HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Dynamic Range can be termed as the ratios between the smallest and largest values of color, contrast, and brightness. HDR technology allows for the production of crisp and clear displays where lighter and darker shades are further apart, with the result being of a higher contrast.
HDR cameras are becoming increasingly common in Android-operated smartphones. They have been implemented in brands like Samsung, Nexus, Huawei, and Sony among others. So how do you find and use this feature on your Android phone?
On high-end Samsung smartphones, the HDR option is found under the Shooting Mode Menu. On other Galaxy cameras, HDR is under a different name, Rich Tone. It can be accessed via the Smart Modes menu.
When using HDR mode in Samsung, the phone produces two images, the HDR image, and the Standard image. The HDR image is brighter and has ‘HDR’ in its file name.
LG has been a leader in HDR technology, and their smartphones introduced some of the best HDR modes to the market. To capture HDR photos in LG devices, first, open the general camera mode and then tap the Settings icon. You will now get an option to activate HDR.
To launch HDR simply open the camera mode. On the viewfinder screen, tap the 3 horizontal buttons, and more camera options will show up. Under Auto, find HDR and tap it. You can also use the HDR mode in HTC to record a video.
Huawei has quite a number of modes that you can use with the camera. These modes are easily accessible, and in the Huawei P10, you just need to slide them in. Among these modes is the HDR. Just slide it, and it will become active.
In Google Nexus, you just need to open the Camera mode. There’s a ‘Scenes’ button near the Shutter button. Tap it, and the first mode is HDR.
With Google Pixel, HDR is a core function of the Camera, and so Google recommends keeping it unless shooting fast moving objects. It’s usually auto, on always.
Lenovo has the HDR button in the main Camera Mode screen. It is on the top left side of the screen. Tap it, and it changes the color to yellowish when on. You can disable it using the same button.
Xiaomi Cameras are mostly simple in appearance. The Camera mode screen has only 2 buttons on the top side of the screen. The HDR mode is usually availed in a button placed at the right top part of the screen. When off, it has a crossed line.
In Motorola, open the Viewfinder in the Camera Mode and choose Modes. You will see an HDR option. To take a photo, you may need to touch the screen to focus on the area where you want to look at the most detail. The HDR mode will remain till you select a different mode or exit the Camera app.
Sony has HDR for both Photos and Videos. Both are available in the Normal Camera and Video Mode respectively. All you have to do is tap ‘HDR.' When it’s off, it usually has an ‘X’ sign.
In older Xperia phones, the mode can be activated via ‘Settings.’
OnePlus 3 had a bug in the HDR Mode, but they fixed it with the Oneplus 3T. There are 3 HDR modes here, with Auto HDR. Auto HDR is usually on by default just like in the Pixels, and you can turn it On or Off from the top right side of the Camera Mode Screen. You can then choose to tap an image where you want more details.
The HDR mode works like magic, especially where there is a vast contrast between the lightest and the darkest parts of an image. However, it has one downside, HDR takes longer to produce a picture than the Normal mode. This is because of the successive images that are taken and merged. It is also not suitable for fast moving objects. Otherwise, turn on HDR on your Camera App and enjoy the sheer beauty!
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