Camera ICS is an interesting and very useful application available on Google Play that you can get for free. A paid version named Camera ICS+ is also available that is Ad free but I guess free version should serve the purpose for most people. Apparently this app is basically a direct rip of the AOSP version of the camera app from the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So it supports all the interesting features that are available in the AOSP Android 4.0.3 flavor. It also means that this is most useful for the devices which don’t have stock ICS camera app such as official Touchwiz flavored firmware available from Samsung for their Android devices. Another benefit is that app not only supports latest Android 4.0 firmware but also the older Honeycomb based tablets as well as Gingerbread Android 2.3 based devices. Although some features may be disabled on the Android 2.3 and 3.0 based devices.
Camera ICS also enables the built-in Panorama mode feature.
I have tested this application on my Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) on a Android 4.0.3 based firmware and application works as advertised. one of the most useful features I found is that it supports to configure the vol +/- buttons to be used as a trigger to capture camera pictures instead of usual touching a button in the camera app interface. This is very convenient in my opinion and is similar to a feature that is available in iOS 5.x released by Apple for the iDevices. Camera ICS also enables the built-in Panorama mode feature that is very simple to use if you are in to this kind of fun stuff. It can also disable the annoying camera shutter sound if desired. During testing I found that interestingly this camera app is slightly faster at taking stills than the stock camera app on my Galaxy SII which is a nice bonus.
Here is a list of features provided by the developer:
- Color effects (mono,sepia,negative,…)
- Silent mode (no shutter sound, might not work on some devices)
- Picture quality setting (low/medium/high/ultra)
- Video bitrate selection (normal/2x)
- Video stabilization on/off (only 4.0)
- 720p face effects (only 4.0)
- Panorama mode and time-lapse video on Honeycomb tablets
I really recommend that you give this app a go as you might find it useful for your Android device particularly as there is nothing to loose (no cost involved!).
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