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Ported Google Camera with HDR+ gets RAW support and squashes major bugs

The modified version of the Google Camera app caused a few ripples in the Android community because it allowed those who don’t own Pixel or Nexus devices to try out Google‘s excellent HDR+ chops, among other features. Thankfully for fans, independent developer B-S-G did not stop his work on the modified app and released a new version that adds RAW support, squashes some major bugs, and throws in a few features along the way.

With the update, the ported Google Camera HDR+ app can enable RAW capture while saving the JPEG file. RAW support might not be significant for most folks, but it allows others to use their computers for additional processing and fine-tuning as they see fit. It also allows you to use HDR+ and bypass the processing that happens after snapping a picture.

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The updated port also allows you to configure the processing modes for HDR+. Keep in mind that you will need to completely close the application and open it for the changes to go into effect. There are also certain combinations that will not work well with each other, so just play around with the settings and see what works.

Finally, overall speed and stability have supposedly been significantly improved with Google Camera HDR+.

Alas, the list of devices confirmed to work with the app is not very extensive, but includes the following:

Other devices, such as the Nokia 6 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, should work with the app, since they support the Camera2 API. The list should increase over time, but as of now, it’s a wait-and-see approach.

If you want to give the updated Google Camera HDR+ a spin, head to Android FileHost to download it.

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Galaxy J7 Plus leaks: check out Samsung’s next dual camera smartphone

In case you hadn’t heard, Samsung just revealed its first dual camera smartphone on Wednesday with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It’s a new venture for the manufacturer, but the Note 8 is expected to be the first of many Samsung phones to implement such tech.

Though Samsung’s next flagship, the rumored Galaxy S9, will also no doubt feature a dual camera setup when it’s released next year, you might not have to wait so long to get your hands on a sub-$ 900 device with two cameras from the South Korean manufacturer.

Thanks to a leak from Thai website ThaiMobileCenter (via GSMArena), we’ve got our hands on a few details regarding what could be Samsung’s second dual camera device, the Galaxy J7 Plus.

Before we talk about the camera hardware, first, a rundown of the other specs: according to the leaked press materials, the J7 Plus will house a 5.5-inch, 1080p, AMOLED display, octa-core 2.4 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card.

The handset also includes a fingerprint scanner, 3,000 mAh battery, and will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with Samsung Bixby support.

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The J7 Plus sounds like a decent midrange handset, but where it may excel is in photography. Reportedly, the J7 Plus will include a dual camera coming with a 13 MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5 MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture. What’s more, the “Live Focus” portrait feature introduced with the Galaxy Note 8 — which utilizes both lenses to make subjects stand out from their backgrounds — is also said to be present on the J7 Plus. As for the type of autofocus or if optical image stabilization is included, we don’t yet know.

On the front of the handset, you’ll find a 16 MP camera with f/1.9 aperture, which should provide for some detailed snaps.

The J7 Plus features a metal unibody and is coming in black, pink, and gold color variants. It’s not clear whether it will be sold outside of Asian territories, though the Galaxy J7 V and J7 Perx did make it to US carriers earlier this year. ThaiMobileCenter says the official price and release date will be announced soon.

What are your first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Plus? Let us know in the comments.

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OnePlus 5 vs LG G6 camera: zoom or wide-angle?

With the OnePlus 5 now in many people’s hands, there is plenty to consider with what has been the company’s best effort to date. With a second camera that brings proper zoom, we have yet another dual camera in the Android space. While there is a lot to compare between our two phones today, I also wanted to ponder the notion of camera choice — is it more useful to have zoom or a wide angle secondary camera? For that question, we bring in LG’s latest device.

Although there’s a difference in some of the handsets’ other hardware specifications, and the LG G6 has a few extra frills to its name, we’re going to just focus on the camera hardware for now, and both companies are proposing different high-end camera philosophies.

For starters, both of the front facing cameras are decent performers, with the only real advantage going to the OnePlus 5 with its higher resolution at 13 versus 5 megapixels. But the quality isn’t too different from one to the other, you can simply crop selfies from the OnePlus 5 a little better.

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If we’re picky, the G6 tends to overexpose a little, while the OnePlus 5 might be a little oversaturation. But the bottom line is that both are fine shooters out of the box, so your choice might boil down to the secondary sensor.

As far as straight quality and processing go, on the rear camera, there is some give and take between these two. When using the main regular lenses, we found some photos were better on the G6 and other were better on the OnePlus 5. There’s little to suggest that one camera is leaps and bounds better than the other, but if we pixel peep we do see some processing differences.

The LG G6 tends to overexpose a bit more than the OnePlus 5, whose software tends to make use of HDR as much as possible. The result is a slightly more contrasted and higher saturated photo from the OnePlus, which is sure to please a lot of general users and shooters. The G6 seems a bit muted in comparison, but that does more often lead to a more accurate capture of the scene. However, once you’ve thrown a filter on there’s little difference, and both are dab hands at shooting 4K video with both their lenses too.

While we can be picky if we really want to be, both cameras offer up great default performance out of the box that won’t be a night or day difference in most scenarios.

