How To: Install the Sony Xperia Z2 Camera on Any Android Phone for AR Effects, Motion Shots, & More

Install the Sony Xperia Z2 Camera on Any Android Phone for AR Effects, Motion Shots, & More

One of the most feature-packed camera suites out there resides on the Sony Xperia Z2. Along with the regular camera and video modes, it comes with Motiongraph, AR Effect, and Social Live.

Up until now, most of these features were exclusive to the Xperia Z2, but XDA user Vipul Verma has successfully ported them to work with pretty much any device running Android 4.1 and above.

You will need a custom recovery to flash this camera, so make sure you have that and an unlocked bootloader.

Step 1: Getting Your Phone Ready

Before we flash the new camera, make a backup. When you install this hack, it will add a few files to your system, so if anything goes wrong, you will need to reinstall the backup—this can easily be done from TWRP -> Backup.

Step 2: Downloading the Zip

Download the linked .zip file below, and once it has finished, reboot into recovery.

Step 3: Wiping Your Cache Partitions

Once you boot into TWRP, tap Wipe, then select Cache and Dalvik Cache. Now that your device is clean, you are ready to install.

Step 4: Flashing the Camera

Tap Install, select the .zip file you downloaded, and Swipe to Confirm Flash. Tap the option to Wipe Dalvik/Cache after the flash is complete, then hit Reboot.

Step 5: Using the Xperia Z2 Smart Social Camera Features

There will not be a unified icon for all of the different camera modes, but you can open each of them individually from your app drawer. You can also put the Xperia Camera Widget on any home screen for quicker access to four of the different camera modes.

Social Live

Social Live is an easy way to broadcast your life to your Facebook friends. It links to your Facebook profile and can post a live-stream video directly to your wall. You can also select which friends can watch your stream—all you have to do is tap the gear icon by your profile picture and select who you want to give access to.

Because of the "broadcasting" aspect, this feature will eat away at your data, so be sure to only use it while on Wi-Fi if you have a limited data plan.

AR Effect & AR Effect for Line

This is by far my favorite camera mode. AR Effects adds augmented reality capabilities to your camera. There a few different overlays you can add to your shots, but the great thing about them is that they move and interact with the environment.

AR Effect for Line only works with the rear-facing camera, but AR Effect works for both. Line is specifically for the Kawaii characters, but AR Effects supports everything from dinosaurs to butterflies. For even more themes, update the app through Google Play and tap the Get More option from the scene selection section.

Motionshot & Motiongraph

Motionshot and Motiongraph are already standalone apps, but why pay for something that you can get for free, right? Motionshot records a short video, then stitches the different frames together to make a photo showing the progression of the figure moving in the photo.

Motiongraph, on the other hand, records a video and allows you to select a few sections of it that will continue moving, leaving the rest completely still. For a better understanding of what that means, check out the video breakdown above.

Wikitude Places

Wikitude Places is sort of like Yelp Monocle, but instead of showing you only restaurants, this app also includes sights, hotels, events, and more. You will need to grant the app access to your location data to get accurate results, so be sure that location services enabled.

Image via Wikitude Places Google Play Page

Background Defocus is also included, but is broken on many devices (including my OnePlus One), so I would stick with Google Camera for that feature. The dev has stated that he does plan on porting more features over, so keep checking back to stay up to date!

97 Comments

thank you very much this worked fine without any problems on my htc one x

do we have time burst effect

Nope. That app still hasn't been ported.

is it working on xperia c ?

I m on note3 how can i add additional areffects pls suggest

You should be able to download more by updating the app and tapping Get More from the filter select screen.

This mean I have to root my device

hi andrew. i am yet to try this. will this app (being flashed) replace my stock camera? Or will my stock cam app not affected.

You will have both the stock and Sony camera after flashing this.

Hi. I need help. I flashed it correctely following the tutorial. Apps and widget are present but when I log my phone on, it shows me that message: "Unfortunatly, camera common has stopped" and when I try to open camera app or one of other apps installed with it, I get that message: " Camera not available".

