We recently received an email through Mailbag which reads, “I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 light sensitivity problem. I face an issue while taking pictures in its camera, the over head light spreads a lot or it appears too bright. As a result the subject in my pictures sometimes appear to be bathed in a very bright light. I have attached an example of a picture taken with my Smartphone camera under fluorescent light.”
How to Fix Galaxy Note 2 Light Sensitivity
The Galaxy Note 2 light sensitivity issue can be easily fixed by adjusting your camera configuration particularly its ISO. According to Sprint, ISO determines the sensitivity of your camera to the available light in its environment.
The Galaxy Note 2 has configuration for its ISO ranging from Auto or Manual, wherein the latter offers adjustments like 100, 200, 400 and 800. Basically, the lower is the ISO of your camera, the less sensitive it is too light. Thus, when it is to its maximum, natural or artificial lighting sometimes appear to be too bright which bathes the subject of your photo in it.
Although the camera of the device is capable of adjusting its ISO automatically with the Auto setting, it will not always ensure a balanced lighting. So, if your photo appears to be too bright due to the Galaxy Note 2 sensitivity, all you have to do is adjust it to a lower level.
More Ways of Improving Picture Quality and Lessening Galaxy Note 2 Light Sensitivity
There are many other options in the Galaxy Note 2 camera that will let you ensure a high quality photo. Among them is the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode which is capable of increasing the detail of your captured images. You can also adjust its Scene Mode, Effects and Exposure value to adjust your camera’s ability to take good images even in areas with very bright lighting conditions.
Ever thought of using HDR and Grid Mode for the front facing camera on iPhone? Well you can now practically enable the HDR mode on the front camera and enhance the picture quality. Ever since Apple released iOS4, not a single new feature has been introduced for the front camera. Although many tweaks has been made for the rear camera which is used as the primary camera on every iPhone, the front facing camera remains the same with no options but just a single capturing button.
Cydia store now has a tweak ‘Front HDR’ which brings HDR mode to the front camera. This tweak also adds Panorama and Grid options but unfortunately Panorama feature do not work as of now. Once the tweak is installed from the Cydia store, it automatically appears on the front camera app without needing to set up things individually. After installing, you will see ‘Options’ menu which will allow you to turn on the Grid and HDR.
There are two flaws in the app which should be removed by the developers. When you try to switch to the rear camera while the HDR mode is enabled on the front camera, Camera app freezes. Secondly the non-HDR photos which are saved along with the HDR photos are distorted so you need to toggle off ‘Keep Normal Photo’ under ‘Photos & Camera settings.
Front HDR is available for free on the Cydia store and is supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch running iOS6 or higher.
A smartphone’s camera is as good as the software inside. This is something we tech geeks tell ourselves and with good reason. If you notice the mobile cameras that we’ve had so far since the past few years, nothing much has changed (except for Nokia’s innovation in the field with Pureview tech). What’s changed though is the software on board and users can finally do things which were only pipe dreams back in the day. One such feature is HDR or High Dynamic Range. This feature enables the users to get optimum detail out of their photos compared to normal (or RAW) images. This feature is now seen on smartphones like the iPhone 4S/5, the LG Nexus 4 and plenty of other smartphones. But with the kind of modding and development happening in the field of Android, it was only a matter of time we thought, until other Android users got a taste of HDR photography. And thanks to the folks at CyanogenMod this feature has now come to most Android smartphones, if not all. The team has brought this functionality for almost every device running on CyanogenMod version 10.1.
What’s interesting is that the HDR function works seamlessly with devices which do not support it out of the box and it appears as if the Nexus 4 was taken as a reference for this feature. It’s a pretty simple process really. After this tweak, the camera (if opted for HDR) takes images at three different exposure levels – low, medium, high and stitches them together for one beautiful HDR image. This is a stock CM10.1 feature, so users have to make sure there are no other camera apps installed. The CyanogenMod team wants to make sure that all smartphones running on CM10.1 are able to use this feature, which is why they advise device owners to use a tripod for better looking HDR images. This is because not all Android smartphones pack the same camera sensor or hardware, so the results might vary device to device. This applies only for older devices though, so for those who recently got one of those Jelly Bean smartphones, I guess there’s nothing to worry about. HDR comes built in with most flagships these days, so I guess this feature won’t make much noise with flagship device owners. But since CM covers a wide array of devices, there’s a genuine cause for concern.
In all fairness, using a tripod on a smartphone doesn’t exactly seem like the best idea out there, but it’s something which the team recommends, so make sure you’re covered if you intend on doing professional photography. So for people willing to get the best out of their images, the Sony Xperia Z, the HTC One or the likes of the Nexus 4, iPhone 5 seems like the best bet, as it has all these features and a lot more to brag of. Photosphere on the Nexus 4 is something which hasn’t exactly received the publicity it deserves and we’re hoping it will catch up with the industry soon. But CM10.1 is a lifeline for people with older hardware, who are left in the dark by the manufacturers due to slow roll out of updates or none at all in some cases. So for those smartphones, CM10.1 is a great alternative to get new and improved features on relatively older hardware.
If you happen to be running CyanogenMod 10.1, make sure you try out the new HDR feature (without shaking the device too much) and let us know how it went for you.