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.