Almalence

HDR Camera

Almalence
HDR Camera grew up into A Better Camera - all-purpose, full featured camera for Android! 11 shooting modes, full camera control.
Get A Better Camera NOW!


Take pictures with vivid colors and rich detail! The best High Dynamic Range camera application. 13.5 million photos a year are taken with HDR Camera!

- 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
More features in paid version: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.almalence.hdr_plus
- Zoom
- Adjust tone mapping parameters on-the-fly
- Geo tagging
- Flash control
- Shutter mute (on some models)

Every two seconds someone in the world takes a photo with HDR Camera! Join us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/mobilehdr and on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1820156@N20

Why HDR
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Real life scenes often have a wide range of light intensity, which cannot be captured by a camera. In a photo of such a scene the bright areas look washed out and everything in shadows is pictured as a black spot with no details. The HDR technique allows you to capture details in bright and dark areas and have them merged in a single photo.

HDR photography is widely adopted by professional photographers. Wouldn't it be nice to have an HDR in mobile phones?

The problem is that HDR requires taking several differently exposed images in series, which must be precisely aligned and then fused. In order to be usable for real life scenes, the HDR feature should include moving object detection and hand shake compensation to avoid or minimize the ghosting in the final image. That requires a lot of computational resources and makes a challenge even for professional desktop HDR software.

Almalence has brought its expertise in professional HDR software to mobile phones. Our HDR fusion algorithms compensate hand shaking and detect moving objects in the scene, suppressing ghosting artifacts. At the same time, the algorithms are quick enough to provide comfortable processing time on mobile devices.

Additional info and facts
* Available for iOS/iPhone/iPad as well.
* Human eye has a built-in HDR-like processing which increases effective dynamic range nearly 10,000 times!
* Painters such as van Gogh used techniques similar to Tone Mapping

A Better Camera

Almalence
All-purpose, full featured camera for Android:
* HDR: vivid colors and rich detail, photos looking like taken with a DSLR and processed with Pro software
* Panorama: up to 360 degrees, up to 100 MPix
* Unwanted objects removal: remove objects from the photo with a tap
* Night mode: capture sharp and noise-free photos in any illumination
* Group portrait: make everyone smile, fuse faces from series of photos into one
* Video recording + time lapse
* Pre-shot: capture what happened before you tap the button
* Sequence shot: capture the evolution of the dynamic scene
* Burst and expo-bracketing: Pro functions in your mobile camera
* Self-timer
* Zoom

+ full access to all Camera controls, settings and functions

Try our ABC Widget. Fast access to any mode from your home screen!

Forget about having dozens of camera apps. A Better Camera does everything you need.

A number of top ranked Android camera apps such as HDR Camera+, Night Camera+ and HD Panorama+ have been melted into A Better Camera to provide you with the best, all-purpose, full featured camera app.

Video has great features, such as time lapse, and can be used with focus lock, exposure lock and white balance lock!

Being open to 3rd party developers, this application aggregates the experience of Android developers community to provide you with the most complete set of the best imaging features ever!

Corresponding premium features of A Better Camera are free for users of HDR Camera+, and HD Panorama+.

Some premium modes have 30 trial shots and have to be unlocked after if you need it.

Join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/abettercam
We're on Google+ https://plus.google.com/112729683723267883775
Google+ users https://plus.google.com/communities/103957012133107908911

Night Camera

Almalence
Night Camera grew up into A Better Camera - all-purpose, full featured camera for Android! 11 shooting modes, full camera control.
Get A Better Camera NOW!


Capture high quality images in low light. Use your mobile camera everywhere, in any conditions, no matter how dark is it. Take sharp and noise free images. See the scene clearly with night vision viewfinder.

- No blur, no noise!
- Full resolution.
- Advanced low light technique based on multiple exposure fusion.

If you like the app - purchase the paid version, Night Camera+. Support the development and get more features (zoom, location tagging, flash control, shutter mute).
Night Camera+ is a perfect tool for shooting indoor, at night and evening, in twilight and any other dark environment.

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"Sorry for the quality, mobile." Almost everyone makes excuses when publishing a photo taken with a camera phone. What are the problems taking good quality pictures with camera phones and is there a way to solve them and bridge the gap between camera phones and compact cameras?
You may think there is very little difference between a cell phone camera and a point-and-shoot camera. Nowadays, mobile phone cameras have enough megapixels. The phones have enough storage capacity. Even the lens quality is not as bad as before and can compete with low-end compact cameras.
At the same time, a big gap still exists when it comes to the basis of photography – the light source. If you take pictures in daylight, you may be satisfied with the quality of mobile images. However, when you move to a less bright indoor environment, you start to notice the difference. Mobile images appear to have more noise, they are usually blurry and lack detail in shadows. Bright areas turn into pure-white spots. Faces seem unnaturally flat, especially when using a flash. Getting into a darker environment extends the gap. While images taken with a regular camera are not very good but still do show a scene, mobile images become unacceptably blurry and show almost nothing but smeared lights and the camera’s own noise.

