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.
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.
Download the linked .zip file below, and once it has finished, reboot into recovery.
Once you boot into TWRP, tap Wipe, then select Cache and Dalvik Cache. Now that your device is clean, you are ready to install.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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!
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