How to fix that issue?
I'm using Xperia ion (LT28H), Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 official room.
Thanks

Hi, i need help. I followed your procedure correctly but its not working. Once I try to launch the camera, it displays an error message saying 'cant connect to camera'.

I am using Xperia P(LT22i). Custom Rom, Android KitKat 4.4.4.

is it compatible with touchwiz ? I am using Note 2. Was wondering if i could flash it ?

It should work. Try it out and let me know.

Thank you very much, Andrew. I tried it yesterday and it's working on my LG G2 without any problem.

However, today I have tried to scan the downloaded .zip on virustotal and one of the virus search engines (kingsoft) detects an unknown virus. I assume it is a false positive given your reputation on this site and the fact that all other engines (and two different antivirus on my phone) report it to be clean.

Please confirm it is 100% safe (as I guess, but I don't know where this false positive can come from). Thank you very much for your great work and Merry Christmas..

It is most likely a false positive.

Hello andrew
There is an error in my sony experia z
CAMERA NOT AVAILBLE
what should i do now...

Which device/android version are you using?

Sony xperia z c6603
Kitkat 4.4.4

Sony xperia z c6603
Kitkat 4.4.4

Can it will be work in micromax A114..

I am not sure, but if it is running Android 4.1 or above it should.

Thank you very much Andrew, I am using Note 2 if I flash thes , my stock camera it stell work or not . And thank you again ..^^

Yes, your original camera will still work 100%.

Thank you for your response. I installed the program successfully, but when open the program and click on AR Effect the program Closing force .. please help me ..im using note 2 Custom Rom, Android KitKat 4.4.2

_ Andrew,please help I flashed again and it's not working _

Use this link to download a different Xperia Camera zip that should work on Samsung devices.

Hi. Tnx for this awesome feature. Please help me as I also encounter force close. Did exactly like tutorial, but apps force close. Also tried update

play store but nothing there. Downloaded different AR apk only but canot update, device is not compatible on playstore. Please help. HuaweiP8

Andrew how do you update the app. I have note 2 with custom ROM I cant update it in play store. It says its incompatible with my device.

Thanks andrew i will try it now. But should I delete tha old one or Gast flashing ..

it's not working to I flashed and The same problem exists when I press on the image of the dinosaur in the ar Effects The program closes, I lost hope man , is there another solution ?

Hi Andrew finally the program worked well because I updated him from google Play

my phone vertion 4.1.2 plzz help not install :(

plz any1 help me my phone vrtion 4.1.2 this zip not install
XperiaZ2SmartSocialCamera

Try updating the app through the Play Store and see if that fixes your issue.

I have a nexus 5 running 5.0.1, will this work on my deivice?
Really wanna try this out :)

I'm not sure, try it out and let me know.

Is it working on LG G3 running cm12?

I am not sure. Try it and let me know.

Does this enhance my camera?

I use Yu Yureka which has a Sony Exmor RS IMX135 sensor on it. The same sensor is being used by mobile phones like Samsung Galaxy A5, Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G2, Lenovo Vibe Z etc. And I am not getting the same quality . All these days, I've been looking for the ways to enhance my camera quality especially the colour reproduction of images which is no where near the Sony Devices inspite of having sony Lens.

It may improve the quality. Try it out and let me know!

Did it improve the colour reproduction in your one plus one? I don't need all those artificial effects, I only need greater colour reproduction (good dynamic range). Is there any difference between the colours of images taken by the stock Cyanogenmod camera and Sony Z2 Camera? Can you attach images showing the difference(It will be very helpful)?

I've personally gotten the best results from the ColorOS camera on my OPO.

Can I install that using CWM instead of TWRP or is TWRP madatory?(Sorry for these noob questions, I am a beginner)

This app is of no use for me now as I read on Xda that the superior auto mode and manual mode don't work. I don't need all the extra-effects. I only need the kind of colons which sony/Samsung takes.

