Magic ViewFinder for Android

FAQ: Android

Q: I have an Ultra Wide camera in my smartphone but the app still uses just Wide Camera. How can I go Ultra Wide?

The app is capable of manual selection of the numerous cameras onboard.
If you haven’t already you can make the selection button visible by going to:

Menu > Settings    — and enable “Icon to switch front and back cameras”

You will have an icon (camera-like) on the screen. Press the icon to switch cameras. Please note that you may need to calibrate (Calibrate menu option) the wide camera, if you notice some error in the field view.

 

Q: I have only a couple of primes that I use. How can I setup the app for this?

You edit the Rotation Wheel to contain only the primes you have (by pressing + or – within the yellow pointer-triangle).

If you have different sets of primes you can easily switch between the Packages by a long-press on the menu icon (but be sure you have enabled the Packages feature in the Settings menu).

Update 2.0.5 is released: new design and new features

I released new upgrade several days ago. It’s a new day, it’s a new design!

New 2.0 design
New 2.0 design

New features of the app:

– new Material-like design

– absolutely new wheel of focal lengths, with sticky most common values

– mostly clean preview picture, a lot of tech info has gone to the new upper info panel

– the booster/converter button has disappeared, you can apply / dis-attach the optical adapter in the main menu

– all menu has gone under the app icon in the upper right corner

– there is an option now to completely turn off the frame guides.

If you have any suggestions for the app, please feel to contact me at:
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Update 1.8.4 is rolling out: Canon and Nikon

In this update users will jave:

– indication of android device/camera orientation: skew and pitch – green digits in the upper left corner

Camera orientation indicators (upper left corner)
Camera orientation indicators (upper left corner)

– indication of current lens data (focal length and booster / converter) in the center of the screen while scrolling the wheel.

This update will spill over other versions in the nearest days.

Update 1.8.3 rolled out to all versions

Now the 1.8.3 update is with all cameras. The main features of this update:

– auto focus switch

– better display of anamorphic lenses.

More details about this update in this post.

What is coming next, you may wonder? There are several things I’m working on:

– geo tagging of photos

– showing the position of the camera (tilt, skew) when the shot is done

– improved interface.

If you have any suggestions for the app, please feel to contact me at:
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Magic ViewFinder update 1.8.3: AF switcher

Today an update was posted for Canon and Nikon ViewFinder app. The main new feature is an auto focus switcher. It is placed in the right bottom corner of the main window and is used to turn on / off the auto focus of the viewfinder.

AF-switcher

In general, Magic ViewFinder uses the central area to focus constantly with a moderate speed (non-aggressive AF, as Google describes it). So if you need to shift the focus from the central part of the frame, use AF switch.

NOTE: AF switch may behave in different ways on some Android devices. If you think you see such behavior, please report to me.

This new feature will spill over to other versions, including Universal, very soon.

Also the update 1.8.3 has improved display of non-(16:9) frames, especially in situations where the the lens view is wider than the view of the Android-device camera. Those using the anamorphic setups will appreciate the improvements.