I have been asked many times what I use to create HDR images from my phones. So I thought I would simply detail it here. Although I primarily use my Nokia N8, these applications work for all Symbian 3 devices and I have tested on X7, 700, 701, E7, C7, C6-01. They are also available on the N9. The two applications in question are HDR Photo Camera by Intellsys and HDR Pro Camera by Harald Meyer. In simple terms they both do exactly the same job, however there are differences. These differences could determine which application is right for you.
Nokia Connects recently did a post about how mobile photography has changed our lives, that got me thinking about my time with mobile phone cameras. You see, I have been using them right from the start. My first digital camera was my Nokia 7650. I still have a 7650, along with another 126 Nokia devices. So here are what I consider milestones in Nokia’s decade of imaging and their consolidation of the title of “Imaging Kings” amongst mobile manufacturers. Ok I know that is a matter of opinion, but as this is my blog and my opinion then I guess I am allowed to say that.
Now let your mind wander back through the mists of time. The year is 2002 and Nokia have announced the Nokia 7650!
For those of you that never got the chance to experience this fantastic little device, it sported a great little VGA camera with a whopping 640×480 (0.3Mp) resolution. A beautiful TFT screen with 4096 colours, a 104Mhz Arm 9 CPU, GPRS for fast data and bluetooth V1.1
I thought I would do a post about my Nokia Gear, not just my phones, but everything. Well everything I can find that is. So here it is, everything I have relating to Nokia. No doubt I will find loads more after I have written this, well I have for one thing excluded all my bluetooth headsets, such BH900, Bh702 etc. Just a little too boring, not that you won’t be bored by all this stuff anyway. Still some of you might enjoy it as much as I do.
Today I decided that Nokia’s EDoF (Fixed Focus) camera’s should have a little competition between themselves. As for the winner, well that is up to you. The contenders for this little contest are, Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7-00, Nokia E7-00 and the Nokia X7-00. Sorry no E6-00 as it has been stolen by my wife and is currently across the pond in Chicago.
The contest consists of two images of the same subject (well as close as I could get to taking exactly the same photo twice on 4 different devices). One is a standard image taken in landscape mode with colour set to vivid. The other is a HDR image. The fused images are exactly the same for each device and the bracketed images were taken with exactly the same settings.
I think the simplest idea is just to put them in alphabetical order, do not want to show any favouritism. First up is the landscape mode image for each device followed by the HDR image. At the end pick your favourite!
That is it for the images, now it is up to you. You may notice that the X7 HDR image is substantially lighter than the others. I wish I had an explanation for you. The images were taken with exactly the same settings as the others and the fuse was done using all the same edits.
Pick the device you prefer based on the images you have seen.