We cannot deny the fact that when we buy a smartphone, we are mostly concerned about the camera. But, you do not have to worry about that with Google Pixel. Its best feature is said to be its camera. Well, to support that claim, let me tell you some features of the Google Pixel camera.
Its rear camera has 12.3 megapixels, without mentioning that it has a dual flash on its rear. Meanwhile, its front camera is 8 megapixels. In using the Google Pixel camera, there are certain techniques that you have to master to enjoy taking pictures with it.
Now, let us look for more tips, tricks, and hacks of your Google Pixel camera and get the best out of it!
1. Gesture Control
You might not know this, but you need to take advantage of the smart features of your Google Pixel because it does not have a physical home button.
Gesture control can be seen in the Settings menu under the “Moves” option. When you tap this option, you will find the following gestures that can ease and further enhance your use of the Google Pixel camera.
Do you know that you can switch your rear camera to front camera just by a gesture?
- Open your camera app, twist your wrist twice.
- The camera will instantly switch from its rear camera to the front camera.
- If you want to switch back to its rear camera, twist your wrist twice again.
Jump to the camera with just a tap. Tap the power button twice and it will quickly open the camera.
If you want to utilize the gesture controls, you have to enable them by sliding the button on its side.
2. Reveal the Hidden Shooting Modes
Some smartphones have their shooting modes visible to their users, and shooting modes in Google Pixel camera are hidden. Do you know how to reveal the hidden shooting modes?
- Open the camera app.
- Swipe on the left edge of the display. Settings button and a list of modes will slide out.
The list of shooting modes for Google Pixel camera are:
- Lens Blur
- Photo Sphere
- Slow Motion
3. Automatically create GIF
If you do not know, the Google Pixel camera
- Hold down on the shutter button to take multiple shots (burst mode).
- Lift your finger to end the continuous shots.
- Open the camera app setting.
- Look for the burst option.
- Enable the auto-generate creation settings.
Once you have enabled the settings, it will automatically turn the photos into an animated GIF. Check your Google photos, the newly created GIF should be there.
4. Volume Button
We all know that the volume button is a shutter release when you opened the camera app. Using the volume button to capture photos is a perfect feature for those who are fond of taking selfies. However, there are other smart features the Google Pixel camera offers.
- Hold the volume button, it will capture a continuous series of shots (or burst mode).
- You can change the camera settings and set the volume button for zoom.
Tweak the controls for the volume button. You can set it to control, shutter release, or nothing at all.
5. HDR+ for Photo Enhancement
In Google Pixel camera, the HDR+ mode is an impressive feature. However, there is a difference between HDR+ “on” and HDR+ “auto”. Tap the icon above the screen if you want to utilize HDR+ “on”, HDR+ “auto”
HDR+ “on”: this mode works best for landscape shots. If you want to capture a scenic view, it is really appropriate to use HDR+ “on”.
HDR+ “auto”: the mode is best for everyday use. It allows the camera to take several shots at different exposures. It makes a better contrast, colors, and dynamic range because the images are combined in a single photo.
6. Unlock the full potential of your Google Pixel camera
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Look for the option back camera video resolution.
- Select UHD 4K.
You do not have to worry that the high-quality videos and pictures will take up your storage because Google Photos has unlimited storage.
7. Third-party camera application
You can manually control your camera with third-party apps. However, you will lose the HDR+ feature as the default application has the only capability to support the feature.
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No one can deny that the camera of a smartphone is a basic need for the consumer. It makes their top priority in buying a phone. We hope that the mentioned hacks, tips, and tricks have been a great help for a Google Pixel owner like you.
If you still do not own a Google Pixel smartphone, you can get it at Amazon. Google Pixel has several models right now, you can base your buying decision by reading through the article Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL.
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