Snapdragon Camera with EIS for Redmi Note 5 Pro/Ai/China

Snapdragon Camera challenges Google Cam in producing high quality photos. Just like the Gcam, Snapdragon camera also features HDR photography.

According to Wikipedia, High dynamic range (HDR) is a dynamic range higher than what is considered to be standard dynamic range. The term is often used in discussing display devices, photography, 3D rendering, and sound recording including digital imaging and digital audio production.

In terms of novice photography, HDR simply means better pictures.

Snapdragon camera app is specially designed for Android devices powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. It makes use of the in-built image processing unit within the SoC.

Redmi Note 5 users (codename Whyred), including you, can use the app as an alternative to the ported Google Camera and Nokia Manual Pro camera.

Some of its key features include:

  • Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS)
  • 4K video recording resolution
  • True Portrait mode
  • Manual color adjustment (Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness, etc)
  • Slow-mo videos (Slow motion up to 120 fps)
  • White balance
  • Face detection technology
  • Time lapse
  • and so on.

Download Snapdragon Camera APK

You can download the app from direct links below. As for Redmi Note 5, we suggest you to use version 2 which is more compatible especially on Android 8.1 ROM.

File name :
Version 2.0.003 | 9595 downloads | Size: 7 MB

The version 3 is below, a courtesy of Amirzaidi.

File name :
Version 3.0-r2 | 9373 downloads | Size: 35 MB

How to install?

Simply download the APK file above on your device. Run the apk file to start installation. You may be asked to allow third-party app installation if this is your first time.

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Does it need root? Snapdragon camera does not require root access. It works on either with or without Camera2 API enabled. Nevertheless, a green error sometimes appear on users with no Camera2 API. Hence, we really suggest you to enable it.

Read: How to enable camera2 API on Redmi Note 5.

The interface of Snapdragon camera:

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One of fellow Mi Fans, Arshad549, shares a nice little trick to take the most out of this camera app:

  1. Open the Snapdragon camera app
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Turn on AUTO HDR
  4. Also activate 1x frame for HDR
  5. Adjust the Saturation level to 10
  6. Adjust the Sharpness level to 6
  7. Go to Advanced feature
  8. Activate True Portrait.

That way you can have a pretty good photos taken with the app.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Whyred (Pro India/AI Global/China) sports Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC which is a powerful chipset for a budget phone. Redmi Note 5 can use tha Snapdragon app flawlessly with Camera2 API enabled.

The Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) technology adds the plus value of the app. Recording video with the app produces stable videos without the need of gadget like DJI Osmo Mobile.

The app is not more awesome than Google Cam app but it provides just enough coolness to try.

Have you tried using the app? Is it good? Share your opinion with us.


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