If there’s one thing Android was crying out for, it was surely… a standalone Google Camera app?
To be fair, it actually sounds pretty good, with an “out of your way” UI (almost invariably a good thing) and a handful of interesting features.
The Google Camera app was launched yesterday, and is of course free to download from Google Play.
“Today we’re launching Google Camera, a new app for your Android phone or tablet that makes it easy to take quick photos and videos,” yelled the little green robot on Google+ yesterday. “And being behind the lens just got more fun with new creative picture modes.”
One of those modes is Lens Blur, which promises “SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field”. As such, you’ll be able to go bokeh crazy, focusing the foreground and de-emphasising the background till your eyes explode.
Again on Google+ (where else?), Research at Google shouts: “Lens Blur replaces the need for a large optical system with computer vision algorithms and optimization techniques that are run entirely on the mobile device, simulating a larger lens and aperture in order to creating a 3D model of the world.”
Other Google Camera features include 360-degree Photo Spheres, a high-res Panorama mode, and what-you-see-is-what-you-get 100% viewfinder.
Google Camera is compatible with phones and tablets rocking KitKat Android 4.4+.