All my attempts to purchase a DSLR this previous week were thwarted at every single turn.

Finally decided to buy a reasonably-priced D3400? Sorry, sold out.

Refurbished T6 Rebel for $248? Sold out! Stock replenished? Sold out again!

Before long it was Saturday and time for me to go to the LA Auto Show armed with nothing more than a GS5 with the Open Camera app.

OpenCamera is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an open-source camera app adding extra functionality to your existing Android phone. You have access to ISO, white balance, and different focus modes in addition to the usual scene/lighting modes.

Here are the photos I took in chronological order with commentary where I thought deserving. I only played with the sliders in Windows 10 for maybe one or two of these photos.

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Let’s start with the Entrance leading into the West Hall. Here’s a Saleen1. Car looks somewhat clean but the background could be better. This was shot in full Auto.

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Porsche cordoned off a showroom to proselytize the Gospel of Ferdinand Porsche and His Good Works. Yes, that’s a 911 GT3 Touring behind this 911 Carrera T.

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The horizontal banding seems to be an issue with this app. I haven’t seen it before in the default Android setup.

Galpin, the SoCal mega-chain, had a huge exhibit doing double-duty as both a showcase and a retrospective.

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Yet another Ford GT.

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South Hall didn’t have as many new cars and I couldn’t get a decent shot of the Mazda Vision Coupe.

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I thought the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE turned out very well.

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OpenCamera isn’t going to replace a DSLR any time soon, but it does an admirable job adding to your smartphone camera’s feature set. I recommend it to everyone.

I did manage to snag a refurbished Rebel T6 from the Canon store for well under $300 a few minutes ago. Had to refresh the page 10,000 times until it came back in stock for 10 seconds...here’s to hoping Canon can actually scrounge up one.