Samsung has stepped up its camera game with the Galaxy S10's dual and triple lens system. But as impressive as the hardware, the built-in Samsung Camera app is still not as good with image processing and video stabilization as the Google Camera app for Pixel phones. Thankfully, you can get the best of both worlds.
XDA members Arnova8g2 and cstark27 have successfully ported Google Camera to fully work with the Snapdragon variant of S10, S10 + and S10e. Impressive, cstark27 also changed configuration files to ensure the app utilizes the flagship's advanced cameras for the best possible photos and videos.
Step 1: Install GCam
You need to download Google Camera Port to get started (commonly known as GCam), then click the link below to download the APK . Note that the modded app is designed for the Snapdragon variant of S10, S10 + and S10e.
After downloading GCam, install the app by first pressing "Download complete" warning in your S10's registration panel. From there, make sure your browser installs unknown apps and then click "Install" when prompted.
Step 2: Download the configuration file
Next, you need to download the configuration files to the Google Camera Port you installed to ensure that it works optimally with your S10s multiple cameras. Click on the link below to download the file on your device.
Once you have downloaded the file, you must now extract it to the right folder, then open the My Files app on your S10 (located in the "Samsung" folder) and perform a long press on "GCam.zip" in the "Recent files "at the top, followed by" Move "in the lower left corner of the screen. From there, tap "<" at the top right to go back to the start page, then select "Internal storage".
When you are inside "Internal Storage", press "GCam" and then press "Move Here" at the bottom right to move the ZIP file over. From there, tap the ZIP file again and select "Extract" from the menu prompt that appears at the bottom to unzip the file.
Don't worry if you deleted that error folder because you can long press the XML files and move them to the original "Configs" folder according to the above third GIF file. Finally, the path for your saved files should look like this:
Internal storage> GCam> Config> s10csMar2.xml
Be sure to have it exactly as shown above. Otherwise, GCam will not read the configuration files you need later.
With everything you need, you now need to save a configuration setting within GCam to ensure it fully utilizes your S10 cameras. To quickly enter a configuration file, open the app and press the black area around the shutter button to display the "Select Configuration Menu" and then select "s10csMar2.xml" from the drop-down menu that appears.
With everything installed and properly configured, you are now ready to take photos and record videos with your new Google Camera port. As shown in the pictures below, GCam and Samsung Camera are performed on a sunny day, but the former gives slightly richer colors, along with a little more vivid detail compared to the latter.
When shooting in dark lighting, GCam wins over the Samsung Camera hand, thanks to the amazing Night Sight feature. As seen in the pictures below, GCam takes significantly brighter images in dark environments compared to Samsung Camera and its Scene Optimizer function. This feature alone should make GCam a must if you are great at taking pictures at night.
This article was produced under the Gadget Hack's special coverage on smartphone-based video creator tips for filming and editing. More information and tips about your Galaxy S10