The all new Google Camera

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by TechGod, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. TechGod Suspended


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    I love it. And I don't know why but I think the quality has improved on my Nexus 4 since updating.
  2. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I dont know enough about cameras but the reviews seem to be hailing it as progress
  3. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Yeah it's alright... Better than previous anyway.
  4. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Got real potential.

    The Blur thing worked brilliantly on my S4.
  5. .macbookpro. macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2012
    I don't like the massive camera button on my Nexus 5. Other than that it looks nice, is fast, so overall it's pretty good
  6. Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    Much faster than before. Overall it is a nice improvement with the added features.
  7. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Progress is a good word for it. It still lacks tons of features and the user interface isn't all that great but at least it's better than the old one.
  8. TechGod thread starter Suspended


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    That massive button is there for a reason. It's for aspect ratio.
  9. .macbookpro. macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2012
    I know, however I preferred the previous camera as it had the whole screen as the view finder. As the Camera is an 8MP, surely ~4-6MP 16:9 aspect ratio could be one of the options? I remember a previous 8MP camera which could do this. I think it was the HTC 8X
  10. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    I've very thoroughly tested it on my (factory; no rooting) Nexus 7 2013 and found out the following:

    - the new panorama support is GREAT, particularly if you enable maximum resolution (the default is high-res). Up until now, Google's implementation was a joke - far-far inferior to either Apple's one on the iPhone 4S+ or Samsung's implementation in their Android handsets. Even Nokia's WP (but not Symbian) implementation has been significantly better.

    - blurring worked just GREAT in my tests. While some people did complain about it being slow(ish), I haven't noticed speed problems on my N7, which, while "only" having a 5 Mpixel sensor, has a, compared to the SD800, significantly slower CPU.

    What's wrong? Most importantly, all manual modes have been removed, which is a BIG-BIG minus. There's no

    - scene selection
    - manual WB and ISO setting
    - timer

    The first two is particularly painful as, with the new Camera app, you in no way can force the system to shoot at high shutter speeds.

    Only manual exposure compensation has remained. (Which means that, in this regard, Android is still superior to iOS, where there's not even proper exposure compensation. See my writeup on the implications of this at if interested.)

    Fortunately, some people at Android Police discovered Google may have not ditched these manual settings entirely and they may add them back some time in the future. (More info: )

    Here's my latest album of shots with both blurring and without (using exactly the same camera position) shooting subjects from low (about 40 cm), middle (about 1m) and high (about 2m) distance. The full set is at

    As you can see,

    - in the mid-distance shots (a 17” MBP with its surroundings shot from the front, displaying a Web page at DPReview), there is some very serious artifacting in both blurred shots:

    On the first image, the upper right corner of the screen bezel of the MBP is awful. So is the upper bezel of the on-screen Nexus phone on the right, right over the “Google Search on Android adds voice commands for camera” title.

    On the second one, it's the on-screen Nexus phone on the left that has a completely messed-up upper bezel. In this shot, the center part of the left bezel of the MBP is awful.

    - the low-distance shots are significantly better.

    - the high-distance ones are passable.

    All in all, based on my experiments, you'll want to use the new blurring feature with subjects as close as possible – preferably under half a meter.

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