Almalence, Inc. has developed a technology that combines a special exposure mode and software post-processing to greatly reduce the blur effects and improve dynamic range.

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FAQ

Q: Isn't it better to use the standard camera and then improve the photos in Photoshop?

A: It is always better to take a quality image than to improve a bad one. It is usually impossible to remove heavy blur or reduce high noise without losing image details.
Night Camera does not apply deblurring or noise reduction filters to a standard image, it gets a better image from the sensor.

HDR Camera+

Almalence
HDR Camera+ grew up into A Better Camera - all-purpose, full featured camera for Android! 11 shooting modes, full camera control. HDR mode is free for HDR Camera+ users!
Get Open Camera NOW!


Full featured and fast HDR camera for Android. Take pictures with vivid colors and rich detail:

- Simple: take an HDR image in one tap
- Full resolution
- Real HDR: exposure bracketing and tone mapping
- Zoom
- HDR images fused and tone mapped on device within seconds
- Hand shake compensation, no need to be rock-solid while shooting
- Correct handling of moving objects, de-ghosting
- You can control tone-mapping parameters: contrast, micro-contrast, color vividness, exposure
- Save original exposure bracketed images
- Location tagging
- Shutter sound can be muted (not on all models)
- Support for Flash on/off/auto

Join HDR fans and share your photos on facebook: http://facebook.com/mobilehdr

Join us and share your stunning HDR photos at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1820156@N20

Why HDR
------------

Real life scenes often have a wide range of light intensity, which cannot be captured by a camera. In a photo of such a scene the bright areas look washed out and everything in shadows is pictured as a black spot with no details. The HDR technique allows you to capture details in bright and dark areas and have them merged in a single photo.

HDR photography is widely adopted by professional photographers. Wouldn't it be nice to have an HDR in mobile phones?

The problem is that HDR requires taking several differently exposed images in series, which must be precisely aligned and then fused. In order to be usable for real life scenes, the HDR feature should include moving object detection and hand shake compensation to avoid or minimize the ghosting in the final image. That requires a lot of computational resources and makes a challenge even for professional desktop HDR software.

Almalence has brought its expertise in professional HDR software to mobile phones. Our HDR fusion algorithms compensate hand shaking and detect moving objects in the scene, suppressing ghosting artifacts. At the same time, the algorithms are quick enough to provide comfortable processing time on mobile devices.

HD Panorama

Almalence
HD Panorama grew up into A Better Camera - all-purpose, full featured camera for Android! 11 shooting modes, full camera control.
Get A Better Camera NOW!


High definition and fast panoramic camera:

- Free (no ads)
- Highest resolution
- Fast and smooth panorama stitching
- Easy to use
- Augmented reality helps to get perfect panorama
- Up to 360 degree panorama (only limited by available memory)

Put your device in portrait orientation, tap shutter button, slowly sweep to the left or right, tap button again to stop shooting.

Join HD Panorama fans and share your photos on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hdpano

When shooting nature, camera optics rarely allow to capture complete landscape in it's beauty, not just chopping off small piece.
Indoor, it is rarely possible to move far enough to cover the space completely. A number of frames has to be taken or special optics (fisheye) should be used.
In these cases panorama is the solution.

Usually, panorama on mobile devices is shoot using either of two methods:

- sweep panorama - shooting is running continuously, and camera is rotated slowly and smoothly to capture entire scene.
- pan-and-shoot panorama - multiple separate frames are shot: shoot - rotate - shoot - rotate, etc.

Both cases have their own drawbacks.

In case of sweep panorama the shooting is actually happening in video mode and the height of panorama is limited by maximum resolution for shooting video (for the majority of mobile devices it is 1280 pixels). Also, it is impossible to get sharp result under low-light illumination, since camera is always in movement, and exposure for each frame is rather long. On the other hand, on devices without gyroscope, sweep panorama usually will give better stitching results.

Pan-and-shoot method allow to shoot panorama of maximum resolution, limited only by amount of available free memory on device. If device is equipped with gyro - it is possible to rotate camera quickly from one shot to another. In this case it is also possible to select the most appropriate focusing mode: autofocus, focus to infinity, or continuous focusing.

