Its Back! Manual Exposure Control for Android

Manual Exposure

Manual Exposure control is the back in Android 7.0 developer preview. No more downloading of other Camera App that does that, now it will come out of the box in the new android.


Manual Exposure

One of the coolest additions to the camera in the Android 7.0 developer preview was an option to manually adjust the exposure in the camera app. It’s not as if that’s a groundbreaking feature – plenty of third-party apps and manufacturer skins offered the same thing – but it’s nice to get it in stock. The manual exposure option has disappeared in some of the later preview builds, but there’s good news: it’s coming back.

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An upcoming version of the camera app (perhaps slated to be introduced with the public release of Nougat, though we’re not sure) will resurrect the exposure slider. The feature is no longer activated with a toggle – it appears organically when users tap the screen to auto-focus on a photographic subject. The slider is also a bit more analog in this version: instead of the -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 steps, users can slide the marker up and down. There appears to be a much greater amount of variance between the larger marker steps.

We can’t say precisely when users will see this change, though the upcoming Android 7.0 release and new Nexus devices would seem like a natural fit. Keep an eye out for this, in addition to the new options for a photo grid in the viewfinder screen.



Though its not yet released, they are saying that it will be available in the “Nougat” version of Android. If you cannot wait, has gathered 3rd party apps that has the option of manually adjusting the exposure. Its right down below:


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Manual Camera

This app’s name is as straightforward as it gets, because it can really turn your Android phone’s snapper into a full-fledged manual camera. As far as we know, this was the first app to make use of Android Lollipop’s new camera API. Its main features include manual shutter speed, manual ISO, manual focus distance, manual white balance, manual exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot RAW (DNG) photos. Manual Camera is also quite fast, so you can quickly capture moments as they happen. Download it here.

Camera FV-5

Camera FV-5 is another application that offers support for RAW (DNG) photography, in addition to plenty of manual settings: ISO, focus, exposure, shutter speed, and so on. Camera FV-5 also features a “DSLR-like viewfinder display” that enables you to see stuff like exposure time and aperture in real-time. While Camera FV-5 is a paid app, you can try its Lite version for free (this, however, limits photo resolution, and doesn’t provide RAW support). Download the Lite Version here (Free), the Premium or Full version is here.

A Better Camera

A Better Camera offers support for RAW photography, too, but it looks like for now this is limited to the Google Nexus 5 only. In any case, even without RAW support, the app has lots of useful features, including manual focus, manual shutter speed, and manual white balance. The app can also take 360-degree panoramas up to 100 MP. Download it here.

Open Camera

Open Camera is called like this because it’s completely free (no in-app purchases here). It doesn’t offer RAW support, but it’s still got nice features, like manual focus distance, manual exposure time, and manual ISO. The app further offers an auto-stabilize option – this way, your photos “are perfectly level, no matter what.” Download it here.

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Those are 4 of the best in the Android Market that has the manual exposure option. Most of them are free but the paid version is worth trying. If you have any bad experience with the apps recommended above let us know in the comments section.




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