Sunday, February 5, 2017

Choose a replacement for the standard Camera app for android devices: Open Camera, Camera MX Camera360 –

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the Regular camera app seldom satisfied, especially if we have an android gadget. It offers a set of standard functions and settings without frills, is not endowed with the most responsive controls (for those who are not accustomed to) and the a priori consumes a lot of resources.

of Course, if you are lucky owner of good optics, why even bother with additional software? Another thing, if you want to squeeze out of the camera high, to professional tools, and to ensure minimum battery consumption – in this case, without third-party solutions do not.

But if there is any trash in the Google Play? Or better not to waste time pseudoallescheria pictures? Here in this we will understand, after considering several popular solutions.

First the program will Open Camera, designed to mobilize the mobile sensor on the full, using for this purpose the most advanced tools. The second experimental – MX Camera is designed for those who want minimum hassle with maximum efficiency. Well and will finish the review of the Camera360, which in addition to the optimizer, snapshot offers a kind of social network.

as a test equipment used:

  • the Tablet DEXP Ursus 8EV2 3G (Android 4.4.2, processor MT8382, 4 x Cortex-A7 1.3 GHz, GPU Mali-400 MP2, 1 GB of RAM, the battery is a 4000 mAh battery, 3G module, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n);
  • Smartphone Homtom HT3 Pro (Android 5.1 Lollipop, the MT6735P CPU, 4 x Cortex-A53 1.0 GHz, 64-bit, GPU Mali-T720 GPU, 2 GB RAM, battery 3000 mAh, 4G module Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n).

Open Camera


Open Camera is an app originally from Cambridge with open source tools is truly amazing. However, mainly improvements of the existing functionality of the standard application, although there are chips and its own.

for Example, a few of “their” focus mode, voice control timer, the ability to customize the volume keys to control camera and professional grid mapping angle. At first glance an interesting solution, however, before drawing conclusions, it is worth to check everything thoroughly.

Rating in Google Play



Mark Harman

the Number of downloads in Google Play

5 000 000-10 000 000

application Compatibility with other versions of the Android OS

4.0.3 and up

the size of the app after installation

5.6 MB

Version of applications


in-app Purchases

Main features:

  • Automatic stabilization;
  • Multiple focus modes, color effects, and filters, white balance, ISO settings, face detection and so on;
  • Support for HD video recording;
  • Voice control timer, automatic mode, re-shooting;
  • Configurable volume keys for camera control;
  • soft keys optimized for left-handers and right-handers;
  • Possibility to disable shutter sound;
  • Several mesh;
  • Additional tags;
  • Support HDR;
  • the Application is open source software distributed free of charge and without advertising.



  • Precise location (network-based and GPS signals).


  • view the data on a USB drive;
  • Change/delete the data on your USB drive.


  • view the data on a USB drive;
  • Change/delete the data on your USB drive.


  • Photo and video recording.


First impression

Open Camera opens the lens. And once it becomes clear that the layout of the elements here is different from system solutions. At the bottom of the big blue button to “Remove” the left zoom, adjustable slider on the right – column tools, where the bottom is located the settings that we will do, to understand what the program is capable of.

so, you can enable facial recognition (it’s Google-camera is), choose time timer and set the batch recording. In the latter two cases the timing of the count and number of images is much broader than the systemic counterpart.

I Must admit that such differentiation does not much enough. At the same time interval in batch mode you can also choose not to shoot a bunch of photos for a couple of seconds.

Separately, go to photo settings and video settings. So, in the settings choose photo quality images in percentage terms, that is, a priori it is thin custom without the banal “good”, “medium” and “excellent”. What to front camera, then the image can be flipped – this will appeal to selfie lovers.

in Addition, you can instruct the stamps on the picture, choosing format date, time, and even geotagging (degrees/minutes/seconds) and also come up with your automatic signature in the photo, assigning a specific font, style and color. It is a pity that this signature will prevail on all pictures until reset. Features – ability to save photos in a background thread, in order to speed up the camera performance.

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