Essential Camera

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About this app

Essential Camera makes it simple to capture, edit, and share great photos and video with your PH-1.

It includes several different, easy-to-use, modes and features, like Portrait Mode, Black and White mode, and more! And you can share them directly with friends and family or on social media—like Facebook, Instagram, and more—with just a few taps.

Essential Camera features:

• Tiny Planet mode: See your entire world in a whole new way! With Tiny Planet mode, you can easily capture, edit, and share 360-degree photos and videos right from the Essential Camera app. No third-party apps, necessary. *

• AutoHDR (High Dynamic Range): Automatically detects and captures HDR scenes. Recovers more shadows and highlights details—so you get the most natural photos possible without having to layer on a bunch of filters.

• Portrait mode: Create a shallow depth-of-field effect to make your subject (person or thing) stand out from the background! Tap to focus and adjust the amount of blur in real-time—so you can see what your shot will look like before taking it!

• Black and White mode: Works with the dedicated monochrome sensor in your PH-1 to create rich black and white photos—so your pictures are vibrant with great low-light detail.

• Video recording: Record your videos in stunning 4K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) or 1080p HD at 30fps or 60fps.

• Slo-mo video: Record slow-motion videos in 720p HD at 120fps.

• Edit: Auto-enhance, apply filters, crop, tilt or straighten, and even adjust light and color with an incredible amount of detail.

• Grid lines: Easily frame and take more striking photos and videos with 3 x 3, 4 x 4, and Golden Ratio grids (available in all modes).

Other features include:

• Burst mode
• Timer mode (2 or 10-second countdown)
• Auto-Flash
• Tap to focus
• Share location

* Requires Essential 360 Camera
Updated on
Feb 18, 2020

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Ratings and reviews

2.24K reviews
A Google user
December 26, 2018
Low light performance is bad. Color is off, focusing takes a long time(unreasonably long) and images are generally grainy. Many of these issues exist under normal conditions also... I usually don't rate and comment on apps but the developer knew the camera was a sticky point from the beginning and has not yet managed to get it to perform on par with the hardware. I use free 3rd party software that produces better images across all metrics, speed, resolution, color, level of control.
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A Google user
October 20, 2019
The first 6 months the camera worked as it should. After one of the updates the camera started to malfunction. It started to freeze up or fail after taking a few pictures. As time has gone on it then would at random filter pictures in different colors such as green, yellow or red. Then the camera would only operate in black and white but only for a few seconds. Then only the selfie function would work in color. Now nothing works. The camera works in other apps so that's not it.
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A Google user
August 25, 2019
Pictures taken on the rear camera is great and so is it's portrait mode. The monochrome camera useful in low light situations, bringing out more detail in the dark with as little to no noise as possible . Overall it's great....well except the front camera which lacks sharpness and detail in dimly lit places. As for the 360° camera, it's just FUN and amazing to use, No complaints there.
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What's new

• Stability fixes
• Update required for continued functionality after 02-2020