+ Saturday December 7th, 2019

I certainly have some feelings about all the Google Pixel 4 leaks – and it seems the folks at 9to5Google are of the same opinion – but this one is actually a bit more interesting; it’s not just another leaked hands-on or the like, no, it’s the new camera software, and this gives us a good idea of what to actually expect.

This information comes straight from software taken from a pre-release Pixel 4, undoubtedly one of the ones that found its way on sale somehow in Vietnam.

XDA Developers, well known for its in-depth coverage on technical detail, has taken apart the new Camera software and been through it with a fine-toothed comb. Here’s some of what they found:

  • The Camera Mode switch is now below the shutter and gallery buttons. Much of the user interface has been re-arranged around this.
  • The top bar that previously contained options like the timer, Motion Photos, and flash, has been replaced with a box that pops up in the middle of the viewfinder. The General Settings can also be accessed from the settings box of any camera mode page rather than in the “More” tab.
  • Night Sight has added a new “Infinity” focus option, which likely aids in astrophotography for the Google Pixel 4.
  • The zoom and exposure sliders have been tweaked to be smoother.
  • Long-pressing the shutter button in the Camera mode starts recording a video for as long as you hold the shutter button. Videos recorded in this way are saved in 720p resolution.
  • A new horizon leveling circle has been added so you can straighten your phone.
  • Photobooth on the Pixel 3 is no longer its own mode. Rather, you’ll have to switch to the selfie camera and then choose the “auto” timer option.

There’s other new features as well, but for these, you can read the original story on XDA Developers. It certainly looks as if Google is determined to improve the camera experience on what is already a phone series with strong pedigree.

While the Pixel 3 had some software failings (and a cripplingly small amount of RAM), everything is looking much more positive for the Pixel 4. I can’t wait to see one myself.


Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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I would like to see the battery life and charging speed of these new pixel phones. Cameras look good though.

Tom Sekulic
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“While the Pixel 3 had some software failings (and a cripplingly small amount of RAM), everything is looking much more positive for the Pixel 4”

Not a problem as Apple has just cought up with Google Pixel 2/3 for the RAM.

“iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max Reportedly Have 4GB of RAM”

8Gb RAM would’ve be much better but 6Gb is still OK considering it’s a 50% increase.

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