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
This is the second HDR application to appear in the Nokia Store for the Nokia N9 and is the same application that appeared some time ago for the Symbian^3 devices such as the Nokia N8. I have to say I love the application on the Nokia N8.
So how does it perform on the N9, I should also say that I will be doing a quick comparison post after this to compare the two HDR applications available for the Nokia N9. Cost wise for us in Europe it is €3.00
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.
First off I should point out that I am not that impressed with the camera on the Nokia N9. Don’t get me wrong, it is ok but it’s just not what I was expecting. This, of course, is more than likely my own fault, having too high expectations of it. I am a Nokia N8 user after all and it has undoubtedly spoilt me for all other mobile cameras. That is until Nokia release a new camera flagship of course. Fingers crossed on that one.
Anyway this is about Camera Pro, a free app from the Nokia Store. So what is different about Camera Pro from the in-built camera application? The short answer is: quite a lot. The long answer is… well, you’d better continue reading.
Some screenshots to show you the main camera screen, menu and settings.
Here is a list of Camera Pro features, some I will go into more detail and give samples, some I will just give an overview.
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.
After a few months of gruelling torture, it has finally arrived in Finland. This is the device I have been looking forward to for as long as I can remember, now bear in mind I am getting on, so we are talking months here, not years. Now you will see a load of review posts about this device over the next few weeks. Not from me, sorry but I freely admit I am terrible at reviews. Instead I will concentrate on the camera with respect to still images, close-ups, HDR etc. Before we start, a couple of pics of my device itself, I know not really part of the post but it is just so damn good looking you just have to.