Question GCam for Snapdragon S22 Ultra

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pedrizzetti

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There is a bug with the latest AGC 8.4 GCam v9.2 APK config when using 0.6x lens. Half of the viewfinder is darker and it's glitching. Also, what custom lib does? Not seeing any difference. Thank you for your work! Keep it going!
 
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I switch to the stock app in low light, noise is an issue in lower light and higher iso's with GCam. I've tried numerous settings and configs and though detail rendering is still excellent and way better than stock, the noise levels are high.
 
Have there been any updates or newer versions released? I tried joining those telegram groups, very confusing and so many people posting stuff I don't even know what is what.
I tried installing all of these versions and had no luck in having good quality photos it seems like a lot of them take a photo and they're either blurry or very dark.
 

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I wish I knew what I was doing wrong The XML files definitely went in correctly I don't know what I did wrong then

You have to place them in the correct folder (create it if it's not there) as per instructions on the OP depending on which version of GCAM you get. After that you have to LOAD the XML file into GCAM through GCAM for it to work properly. Also, instructions are in the original post on page 1
 
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You have to place them in the correct folder (create it if it's not there) as per instructions on the OP depending on which version of GCAM you get. After that you have to LOAD the XML file into GCAM through GCAM for it to work properly. Also, instructions are in the original post on page 1
In SGCAM You can change the location for loading xmls' so they can be kinda anywhere.
 
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    go to the gcam group for s22u in telegram and see yourself the huge difference between stock and gcam. i dont know which port you are using but the stock camera on samsung is trash on every single lens. extremely oversharp and in slightly low light noisy af, try to take a photo of people with the main camera in indoors, zoom to people's face and tell me of its acceptable for a 1200$ phone. if its not for gcam i would have sold this amazing phone since week 1. everything is amazing in this phone but the stock camera is so much bad.
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    I'm having a tough time seeing the upside to using GCam ports on Samsung flagship models given the enhanced capabilities of stock options when you include Camera Assistant Good Lock module and Expert Raw. While Samsung's camera may lack the customization approach that GCam brings, GCam is still too hit or miss with it's features to be considered the better choice. Samsung has come a long way with their camera..

    I was at the zoo yesterday and I wanted so badly to believe GCam was worth it so I tried every camera in this thread vs stock hoping one would stand out and my conclusion after weeks of testing and a round robin test of all yesterday, is that Samsung Camera is the most reliable option. GCam can arguably take some very good pictures depending on the port/config/etc but there isn't one that can take good pictures with any lens in any condition.. Samsung takes good pictures in any situation.

    Conclusion, given Samsung's recent enhancements to their stock camera options vs GCams, Using GCam on flagship models is more of a hobby than anything. The image comparisons you see are usually the best image that GCam port can take, switch up lens or lighting and it's doubtful you'll have similar quality.

    I'm sure everybody has a different opinion, that's just mine on why it's unnecessary on S22 Ultra. It might be more useful on models that don't have as many options available or especially older phones.
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    I'm having a tough time seeing the upside to using GCam ports on Samsung flagship models given the enhanced capabilities of stock options when you include Camera Assistant Good Lock module and Expert Raw. While Samsung's camera may lack the customization approach that GCam brings, GCam is still too hit or miss with it's features to be considered the better choice. Samsung has come a long way with their camera..

    I was at the zoo yesterday and I wanted so badly to believe GCam was worth it so I tried every camera in this thread vs stock hoping one would stand out and my conclusion after weeks of testing and a round robin test of all yesterday, is that Samsung Camera is the most reliable option. GCam can arguably take some very good pictures depending on the port/config/etc but there isn't one that can take good pictures with any lens in any condition.. Samsung takes good pictures in any situation.

    Conclusion, given Samsung's recent enhancements to their stock camera options vs GCams, Using GCam on flagship models is more of a hobby than anything. The image comparisons you see are usually the best image that GCam port can take, switch up lens or lighting and it's doubtful you'll have similar quality.

    I'm sure everybody has a different opinion, that's just mine on why it's unnecessary on S22 Ultra. It might be more useful on models that don't have as many options available or especially older phones.
    I'm trying to see I can remember ever disagreeing with a post as much as this one....

