Camera 7.0 looks to have a much-improved and more accessible way to manage shot settings. Camera 6.x obscured these settings in several separate menus behind a bunch of tiny, unintuitive icons at the top of the viewfinder. [credit:
Android developer site xda-developers got its hands on a pre-release copy of the Camera app designed for Google’s upcoming Pixel 4—so naturally, the site then sideloaded it on a Pixel 2XL.
The majority of the settings exposed in the screenshots already existed in Camera 6.x, but even long-time Pixel users could be forgiven for not knowing they existed. Where Camera 6.x hid them in five separate menus—each squirreled away behind a tiny, unintuitive icon at the top of the viewfinder—Camera 7.0 combines them into a single, much easier-to-read menu. This one context-sensitive settings menu (its options differ between, for example, Night Sight mode and regular Camera mode) can be accessed either by tapping a drop-down arrow or by swiping down on the viewfinder itself.
Behind the scenes, xda-developers reports finding new scene-detection code that integrates with an extended “Camera coaching” feature that offers tips for taking better pictures. If you’re sick and tired of seeing “try Night Sight mode” or “try Portrait mode” popping helpfully up while taking pictures, you’ll also be able to disable the feature entirely—whereas, at least so far as we can tell, in Camera 6.x you’re stuck with them.
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