This is one that I will highly recommend and it's well worth the money especially if you are using the Lumia 920 which has such a beast of a camera. What I like about this app:
- The layout is quite neat, tidy and easy to use
- Level of customization available, and ability to save presets
- The quality and sharpness is at least at par with the default camera. In fact, I have observed on several occasions that the image sharpness using ProShot is actually superior than the stock camera, even after my phone has already been updated to Portico.
Personally, my favourite setting for my Lumia 920 is as follows:
- Flash Off
- ISO set at 100
- Saturation -2, Contrast +1. This is to overcome the generally saturated images from the Lumia 920.
With the ISO set at 100, I usually can still get a reasonably well-exposed and motion blur-free photo within 1/4-1/8 seconds handheld. You can see an example of a handheld shot at 100 ISO and 1/4 seconds exposure time as attached. If Auto mode is selected, there is a tendency to use a faster shutter (maybe 1/15-1/30s) with high ISO (400 and above) which is not necessary with the 920's OIS.
Now, I don't think this has been highlighted here yet, but I think the ProShot's EXIF info might be inaccurately displayed. In that image, it is indicated that exposure time is 1/2s, whereas the actual one is 1/3s. There is another image where again it shows 1/2s but actual is 1/4s. Still, adding EXIF info is wonderful, and a big thanks to RiseUpGames for always finding ways to keep making ProShot even better.
A few other comments I have that will hopefully make the ProShot even better than it is now:
- There is a noticeable difference in the start-up time and image saving time between ProShot and the default cam. The ProShot is significantly slower and this may affect the ability to use this app when speed is of essence. To me, this enhancement can be considered "critical". Hope RiseUpGames will find a way to improve on this!
- Suggestion to provide "Scene" settings, such as portrait, landscape, macro, sports mode, shooting sunset, etc. For my own use case, this is not critical but it will increase the overall versatility of this app and I'm sure many would find it useful.
- To incorporate facial recognition. This is one of the biggest weaknesses in the default camera and having this at ProShot will be tremendous.
- To allow customized metering mode. Again this will help overcome one of the weak spots for Lumia.
- To consider incorporating single-exposure/shot HDR.
- To consider using slower shutter speed and low ISO by default if cameras with OIS (e.g. Lumia 920) is detected; perhaps this can be implemented via one of the custom scenes as mentioned above.
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