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HD Camera

by Pythion
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)

Price: $0.99
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What's new in version 4.2
  • Support added for the Kindle Fire HDX

Product Details

  • ASIN: B009VSW15Y
  • Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • THE ORIGINAL Camera and Camcorder app for the Kindle Fire HD
  • Simple Time Delay Camera
  • Online Camera Manual
  • Simple way to take pictures with the kindle fire HD.
  • Easy links to Photos and Personal Videos
  • Contact Us link to email developer for support
  • Help screens for common problems

Product Description

HD Camera - THE ORIGINAL, most complete, and best supported camera app for the Kindle Fire HD. Beware of imitations! TimerCam - a simple to use time delay camera for group photos. The app now has help screens and a user manual for the camera. Plus other features such as the ability to contact the developer from within the app, and quick links to the Built-in Kindle Camera app and Photos to make managing content easier.

There is a new Labs section for experimental features.

***NOTE*** 1080p mode may be unstable - use at your own risk. Please use 720p mode instead. If the video camera crashes after setting to 1080p go into the main settings of your Kindle (swipe down from top and click on "More) then go to Applications, Installed Applications, Camera. Click on "Force Stop" then on "Clear Data" and restart your Kindle.

Technical Details

  • Size: Varies by device (207.1KB - 218.4KB)
  • Version: 4.2
  • Developed By: Pythion
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Required to be able to access the camera device
    • Write to external storage
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • Minimum Operating System: Varies by device
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 10 seconds

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4,960 of 5,495 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Accessing camera on Kindle Fire HD without this app December 2, 2012
By Chandra
You don't need this app to access the camera on your Kindle Fire HD. Camera can be accessed without the paid app for taking basic pictures using the front-facing camera:

- On the home screen, select "Photos" from top menu (slide that menu line right to left in portrait mode, Photos appears between Web and Docs).

- On the "Photos" screen, you will see a camera icon at top-right of your screen. Select that camera icon.

- On the camera screen, you will see a shutter icon across the long-edge of the screen (on the side where the front-facing camera is located). Click that shutter icon when you are ready to take a picture using the front-facing camera.

- To view pictures taken using the camera from home screen, select Photos from home screen and click on the folder named Camera.

Hope this helps.
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1,620 of 1,839 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds Video to Kindle Fire HD November 28, 2012
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One of the things missing from the Kindle Fire HD was video recording. This app allows the Fire HD to record video, and still photos as well. It records stills better than the other still cam apps for the Fire HD. Video quality is OK for web video clips, but it's a little grainy in low light (the camera's limitation, not the app's.) Still, it's good enough for the intended purpose. A must-have for two bucks.

After downloading the app, it took a day for it to be activated even though it says instant use, and even then, I wasn't sure how to get it into the Kindle (I've added other apps successfully without issue, and this one uses a different, more complicated, not well documented procedure.) Once installed, it worked as advertised.

The user interface is a little cumbersome at first, until you notice that the initial menu can be turned off, allowing instant access to the camera. Manual controls are available for white balance and resolution modes. This app was designed to work up to 1080 HD on other devices, but the Kindle itself only works up to 720 HD. If you set it at 1080, it will lock up the app, requiring a roundabout procedure to reset the camera. At 480mode, the image is OK but the audio is too compressed. The default 720 mode works perfectly for video and audio.

Granted, this app should have been included with the Fire in the first place, as I was unaware that video could even be recorded until I found this app. Including this low cost app would undoubtedly add value to to Kindle Fire, and I am sure would open the market for sales of the device even more than it already is. Or at least have it available as an option. For two bucks, it's well worth adding the video capability to the Fire.
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3,395 of 3,869 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The camera works November 18, 2012
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I agree with the reviews I have seen that argue that the program to make the camera work should have been included with the product. I think that the reason the camera faces the person using the computer is so that people can communicate with pictures with others. I have not yet learned that skill. So far I have taken one picture of someone on the other side of the table from me but that is a rather awkward process. How much more money would it have cost to put a camera on both sides so that with a tap of the screen the person using the computer could take a picture of themselves and with a tap of of a different spot on the screen the person using the computer could take a picture of something that they are looking at?
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5,641 of 6,434 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Works fine but should be included November 21, 2012
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Amazon, why are you so cheap that you make a customer who spends several hundred dollars on a tablet buy this app to be able to use their camera? It should be included. Bad, Amazon. Bad.
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1,879 of 2,143 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much for a free app... November 5, 2012
It's on the description. This app just unlocks the hidden camera app on the device.
You can do the same thing using a free app called ES File Explorer. Search for it on Amazon AppStore, install it and search for instructions on YouTube.
There's no need to pay $1.99 for something you've already paid for and you can access it for free. Just my 2 cents.

PS. If you happen to find a bug in this app, don't try contacting the developer. I'm not so sure he can do something about it...
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134 of 149 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good on the Kindle Fire HD... November 6, 2012
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.... so long as you remember the KFHD only has a 1.3MP camera so 'HD' will be HD of images produced with a 1.3MP camera - in other words, a bit grainy, but this app does seem to capture images and video adequately.

The only problem is when I transfer the videos to my PC they only play correctly in Quick Time - even then the short test video I made was a bit jerky. In VLC and in Windows Media Player the test video content I shot played upside down. I know the developer reads these comments so if he can fix I'll update my review and up the star rating.

Overall, recommended!

UPDATE 26 Nov 2012

Vastly improved since the developer updated the app a couple of weeks ago. This app now makes the camera on the KFHD really useful. I'll update again when I have more time. Thanks to the developer who listens to his customers :)
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100 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I am still tring to understand it. November 27, 2012
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I cannot find any detailed instructions about the camera. I am learning it on my own but I felt that somewhere there would be an instructional manual about the operation of the Kindle. I am really disapointed that there are no simple clear instructions that come with the Kindle of any of the aps.
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