How To Disable Camera Shutter Sound On Any Android 4.0+ AOSP ROM

In certain countries like Japan and Korea, you and the manufacturers making your phone are required by law to keep your camera’s shutter sound enabled at all times. This is in place to protect perverts from snapping what are called 'creepshots' – creepy, privacy-invading photos that are taken without permission of the photo’s main subject. But not all people disable shutter sound to take creepshots. They may be required in situations where you don’t want to disturb your photograph’s subject; this could be your pet or, perhaps your sleeping baby. If you have a device running AOSP-based Android 4.0 or later and have a custom recovery installed, doing this is a piece of cake. Let's find out how. Read More

How To Increase Video Recording Quality On Nexus 4

Camera quality has never really been the punch line for Google's Nexus series of Android flagships, and the new Nexus 4 does not fall far from the tree either. As the first Nexus phone to hold an 8MP camera, it has caused quite a few users to notice and complain about unwanted level of noise present in videos recorded at HD resolutions. However, a Nexus is the epitome of relentless Android customizations and XDA Recognized Developer enyceckk has just come up with a way to improve the Video quality by increasing the video bitrate from 12Mb/s to 20Mb/s. Based on the developer's claims and user feedback, the mod does improve video recording quality on the device. Read More

Blux Camera Brings Its Smart Photo Effects To The iPad

Last month, we covered Blux Camera, a camera replacement app that analyses the scene and automatically picks the best effects and filters for it. Such apps are usually more popular on the iPhone, thanks to the superior camera hardware that comes with the newer iterations. However, times have changed and the last couple of versions of Apple's iPad come packed with pretty decent cameras. This means that there is now a need for tablet-optimized photo editors as well, which is why the team behind Blux Camera has come up with an iPad client of the app. Blux Camera for iPad offers all the options available in the app’s iPhone version, but after using it on our iPad, we can’t help but wonder how such an impressive array of options fitted onto the iPhone’s small screen. There are a number of photo effects, capture modes and other camera-related features on offer. Other than that, Blux Camera retains its trademark intelligence on the iPad as well, making sure you get all the help you want to decide on the most appropriate settings for a particular scene. Read More

Camera+ For iOS Updated With Front Flash, Horizon Level, Live Exposure & More

I don’t know about the rest of the AddictiveTips team, but Camera+ is my favorite photography app on the iOS. It offers a bunch of awesome features like separate focus and exposure, stabilizer mode for taking the clearest photographs, and powerful post-processing options including various filters, cropping, borders, “scenes”, etc. that improve photos taken on iPhone. Now, in the v3.6 update of the iPhone/iPad app, they’ve added in useful new features like a front-facing flash, “Horizon Level” to ensure your photos are horizontally level, Live exposure for reading exposure parameters in real-time and much more. We’ve discussed them in more detail after the jump. Read More

HelloCamera For iPhone Intelligently Suggests Live Photo Effects That Suit The Scene

Camera360 has been a favorite among both Android and iOS users for quite some time now, and many people use it as a default photo editor for their phone. Since the app is so successful, there has never been any real need to change it in a big way, but that doesn’t mean the team behind the app has stopped being creative. HelloCamera is the Camera360 dev team's newest addition to the photography genre of the App Store. While some areas of HelloCamera are reminiscent of its predecessor, the app has a sleeker, futuristic interface and comes with the ability to intelligently apply the most suitable photo effects to your photos (much like previously reviewed Blux Camera). You can manually choose filters as well, both while shooting photos and editing them. A decent native photo gallery and a comprehensive sharing menu add icing to the app's impressive feature list. Read More

