The Google Pixel 4 has only just launched, and we’re already getting new Google Camera ports with added features that previously weren’t available. One such feature that people really love is the new Astrophotography shooting mode, which is great for picking up stars and other cosmic activity with just your smartphone and a steady surface. We tested it a little while ago, which you can read more about here. A modification of Google Camera 7.2 has brought Super Res Zoom and the aforementioned Astrophotography mode to older Pixel smartphones. It was specifically tested on the Google Pixel 2, though should be universal for older Pixel smartphones. You can check out the changelog below from XDA Senior Member cstark27.
- Enable Astro mode for Pixel 1 & 2
- Enable Focus options in Night Sight (along with “infinity” – may be same as far)
- Modded lib for Learned Depth in Portrait Mode (Pixel 2)
- Enable Super Res Zoom while zoomed or in Night Sight (no zoom required) – this is like Pixel 3 stock
- Enable auto timer (photobooth), it’s in the selfie camera in the Timer options
- Enable synthetic fill flash for Pixel 2 and enable SFF in Camera mode for 3a
Generally speaking, features from newer Pixels have had to be ported to older Pixels before we’ve seen them ported to other devices too. Google Camera ports have been an extremely popular way to improve the camera on basically any device, largely in thanks to a number of unique features and enhanced photo quality over many stock camera applications. Features like Night Sight have been near-revolutionary when it comes to photo-taking, and these are the features that users typically want to be ported for their smartphone. If you don’t own a Pixel, this port won’t work just yet. We recommend checking out the XDA forums for your device to see if a Google Camera port is available.
If you do own an older Pixel smartphone, you can check out cstark27’s thread below to download the modified Google Camera 7.2 APK which has both Astrophotography and Super Res Zoom.
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