It's no secret that the majority of the photography and art community tends to lean towards Apple for many of their services. Google is hoping to convert a few of us with the announcement of Android 5.0 L this past weekend. Adding RAW support, full manual controls, and any other features to the camera system might make Android the best option for photographers everywhere.
Over this past weekend, Google held their media announcements to show off the future of their incredibly popular and successful Android OS for smart phones and tablets. New layouts, new features and faster speeds were all the highlights of the new firmware upgrade coming, but perhaps the most impressive announcement was when they showed the power of the upcoming camera controls and features.
Perhaps the largest announcement was the support for DNG files out of the box. This means that Android camera apps will be able to create RAW images, along with PNG, JPEG and other formats for each shot taken. Having DNG files means you can fully take advantage of full RAW support from apps like Lightroom, Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw and more. By being able to bypass the presets of noise reduction and white balance algorithms, Android systems might be the next king of Instagram, with full control over each image.
Certainly burst mode isn't entirely new for mobile photographers, but Google is working to make their phones the best at it. This means you will no longer be limited to software, and could potentially reach burst speeds over 30 FPS. That's a huge upgrade from the standard slow and clunky system currently in place.
Full Manual Controls
Another exciting announcement is their eagerness to embrace full manual controls for your camera system. The new API set to be in place will let you take control over -
- Exposure (duration)
- Exposure Compensation
- Flash Trigger
- Auto Modes (Auto-Exposure / Auto White Balance / Auto Focus)
- Auto Exposure Lock / White Balance Lock
- Video Stabilization
- & More
With how the Android system is made, there is no real timeline on when these tools will be taken advantage of. But with Android releasing this API systems over this weekend, you can expect that developers are already working diligently to create the next favorite camera app for your Android devices.