When it comes to Android camera apps, Open Camera is one of the leading choices, and in this post, we are going to go through a complete Open Camera app tutorial to show you exactly how to use it.
Open Camera Android App How To Use Guides
Open Camera is a popular choice when it comes to camera apps on Android. It unlocks some really powerful features, but there are a lot of options and it can get overwhelming, but don’t worry we’re about to do a step-by-step guide to show you all the settings you need and how to get great results
Open Camera Guides
so this is what you see when you first open up Open Camera, we’ve got your menu bar across the top here, which has your exposure lock. This will lock your exposure. The next one across here will let you adjust your exposure. The next one across here is where you can dial in the look and feel of your shot. We will jump into this in a minute. You’ve got your settings button. You can switch and rotate your camera around here. We’ve got it currently set on video mode. That is your record button. And we can switch to photo mode by pressing this one here. This camera app does work for photos as well as videos. And down at the bottom here you’ve got your zoom slider to zoom in and out. Now I just want to stress here that on some Android devices you won’t have all of these features. It will come down to the device that you are using and what’s supported by that device and what’s supported by this app with your specific device. So if you’re missing any features or some of these things don’t show up for you it’s likely due to this app not being supported by your device, but in most cases, you’ll find you should have access to all of these things. So the first thing you want to do is to set up the app. So you come up here to settings, and once again, I just want to say that we’re not gonna run through every setting in here. There are way too many of them. I’m just gonna show you the important ones that you need to jump straight into to get set up for the best results and then at a later time you can come back through and go through them and see if there’s anything else that might help you with the type of videos you’re creating. So we’re gonna go down here straight away to video settings, and in here the first thing you’ll want to set is your video resolution. So we can see here we’ve got video resolution 4K Ultra HD is set. I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, so it does have a 4K camera. So you want to select the resolution that you want to shoot at here first. You can see that there are a lot of options, a lot more than the built-in camera app on your phone. We’re gonna leave this here at 4K. I’m gonna hit cancel. Then you can choose the format of the video, the next one down here. Now what I suggest you do is leave this set here as default or choose MPEG4 H264. In most cases, unless you specifically need one of these other formats I’d say you could pretty much leave this as default. The video bitrate is the next one here that you’ll want to lock down, the next one you’ll want to set.
So this is the quality of the recording. So I set it to actual size, 4K, 1080. Now that’s the actual quality of the shot at that size. So, the lower the number, the lower the quality of the recording. The higher the number, the higher the quality of the recording. Now here you can see that you can get up to 200 megabits per second with this app, and with this device, which is crazy high, that’s higher than many professional cameras. So there’s a point of diminishing returns here. Will you notice the difference between 50 megabits per second and 100 megabits per second? While your file sizes will double. In most cases, I would say probably unlikely. So what I recommend to most people is that they probably set their camera’s recording quality around 50 megabits per second here if you’re looking for really high-quality video without the file size getting ridiculous. Now, if you’re someone who wants the absolute best recording quality, just know that you can go up to 200 megabits per second here if you need it. I don’t think I would ever go over 100 megabits per second with a smartphone camera, at least not at this point. So we’ll leave it at 50 and I’ll cancel.
Next is your video frame rate. So that’s the number of frames, or consider them photos per second, to form the motion in your video. Well, if you are looking for that cinematic look, many people will tell you to shoot at 24 frames per second, the standard frame rate for filming on your smartphone is around 30. So they give you a different look and feel for the videos you create. If you go past 30 now and into 60 and beyond, you’re entering the slow-motion territory. Again, this will be device-dependent as to how high you can go here. You can see here that this phone supports 240 frames per second. So that’s pretty decent for slow motion on a smartphone. So unless you’re specifically looking for slow motion, you can come back here and choose your frame rate. I’ll just leave this as the default, so 30 frames per second.
Now while you’re going through the settings here, it’s a good idea to check this one, the maximum duration of the video. Here you should make sure it is set to unlimited, otherwise, your recording will stop at the time selected here. So if you’re recording and want to stop recording after a minute, it can be quite frustrating. So it’s always a good idea to come here and check that you’ve got this setting set to unlimited. Likewise, if the video has a maximum file size, it’s a good idea to check that as well. Just make sure it’s set to Device Default so it doesn’t turn off again during recording.
You should also check that you have audio recording enabled, unless you want to record a video without audio, then I would suggest you leave that enabled, otherwise, you will have no sound. And after that, you should also make sure you’ve selected your microphone. So select this one, audio source. Now if you only use your smartphone’s built-in microphone, you can leave this here as a camcorder that uses the built-in microphone. If you connect a microphone, you must manually select an external microphone here, if available, for it to be used over the internal microphone. So let’s leave it at this external microphone.
We’re going to go back up here, we’re going to go back from this one. So these are the video settings. Then we come here and if supported by your device use the camera2 API. I would strongly recommend you turn these on. This, it says, gives you additional features like manual modes for exposure, focus, and white balance, as well as RAW if supported by your device. So I recommend you to turn on this option if you have this option. Relaunch the app and you’ll gain access to many more of these advanced controls. Now, coming here to the onscreen GUI, we can customize the look of the app. And we can add additional icons and tools and things like that to the dashboard layout or the main screen layout.