Get Galaxy Note 2 Photo Editing App Paper Artist On Android Jelly Bean

Besides being an awesome pastime, the Paper Artist app that comes bundled with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is as stylish a camera replacement and photo editing app as you will ever see. The problem, however, is that not everyone owns or can afford the Note 2. Thanks to XDA member tmantanner4, Paper Artist can now be enjoyed on any device rocking Andorid 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher. Having played around with the app for a good part of an hour or so on my Galaxy Nexus, I can assure you that it’s one of those apps that you simply cannot miss out on trying, especially if you’re a photography aficionado. Paper Artist sports Paper Camera and Cartoon Camera-like effects that make images look as if they were sketched. Using various editing tools on offer, you may enclose your photos in snazzy frames, paint over and annotate them in an entirely new way. Once done with the editing, you can save your work of art to your device, or share it with your friends. Read More

Install Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Camera App With Photo Sphere On ICS to 4.1.x

The latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, was announced on Tuesday, along with a couple of fresh devices in the Nexus series. While the firmware has been bettered with several great features, one particular aspect that is likely to tickle the fancy of many a user is Photo Sphere – a brand new photo capturing mode that allows you to snap Google Street View-style 360-degree panoramic photos and share them via Google Maps and Google+. Effectively, Photo Sphere is a part of the totally revamped stock Android 4.2 Camera & Gallery app that is going to be shipped with the latest Nexus devices, starting from next week onward.  Good news is that you don’t have to wait that long to get your hands on the new camera app, since the folks over at Android Central and XDA have managed to successfully port it to any device running Android 4.0 or higher. However, to be able to use the app to its full potential, you should have a rooted Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1 or higher. Read More

Create Photo Cutouts & Use Them As Augmented Reality Effects With PhotoWithMe For iPhone

Photo stitching and merging two images together might be an easy task for the Photoshop savvy, but most common folk spend hours trying to get the combination right. How many times have you wished that you could change the background of your photo, or add someone to a group shot? While there are many comprehensive photo editors available for iOS, PhotoWithMe offers a completely new take on adding details and objects to your photos. The app makes use of augmented reality to overlay any cutout (labeled seed) on the scene in front of you. You can create your own augmented reality effects, or employ any of the ones shared by other users. Read More

Mirrorgram Is An iPhone Camera App That Focuses On Mirror Effects

At first glance, Mirrorgram For iPhone might appear to be an app that you would rarely use on your iPhone, but use it once, and you are sure to realize how fun it really is. There are so many types of photo editors available in the App Store, that nothing related to that genre should surprise most people anymore. However, Mirrorgram’s effects and their implementation is rather unique. Sure, the app has all the usual filters (vintage, sepia, etc.), but the real fun begins when you delve into its mirror features. While within the viewfinder you can mirror any half of the scene in real-time, simply by swiping across the screen. Not only that, the developer has even added a tilt-shift effect to the mix. Read More

Blux Camera For iPhone: Intelligent Photography Assistant With Real-Time Capture Modes & Filters

Applying filters to photos after capturing them is good and all, but having real-time, pre-shoot image effects is certainly a lot more fun. There are many iOS apps that let you apply photo filters before you shoot, but we haven’t seen one that does it quite as well as Blux Camera. Apart from sporting a unique interface, the app comes with a lengthy feature list and a little twist in the concept that drives most regular camera replacement apps. There are tons of photo effects available, which can be combined with any of the app’s numerous capture modes to snap gorgeous pictures. You may choose a filter or mode of your choice, or let the app analyze the scene and automatically choose a combination for you using what the team behind the app, Blux Touch, calls P.E.A.R. (Photographic Environment Analysis and Recommendation) technology. Other features include filter and capture mode randomization, tilt-shift effect, burst capture, voice activation, multiple grid overlays; you name it, Blux has it! Read More

Add Time-Lapse, Independent Focus & Exposure, Aspect Ratio & More To Native iPhone Camera App

