How to Increase Photo & Video Quality for Your HTC One M8's Camera
Although lacking in megapixels, the HTC One M8's camera can be considered a top-tier, flagship-level shooter. With the Duo Camera and UltraPixel technology behind it, it can make even the most inexperienced photographer snap pictures like a pro. There seems to be little missing for the average user, but for the more seasoned photographers, some of the standard settings may seem a bit too dumbed down.
To help ease that pain, Jishnu Sur has released his own modified camera app that promises to enhance the overall user experience of your M8's camera. Most of the changes added to Jishnu's Camera Mod are under the hood, but he did also add some extra features, which we'll get to later.
This mod is only for rooted M8s with a custom recovery, so without further delay, let's get started.
For undisclosed reasons, Jishnu Sur has been banned from XDA, so this mod has been removed. That means that if you're using a ROM that is currently unsupported, it's most likely going to stay that way.
However, I have updated the .zip files below to cover both 4.4.2 and 4.4.3 ROMs, so any errors should be solved. If you are unsure whether you are using a odexed or deodexed ROM, check the description of the ROM you are using. But, if you are using a 100% stock rooted M8, then you'll want the odexed version.
Jishnu's Camera is free to download, so go ahead and click the link below to get the file on your device, then reboot into your custom recovery. To do that, press and hold the Power and Volume Down for 15 seconds, then select Recovery from the bootloader menu.
For updated versions of the app, check on Jishnu's thread on XDA.
Once you're in TWRP, tap Install and select HTC One Cam V2 Final.zip from the list (unless you moved it, it'll be in your "Download" folder). After the install finishes, tap Reboot.
Jishnu's Camera replaces the stock camera app, so the layout is exactly the same. However, there will be the added bonus of having flash and self-timer added to the Burst scene mode. Along with that is better overall color reproduction in both regular and low-lighting conditions when using Normal, Auto, and HDR modes.
The sound quality has also been increased from 156 to 192 kbps when recording video, which means live music recordings will sound even better! Coupled with that is a switch to CBR, or "constant bit rate", of 35 Mbps for video recordings (but that also means an increase in overall video file sizes).
As mentioned earlier, most of the changes are not obvious, so check out the list below for a full breakdown.
- JPEG quality bumped to 95
- Added action scene
- Support for flash in EIS scene mode
- Added flash for Night mode
- Removed the fixed resolution limit for Panorama shots
- Flash support added for Panorama shots
- Self-timer support added for Panorama shots
- Support speed increase to 1/9000 and set the minimum shutter speed to 1/100
It will take some practice to get the best possible shots, but check out the sample shots for yourself to see the improvements.
If you want to go back to the stock camera app, all you have to do is download the .zip that matches your device, and flash it in recovery.
If you have any questions on any of this, drop me a line down below.