The camera of the old Pixel improves with the new GCam: superzoom at night and astrophotography

The modified version of the Gcam improves the photography of the old Google Pixels, which now enjoy night superzoom and astrophotography.

The modified versions of GCam, the Google camera application, are often very popular when improving the photographic quality of many phones. However, the utility of these modified versions has much more value than we think.

It turns out that these modified versions not only improve phones that are not Pixel, but also Pixel’s own from previous generations, which sometimes run out of some improvements.

GCam mods also enhance the old Pixel

One of the most important developments is the astrophotography mode, the star feature of Pixel 4, and also compatible with Google Pixel 3 and 3A. Previous generations (Pixel 1 and 2) were left out, since the technology does not seem mature enough to get a great experience.

This new mod unlocks astrophotography functionality. To activate it you have to leave your Pixel on a surface where absolutely nothing moves (the best example is a tripod) and aim at the sky. Activate the night mode, and if the circumstances occur, the mode will be automatically activated.

During the weekend I tried using the mode on my Pixel 2 XL, without much success, although Android Police have been able to . We will update the article as soon as we can perform an Astrophotography test in conditions.

What we have been able to try is the Super Functional Zoom in night mode. What a difference compared to the native application of the Pixel 2 XL.

And another important improvement of the night mode, in the settings we can modify the focus mode. Great.

You can download the modified version of Cstark27 in its GCam repository. In theory these improvements are applied to Pixels, but over time we may see them work on new phones.

GCam 7.2 Mod Cstark27.

This awesome photo editor turns your selfies into works of art

Gradient is a free photo editor that allows you to customize images with a multitude of filters and options to create professional selfies.

The pressure exerted by social networks has made us take more photos than ever with the phone. And the funny thing is that we tend to be the main objective of these photos: the rise of selfies is unstoppable. Therefore, the logical thing is that photo editors have become very downloaded applications, something that happens to our protagonist: Gradient is a relatively recent app (seven weeks old) that is triumphing in Google Play.

We have decided to highlight this application because it offers a huge amount of editing tools and filters to get authentic works of art with the photos. But it has a serious problem that is made bet: the developers have created an interface that invites to subscribe to use the application . Do not press, it is not necessary to pay to use it. You can do it if you think it is convenient, of course.

Gradient is an application that not only improves photos with filters, it also allows you to edit them thoroughly

Este impresionante editor de fotos convierte tus selfies en obras de arte

Usually, most of us take a picture and share it using the platform’s own editing tools. Instagram has its own editor, for example, also Twitter . Given its limitation in benefits, betting on an external application usually broadens horizons when it comes to customizing images. Gradient is a good sample.

Este impresionante editor de fotos convierte tus selfies en obras de arte

Despite some criticism for the intentionality of the developers in the subscription (Google Play complaints remain patent), Gradient works perfectly without paying a cent . To do this, the following must be done:

As soon as you start the application, press the back button of your mobile to exit the payment screen

Once you leave the payment screen, you will see that you can edit any of the images in your gallery. You have 11 different categories of filters with a multitude of variations in each of them; and 17 editing tools to adjust the image to your needs. Once the image is to your liking, you can share the result with your social networks or save the edited photo in the gallery.

Este impresionante editor de fotos convierte tus selfies en obras de arte

As an addition, Gradient offers a curious way to know which celebrity you look like. Thanks to the Who’s your Twin mode you will know who you look like thanks to a transformation collage. It is a simple curiosity that does not go much further.

Gradient is a great photo editor, he is also very careful. Offer subscription advertising, but you don’t have to subscribe: remember to avoid it with the back button.

The astronomical photography of the Pixel 4 will reach the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a

Astronomical photography mode is one of the novelties that Google Pixel 4 includes. This feature will also reach Pixel 3 and 3A.

Yesterday we met the new Pixel 4 , mobiles that promise to be one of the main references in Android. In addition to offering the software and Artificial Intelligence experience directly from Google, Pixels are terminals that have achieved great excellence in the field of photography.

One of the most impressive features has been the arrival of a new mode of photography called Astronomical Photography . This mode, far from being exclusive to the Pixel 4, will also reach the third generation of devices.

Astronomical photography also for Pixel 3

Year after year, Google has achieved great importance in the mobile photography market, positioning itself as one of the benchmarks.

Something tremendously positive about these photography improvements is that they are not limited to the new mobile only, but, when possible, improve the capabilities of previous generations. For example, last year we could enjoy the night photography mode of the Pixel 3 in the first and second generation.

With the arrival of Pixel 4, Pixel 3 and 3A have also received a new feature that will arrive in a camera update. This function is an evolution of the night photography mode, and allows us to take photographs in which even the stars can be seen.

Pixel first and second generation have been excluded for this function since it is possibly a technology that depends not only on the process capacity, but on the sensor itself.

How the new photography mode works

We recommend seeing the explanation of Marc Levoy, a Google Research researcher. It begins in the 54:26 minute and explains in great detail how the new astronomical photography mode works.

But if you do not have the time or desire to listen to a video in English do not worry, we simply summarize what this mode of photography consists of.

As we have said on several occasions, every computational photography technique consists in making combinations of several images to achieve a better contrasted result. And the astronomical photography mode is not very different.

To get these photographs so spectacular that Google has shown, this mode takes 15 images of 16 seconds of exposure. In those 4 minutes that must be on a tripod or on a static surface we can get spectacular shots.