Zoom or wide?

Which brings us to the question — would we rather have an extra zoom or wide angle lens to augment the already great regular shooter?

It probably comes as no surprise to you that I’m going to suggest really knowing what you want out of your camera when making a decision. When I went to Comic Con, I found the zoom lens on the OnePlus 5 to be pretty useful for getting tighter shots when I was in the back of a crowd, like in the following shot where I got a picture of former Smallville star Tom Welling. Or when I was part of a large group of photographers taking pictures of these incredible Overwatch Mercy cosplayers. When the subject is far away, zoom definitely helps, even if the quality can dip when going beyond the 2x threshold.

There is another reason why the zoom is helpful, as well: combined, the two lenses work great as a portrait mode, much like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. By using a tighter focal length and software processing, a bokeh effect can be added to a photo of anyone or anything that is within a certain range. While this might be one of the more used features of the camera, it isn’t perfect — the subjects have to be clearly defined so that the software can draw the line accurately.

Some breaks in the general subject line meant that unwanted parts of the photo were in focus. When it works, it’s a crowd pleasing feature. When it doesn’t work, photos just look a bit weird. And forget about using this feature in low light – it won’t even activate unless there is enough light for the software to differentiate the subject from the background.

Speaking of low light, that is where the OnePlus 5 definitely falls behind the LG G6. In these shots of some Walking Dead cosplayers, there was more detail in the G6 photos than in the OnePlus, which smudged up the finer points due to its noise reduction.

While optical zoom is useful, wide angle lenses are more fun and can make even the most boring shots look more interesting.

Which brings us to the wide angle lens of the LG G6. Clearly, there are times when zoom makes perfect sense, but I would argue that having a super wide angle lens is actually more fun. Users never have to worry about getting everyone in the frame if the frame is as wide as possible, and the results usually add a lot of drama to the shot. Not to mention how cool it looks when using the wide angle for stuff like video and vlogging.

Even the most mundane of photos can be made more appealing when there is plenty more to share outside of just the subject. And, as it stands right now, the wide angle lens is pretty much LG’s signature and we haven’t seen it recreated in any other phones yet.

Ultimately, it matters what is more practical to you. The zoom lens is probably going to be more useful for anyone that is typically far away from the subjects they want to capture, but remember that a wide angle lens can be better at sharing one’s overall experience. Maybe you want to focus, quite literally, on one subject at a time or try to get everything you possibly can into view. Come to think of it, that’s probably the best way of describing both respective phones in this comparison, the former being the OnePlus 5 and the latter being the LG G6.

Which one is more important to you? Let us know in the comment sections below which type of camera you would prefer.

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BlackBerry Priv receives its first update, includes camera tweaks and 16:9 photos

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The BlackBerry Priv had just started receiving its first software update, which makes some adjustments to the phone’s camera app along with productivity and security improvements. BlackBerry had committed itself to monthly security updates for the Priv and is sticking to its word.

The update weighs in at a hefty 475MB, but there are a number of notable changes included. The camera app has seen a few tweaks and should now operate much faster. BlackBerry has even adjusted the camera’s processing to improve image quality in low light situations and 16:9 photo support has been patched in as well.

Overall system performance and stability have also received a tune-up. BlackBerry has crushed a number of bugs that would lead the phone to crash or freeze and also claims to have improved the handset’s performance. Finally, the release includes December’s security patches to protect users against the latest Android vulnerabilities. A must have for a device promising top notch security.

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BlackBerry is also lining up updates for some of its Android apps. The Keyboard app will soon have improved language support and new emojis, there’s WhatsApp support coming the Hub & Contacts, and the DTEK app will have a notification options to alert users when apps checks into user info. These updates will be available from December 14th through the Play Store.

The Priv’s update is already rolling out over-the-air this week for customers who bought the phone through ShopBlackBerry (unlocked models), while carrier branded smartphones should begin to see a notification appear sometime after December 7th. You can always force a manual check by heading over to Settings -> About -> System Updates.

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OPPO Mirror 5s officially announced – 5-inch display, Snapdragon 410 CPU, 8MP camera

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Although early claims stated that the rumored OPPO Mirror 5s wouldn’t be released until the second week in July, it looks like the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has taken the wraps off of its mid-ranger a bit early. Officially unveiled in Taiwan earlier today, the OPPO Mirror 5s features a reflective crystal pattern on its back, as well as a handful of specifications that are actually quite impressive.

The new smartphone has a 5.0-inch 1280×720 display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and microSD card expansion up to 128GB. It also has a 2420mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a dual SIM card slot and 4G LTE connectivity. What’s more, the smartphone is running ColorOS 2.1, which is based off of Android 5.1 Lollipop.

So far, there’s been no mention of pricing or availability, so we’ll have to wait for official word from the company before we know anything for sure. We’ll be sure to let you know when we get word from OPPO regarding these details. If you’d like to take a closer look at the handset, be sure to head on over to OPPO’s website.

If the new Mirror 5s ends up making its way to the U.S. for a relatively affordable price point, would you be interested in purchasing one for yourself?

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