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Android How-To: Burst Mode and Photo Management on the Meizu MX4 with FlymeOS 4

November 18, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Sometimes taking pictures can be flat out tough.  You’ve got various lighting situations to deal with, angles to get right, and of course most of the time it seems like the subject you’re trying to take a picture of is always moving.  That’s why burst mode was invented, particularly for smartphones who’s cameras are limited in their ability to take pictures of fast moving objects, especially in low light.  Sometimes though this interface isn’t always intuitive, as we’ve seen on phones like the OnePlus One where you have to select the mode in settings before taking burst shots, or after you take the burst shot some phones just have terrible photo management, forcing you to scroll through dozens of pictures before getting to the one you want.  Meizu’s excellent camera software on the MX4 in FlymeOS 4 eliminates all of these problems and provides the most hassle free experience I’ve ever used, so let’s take a look at how it works and how to take burst photos and manage them afterwards.

Upon opening the camera it should be in Auto mode, if not make sure to switch to that first if you want to take burst photos.  Point at your subject and hold the shutter button down, not releasing it until you’ve taken enough shots.  The longer you hold the button the more shots you’ll take, and it only takes a second or two to take up to 30 shots!  There will be a counter just above the shutter button that shows you the progress as the shots are being taken.  Once you’re done go ahead and click on the last shot button next to the shutter button to open the burst photos in the gallery.

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Meizu groups each burst photo into its own folder, which is represented in the gallery app by a multiple picture icon on the bottom right of the picture.  Clicking on this multi-picture icon brings you into burst photo management, which shows only the photos you took in each burst session.  This keeps it super easy to manage each burst session without getting confused or overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos to go through.  Scrolling through the list on the bottom will give you a small preview of each shot, letting you select the best photo to use in the end.

Clicking on any photo will put a check mark on top of it indicating that you want to keep this photo.  Once you’ve found the photo or photos you want to save, click the save button in the top right to be presented with two options.  “Save selected photo” just saves the one photo that’s being shown on screen, allowing you to quickly and easily save the single best photo in a burst session.  If you’ve got more than one photo that you like click the other option, “Reserve the selcete,” which will remove all other photos in the burst session except for the ones you’ve placed a check next to.  And that’s it!  Nothing could be easier when dealing with burst photos, and thanks to Meizu for making this so effortless and pleasant to use!

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