If you're not a fan of your phone's stock camera app for its lack of vintage polaroid filters, you probably have come across Camera ZOOM FX at some point or another. It's pretty popular, but since the introduction of Android 4.0, its UI has looked a little dated. Today, that changed - along with over 20 new features, ZOOM FX is sporting a brand-new look. Check it out.

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I'm not going to list all the new features here (because let's face it, a filter is not a feature, it's a filter), but here are some of the highlights:

  • New UI / performance enhancements (hardware acceleration)
  • Portrait mode
  • Adjust brightness, exposure, ISO, light metering
  • Horizon and stability indicators
  • Golden spiral grid
  • New UI for photo timer
  • Pinch digital zoom
  • Gallery mode
  • XHDPI support
  • Customizable actions
  • Facebook sharing

That's a lot of stuff. Now, I was playing with this new version, and for the most part, was pretty wowed by what androidslide (the developer) has accomplished. But I did notice a problem on three separate phones I tested: continuous auto-focus is totally broken. I'm not sure if it was in earlier versions, but if not, it's desperately needed. Without continuous AF (or at least tap-to-focus), using a smartphone camera is kind of a pain. Anyway, if you haven't bought it as part of the many sales it's been in, it's probably worth paying for anyway, this is a great app that just got greater.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Dominic Powell

    It seems as if most the edits that the android devs had in their weekly dev videos were added to camera zoom fx. There are a few parts that still need to be addressed, Like thr rounded corner text overlays could look mor Roboto... but aside from that it looks great.

  • aNYthing6

    They actually suggested a lot these changes on the Android Developer app clinic every week. Props to the dev for putting them into place.

    • YBinnenweg

      +1 on that, I was waiting for this update, the UI they made in the Android Developer app clinic was really good. Glad it's there now!

      And speaking of the AF, I have the same problem on my Galaxy Nexus, it should have tap-to-focus imo, in combination with support for zero shutter lag if possible!

    • Djones

      Acc to androidslide, they were actually working on their own redesign and since they liked Roman Nurki's work (he is credited in the settings) they decided to integrate it into their redesign. I'm very happy that they did.

  • Bruiser

    Lame that AP hasn't mentioned the Android Dev channel on YouTube and how useful it is for devs. Without them you probably wouldn't have seen these changes. Someone didn't do their homework.

    • Abhigyan Banerjee

      That's a bit harsh. The folks here at AP do more homework that 90% of the other Android blogs put together.

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    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      If we watched every Android Dev channel YT video we'd barely have time for the rest of the news. Also, most of us aren't developers, and really have no interest in watching near hour-long developer workshop videos. Sorry you feel we didn't "do our homework."

  • Nigel Wong

    The autofocus is performed when you hit the camera button. But yeah it would be nice to have touch to focus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

    So I bought Camera Zoom FX, along with Paper Camera, when they were 25 cents during the sale, but now Camera Zoom FX only will show up as purchased on my phone and not my other devices or online, and Paper Camera shows up as installed on both of my devices, but not online.

    Does anyone else have this problem?

    • Nigel Wong

      did you sign in to your google account on your browser and other devices? Or you used a different account to purchase Camera Zoom Fx?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

        Same exact account on my phones and my browser. Someone effed up somewhere along the line.

        • http://psychopyko.com pyko

          I also bought Camera Zoom + Paper Camera during a sale and both of them show up online and on m device (only have one device thought).

          I've had issues with the online list being incorrect (missing items etc) though that seems to be better now.

          What happens when you try to install Camera Zoom on your other device?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

            It tries to charge me for them,

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

            It tries to charge me for it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    Is this worth it HTC One/EVO LTE users? (I'll toss CM10/ MIUI users in the mix too)

    • http://chrisbauer.org Chris Bauer

      I prefer HTC's camera app over the old version of Camera Zoom FX, haven't tried the newer one. HTC's app has great HDR, panorama, touch to focus, and good enhancement effects that make images look better in a more natural way, rather than crazy filterzz. The Camera app is about the only thing I like about Sense, but it's pretty great and the camera is important to me.

  • http://twitter.com/brk3 Paul Bourke

    Might as well plug my own redesign, Glimmr was featured on the same androiddevelopers session as Camera Zoom FX, just added the last of Nick Butcher's suggestions over the weekend :3 If anyone's interested: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bourke.glimmr

  • Pedro

    no touch to focus? lol

  • garychencool

    Wow, this is a full fledged redesign, I'll give this a try today.

  • Matthew Fry

    Haven't used this in a while but I'm willing to take another look. The no-lag camera sometimes bugs out and doesn't focus and sometimes takes really crappy photos. I'd much rather the system autofocus the moment I press the button.

  • Aku

    Finally - about time! Looks good, just updated!

  • Ant2206

    What I love most about my HTC One stock photo app is that you can rapid-fire photos. Taptaptaptaptap, then pick the best out of five. Before I purchase, can someone let me know whether that functionality will carry over to ZOOM FX?

  • http://twitter.com/NeverEndingXsin NeverEndingXsin

    If they add continuous focus, and zero shutter lag shooting then ill be sold. Until then, it'll stay in my purchased app's since i got it for 10 cents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angel-Hernandez/1404427127 Angel Hernandez

    Just downloaded it, it's pretty damn good. It's puts any other camera app to shame, and it takes full advantage of my aging EVO's 8MP sensor.