HD Panorama implements both shooting methods.

One of the problems while shooting panorama - the necessity to strictly keep camera orientation to avoid distortion of horizon line, and to avoid 'curvature' on frame sequence. Otherwise only a narrow area will come out as a result of stitching. In HD Panorama there are 'augmented reality' guides. These are showing clearly how to orient camera to get ideal result. When using augmented reality - it is simply impossible to shoot the frame which will drop out of panorama line of sight.

HD Panorama is stitching frames taking into account possible deviations in illumination between frames and presence of moving objects in panorama field. HD Panorama is reproducing dynamic range of the scene to the maximum extent and minimizing the moving objects stitching errors (ghosting removal).

If you are a professional photographer, HD Panorama will allow to save the input frames captured, and stitch and possibly adjust them on your personal computer.


For user convenience HD Panorama uses elements of Google Camera app UI under Apache license. Processing is done with proprietary Almalence algorithms, resulting in a drastic quality difference (highest resolution, dynamic range, etc).

A Better Camera Widget

Almalence
We're pleased to announce ABC Launcher widgets.

Start A Better Camera in any mode from your home screen with one tap.

Grid widget - fully configurable widget allows to select all available modes + torch.

Compact widget - provides fast access to most popular modes.

After installing - long tap on your home screen, select and drag widget to the home screen. Size of grid widget can be adjusted with long tap on it.

To use Launcher you need to have A Better Camera installed. Widget will take you through installation process if you don't have it yet.

Night Camera+

Almalence
Night Camera+ grew up into A Better Camera - all-purpose, full featured camera for Android! 11 shooting modes, full camera control. Night mode is free for Night Camera+ users!
Get Open Camera NOW!


Capture high quality images in low light. Use your mobile camera everywhere, in any conditions, no matter how dark is it. Take sharp and noise free images. See the scene clearly with night vision viewfinder.

- No blur, no noise!
- Full resolution
- Advanced low light technique
- Location tagging
- Shutter sound can be muted
- Support for Flash on/off/auto

Night Camera+ is a perfect tool for shooting indoor, at night and evening, in twilight and any other dark environment.

===

"Sorry for the quality, mobile." Almost everyone makes excuses when publishing a photo taken with a camera phone. What are the problems taking good quality pictures with camera phones and is there a way to solve them and bridge the gap between camera phones and compact cameras?
You may think there is very little difference between a cell phone camera and a point-and-shoot camera. Nowadays, mobile phone cameras have enough megapixels. The phones have enough storage capacity. Even the lens quality is not as bad as before and can compete with low-end compact cameras.
At the same time, a big gap still exists when it comes to the basis of photography – the light source. If you take pictures in daylight, you may be satisfied with the quality of mobile images. However, when you move to a less bright indoor environment, you start to notice the difference. Mobile images appear to have more noise, they are usually blurry and lack detail in shadows. Bright areas turn into pure-white spots. Faces seem unnaturally flat, especially when using a flash. Getting into a darker environment extends the gap. While images taken with a regular camera are not very good but still do show a scene, mobile images become unacceptably blurry and show almost nothing but smeared lights and the camera’s own noise.

Almalence, Inc. has developed a technology that combines a special exposure mode and software post-processing to greatly reduce the blur effects and improve dynamic range.

===
FAQ

Q: Isn't it better to use the standard camera and then improve the photos in Photoshop?

A: It is always better to take a quality image than to improve a bad one. It is usually impossible to remove heavy blur or reduce high noise without losing image details.
Night Camera does not apply deblurring or noise reduction filters to a standard image, it gets a better image from the sensor.

A Better Camera Unlocked

Almalence
This is a version of A Better Camera with all paid features unlocked.

All-purpose, full featured camera for Android:
* HDR: vivid colors and rich detail, photos looking like taken with a DSLR and processed with Pro software
* Panorama: up to 360 degrees, up to 100 MPix
* Unwanted objects removal: remove objects from the photo with a tap
* Night mode: capture sharp and noise-free photos in any illumination
* Group portrait: make everyone smile, fuse faces from series of photos into one
* Video recording + time lapse
* Pre-shot: capture what happened before you tap the button
* Sequence shot: capture the evolution of the dynamic scene
* Burst and expo-bracketing: Pro functions in your mobile camera
* Self-timer
* Zoom

+ full access to all Camera controls, settings and functions

Try our ABC Widget. Fast access to any mode from your home screen!

Forget about having dozens of camera apps. A Better Camera does everything you need.

