Starting at 6 am this morning, iOS users will have to surrender some of their sense of superiority, at least in terms of their camera capabilities. Similar to when Instagram was ported over to Android, which created quite a bit of a stir and outrage amongst the iCommunity, SmugMug is taking their ultra popular Camera Awesome to all Android devices, so units such as the Galaxy s4 and HTC One will finally get this significant upgrade to their already impressive cameras.
So what exactly will Android users get when downloading this app? Well, as 20 million iPhone users will tell you, Camera Awesome lets you shoot faster and sharper images than previously thought possible and bring mobile photography even closer to that of a traditional (and bulky) camera. Features such as high speed burst mode, image stabilization for video and face recognition are user-friendly and increase the overall capabilities of your smart phone’s camera.
For all the enthusiasts and professional photographers out there who rely on their mobile camera for their social media, you will now get to play around with a couple of white balance settings and can set the ISO from 100 to 1600 in order to take full advantage of your camera’s hardware. Users can even set the exposure compensation value in order to compensate for a variety of lighting scenarios. This app really has everything but the kitchen sink, which would be if this thing could somehow include manual focus. Perhaps the labs of SmugMug can cook that one up for the next update.
If you were questioning Camera Awesome and are dismissing it as a gimmick, consider that it lets you shoot video and take still images in multiple resolutions. Everybody loves filters, and now you can apply them to specific areas of the image to create beautiful contrasts (we’re interested to see what kind of effects people come up with). The best part about this whole deal is that you can send your Camera Awesome photos to pretty much any social media imaginable. That means your Instagram game is about to seriously go up a few levels, practically by default. Imagine how much more your posts are going to stand out with this dramatic bump in image quality. Did I mention that this App will be available on tablets supporting Android as well?
Tegra 4 devices will get some bonus swag, such as tap to track, where you can track a single subject and keep it in focus as it moves across the frame. For years now, a heated debate has been going on in the tech forums across the Internet about whether or not Google play is starting to rival the Apple App Store. Android fans now have another strong addition to fuel their side of the argument. Windows phone is noticeably left out of the fray here, which is kind of a shame considering we were wondering what kind of miracles this app could work with the 41 megapixel shooter found in Nokia’s 1020.
You can download SmugMug’s Camera Awesome right now in the App Store and Google Play.