The Google camera has just been updated with the news of the Pixel 5, so that a good part of the users of phones equipped with a Qualcomm processor can enjoy its advantages thanks to the GCam. After seeing the news that have reached the level of the interface, we will tell you how to get the most out of google camera, because there are several tips to keep in mind.
We will show you what are the most important settings and some tips for be able to take the best photos with the GCambecause sometimes we download it and it doesn’t work as expected.
How to choose the GCam for my mobile
There are many applications to find a suitable GCam. For example, we have GCamator, but the best recommendation is do it manually. We will do this from the page of Celsoazevedo, main creator of GCam. There you will find all versions of this camera, well ordered. You just need to find out which ones are compatible and install it from here.
Adjust your phone profile
Sometimes we install the Gcam, but it doesn’t work well. We think this is a problem with the version we downloaded, but that’s only because we do not have the GCam properly configured. In Engadget Android we covered how to set up XML files, so take a look at this item for how to do it.
Anyway, if you don’t know what we’re talking about, each mobile has a specific configuration for the GCam. After installing this profile, it will work perfectly and adapted to our phone, without giving the typical failures that the versions give when we do not install these profiles.
Check the settings
Before you start taking pictures with GCam, check your own camera settings. These will change depending on which version we are using, but there are several that all share. Suggested lenses, reverse selfies, gesture controls …
The Google Camera has many functions, and even some we can force our phone’s secondary cameras to work. Go through all the functions from top to bottom and verify that everything you want is active.
Don’t forget the quick menu
The GCam quick menu also varies depending on which version we have, but one shouldn’t forget that it’s there, even if the down arrow icon goes quite unnoticed. In this menu you can configure the flash, live photos, aspect ratio, and even in some GCam we can set auto HDR and white balance.
Before taking pictures, make sure everything is set up correctly. As you will see, the GCam requires some preparation up front if we are to get the most out of it, but then everything will be to shoot and enjoy.
Enable low storage mode
If you have a mobile with a lot of memory, skip this step. If you are one of those people who have to delete photos because you still have little space, this point is essential for you. With the new Google camera low storage mode is coming. It is found when opening the settings, and if it is activated, RAW shooting is disabled, the resolution of the camera, photos with movement (live photo) and others are readjusted.
We can select this this mode is activated when we have little space. This way, it will only be activated when there is less than 1 GB available, and it will be deactivated when we have more space.
Forget the night mode, now it’s on
In other versions of the GCam, night mode appeared as a suggestion. Now the Night Sight is activated automatically, just like Apple. If we don’t want it to be active, we just click on the moon icon on the right, so it won’t be forced. In this way, It won’t be reactivated until we want
But don’t forget to set it up when you want to use it
Although we told you that night mode is turned on automatically, we can still turn it on manually in the camera itself. Night mode has its own quick settings, so it is convenient to know a few points to get the most out of it.
First of all, you need to see if the astrophoto mode is active. With this mode we can take photos up to 3 minutes without the sky moving thanks to artificial intelligence. Likewise, in these settings we can configure the focus to infinity. This is important so that the entire scene is sharp, without distractions from the focus. If we want to photograph an object at a different distance, we have other more suitable focus modes (close, medium, automatic, etc.).
Remove beauty mode from portrait mode
Depending on the mobile and the camera, portrait mode may be active. As in the rest of the sections, we can configure this in quick settings this, as you can see, changes depending on the mode we are using.
You are free to leave it active, that would be more, but it is handy to know that Google Camera treats skin very well, so it may be worth leaving the photo untouched, as long as we’re pretty purist.