Interactive auto-focus camera app
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 08 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Good for camera novices
Not many features included, not an end-all solution
Camera51 - A smarter Camera for Android is a camera app that promises to make taking professional camera shots easier. The way the app works is that you open up the app and then a box in portrayed somewhere on the camera screen and you have to center your camera on that box. You can also pick a specific spot to move your camera to. It all has to do with focusing, and to be honest, the app feels all about technical details and it’s premise, but doesn’t really show amazing results.
I took two pictures with two different apps, one with Camera 51 and one with my standard Touchwiz camera. The difference, if at all, wasn’t something I could easily notice. Taking the picture with Camera 51 was definitely a little harder because I had to match up the boxes instead of simply just taking the picture. While this sounds easy in theory, I can see it being hard for people unfamiliar with controlling their phone being able to line up the boxes correctly. On the other hand, this simple idea might actually prove an interactive enough feature to warrant users to attempt it. In that regard, I see this focus mechanic of the app being the main draw for people that just don’t know how to take pictures that are properly focused.
Since the app has the feature with this box in the middle of the lens and matching it up, it doesn’t really have any other features. This makes it annoying to use the app, because the app is exclusive. If you want to take a special HDR photo you are going to have to switch apps, or just to use any feature really. If you never use these features this might not be a problem for you.
Camera 51 feels like a gimicky app that has one feature that may or not really give amazing results. For the experienced photo user, I can’t see it being useful or worth a download but it might prove a life saver for those who don’t know how to focus camera shots.