The stock Camera app in iOS is devoid of almost any extra features, and while there are plenty of third-party replacements available in the App Store, no app can beat the convenience of using the stock one, with its lock screen shortcut, smooth results and seamless integration with the camera roll. If you've always stuck with the stock Camera app, but still feel a bit envious of all the extraordinary features on offer in third-party apps, you don’t have to be torn between these choices any longer. What are some of the major features that you get with third-party camera replacement apps? These might include a countdown timer, independent exposure and focus selection, multiple kinds of grid overlays and the choice of selection a custom resolution for video recording. CameraTweak is a new Cydia release that adds all these features to the  iPhone and iPod touch Camera app. In addition to these options, the tweak offers a time-lapse feature, and lets you choose a frame rate for videos. Read More

Control The Camera Of One Android Or iOS Device Using Another With Remote Shot

Just recently, one of my AddictiveTips colleagues covered WiFi Camera, an iOS app that, by pairing a couple of iDevices together over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allows one to snap photos with the camera of the other. As is often the case, whenever an interesting app arrives on one platform, users across the other platform tend to become curious about the availability of similar apps for their devices. While it is unknown whether or not WiFi Camera will be made available to Android users, we do have a very fine alternative for our readers. Remote Shot is a free Android and iOS app that works in almost the same way as WiFi Camera, meaning that you can remotely view and capture whatever the camera of the other device is looking at. However, connection can only be established over Bluetooth. Once paired, you have complete control over the camera of the target device, including toggling between front and rear camera view, capturing images or videos, selection of flashlight mode, and triggering the self-timer or burst mode. Read More

WiFi Camera: Remotely Capture Photos With One iPhone Or iPad Using Another

The introduction of panorama mode in iOS 6 seems to have tickled the fancy of many app developers, as these days, a lot of creative camera-related apps have started coming out. Recently, we covered Signature Camera, an app that makes use of the front and rear cameras simultaneously. WiFi Camera goes one step further, and lets you connect cameras of two different iDevices. Using the app, you can access the camera of other iDevices nearby, over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Once linked, it becomes possible to send a capture command to the remote device, thereby saving the shot on both phones in one go. WiFi Camera supports both front and rear cams, and you can choose to flip between these at any time. The inset viewfinder shows the scene your own device is currently capturing, but the image that will be captured by hitting the camera button is the one in the main viewfinder. The app is perfect for collaborative photography in crowded spaces. Read More

Signature Camera For iPhone Includes A Shot Of The Photographer In Captured Photos

Ever since cameras became mainstream, the problem of including the photographer in group photos has been a persistent one. You can ask some passerby to help you out and shoot the photo for you, but that almost never works out well enough, as a random person isn’t likely to be familiar with your camera’s working. The second option is to set a timer on the camera and hurry back to your group, but you will need to have a camera stand in this situation, something that people don't carry around with them at all times, even if they do own one. Signature Camera is an iOS app that provides a really creative and simple solution to this problem. All you need to do is capture a photo like you would with the stock camera app and the end result will be a photo that merges the shots taken simultaneously from the back and front-facing cameras of your iPhone or iPad. Signature Camera is not an app that comes with too many bells and whistles, but it certainly gets the job done and is based upon a refreshingly unique concept. Read More

Manga-Camera For iPhone Makes Your Photos Look Like Japanese Comic Strip Panels

It is a testament to anime’s popularity that there are a lot of Japanese manga and anime-related apps in the iOS App Store. A couple of weeks ago, we covered Anime Doctor, an iPhone app that lets you view information and photos associated with any anime series. New to the App Store, Manga-Camera is a photo editor that offers just one functionality; the app lets you convert any ordinary photo into an image that looks like it's been taken from a manga comic strip. It's not like you can create your own manga strip with this, but it is sure to provide you with something fun to share with your manga buddies. The app is pretty simple in nature and without too many options. It has a bunch of effects emulating different kinds of situations from a comic strip, all with the same great sketch filter. The effects are quite different from each other, making sure you don’t get bored of the app after a couple of uses. Read More

