+ Monday December 9th, 2019

Android cameras of recent years have typically been better performers than their Apple counterparts. However, iPhones are capable of one trick that Android has yet to adopt – wide gamut colour capture. The feature allows iPhones to take and display photos with more colour differentiation. While iPhones have long used the DCI-P3 colour gamut, only a select few Android phones have adopted the standard – until now.

An XDA Developers member recently uncovered code in the Google Camera app that seems to allow for wide-gamut colour capture. With a specially-compiled build of the app, photos could be taken with the DCI-P3 colour space.

Most physical camera sensors in current mobile phones are capable of taking photos outside the current standard sRGB colour space – the problem is building apps to support the functionality. Additionally, the screen must be capable of displaying wider colour gamuts – there’s little point in taking wide-colour photos if you can’t view those extra colours.

Essentially this means that unless the app you’re using and the device you’re using both support the DCI-P3 colour gamut, you won’t benefit from the functionality. No current social media Android apps can display wide-colour photos. In fact, wide-colour is relegated to Samsung’s Gallery app and a select few other apps. Hopefully the new camera support will push app developers to support the new standard.

Based on the renders shared around, the Pixel 4 will have an impressive camera array to take advantage of more colours. At least three rear sensors are shown in Google’s official leak, and if the Pixel 3 series is anything to go by, it’s not going to slack off on imaging capability.


Via: XDA Developers.

Scott Hunt   Freelance Contributor

Scott Hunt

Scott is a dual degree journalism/arts student at the University of Queensland and has been freelancing in the tech writing business for a few years now. He figured the best way to keep up with the latest tech news was to actually write about it. In his free time, Scott enjoys PC gaming, beer, and metal music.

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