OnePlus One gets ColorOS camera app with 4K recording, 50MP image capture

The One's built-in camera app doesn't do its 13MP sensor justice. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of  Android

The One’s built-in camera app doesn’t do its 13MP sensor justice. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The default camera app that’s baked into the OnePlus One’s CyanogenMod 11S software doesn’t do its 13-megapixel sensor much justice, so many use a third-party alternative. Now there’s another that could better than anything you’ll find in Google Play.

It’s the default camera app from ColorOS, and it brings features like 4K video recording, the ability to capture 50-megapixel photos, and support for the RAW image format.

When it comes to features, the One’s default CameraNext app isn’t exactly lacking. It has everything you want from a built-in camera app and more, including slow-motion recording, burst mode, and the ability to alter its shutter speed.

But CameraNext can be difficult to use, and it doesn’t always produce good images. Another alternative now available for the One is the default camera from ColorOS, the operating system that ships on One handsets sold in China.

The ColorOS camera boasts features like Beauty Face, which automatically enhances selfies; After Focus, which lets you refocus images after they’ve been taken; GIF animation, which lets you quickly create GIFs; and RAW image capture.

The ColorOS camera app. Screenshots: AndroidBeat

The ColorOS camera app. Screenshots: AndroidBeat

The app also offers an “expert mode,” RAW image capture, a super macro mode, the ability to capture photos with audio — like on Samsung Galaxy handsets — and ColorOS’s trademark 50-megapixel photo feature.

But there are some caveats.

This isn’t an official release — it’s a third-party port — so it’s not completely flawless. For now, it’s considered a beta because some things don’t work as intended. For example, you can only use so many plugins at once, and some users have run into issues saving their snaps.

But “BOOTMGR” of the XDA Developers forum is quickly ironing out the issues that arise, so it shouldn’t be too long before the app is stable. If you’d like to try it out before then, you can download the APKs you’ll need from the original thread via the source link below.

The APKs can be installed just like any other Android app, so you do not need root access.