After Google opened up the APIs that allowed certain Android devices to snap full RAW photos, many have been looking for the right app to control the functions. Along came Manual Camera, which, as advertised, provides full manual control of the camera on your Android phone.
The fine art of photography has been somewhat diluted as the capabilities and automatic nature of mobile cameras have increased. We are, admittedly, at the point where a high-end Android phone can capture impressive images, I’d even venture to say photos of professional quality, but the ability to take these stunning photos is usually not a credit to the photographer’s ability to manipulate the settings. For those that are accustomed to taking manual control of their cameras, a fully automatic camera app can be a major headache and let down.
The introduction of RAW image support on Android has been very welcome for professionals looking to play with their Android devices a little bit, and Manual Camera offers the software that you can use to take it to the next level.
For our time testing Manual Camera, we found that almost every aspect of your camera, from shutter speed, ISO, white balance and more can be manually controlled. Each available setting defaults to automatic, eliminating the barrier to entry for new users, which also makes this great for those wanting to self-educate on how these typical (D)SLR caliber tools operate. Now all we need is optical zoom.
Manual Camera will run you $1.99 in the Google Play Store and will install on your Android 5.0 Lollipop and up devices.
Do you think that full manual control of your Android camera will make a huge difference in your mobile photography efforts?