flash support on your device, you can still take wonderful shots with superb clarity by using Night Vision Camera.

From the name itself, the Night Vision Camera app uses your device’s camera and turns it into a night vision goggles with the use of a green filter to enhance picture quality. The clever algorithm integrated into the app will boost image brightness and provide great details to the shots you capture. Depending on personal preferences or requirements, users have the option to turn on or off the green filter effect.

Once the application is already running, you might notice that your camera runs more slowly.  This is expected. Just hold the camera as steadily as possible and wait for the perfect time to nail down that perfect frame. Additionally, pressing the << button on the camera application opens tons of interesting features.

Since the application uses your phone’s camera to take pictures with, don’t expect to see great results, as the pictures you take varies from one device to another. If you’re lucky enough to have a high-end device such as a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Galaxy S2, or HTC Evo 3D, then you don’t need to worry, as these devices are already equipped with the best cameras to date. The Night Vision Camera app works at its finest when you have a high-end phone sporting a top-notch camera.

The app can also become a handy flashlight, as it uses your phone’s LED flash as light source giving you complete control by keeping it turned-on as the need arises. Speaking of flash, users also have full control in configuring the camera’s flash to enable maximum visibility. It also supports front-facing cameras for those awkward moments when someone calls you in the middle of the night or while you are in a dark area.

You can download the Night Vision Camera app for free from the Android Market and start snapping photos even in dark areas.

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.