Android Q Brings Wide Color Photos
More colors = more realistic photos. So just as HDR (properly applied) makes for a better viewing experience, I’m happy to see that Android will be receiving wide color photography with the next major release of the OS. The application is likely to be small at first, only one of the devices that I viewed the photos included in the post on display a difference, but you can never go back and retake that photo. Once the moment is gone, it’s gone. So any bit of future proofing is great.
But before we dive in, why wide color photography? Display panels and camera sensors on mobile are getting better and better every year. More and more newly released phones will be shipped with calibrated display panels, some are wide color gamut capable. Modern camera sensors are capable of capturing scenes with a wider range of color outside of sRGB and thus produce wide color gamut pictures. And when these two come together, it creates an end-to-end photography experience with more vibrant colors of the real world.