If you have an Android device running 4.4 KitKat, chances are you have a pretty solid camera on the back. To help you get the most out of it, today Google released Google Camera, a new app with a few new photography features to play around with.
Google Camera is the latest attempt at getting smartphone cameras to approximate DSLRs. One way that’s possible is with lens blur – using the new app, you can bring subjects tightly into focus, while blurring the background (like with the ever-popular bokeh effect). You can also change the subject of the shot after you’ve taken it and tinker with depth of field.
The viewfinder on Google Camera captures 100% of the scene you’re shooting, without dropping any pixels. Also, and boy does this need to be replicated, the shutter button is especially large, so you don’t need to fumble around so much trying to hit it. Panorama shots are better than ever, too, and Google is finally opening up Photo Sphere to everyone. Previously available only on Nexus devices, Photo Sphere takes panorama shots to the next level, creating a 360 degree image that you can look at in all directions, packing in as many as 50 MP.
Well, scratch that. Not available to everyone. As stated above, Google Camera will only run on Android 4.4 KitKat. But, Google has said that they’re working on bringing Google Camera to more devices in the next few months. That said, we’re not sure if that means earlier iterations of Android or other platforms like iOS. If your device is running KitKat, you can find Google Camera on Google Play as of today.