Thursday, August 18, 2011

Almalence HDR Camera and HDR Camera+ for Android

Having a wide range of light intensity like bright lights, back lighting,  reflecting light and shaded areas is really a problem for photographers. Much more when your tool is mobile phone camera with limited settings. HDR technology allows you to capture details in bright and dark areas and have them merged in a single photo, balancing the bright and light areas. This is done by taking several differently exposed images in series, which are than aligned and merged. 

Almalence has a free Android app called HDR Camera, and a paid version (US$2.99) called HDR Camera+. The free version has a nag screen which can be disabled for US$1.99. 

Basically, this is what it can do:

Picture with the default camera app. All those light sources are a nightmare.
Same shot, with HDR Camera.

The free HDR Camera app has the following features:

- Full resolution
- Take HDR image in one tap
- HDR image fused and tone-mapped on device within seconds
- Don't have to be rock-solid while shooting
- Correct handling of moving objects and de-ghosting
- You can control tone-mapping parameters: contrast, micro-contrast, color vividness, exposure
- Save original exposure bracketed images

The paid HDR Camera+ app adds the following features:

- Location tagging
- Shutter sound can be muted
- Support for Flash on/off/auto

With free and paid versions available, there really is no reason not to have it in your phones application arsenal.

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