How to update the app from play store its incompatible and doesnt show in myapps list??

If the apps are already installed on your device they should be available to update through the Play Store as long as you are running a compatible Android version.

AR effects are not available for my device that is note 2 with custom rom running 4.4.4. I have installed it using the procedure given but I still cant see it in my apps in play store to update it. Though I can see vine in my apps. How to download more AR effects since I am not getting the get more or plus sign in the effect window.

Your issue is most likely being caused by a conflict with your ROM.

Please help. I had another version of this flashed on my Z2 running CM11, but none of it worked. I was in no rush to fix this as the existing camera app still functioned fine. However, after flashing this zip, no app that uses the camera will work. Either it force quits immediately upon opening, or I receive an error message saying "Can't connect to the camera" Thank you in advance for any help.

If you followed this guide you should have made a backup before installing so just flash the restore file and everything will be fixed.

only the motion app opens up for me the others i get only error message when i click on them
i really want the ar effects !!
i did every step you said and i've the galaxy S4

does it work on cm12 5.0.2 version ROM?????

i'm installed in a moto g cm12.1 it show only
'unfortunately camera common has stopped"

how to rectify the error. i can't do any thing because of showing error

That is an error based off the ROM you are using. This app is only intended for stock/near stock ROMs, so it can be a hit or miss on CyanogenMod ROMs.

Nope, it is set to touch to focus.

How to install on xperia sl t26i? plx reply

Is your device have an unlocked bootloader and TWRP set as the recovery?

Oops Not Working.

I flashed it on my redmi 1s (4.4.4) as said in instruction. But after restaring device nome of the four apps working. Even my stock Mi camera also not working. Only it showing the blcack screen.

Try going back into TWRP's Wipe menu and clearing the Cache and Dalvik Cache. If it is still not working after that you will need to restore the nandroid you created prior to flashing.

Hi! When im click flash now. My tablet is restart.. And recovery mode. Im click to reboot now button and when my tablet is started nothing new app...

is it work with samsung galaxy s advance

I do not have access to that device so I cannot say for sure, but if you do plan on trying it out be sure to make a back up through TWRP first.

i am using yu yureka running 5.0.2 rooted and unlocked bootloader will this app work with my phone ?????/

It should work, but make a nandroid before trying it out.

did this work on elephone p2000 mtk6592 ?

does this works on Xperia tx lt 29i and on cm 12.1

it says signature verification failed what to do

Are you using the latest version of TWRP to flash it?

Hey man i believed it couldn't work on my device I have a sg core dos duos (sm-g355m) with a stock rom kk 4.4.2, I followed all the steps and wow it works very well, thanks so much !!

It may work, but make a nandroid before attempting.

hello will it works on samsung galaxy s3 neo GT-I9301I

It may work, but make a nandroid before attempting.

Hi . I just flashed your zip on my Micromax canvas spark deoxed rom running lollipop when I open camera it unfortunately stopped pls tell what to do

It is most likely incompatible with your ROM

Can it work in nexus 6 rooted

It should work, but just in case make a nandroid through TWRP before flashing.

Can it will be work on Xperia E1

It should work, but just in case make a nandroid through TWRP before flashing.

i flashed following your steps and now it is giving an error "Unfortunately camera common has stopped." i am using samsung galaxy SM G361H lollipop 5.1.1 rooted

Hii ! Andrew I'm useing Samsung galaxy j5 and android version 5.1
So can I use this in my divice
And any method you have use this cemara without root thanx you

Hi. Tnx for this awesome feature. Please help me as I also encounter force close. Did exactly like tutorial, but apps force close. Also tried update play store but nothing there. Downloaded different AR apk only but canot update, device is not compatible on playstore. Please help. HuaweiP8

i need uninstall.zip on this...

I Flashed Z2 Camera on CN3(AOSP ROM 6.0)
But none of this app working....
I want to now How to Unflash this?

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