Good news, Android modders: The CyanogenMod (CM) team has just added HDR (High Dynamic Range) functionality to almost every rooted Android device that can run CyanogenMod 10.1. The team says that the stock CM camera app will enable HDR photography, similar to what's on a stock Nexus 4, to capture more life like photos or (depending on your style) extremely surreal photographs.
In this HDR mode, you can take a quick three-shot burst of photos—one neutral, one overexposed, and the last one underexposed. The software takes over from there and processes the three images into one composite that captures everything that might have otherwise been overblown or stuck in dark shadows.
The developer warns that the HDR functionality may not work on every device that can run CM10.1, but the team also says that if your device is a relatively new midrange-to-high-end device with a decent sensor and optics—as well as Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL)—you should be all right.
There are a couple of additional ground rules you’ll want to follow to get the best HDR photos. Since the camera needs to take three images, we recommend that you set it on a stable base or a tripod to prevent any inadvertent camera movement. This sort of restriction also makes it practically unusable to capture any moving object. Also, note that when the final photo is processed, the camera app automatically deletes the original three images.
Anyway, have fun shooting and let us know if it works for you in the comments below.
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