Advanced Camera

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NOTE: Versions 0.9.5 and above are available in the sailfishos:chum repository

Advanced Camera (aka piggz-o-vision) is a community camera application for sailfish devices which utilises the latest features in 3.0.2 to query/set parameters supported by the device.

Allows full control over:

  • Effects
  • Exposure/scene modes
  • Focus mode
  • Resolution
  • White Balance
  • Flash mode
  • ISO

Currently selected parameters are displayed on the buttons where possible.

Tapping the screen sets the focus circle when in Auto/Macro/Continuous

Hold the shutter button to focus and take an image when in Auto/Macro/Continuous focus mode, other modes take an instant image.

Exposure mode will typically provide a HDR mode for taking HDR images.

Known Issues:

  • XA2 cant take HDR photos, this will be fixed in a future SFOS-X release
Application versions: 


  • Continuour-focus fixes from @llelectronics
  • Meta-data additions from Lukáš Karas


  • Revert a change that broke getting the viewfinder resoltuion on startup


  • Added support for 4.1 Multi-camera (thanks @llelectronics)


  • Added aarch64 package


  • Add settings for audio/video bitrate
  • Hide menus that are empty becuase the device doesnt expose them
  • Fix image orientation on some devices
  • Add save location menu


  • Fix manual focus bug introduced in 0.6.5


  • Keep display on during video recording and playback.
  • Fix setting the resolution when switching camera
  • Fix playing after regaining focus
  • Gallery: delete intended media instead of the current one




  • Menu fix in portrait mode


  • Added share button to gallery
  • Added proper page rotation



  • Minor cosmetic fixes for light ambience
  • Translation updates


  • Add/fix manual focus mode
  • Add video player
  • Allow hardware focus/camera button to operate the shutte


  • Make camera switching work
  • Fixed light themes invisible mode and buttons hard to see
  • Add portrait orientation photo taking mode
  • Focus circle tweaking

Thanks to @llelectronics for many of those fixes


Video Recording
Digital Zoom
New setting dock
Bug fixes

Added icons for effects
New app icon
Translation updates

Updated to fix crash introduced in 0.2.1
Fixed focus mode switching

Fix viewfinder resolution on non FHD devices
Minor code improvements

0.2 - Initial release


piggz's picture

add a request issue on github please

teleshoes's picture

donated! thanks for this fantastic camera app, better than stock in all ways, except no SD. (forced landscape isnt great either, but i see the commit in github fixing it already)

my favorite feature is not-swiping-to-video-mode....and focus modes, of course.

Ezreal's picture

It's better to add SD card support.

Firefox84's picture

An awesome Photoapp, the only things i would improve is the the selfie cam standing on his head, add the possibility to choose where to save pics and add more filters in general. Then this app would beat every other photoapp available for SFOS :)

geher's picture

Timelapse (serial photo), need.

ziellos's picture

With the latest improvements to manual focus mode, your app replaced the stock camera app on my Xperia X.

However, the portrait behaviour is a bit ... weird. While the app's controls switch nicely between landscape and portrait orientation, swiping does not. From my point of view, swiping direction should follow the physical device's orientation. It's not really intuitive to swipe from right to left to close the app after taking a photo and holding the device upright. Or am I missing something?

Also, preview and saved images are upside down when using the front camera.

ziellos's picture

Thanks for this great app with its lots of useful features! However, I'm still struggeling to get reliable focus in less than optimal lighting conditions. When tapping to set the focus point, this region of the image seems to be in focus. But when I then tap the shutter button to take the actual picture, the camera tries to focus again, and the resulting image is blurred. This behavior is tegardless of the focus mode. Is there any possibility to prevent this additional focus cycle?

piggz's picture

Ive found that manual focus mode, which should allow the behaviour wou want, isnt actually supported, even though the camera backend claims to support it.  Setting manual focus mode, atleast on my device results in Auto mode being selected.  I have an idea to work around this so should be fixed in next release.

ziellos's picture

Seems to work much better now in M mode, Thanks a lot!

mak_rev's picture

Its possible to use the hardware keys on the xperia X to take a photo like the jolla camera does?

piggz's picture

Jolla hook the camera button to open their camera app.  I nee to figure out a way around this.

mak_rev's picture

I have seen that you did it. Great work! Thx!

sdworks's picture

Xperia xa2 sfos 3.1: app takes the picture but freezes and never saves an image.
Looks quite promising though: nice macro functionality. Hope I can get a working version ;-)

JollaSailor's picture

Hi, I tried to install latest 0.3.0-1 version to my XA2 running Hossa but got an error. Tried to install using pkcon also but got an error about "" missing. Any tips how to solve this? However, I was able to install 0.2.3-1 just fine.

EDIT: Never mind, typing "devel-su pkcon refresh" to terminal did the trick.

Ezreal's picture

good!!Focus is better than the jolla's .Can you add the shutter button function of xa2 ? I like the feeling of using the shutter to focus .

ferlanero's picture

Is anyone capable of using the HDR mode in Xperia XA2? Selecting it, just make photo animation but app never saves it even hanging the whole application

mdj's picture

Fantastic app that improves on the stock camera one. It would be useful though, to be able to use a volume button for the shutter function.

Kelmi's picture

My wishlist is as follows:

For picture mode: Add option to choose file type. Or at least add ability to choose jpg compression.

For video mode I'm asking to: Add ability to choose bitrate+ frames per second option. Also ability to choose file type would be useful.

I'm ready to donate for them.

Orologiaio's picture

@piggz thanks for changing the file name scheme!

TMavica's picture

Every portrait photo taken, show in landscape, need rotate everytime after taken

Mick's picture

Shaping up to be a nice app.
Nice to see a zoom feature finally added.

Qleg's picture

@piggz, and how about physical button?  it's sometimes more convenient

Orologiaio's picture

Great app! Is it possible to have the pictures taken by this app named with the standard naming algorithm used by the stock camera app? Something like YYYYMMDD_HHMM.jpg (this means that a photo taken today, April 4th 2019, at 14:08 would be named "20190404_1408.jpg").
This would make it easier to sort photos by date simply using the file name, useful with many simpler file managers.

me_on_the_road's picture

Thank you! Works great on my XA2.
The CPU usage is nearly 70%, what could cause that?

MartiMasa's picture

Dear @piggz, I have to agree with @ferlanero, absolutely awesome work! Since the last update everything works perfectly. Looking forward to see it in Jolla store ;-) Happy to support your work!

piggz's picture

Thanks for the kind words. there is a donate link in the description, maybe i should move it up a bit!

ferlanero's picture

Stunning camera app. No need more words.

pvcn's picture

Great App, thank you! Unfortunately, it works only with widescreen on my XCompact, so if i use it holding Phone vertically, icons down't rotate and i have to close app with swipe from right corner. Is anyone else having that problem?

piggz's picture

Ah, thats a feature not a bug,.portrait photos should be outlawed :) ... Its being worked on and will come 'soon'

kif's picture

Great app, all the tools missing from the stock camera app ... except focus does not work on my XA2 no matter which focus mode I select!

Focus works in stock camera.