We’ve already seen how far a departure Android L will be from the OS that we once knew with the entire Material Design makeover but one thing that was shown after the Keynote will please photographers to no end, the refreshed camera in Android L. It seems that manufacturers are getting their focus right on the money, empowering users with the capability to make full use of the improving camera hardware on mobile phones so far.
Firstly, Android L will support DNG files aka RAW files. If you’re not too sure what RAW files are you can check out our article on it here. What this means is that finally you will have greater flexibility when editing the images and finally actually be able to do fine colour correction as well as noise removal from your preferred RAW processor of choice.
On top of this the new Android Camera API in L will allow you to adjust:
- Exposure (duration in seconds)
- Exposure compensation (+- 3)
- ISO sensitivity (supported by hardware)
- Manual focus / AF Trigger
- Flash Trigger
- AE / AF / AWB mode (Auto-exposure / Auto Focus / Auto white balance mode)
- AE / AWB lock (Auto-exposure / Auto white balance lock)
- Precapture AE
- Hardware enabled Video stabilization
- Metering regions
- Tonemap curve
- Color correction matrix
- Frame duration
This is a great thing as more and more manufacturers are putting an increased focus into their cameras and In this way the software has to catch up. I can’t wait to see how this is implemented in the final version of L.