Many of the new Android phones come with powerful cameras – up to 8 MP in some cases. The built-in camera software works pretty well also. The Droid X, mt current smartphone of choice, even came with Panorama Mode build-in. However, there are many photography apps available in the Android Market. The first one I tried was Camera 360, which I read about in an article right here.
Recently I have been trying out an app called Camera Zoom FX, which is available for $4.79 from the Android Market. For more information you can also visit the maker’s website, AndroidSlide.
The app boasts a long and impressive list of features. Many of them I have not found in any other camera app. Some, while perhaps available elsewhere, are incredibly useful. I don’t think there’s another app that brings all of these together in one place.
40 photo fx! (pencil, fisheye, filmreel, etc.)
1-click simultaneously upload to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.
customization of all hardware buttons, e.g. volume buttons to control zoom
sound activation to take shots (clap to snap!)
online photo contest (voting using Twitter / Facebook) – best picture wins $100
circular zoom wheel (6x zoom)
upscale zoomed images
tap screen to snap shot
timer + sound effect
auto focus on / off
burst mode up to 16 shots
photo booth, e.g. 2 x 2 passport style combination shots
stable shot mode, including on-screen meter to show current level of movement
props, borders and famous ‘buddies’ in your pictures
customizable grid overlays
support from Android 1.5 through to Android 2.2
antibanding (for TV / computer monitors)
auto save option
flash (supported handsets)
scene modes, e.g. nightshot, beach (Droid only)
Once you open the app you will get a simple right-side menu that includes FX, Buddy (insert), hardware, shooting, and flash. Clicking on each one brings up a more detailed list of options.
For instance, FX gives you such options as Normal, Color FX, Mirror FX, Art FX, Distort FX, and Frame FX. Hardware allows you to hoose Auto Focus options, Filters, White Balance, and Night Shots.
If you click the menu button on your Android device you will get a whole list of settings you can change. You can choose from such options as setting Camera Zoom FX as your default camera, enable shutter sound, zoom sensitivity, upscale zoomed images, picture size, JPEG quality, stable shot sensitivity, voice activation,burst mode options, sharing, and store GPS location in picture date, plus a lot more.
For a look at some of what Camera Zoom FX can do you can browse the gallery below.