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5 Amazing Hidden Features in Open Camera App on Android Phone

The open camera is a really nice app for your smartphone if you don’t like the stock camera app on your phone. As simple and bare as this app looks, it has a lot of features that come with it which you don’t even know about. Today we are going to tell you about five hidden features in the open camera app on Android.

Enable Camera2 API

Before doing anything on your Open Camera app, we strictly recommend you to enable the Camera2 API on this app. This camera2 API lets you enable manual mode for your pictures like the focus, exposure, and more. Even if your phone does not support it, enable this feature to get extra features.

To enable the Camera2 API, all you need to do is launch the Open camera app and go to the setting from the cog icon on the top left(in landscape mode.) Scroll to the very bottom of the menu to find Camera API which includes the menu to select between the stock and the custom Camera2 API.

Night and Portrait Mode

The Open Camera app comes with a night mode as well as a portrait mode as well. These two features work exactly they supposed to work on the stock camera app. The Night mode of the Open camera app adds extra clarity in the pictures when shot in dark mode. The Portrait mode adds a background blur effect to the subject in the focus.

Both the features can be enabled from the three dots menu in the left toolbar(in landscape mode.) Tap the three-dot menu and scroll down to find Screen mode, inside the Screen mode you will find five modes to select from. Choose Night mode or Portrait mode as needed and click the picture to get the desired effect.

Exposure lock

The exposure lock feature is a really nice feature that you usually not get on all smartphone cameras. In auto mode, exposure tends to switch automatically according to the lighting in the scene. The more the light in the scene, the darker the view will get, so by locking the exposure it won’t switch automatically.

All you need to do is open the Open camera app and switch to the desired camera mode, video, or photo. Tap to focus on the desired subject and once the exposure adjusts, tap the little lock icon in the toolbar. Once the exposure is locked, you can move the camera as want but the exposure will stay the same.

Noise Reduction

The noise reduction feature in the Open camera app reduces any noise which causes the image to lose its sharpness. This mode is only recommended to use while you are taking pictures in artificial light like indoors. To enable this feature, tap the three-dot menu int he toolbar and select NR mode from there. There is a slider to select the amount of noise reduction which is a nice touch to the feature.

Enable Image Stabilization

if your phone lacks the video stabilization feature of any type then you can enable the EIS on the Open camera app. Go to the Settings menu by tapping the cog icon in the toolbar and select Video Settings from there. Inside the Video Settings, you will see the Stabilization toggle on the top.

Wrapping up

This way you can get the maximum out of the Open Camera app and take better pictures using these hidden camera features. There may be a chance that some of the features are not supported by your smartphone probably because of a low power processor.


Amit Rahi

He is a tech enthusiast who always keeps an eye on the latest tech news. He is a master at Android and Windows “how to” articles. In his free time, you will find him tinkering with his PC, playing games, or browsing Reddit. At GadgetsToUse, he is responsible to update the readers with the latest tips, tricks, & hacks to take the most out of their gadgets.