A number of top ranked Android camera apps such as HDR Camera+, Night Camera+ and HD Panorama+ have been melted into A Better Camera to provide you with the best, all-purpose, full featured camera app.

Video has great features, such as time lapse, and can be used with focus lock, exposure lock and white balance lock!

Being open to 3rd party developers, this application aggregates the experience of Android developers community to provide you with the most complete set of the best imaging features ever!

Join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/abettercam
We're on Google+ https://plus.google.com/112729683723267883775
Google+ users https://plus.google.com/communities/103957012133107908911

HD Panorama+

Almalence
HD Panorama+ grew up into A Better Camera - all-purpose, full featured camera for Android! 11 shooting modes, full camera control. Panorama mode is free for HD Panorama+ users!
Get Open Camera NOW!


High definition and fast panoramic camera:

- Highest resolution
- Fast and smooth panorama stitching
- Easy to use
- Augmented reality helps to get perfect panorama
- Up to 360 degree panorama (only limited by available memory)

Put your device in portrait orientation, tap shutter button, slowly sweep to the left or right, tap button again to stop shooting.

Join HD Panorama fans and share your photos on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hdpano

When shooting nature, camera optics rarely allow to capture complete landscape in it's beauty, not just chopping off small piece.
Indoor, it is rarely possible to move far enough to cover the space completely. A number of frames has to be taken or special optics (fisheye) should be used.
In these cases panorama is the solution.

Usually, panorama on mobile devices is shoot using either of two methods:

- sweep panorama - shooting is running continuously, and camera is rotated slowly and smoothly to capture entire scene.
- pan-and-shoot panorama - multiple separate frames are shot: shoot - rotate - shoot - rotate, etc.

Both cases have their own drawbacks.

In case of sweep panorama the shooting is actually happening in video mode and the height of panorama is limited by maximum resolution for shooting video (for the majority of mobile devices it is 1280 pixels). Also, it is impossible to get sharp result under low-light illumination, since camera is always in movement, and exposure for each frame is rather long. On the other hand, on devices without gyroscope, sweep panorama usually will give better stitching results.

Pan-and-shoot method allow to shoot panorama of maximum resolution, limited only by amount of available free memory on device. If device is equipped with gyro - it is possible to rotate camera quickly from one shot to another. In this case it is also possible to select the most appropriate focusing mode: autofocus, focus to infinity, or continuous focusing.

HD Panorama+ implements both shooting methods.

One of the problems while shooting panorama - the necessity to strictly keep camera orientation to avoid distortion of horizon line, and to avoid 'curvature' on frame sequence. Otherwise only a narrow area will come out as a result of stitching. In HD Panorama+ there are 'augmented reality' guides. These are showing clearly how to orient camera to get ideal result. When using augmented reality - it is simply impossible to shoot the frame which will drop out of panorama line of sight.

HD Panorama+ is stitching frames taking into account possible deviations in illumination between frames and presence of moving objects in panorama field. HD Panorama+ is reproducing dynamic range of the scene to the maximum extent and minimizing the moving objects stitching errors (ghosting removal).

If you are a professional photographer, HD Panorama+ will allow to save the input frames captured, and stitch and possibly adjust them on your personal computer.


For user convenience HD Panorama+ uses elements of Google Camera app UI under Apache license. Processing is done with proprietary Almalence algorithms, resulting in a drastic quality difference (highest resolution, dynamic range, etc).

Pix Fix

Almalence
Pix Fix grew up into A Better Camera - all-purpose, full featured camera for Android! 11 shooting modes, full camera control. HDR mode is free for Pix Fix users!
Get Open Camera NOW!


Anticipation and good reflexes are the skills that all good photographers need when searching for the right moment to press the shutter. This app will make you a great photographer.

Unlike the other cameras that take an image after you tap the shutter button, Pix Fix keeps taking the images UNTIL you tap the button.

So, the meaning of the Button is now "Stop! That's a wrap!" instead of "That's the moment, ooops I've missed it".

This is great for capturing sports, kids playing, pets and other unpredictable subjects and volatile moments.

After clicking the shutter button you have a series of photos taken before the click. You can then pick the photos where the moment is captured. Pix Fix takes up to 10 photos per second and records up to 10 seconds before you tap the button.

There is a good chance one of these photos will be just at the right moment. Or may be there will be more than just single great moment - you can save all of them, or you can save the complete captured sequence (burst of images).

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- Starts capture straight away when app is launched
- Capture at full resolution
- Easily select the best image
- Control how many images per second to take
- Save as:
- Single image
- Burst of images
- Animated GIF
- Video
- Zoom

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Share your moments on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1925286@N21