Pixel is the phone to beat when it comes to cameras, and it depends largely on software. While the hardware is solid, Google's machine instruction and general coding scrolling are the main reasons why Pixel is so good at shooting and video recording. What this means is that if you can get the Pixel camera software, you can replicate the Pixel Camera experience on other phones.
Thanks to a few insecure developers at XDA, you can get the same Google Camera app that Pixel uses on almost any Android ̵1; no root or extreme modding required. It's easy to do, and even though it won't give you 100% of Pixel's camera experience, it's one of the easiest ways to dramatically improve the image and video quality of your phone.
There are different versions of the Google Camera port intended for different phones. So start, go to the XDA download site for Google Camera mod and find your device in the list. Once you've found it, tap the top link in the "Google Camera Port" column to download the APK installation file.
Step 2: Install Google Camera App
Once you have downloaded Google Camera APK, you can now install it and tap "Download Complete" alert in the phone notification panel. From there, click "Install" at the bottom right when asked, followed by "Done" to finish the process.
For some devices such as the Galaxy S10, you may need to download and set up a configuration file for the Google Camera port to work optimally. Be sure to go to the guide below for more information on this process. Just note that the wizard only includes downloading and configuring configuration files, and does not affect other files or modifications that you may need to configure on certain devices, such as Magic Modules, API Enablers, and so on.
Full Round: Install Google Camera on your Galaxy S10
Step 4: Try Google Camera
You must grant some permissions when you start Google Camera, then press "Allow" when prompted to continue. Once you've done that, you'll be greeted by the main interface, which has basic camera settings like "HDR", timer and flash at the top of the viewfinder and the ability to quickly change camera modes by tapping tabs along the bottom.
Overall, the app is beautifully simple, so check all available modes for to get used to the user interface. Beyond that, you're all about taking better pictures – just use the Google Camera app instead of your standard camera camera application, and you'll see that pictures and videos you play easily look better .
If your Android device supports it, a feature you definitely want to check out is Night Sight, which speeds up noticeably brighter images while out and about at night and darker environments. As shown in the pictures below, the function makes a significant difference when taking pictures in poorly lit areas and seems to be absorbing all the available light to give a more vivid picture.
Google Camera has even more up its sleeve. There are also Google Playgrounds that let you overlap AR stickers that come to life in your photos and videos. Check out our guide on this dirty feature by going to the link below.
This article has been produced under the Gadget Hack's special coverage on smartphone-based video creator tips for filming and editing.
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