CamVintagizer: Cool Photo Effects & Camera Options For Windows Phone

Despite interface being Windows Phone’s strongest point, a lot of third-party apps in the Windows Phone Store are accused of being a bit too simple, or poorly made. Some go as far as saying that a few of the stock apps and menus in WP7 can use a little spicing up. The camera app in Windows Phone is quite simple, and lacks all but the most basic features. While it can be argued that the stock Camera app in iOS has even fewer features, WP7 lacks the the kind of third-party apps that make up for this deficiency in iOS. Things are always improving for the Mango platform though, with new and improved apps coming out in the WP Store all the time. CamVintagizer is a WP7 app that can be used a photo editor, as well as a replacement app for the stock Mango cam. The camera mode in this app offers an overlay grid, timer, flash control and choice of image resolution. CamVintagizer comes with an impressive collection of photo effects that can be applied on both camera roll photos, and shots takes from within the app. Read More

ProCam: iOS Camera App With Face Detection, Volume Flash & More

The iOS 6 panorama mode might have won over a lot of iPhone users, but apart from that one feature, Apple has left the Camera app practically untouched. While the app has always been good to use when in a hurry, you have to rely on third-party apps if you need features like automatic timers, multiple alignment grids and the choice of image resolution. While there are many third-party Camera replacement apps available in the App Store, we haven’t come across one as comprehensive and fun to use as ProCam in a long time. Unlike many other apps in its category, ProCam keeps things simple by fully focusing on being a perfect camera app, and doesn’t offer any image editing options. The camera features are numerous, but are laid out in a way that is easy to understand. ProCam offers both video and image capture, and the interface is constructed just like a real cam (complete with dials and knobs). The app comes with a lot of camera activation options, including face detection, anti-shake and the hitting of the volume keys. Read More

All You Need To Know About iOS 6 Panorama Camera Mode

Usually, Cydia tweaks and even App Store apps benefit from absence of features in iOS. The stock Camera app in iPhone and iPad is rather minimalist, and maybe, that is why there are so many photography apps available in the App Store. It’s a good thing that Apple seems to have noticed that, too, and have started making their Camera app better in their mobile platform's recent updates. iOS 5 brought new lock screen shortcut and interface changes to Camera, and now, iOS 6 has gone one step ahead and offers a Panorama mode right within the stock Camera app in the iPhone. Read More

CamTime Adds A Countdown Timer To The Stock iPhone Camera

When it comes to smartphones, most people like it if things aren’t too complicated. One of the reasons iOS has been so successful is the fact that Apple prefers keeping things simple, rather than stuffing too many features in all their apps. The stock Camera app for iPhone is a pretty simple one, and if you need a lot of photo effects or other photography options, you will have to rely on the apps available in the App Store. Having said that, this emphasis on simplicity has the potential to leave out a few feature that are really useful, and this can get a bit annoying for users. The camera in iDevices does not even have a countdown timer, and if you want to add a delay before a picture or video is automatically shot, you can’t do it with the stock iPhone camera. Luckily, the Cydia store can help you with that. CamTime is a new Cydia tweak that adds a timer button to the stock Camera app in iOS. This button works in all areas of the iPhone that make use of the stock Camera. Not only is the functionality offered by CamTime a really useful one, it is also really easy to use and requires users to just enter the desired delay period before each shot is taken. Read More

Facebook Camera For iPhone Now Lets You Upload To Any Album & Adds Notifications

Facebook appears to be taking iOS pretty seriously these days. Only a few days have passed since the Facebook app for iOS got revamped completely, and now Facebook Camera has been improved as well. The iPhone app now offers all the features that users have been demanding ever since Facebook Camera first came out. While the app wasn’t too bad initially, there were a few things that certainly needed attention. For one, the notification system in Facebook Camera was largely disappointing, and there was no way of knowing whenever there was some activity on any of your photos. Also, users could only upload photos to the app’s own album via Facebook Camera, and there was no way of adding new photos to other albums. Apart from that, the app suffered minor problems as well, like the lack of likes for individual comments and difficulties in reading of long captions. The latest update addresses all these issues, and then some. Read More