A friend with a not-so-modern Android 5 phone needs to take good pictures of her rooms with large windows.

Problem: Pictures she took with the stock camera app have the inside of the room very dark, and the windows showing outside very bright.

As the stock camera does not do HDR, she needs an HDR app. I have tried the highest-voted HDR apps, they only do post-processing on a single frame. What user-friendly free app does real HDR?

  • As usual, you can find some candidates in my list – but I must admit never having used any of the HDR cam apps. For HDR, I used A Better Camera (the Pro version) in the past, but that's not free. For HDR, it takes 3 photos and combines them (as one usually does for HDR: under-exposed, normal, over-exposed), results are quite good. Need to check whether Open Camera offers that as well (if you dig a bit deeper than "surface names" you'll find it's the same developer). – Izzy May 22 '20 at 7:15

Thanks Izzy for the tip, Open Camera indeed has a HDR mode which is real HDR. You can actually see the app take 3 pictures (under-exposed, normal, over-exposed) one after the other. In the settings you can even set the app to save all 3 in addition to the HDR result, if you want to.

Here is how to enable HDR mode:

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In the result, you can see that the bottom of the picture is not too dark (compare with bottom left of the non-HDR screenshot above), despite the direct sun at the top of the picture:

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Open Camera is free and open source.

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