So now we have a new application from the creators of Camera Pro, which if you read my previous post you will know I am not a fan of. This time it really is Pro!! Get it here HDR Pro Camera
So what is different about this app? Well for a start they seem to have taken their time and developed it with care and attention.
There are two sections to the application: HDR Photo, where you can fuse and edit 3 existing photos into one HDR image. Then there is HDR Camera where you can take the 3 brackets and then fuse or save for fusing later on.
Here are a few screenshots to take you through the fusing process.
With any fusion process, first select your images. You can select either two or three images. It does recommend selecting images of resolution 2000 x 2000 and no more but I selected full resolution images at 3280 x 2464 and experienced no issues during the fuse process. Yes it will take longer to fuse, however it still took less than a minute to process.
This screenshot shows you some of the editing options available, you simply use the slider to get the desired effect. There are more options but I will not spoil your fun by showing you all of them.
As you can see there are multiple options of what to do with the finished image, 4 upload options, each will need to go through authorisation process, I know Twitter and Flickr work well, I did not try Picasa and Facebook.
You can also select to “Goto Camera” to take further images, or “Goto Main Screen” where you can select more photos to edit.
Here are two quick image edits I did.
Now for the HDR Camera section, where you can take the brackets and then either fuse/edit or leave for later.
Unlike its sister application this one takes 3 brackets, not 5. Therefore if you do not have a tripod it will be a lot easier to manage as don’t have to keep still for as long. However a tripod is always the best option when doing HDR.
The settings screen on this application is much easier to use but still gives you enough options, in particular the image resolution. Here are a couple of screenshots so you can see what I mean.
Once the images have been taken you have the option to fuse the images as I shown above or cancel. It is the taking of the pictures where I have had some issues, the application seems to have a tendency to freeze during capture. Hopefully the developers will resolve this issue, because other than this I really like this application, in fact I will go as far as to say that it is the best HDR Camera application I have seen on a mobile device. So please Mr Meyer fix the instability in the HDR Camera section. Also it would be great if you could do a really good port of this for the Nokia N8. Sorry had to ask. So is it worth the €3 asking price, definitely as long as the instability is fixed. If not then it will be difficult to capture the images to make best use of the application.
I feel it only fair after being in touch with the developer of this application, I should point out the instability only arises when you take images above 2048 x 1536 (4:3). The app does say that it recommends a resolution of no more than 2000 x 2000. So in all fairness the app does work as stated. Personally though I would like full resolution to work. I am not a person who likes my camera to be compromised in any way.
Another update folks, the Developer has informed me he has found the issue and uploaded a fix which should be available in about a week or so depending on how fast the Nokia Store works. Great work and thank you