Digital cameras are great, except when you want to take a series of photos in rapid succession. You might want to take an action shot at a sporting event, capture your pet dog jumping for a Frisbee, or something similar. You need a camera that can capture that split second with a high degree of accuracy. High-Speed Camera, a free app for Android phones, is designed just for this type of situation.
To capture an action shot at exactly the right moment using the phone’s camera requires a lot of luck with most devices because it can take a second or two to get ready to take a photo, then after you have taken one, it can take another second before the next one can be taken. You’ll be lucky to get two shots and even luckier if you happen to capture the action.
High-Speed Camera takes multiple photos at a rate of up to 30 a second and this means that you can start taking shots from just before the action starts and stop when it is all over. With 30 frames per second you can’t miss the action. Afterwards you can review all the images and select the ones to save.
The app didn’t create an immediate good impression because there are so many buttons and the function of some of them are not obvious. The large button on the right is the one used to take photos, but instead of tapping it, you press and hold. The app takes photos for as long as you press it.
The images are 1920 x 1080 pixels on my Samsung Galaxy S4, which probably isn’t a coincidence that it is HD video resolution. I suspect that the app is really shooting an HD video and presenting the individual frames as photos, rather than taking high speed photos. It’s certainly not the 13 megapixels that the camera is capable of.
This is a limitation to be aware of, but if you are only going to post your photos on the web, then 1920 x 1080 pixel images are fine. There are few monitors that have a higher resolution than this and services like Facebook automatically resize large photos anyway.
The app isn’t perfect and if the subject is coming towards you or you move the phone while shooting, such as panning, you get a lot of blur. The shutter speed is probably quite low. Despite this, it is your best bet if you want to capture fast action. You could get your dog to repeatedly jump for a Frisbee until you get a normal photo that’s spot on, but you can’t ask the players in a sporting event to repeat a goal/touchdown because you missed it the first time on your camera. In some situations High Speed Camera is your only option.
There are lots of settings, such as manual or auto focus, an option to turn the LED light on, a choice of front or back cameras, and single, slow or fast photo mode3. Photos can be saved to the library and you can select the ones you want and discard the rest. There are a few image effects, such as basic filters. A fun feature is the ability to turn a series of high speed shots into an animated gif and then save it to the gallery. It could then be uploaded to a blog or web page or sent in an email.
The app does the best it can with the hardware and that is all you can ask of it. It is recommended.
Title: High Speed Camera
Size: 2.6 MB
- Written by Roland Waddilove
- Created: 10 April 2014