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The CyanogenMod team has just added HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera functionality for almost all devices running CM10.1 builds. The HDR mode has been enabled on most devices, and captures and processes images similarly to the way the Nexus 4 does with its stock software. The camera takes three images -- one under exposed, neutral exposed and over exposed -- and processes them together to make an image that usually "pops" a bit more. The functionality will be baked in and ready to use for anyone that has the stock CM camera app installed.

There are a few caveats, however. Because CyanogenMod supports so many devices with varying levels of cameras (sizes, qualities, processors), the process may not work as well on certain devices. The team recommends that users use a tripod or some sort of stabilization -- good rules for any photographer -- for the best results. If you have a newer device with a "zero shutter lag" camera, you should see pretty good results. 

Source: CyanogenMod (Google+)


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CyanogenMod adds HDR camera functionality for (almost) every device


"The team recommends that users use a tripod . . ." How many smartphones have anywhere to attach a tripod? Am I supposed to go out and buy a specialized smartphone tripod attachment? If I was going to all that trouble, why not just use a REAL camera?

Anyway, does this even work with the original Galaxy Nexus?

There are plenty of tripod clips and mounts meant to hold phones and small point-and-shoot cameras that attach to a standard tripod mount.

Good god!!! I mind as well use a real camera already, i cant believe it!!Jeez jazmaan. You probably complain about everything. And you sound like you paid big money for this mod. If not then don't complain.

PhotoSphere is proprietary so it can't be used with the CyanogenMod camera since it is built from source.

It is also not practical to use HDR on photosphere either since HDR involves taking 3 shots of the same subject.

I have photosphere on my GNex running the cm 10.1 nightlies... and I've not flashed any additional apk or anything. If it's proprietary, it's still in there :)

EDIT: It seems the GApps I flashed aeons ago had the Photosphere and the G+ gallery sync thing. My bad.

Not at all practical to expect both HDR and photo sphere right now. Considering the way individual images for photo sphere are taken and the processing power/time required for HDR I don't think the results would be very user friendly or any better than what we have now w/o HDR.

its basically useless, the hdr photos take too long to capture so in everyshot (even if you use a tripod) there is a blur