Camera51

Camera51 1.1.6

Camera app trys but fails to turn amateur photographers into pros

If you're one of the many people who use a phone instead of a camera to take photos, then Camera51 can improve the way you compose and frame them. View full description

PROS

  • Automatic object recognition
  • Helps with photo composition and framing
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Takes poor photos in low light
  • Lack of editing options and filters
  • Variable results even in good light

Not bad
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If you're one of the many people who use a phone instead of a camera to take photos, then Camera51 can improve the way you compose and frame them.

Frame photos like a pro

Camera51's defining feature is that it automatically recognizes objects in your shot - whether it be a landmark, a face, a line or something else - and tells you how to point your phone to take the best-framed photo (according to professional photography principles).

You can manually select what to frame, which is important because sometimes you have multiple objects in shot and the app struggles to pick up which one you want to focus on. You can also select a number of different objects in one photo to frame or turn round the camera on yourself and take a selfie. Camera51 also recognizes when there are objects around that might interfere with you taking that perfect shot.

The idea behind Camera51 is to take a great photo first time and not to need to tweak it once it's taken, which explains the lack of editing options or filters. Although these features are something we've come to expect in most camera apps.

Struggles in low light or inside

To use Camera51, move your phone to line up the two icons on screen and you're ready to take your photo. It's simple and straightforward.

However, it doesn't take photos well in low light or indoors so it needs improvement and even when you've manually selected objects, the results vary.

Good idea but needs improvement

Camera51 is easy to use and I definitely saw an improvement when taking pictures of landscapes or people. But I was very disappointed when my photos continually turned out dark when taking them in low light or indoors and that sometimes it suggested framing that meant my object wasn't entirely in the shot. This happened even when I had manually selected an object.

Overall Camera51 is a great concept, but the execution needs some work.

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Camera51 1.1.6