AR Effects

Sony Offers Up Apps to Make Your Xperia Z2 Photos Even Better

May 5, 2014 - Written By Jeremiah Nelson

The Sony Xperia Z2 already has one of the best cameras on a smartphone. Their 20.7-megapixel camera one of the biggest selling points of Sony’s recent flagship devices. Sony doesn’t just want you to use the stock camera app, though. In a post on the official Sony Mobile site, they offered up several apps that can make your photos even better. A couple of these will only work with Xperia devices, but the last one should work with any device running Android 2.3.3 and up.

Sony’s AR Effect app has been available to Sony customers on the Google Play store for a while, but they added a couple of new features to it. There are new themes that you can download, adding even more options to customize your photos. The new effects include Comic, Horror, and the Amazing Spider-Man. There’s also a new AR Effect video extension, allowing users to add sound to their video and add effects while video is being recorded.

Sony’s Voice Balloon Photo is fun app that adds speech bubbles to your photos based on what the people in the photos are saying. You have to install this one from the Play Store and then activate the feature in the camera apps menu. Voice Balloon uses the built-in voice recognition on your device to capture what people are saying just before you snap a picture. The app then places speech bubbles with their words into the image.

Lastly, Sony is pimping Perfectly Clear, which is available on most Android devices. It’s an image correction app that lets you edit your photos and touch them up after they’ve been captured. Sony says that Perfectly Clear works perfectly with the 20.7-megapixel shooter on the Xperiz Z2, allowing you to capture great photos and then edit them to get them just the way you want. Perfectly Clear is $2.99 on the Play Store while the other apps are free, as long as you have a compatible Sony device.

Sony’s Social Camera app adds an element of fun that owners can use to share their photos and add an extra element to the camera experience. Sony is doing the right thing, pushing the great camera on their flagships devices.