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[Discussion] Camera2API: Unleash the Power of Your Android Camera

2019-04-14 02:45:30
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Hello Mi fans,

Are you one of them who wanted to enable Camera2API in your android phone? Do you know what is Camera2API? Is it really important to enable it in your phone? We'll answer all that questions here.

First, what is Camera2API? Camera2API is a derrived word from camera version 2 and API. Camera version 2 is definitely the successor of camera version 1; it is Android implementation starting Android 5.0. Next, API means application programming interface; it is a permission granted by the OS to any third party applications to access or interface hardware component of any android devices. In this case the permission is granted to the camera hardware. It provides an interface to individual camera devices connected to an Android device.

Second, is it really important to enable Camera2API in our phone? Depending on how you use Android phone, but for most mobile photographer Camera2API is useful. As mentioned above, Camera2API gives camera developer an options to do more with the camera. Control the shutter speed, focus control, RAW image capture, etc. This helps third-party developers to include more features in their applications with the tools they are given through the API. There are four levels of API access granted by our Android OS namely Legacy, Limited, Full and LEVEL_3. The very basic API access is Legacy. Legacy access is the most aged of the four, it is the widely use implementation starting Android 1.0 until Android 4.0. It has all limitations to the camera hardware and only built-in camera application has the permission to access features. Limited, Full and LEVEL_3 API level is introduce starting android 5.0 although this is OS base feature but phone manufacturer remove this in some mid-range phone category in exchange for the phone price.

The disadvantages, some built-in camera application does not offer rich camera feature. Even in manual photography, the result is very poor and incompetent photo images. While some phone manufacturer carefully design built-in camera application base on its phone category for example, high-end phone category has more features than mid-range category. This pushes the mid-range phone users to enable Camera2API on their phone manually inorder to use third party camera application with more rich tools on it. The process to enable is complicated, as it has different approach depending on the OS version. It can be risky for some mid-range devices as it can brick or damage the phone, also a downgrade of device security features. In some phone manufacturer where OS is develop by other commercial organization for example MIUI, Camera2API has been disable in all mid-range categoy phone. It might be for a reason of a cheaper price compare to other phone manufacturer.

Third, how to check if Camera2API is enable in your phone? To do this, you need to install Camera2API Probe from Google Playstore.
Camera ID: 0 is the rear camera and Camera ID:1 is the front camera, take a look at the sample below.

Mi 8 Lite Camera2API

To unleash the power of your Android camera specially in the mid-range category phone you really need to enable Camera2API. With enable Camera2API you could have DSLR camera in your Android phone. An Android camera with all features enable.

So tell me, does your phone has Camera2API enable on it? Share your comment below and tell us what is your experience on it.  

2019-04-14 02:45:30
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Very interesting and informative.
2019-04-14 04:36:17

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Rico Suave | from Redmi Note 4


thanks for the info, hope they make enabling camera2api easier.
2019-04-14 06:28:17

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Litolindo Author | from MI 8 Lite


Rico Suave
thanks for the info, hope they make enabling camera2api easier.

Will let's just hope, as far as MIUI is concern there is no hint given in mid-range phone category
2019-04-14 06:37:00

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6174719746 | from MI 8 Lite


how to enable camera2Api of mi 8 lite
2019-04-14 07:51:06

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aeroalltimelow | from MI 8 Lite


Nice article!
2019-04-14 07:56:07

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Litolindo Author | from MI 8 Lite


how to enable camera2Api of mi 8 lite

For sure Google has a lot of suggestion for your need
2019-04-14 08:02:55

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NetteCastle | from MI 8 Lite


thank you for this sir! very informative!
2019-04-14 08:32:25
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Litolindo Author | from MI 8 Lite


thank you for this sir! very informative!

Hehe thanks
2019-04-14 09:10:12

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Herman Cruz Jr. | from Redmi Note 7


in terms of redmi note 7 what is the advantage of L3 from other phones with just Full
2019-04-14 22:03:08

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FortressNoah | from MI MAX 3


Hopefully they will release the 2API in mi max 3
2019-04-14 22:05:03
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