Essential Phone gets a camera-boosting update

The Essential Phone has been generally well received with the major exclusion of the camera performance. Users and reviewers have reported bad processing, slow response and underwhelming low light performance and Essential had vowed to fix it with an update.

Now an update has been released to address camera performance. You’d need to update both the phone itself with the firmware number NMI81C and the Essential Camera app on the Google Play store.

The changelog cites reduced shutter lag, improved low light image quality, improved consistency of image quality and even improvements to the performance of the optional 360-degree snap-on camera.

Essential says it’s working to further tune HDR, add live 360 streaming to Facebook and Periscope, a new Portrait Mode as well as Pro Mode.