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[Tutorial] Beginners guide to your phone camera app

2019-05-25 08:03:46
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The Xiaomi camera app isn't the worst app around, but plenty of users find its iOS-style interface a little obtuse. If you ever wondered about the apps more advanced options, or even its basic functions, we've got some advice for you.

The basic viewfinder options

When you launch the Xiaomi camera app on your budget phone, you’ll be greeted by the viewfinder, with several icons dotted around the window.

The large white button at the bottom is the shutter key. The icon to the left (holding the phone in portrait) takes you to your previously taken shots. The red icon to the right of the shutter key is the video recording mode.

Just above those main buttons sits three more buttons. From right to left, there’s a camera toggle button for quickly switching between the main and selfie camera, an “options” menu button, and a filter menu for applying various effects before taking a shot.

Finally, the flash icon sits in the top-left corner (tap it to enable the camera flash) and the HDR toggle in the top-right corner (tap it to enable HDR mode). You’ll want to enable HDR for scenes with both bright and dark elements. That way you can make out detail in the shadows without blowing out the clouds.

The camera app on many premium Xiaomi phones usually differs a little from the budget devices. The more expensive phones tend to use a hamburger button instead of the “options” menu, usually containing shooting modes and settings menus. These more premium phones also copy the iPhone by allowing you to scroll laterally through the camera modes from the viewfinder.

Tapping the “options” menu (or the hamburger menu) will bring up a list of all the Xiaomi camera modes. If you want to take a panorama or dabble with manual mode on your cheaper phone, you need to visit this menu first.

A single-camera budget Xiaomi phone usually has roughly nine modes here:

  • Panorama: This is handy if you’re taking shots of landscapes or the city.
  • Timer: This mode takes a shot after a user-defined delay (like three, five, or ten seconds).
  • Audio: Use this mode to take a photo with your voice instead of your finger — any sound will do.
  • Manual: This mode allows you to adjust white balance and ISO before taking a shot. More expensive Xiaomi phones also let you adjust shutter speed and several other variables.
  • Straighten: This option presents a virtual box over your viewfinder, constantly shifting to help you straighten your shot out.
  • Beautify: This applies a user-defined level of “beauty” enhancement to your shots (low, medium or high), usually taking the form of skin smoothing.
  • HHT: This stands for handheld twilight and is for taking better low-light images. The mode uses multiple images for a better shot.
  • Scene: This mode lets you choose from roughly a dozen scenes before taking the photo, with each scene offering minor camera tweaks. Notable scenes include landscape, backlit, and beach.
  • Tilt-shift: This mode delivers the tilt-shift effect when you take a photo, blurring everything but a pre-defined area to simulate a miniature scene. The mode offers to either blur everything but a small circle in the center, or everything bar the middle third of the screen.

More expensive dual-camera Xiaomi phones usually have a few more modes, too:

  • AI mode: Enable AI mode and your camera will automatically adjust various settings based on the recognized scene. So expect more colorful shots of food, for example.
  • Portrait mode: This mode generates a shot with a lovely bokeh effect, blurring the background but keeping the subject perfectly in focus.

What other settings are available?

Tap the gear icon in the top-right of the options menu will open a menu with settings for saving location info for photos, disabling or enabling camera sounds, a pocket mode (disabling touch gestures if you put the phone in your pocket while the camera app is open), a time-stamp option (showing the time and date of the photo), and more.

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Try adjusting exposure like this

When actually taking photos, the Xiaomi camera app has an alternative way to adjust exposure. Simply tap to focus, then hold on the resulting icon with arrows pointing up and down. From here, drag the icon up for a higher exposure and down for a lower exposure.

Use the fingerprint scanner

If you’ve got a Xiaomi phone with a fingerprint scanner, you’ve also got an extra way to take shots. The Xiaomi camera app lets you take photos by simply tapping the scanner. You might find this handy for taking selfies, when the main shutter key is in an awkward spot.

Take photos while recording video

Many phones can take shots while recording a clip, and it’s pretty easy in the Xiaomi camera app. Simply start recording, then tap the circular icon next to the “stop” button. The photo won’t be high-resolution at all — it’s more like a screengrab — but it’s still a useful trick and shows you don’t necessarily have to choose between video or photo. If you’re not seeing the feature, you might have to enable it via settings  image capture while recording.

source: androidauthority

2019-05-25 08:03:46
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napitac | from Mi A2 Lite


Thanks for the guide.
2019-05-28 09:21:47

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Apip - 6203837771 | from Redmi Note 7


Nice² pero mag kaiba ata sila SA redmi note 7 compared jan diba?
2019-10-07 06:04:05
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