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February 9, 2018

Latest Essential Phone update finally adds Auto-HDR

by John_A

Eight months later, the Essential Phone finally has Auto-HDR.

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Ever since its launch in late May, the Essential Phone’s camera has been, well, a bit of a mess. While the camera hardware seemed awfully promising, the Essential Camera app was slow, buggy, and just a pain to use out of the box. Essential’s regularly been updating the app to provide the best possible experience, and the latest one finally adds Auto-HDR.

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Similar to most all phones, Auto-HDR will automatically capture a photo with the Essential Phone’s HDR mode if it detects that the current scene/subject would look better with it turned on. You’ve previously had to manually turn this on or off when using the Essential Camera app, and while it certainly would have been nice to have this from the get-go, I suppose it’s better late than never.

In addition to Auto-HDR, Essential says it’s added “a new HDR algorithm that improves camera performance and scene rendering.” Along with this, you can also expect “dynamic indicators” for HDR and Flash settings and a host of general stability improvements.

This update changes the Essential Camera’s version to 0.1.096.003, and it’s available to download from the Google Play Store now.

If you’ve got the update, have you noticed a substantial improvement in camera performance?

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