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This article was published on July 4, 2014


Get ready for the new Android L camera updates

Get ready for the new Android L camera updates
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Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015.

Photo enthusiasts who carry an Android handset in their pockets — as opposed to a photo-centric iPhone — can look forward to vast improvements in performance, control and image quality with the upcoming Android L mobile OS.

According to a report by Android Police, the Google team has focused on the OS camera and has a vast number of new capabilities planned. While we’ve known for awhile that the new Android camera API would feature updates, details were scarce.

With the new L preview now available, more information is coming into view.

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Among other things, the new camera API includes a burst mode, a native Digital Negative (DNG) format, HDR+ and manual control of image capture and processing.

Quite a number of controls can now be modified including exposure time, ISO sensitivity, lens focus distance, AE/AF/AWB mode and AE/AWB lock, metering regions, exposure compensation, video stabilization and more.

Android L is expected to launch in late 2014. In the meantime, the developer preview is available for download.

➤ Android “L” Feature Spotlight: New Camera API Enables Burst Mode, Thorough Control Over Photos, And Much More (Android Police)