The Pixel’s camera is one of the best on a smartphone, and for those who’ve used Google’s Camera app previously, you’ll feel right at home with a few minor tweaks. Those coming from a competing Android handset or an iPhone, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Now here are some tips for you to get the most out of the Google Pixel’s camera.
Quickly open the camera from anywhere
Samsung uses a double-press of the home button as a camera shortcut. Starting with iOS 10, Apple uses a quick swipe to the left on the home screen to launch the camera.
With the Pixel, Google uses the lock/power button. This feature first launched with the 2015 crop of Nexus devices, and it’s a welcomed carryover to the Pixel line.
Double-press the power button and the camera app will open, regardless if the phone is locked or if you’re composing an email.
Double-twist your wrist
When taking a photo you can switch between the rear and front camera by tapping on a button to the left of the shutter release, or use a fancy new Moves gesture.
Using the same motion as turning a door handle, twist your wrist two times when in the camera app and the phone will switch between cameras. Twist again to go back to the previous camera.
The new feature is enabled by default in the Moves section of the Settings app, where you can view an animated tutorial detailing how to use it, or if you’d prefer, turn it off.
Shooting modes are kind of hidden
For iOS users who are accustomed to various shooting modes being visible, switching between modes may be a bit confusing on the Pixel.
The trick? Swipe in from the left-edge of the display to slide out a list of modes and the Settings button.
Currently, the list of shooting modes include: Slow Motion, Panorama, Photo Sphere and Lens Blur.
Give the volume button a job
Out of the box, the volume button will act as a shutter release when using the camera app. However, you can go into the Camera settings and set it to control zoom, or remove any camera-related tasks from the button.
Change picture, video quality
Customize the picture and video quality your Pixel captures by opening the Camera settings, and switching to your preferred resolution.
For whatever reason, Google is shipping the Pixel with 4K disabled by default. With free unlimited storage at full quality, there’s no reason to have 4K turned off.
Disable video stabilization
As long as you aren’t panning around when recording video with stabilization turned on, the feature is really impressive. However, if you’re walking around or moving the phone quite a bit, stabilization causes the video to jump around a lot. For some, it’s acceptable. For others, it’s annoying.
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