Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | Updated at 10:54 AM ET


What’s new in Google Camera 4.2 ?

First Posted: Oct 17, 2016 08:55 AM EDT

Google's Pixel smartphones just launch a week ago, it comes in two variant, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, Now, for those unlucky enough not to have the latest Pixel smartphone, can still enjoy some of the features brought by the device. The new updated version of the Google camera 4.2 is exclusively on the new Pixel phones but a port has made to allow it to run into other Andriod devices.         

Thanks to developers in XDA, you'll just need ARM64 Nexus running android 7.0 Nougat and so far it only worked for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. So don't bother installing the application in your device running unofficial Nougat.

Here are the updates of the Google Camera 4.2:

Shooting grids:

Along with the Flash and HDR toggles, you'll find an option to stimulate a grid. There are three options including 3x3, 4x4, and Golden Ratio grid.

Autofocus and Exposure control:

In order to access this options, long press the area you wanted to lock focus, and then just adjust the exposure with the slider along the side of the display.

IU Grid Options:

A repainted, predominantly white settings menu, and an awesome transition animation when switching from back and front cameras. And still, has the traditional mountain-and-sun landscape mode icon.

AE/AF lock:

It allows you to keep the same focus point while reframing your shot, or refocus without changing the current exposure setting and there's still a handy manual exposure slider for more even finer control over your photographic attempt that lets you adjust the exposure while capturing videos.

Now, let's move on to - What's broken and what's doesn't work.

If you were hoping for an updated camera app that could allow you to record 4k videos with EIS, sorry to disappoint but EIS is limited to 1080p@30FPS since it has nothing much to do with the software. Same goes with the 1080p video at 60 FPS, as Phone Arena reported.

The only broken in the app is the burst mode. Holding the shutter button down does nothing, Still, just this updated Google Camera 4.2 a try as you might like the manual exposure controls and AE/AF lock.


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