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Tone mapping, filters and more. HDR Photo Camera gets big update in version 2.2

HDR Photo Camera Lead

Unlike iOS, Windows Phone doesn’t have any native HDR abilities baked into the camera application. Instead Microsoft left it up for developers to develop ‘lenses’ for your device – basically camera applications. So right now we’ve got two fairly solid HDR apps in the Store, HDR Photo Camera and HDR Camera. We compared the two back in mid-January, but it looks like HDR Photo received a nice update that could widen the feature gap.

HDR Photo Camera Screenshots

Version 2.2 of HDR Photo Camera happens to include some fairly big additions. Judge for yourself:

  • Tone mapping
  • Workflow for fusing already capture set of frames
  • 12 filters (including 4 HDR filters)
  • Configurable aspect ratio
  • Bug fixing and user interface improvements

Unlike other ‘HDR’ apps, HDR Photo Camera captures three consecutive images to create the large range between the lightest and darkest areas of a photograph. You get photos that seem to ‘pop’ with HDR and of course it’s up to the photographer to determine how big or small that range is. The biggest problem is you usually need a tripod to get good image (it’s also impossible to capture moving subjects using that approach). So HDR Photo Camera has included a tone mapping algorithm that can be applied to a single image – while not true HDR it can definitely improve your photos and their dynamic range.

Filters are fairly explanatory, but the addition of 4 HDR specific filters is, of course, welcomed. Back when we last checked out the app you were limited to a 16:9 aspect ratio, while it may not be a problem for most folks, the option to choose your own aspect ratio will be appreciated (especially by George).

Unfortunately the app still does not include a trial mode and at $2.49 may be hard for some of you to jump on board. It’s late at night here, but if you’re interested we can do a video for you guys highlighting the latest update. Let us know in the comments and we can get to it tomorrow.

HDR Photo Camera can be snagged from the Windows Phone Store right here, by using the QR code below, or by swiping to the right in our Windows Phone Central app.

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Tone mapping, filters and more. HDR Photo Camera gets big update in version 2.2

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It's a method of trying to make a photograph look more like the way the eye would have seen.  It (originally) involved taking the "same" picture multiple times with different exposures, then merging the photos together so the longer exposures were used to help make shadow areas more visible.  Now it seems like it's largely used to generate overcontrasted cartoonish crap, it's kind of like the autotune of photography.  It's no fault of the apps, though, grab one and apply it sparingly and it can really result in some beautiful work.

hmm... I like your analogy.  If HDR is the auto-tune of photography, can we say that Instagram is the MC Hammer pants of photography?

I would like to see a video. I wonder if they improved the apps ability to align the three pics. My wife has an app on her iPhone called ProHDR (or maybe it is HDRPro) which aligns the shots perfectly almost every time even when holding the phone in your hand. If these guys can get that right I will buy it in an instant.

I agree, I would love to see a video and possibly a link to an article to explain why I need HDR. I'd gladly spend the $ if it makes my great camera even better.

Even I have the same query....I am interested in the app and don't mind spending...but how will the app help??

Portico update didn't change a lot with images in my 920 the images are a bit soft than Samsung phones...will this app help in this respect???

And a video review is always welcomed..

Thankyou guys in putting in these efforts and bringing in all these news and tips...

Can you guys make a video? All I want is a good app to apply HDR effects to my photos, like Camera360 for iOS.

Hey great news, I just got my istabillizer yesterday coupled with the joby gorillapod that should take even better pictures with this app, too bad the weather sucks here now.

This app is incredible. And the new filters apply some really cool looking grunge effects too. I have a friend who uses hdrpro on his iPhone and then doctors the crap out of everything with snapseed. (the one app I am truly ticked I can't get for WP) but the results im getting with this alone is comparable. The above poster is correct. It is like auto tune. Amazing analogy. But if you are a fan of the grunge look and all the drama filters in snapseed, you will live this. And don't get me wrong, you can take straight photos without all the filters and they look very nice. A tripod is key though if you are looking for perfection.

I still don't get it why developers would not offer a test version of their WP8 and W8 App. ¬_¬

Please make the video!
I really like my Nokia 920 but I do get frustrated that I can't take easy HDR photos like I could with my old iPhone 4. Anyone know if he iPhone actually takes 3 shots for HDR or just uses tone maping? 

The iPhone takes 2 shots at about 1 EV distance. It does not use tone mapping and the diference between exposures is not large enough to say if it simply blends the images or if it does a more complex operation.