How to Enable HDR Camera Mode on iPad, and iPod touch 4G

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Posted on Mar 4 2013 - 7:21pm by Momina Imran

HDR comes in handy if you wish to put together a number of different pictures utilizing exposure options. In comparison to a simple digital picture, the HDR one reduces the dark, washed out or any such areas using varying algorithms. This helps a lot if you want to capture more details in a picture like textures rather than just glare or shady parts.

HDR photography was released with iOS 4.1 by Apple but did not work on every device. iPod touch 4G, iPad mini, and iPad 2 to 4 do not include the option to activate HDR in stock camera settings. Fortunately, this option can be enabled in all these devices if they are jailbroken.

You need to access the core file system of your unsupported iDevice to activate the HDR photography option. To edit system files from Mac or PC, you can use iFunbox or any FTP client otherwise iFile works best to alter plist files from within the device.

As per iFan forum, Tkf1 mentions that each device has its own location of Plist files depending upon the code it has. To determine the code for your device, refer to the list here:

  • iPad 2nd generation – K93, K94, K95
  • iPad 3rd generation – J1, J2
  • iPad 4th generation – P101, P102, P103
  • iPad mini – P105, P106, P107

Tutorial to Enable HDR Camera Mode on iPad, and iPod Touch 4G

The first step in the procedure to add HDR option is to navigate to AVCaptureSession.plist file. You can reach the file following the path: ‘/System/Library/Frameworks/MediaToolbox.framework/*/AVCaptureSession.plist’

The (*) in the above path indicates the code of your particular device.

Launch the particular plist file through a text editor and look for this code:

<key>AVCaptureSessionPresetPhoto</key>
<dict>
<key>Description</key>
<string>Back Facing **MP Photo</string>

Navigate a bit lower to locate:

<key>ChromaNoiseReduction</key>
<true/>

Exactly following the above snippet add this:

<key>HDR</key>
<true/>

If this above piece is already present there but set to ‘false’ then set it to true. After completing, save the changes and exit from there.

Next step is to go to ‘/System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/*AP.plist’. Again the (*) refers to the device code. Launch the plist file and a text editor and look for the following snippet:

<key>capabilities</key>
<dict>

It requires you to put in the following pieces right below. These pieces need not to be strictly in the order given but be careful to add a boolean value after each piece:

<key>camera-flash</key>
<true/>
<key>hdr-image-capture</key>
<true/>

When done with the procedure, restart the device and the HDR mode will show up in the Photos & Camera page as well as Camera app in Settings.If you are curious to know whether the HDR photography was disabled in the first place for justified reasons or for merely for device distinction then take a closer look at the images given on top of this article. One image is taken without the HDR option enabled and the other one is taken with HDR processing. Both are the results from the same iPad 3. The difference lies in the glare stress level showing a drastic visual enhancement as compared to the original.

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