17 April 2014

Google Has Own Standalone Camera App W/ Lens Blur Feature

Probably a good news for photographers, hobbyists, and wannabes, Google has launched its own STANDALONE Camera app that can be found in the Play Store. That app called Google Camera.

In the TheVerge post , Google Camera will currently be shipped with the latest Android OS — Kitkat 4.4. This app is a little bit different but equipped with number of improvements and refinements compared to the old camera software.

Introducing yet best feat so far is the Google Camera's new LENS BLUR mode can offer shallow Depth of Field (DoF) or "Bokeh" effect that has similar with SLR-like Photos.

Photo enhanced. Research at Google Google+
What is Depth of Field?
Depth of Field (Dof) or Bokeh Effect is an effect that brings the SUBJECT(object of interest) into FOREGROUND of  focus and blur /de-emphasize the background.

DoF is very common with SLR and DSLR high-end cameras which has BIG lens and APERTURE. It hasn't been possible with the mere use on smartphones or tablet. But with this Google Camera, it can achieve similar effect by using a new MODE – Lens Blur in the Google Camera App.

With the Google's Research post about Lens Blur, it will replace the need of those BIG optical system with a technology that Google developed – feat w/ computer vision algorithms and other techniques – which can fully run on mobile devices. Lens Blur mode simulates with a LARGER lens and Aperture similar with SLR and DSLR to create and achieve 3D Model.

Download Google Camera Android App

Google Camera snaps quick and easy photos and videos, and has creative picture modes like Photo Sphere, Lens Blur and Panorama.

Install it here: Google Camera on Android

• Photo Spheres for immersive 360ยบ views
• Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
• Panorama mode with high resolution
• 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
• Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button
• Works on phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat


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