Feb 29, 2012
Sony Digital Network Applications is back with another photography application for Android, and this one is designed to help users get that perfect shot. What Pick Pic is designed to do is to help alleviate the difficulties that come from shutter lag, by taking 11 photos in rapid-fire order, saving the median photo to the phone, then allowing users to save any and all of the other frames manually. The uses include taking shots of moving objects, to help improve the chances of getting a clear shot, taking a photo of someone’s face without them blinking, and just for any photo, where a subtle difference in frames may lead to a better photo. This is the kind of trick that high-end photographers use to get good shots, and it is available in a form for Android users.
This is a unique solution to the problem of taking motion photographs. This can help compensate for slow shutter speeds on many phone cameras, helping to improve the quality of shot taken. It’s great for high-motion shots, or for situations where trying to catch that one perfect moment would be best. The “Say Cheese!” button is just endearing, if not this app’s vestigial organ, because getting people ready for a photo isn’t really necessary with an app like this.
The app does not perform particularly well on the Samsung Captivate, with long delays after hitting the shutter button, making it unclear as to just when the photos are being taken. On the more capable Motorola Xoom, the app flickers when using the rear camera, and the camera view is distorted in both views, although photos are taken much more quickly. These may be Ice Cream Sandwich-specific issues.
Pick Pic is a creative solution to a problem with smartphone platforms, and despite some problems, it’s an interesting solution to try out.