Is there an Android camera app where I can choose a photo from my galery, give it a transparency percentage and then take a photo with the camera over that picture.

I have old photos from my city and want to take the same exact photo at the same place in the present.

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    Do you care about pricing? Commented May 31, 2014 at 7:36
  • Depends on the quality of the application and what it can do.
    – InfoStatus
    Commented May 31, 2014 at 10:05
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    Sounds a bit like Historypin – just not sure whether you'd like your photos "made public" (or whether the app also has a "private mode", as I'm not using it).
    – Izzy
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 6:10
  • That Historypin was more that I was asking for. Very nice idea. Unfortunately it's very buggy in my Nexus5, it crashes all the time. But if you post that as an answer I'll accept your answer. Maybe they'll improve the app in the future.
    – InfoStatus
    Commented Jun 5, 2014 at 11:37

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OpenCamera allows setting a "Ghost Image". You can either use a preconfigured image, or set it to use the previously taken image.

  • This was exactly what I was looking almost 7 years ago until now. Thank you Lukas!
    – InfoStatus
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 15:43

There are a few apps that do this that I use, but my favorite "all-rounder" is called Photo editor.

Just go to the option of text/image>image>change image then select the overlay photo then under settings (select the settings symbol) select that you want to show transparency and select the opacity you desire.

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    This does not look like you can take a picture over another one...
    – user416
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 11:00
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    I'm not sure if you followed my instructions, but once you take the photo you can then superimpose another photo on top of it. Then you can change the opacity. Obviously it's not "real time" but it allows you to do the job.
    – Digityogi
    Commented Jan 10, 2016 at 10:14
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    As the previous comment states, this does not allow you to take a photo while viewing a semi transparent picture so you can line up a before and after style photo which is what the OP is asking for,
    – Chris B
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 10:50

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