Google Pixel 3 bought some significant changes in terms of the software and one of them is the new Camera. The Pixel 2 camera experience goes without saying, it was and still is tremendous and a major part of it is dedicated to the Google Camera app. The Pixel 3 is carrying over the same standard, moreover improving it with the updated camera app. You can now download Google Pixel 3 Camera app with redesigned UI, RAW support and more changes. The updated Google Camera app version is 6.1.009.215420794.
The Google Pixel 3 (XL) was launched recently and it didn’t even take hours before the official apps started surfacing online. We already saw the official Pixel 3 Launcher app available for the older Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices running Pie. Today, we have hands on the official Google Pixel 3 Camera App that brings a series of new changes and features.
What’s new in Google Pixel 3 Camera App?
Update on 15 November 2018:
Night Sight feature is now rolling out to Google Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 devices with Google Camera v6.1.021.220943556 update. Check the download links section below.
Update on 12 October 2018:
According to XDA-Developers, Google Camera 6.1 from Google Pixel 3 also supports the use of external microphone while video recording. For example, you can use your headset’s inbuilt microphone while recording videos without having the need to bring the phone near your mouth.
Let us start over with the major shift in the visual appearance that you will see once you install Google Pixel 3 Camera app on your phone. With Google Camera 6.1, the complete interface of the app has been redesigned. The old hamburger menu for switching modes and video mode icon beside the capture button have now been removed.
Switching between different capture modes like Panorama, Portrait, Camera, Video, etc is now done through a sliding mechanism. Sliding to the very right will give you access to the ‘More’ section that accommodates the Photo Sphere, Slow Motion, AR Stickers, Lens, and Settings menu.
The next major inclusion in Google Camera 6.1 from Pixel 3 is support for the RAW image format. RAW format has been supported by Android since quite some time and many OEMs are already utilizing it in their default camera apps. It was long over-due that Google added support in its own Camera app.
In order to enable RAW capturing, go to the app’s Settings -> Advanced and toggle ON the ‘RAW+JPEG control‘ option. Once enabled, you will see the option in the viewfinder to use this feature.
Another area where UI changes have been made is the Panorama mode. The old dot-style interface while capturing a panorama has been replaced with arrows on either side. It also has an additional Audio Recording option too.
Face Retouching in Portrait mode now has options to pick between ‘Natural’ and ‘Soft’ modes. To add, long-pressing on the viewfinder will now trigger Google Lens automatically.
There are also some other features that Google says will be rolled out in the coming month are ‘Top Shot’ and ‘Night Sight’. The former will enable you to grab photos from before and after you take a shot. The latter will allow you to take more detailed images in low-light environments.
Download Google Pixel 3 Camera (Google Camera 6.1 APK)
You can only install Google Pixel 3 Camera App on a Pixel, Nexus, Android One phones running Android Pie. Do not try installing it on any other OEM device, you will only be wasting your time. If and when there’s a Google Camera 6.1 port is available, we will be notifying you by updating this post.
Install Google Pixel 3 Camera App on your Phone
Installing this new version of the Google Camera app is easy, all you got to do is, download the APK and manually sideload it on your phone. However, just in case you need more precise instructions, follow the steps below.
- Make sure that ‘Install unknown apps’ option is enabled in Settings -> Apps & notifications -> Special apps access.
- Download Google Pixel 3 Camera APK on your phone.
- If you have downloaded it to the PC, make sure to transfer the APK file to the phone’s storage.
- Go to the app drawer and launch a file manager application of your choice.
- Navigate to the location where the APK was downloaded/transferred.
- Tap on the APK file and then on ‘Install’ to install Google Pixel 3 Camera App on your phone.
- When the installation is complete, hit the ‘Done’ button.
Now, go back to the app drawer and launch the updated Camera app on your phone. You will see the new changes the instant the app launches.
Features like ‘Top Shot’, Night Sight, and more will probably be limited to the Pixel 3 itself. But we are certain, that many, if not all, of these features, will be ported to older Pixel phones and other non-Google devices too.
Do you like the redesigned UI, RAW support, and other features that come with the all-new Google Pixel 3 Camera App? Leave your opinion in the comments below.