    Nope. Can't think of any.
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    @beserker15 AGC 8.6 has been out for a week, but I cannot find config & lib files for it. So hopefully you're in the telegram groups or know how to get it for us:


    Would appreciate an update.

    The first AGC 8.6 release didn't support configs or lib files. Updated links for the newer one.

    3x
    AGC_20230128_113451591.jpg

    10x
    AGC_20230128_110406838.jpg

    4K60 with Arnova:
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    OK. Now explain why you disagree.
    Well, I'm not the one who posted the disagreement but I also disagree, so I'll also answer. Basically, Samsung Camera app in its normal automatic mode always produces relatively bad images, namely significantly oversharped. And Samsung ExpertRAW, on the contrary, always produces very blurry images. I actually like Samsung Camera photo quality in Pro mode which doesn't seem to have this sharpness but then I must tweak the settings manually sometimes or the things can go south very fast (in my experience in Pro mode even with everything set to auto camera often gets exposure wrong and produces underexposed photos). On the other hand GCam just works and reliably produces excellent photos each and every time with the exception of some special modes (e.g. panorama) which may or may not work properly.
    Try a very simple test: just take a photo of a large surface with some texture to it, e.g. a pavement, concrete wall etc. with stock camera and GCam. And then compare the results with your own eyes, difference will be striking.
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    A continuation of my previous thread for the S21 Ultra. I will keep this thread updated for new builds and configs for as long as I have the Snapdragon S22 Ultra. I am no expert with lib patchers so the configs I upload will be a modification of others that is adapted for this phone. Also, since I do not have the Exynos version, I cannot say if any of the configs will work with it.

    Why GCam?
    Obviously, GCam isn't for everyone. If you are already happy with stock or Expert RAW, that's awesome. If you're like me and do not like the over sharpened look of stock or the aggressive noise reduction of Expert RAW, GCam is a wonderful option that is very customizable. Example 1, example 2, example 3.

    All credits of course goes to the GCam devs and modders out there. Each GCam build will have an about page that lists credits. If you like these builds and want to support your favorite dev/modder, please help them out by donating to them. Links are available on the Celso website!

    You can install multiple versions of GCam IF they do not use the same package name (ex: com.samsung.android.scan3d). If two different builds has the same package name, you must uninstall the previous.

    There is no "best GCam". Try the builds available to see what you like. Customize them to your own preference.


    GCam 8.7 Build (ALPHA)

    Gcam-8.7.250.build-8.0Beta2
    Arnova alpha build. Can't take pictures haha, but supports 4K60 lens switching with the 1x, 3x, and 10x lenses. No configs, just go into developer options and change max zoom options to 10.

    GCam 8.6 Build (BETA)

    AGC8.4.300_V9.3 and XML for it and LIB for it
    Created by KaKa. This build features almost as many lib patcher options as the 8.4 build. Doesn't support video. The 8.6 builds seem to handle HDR a little better than 8.4 builds.

    Steps to setup:
    - Download and install the APK and give it the requested permissions
    - Download the config and lib file and extract the zip (to Download > AGC.8.6 > configs)
    - Go to Settings > Libraries > Load custom lib (required step or GCam will crash)
    - In the viewfinder, swipe down to bring up the menu and select Load Config

    BSG MGC_8.6.263_A11_V14 and XML for it and LIB for it
    Created by BSG. This of course has fewer options than the 8.1 and 8.2 builds. Lib patcher options are limited, no custom noise profiles, no color profiles, etc. However, daylight images with this config looks good. Also, lens switching while recording video (with limits). You can actually record 4K60 and switch lenses! But it's limited to just the main camera and 3x camera since the zoom can't go beyond 8x. If you switch to Active mode, you can switch between the main, 3x, and 10x camera but is limited to 1080p. GCam processes videos differently from stock, and I prefer the look as well as being able to control the bitrate.

    Steps to setup:
    - Download and install the APK and give it the requested permissions
    - Download the config and lib file and extract the zip
    - Go to Settings > Libraries > Load custom lib (required step or GCam will crash)

    GCam 8.4 Builds

    AGC 8.4 GCam v9.2 APK and Config for it (based on Arcide's config using merge method 3)
    Created by KaKa, this version is color accurate, supports night mode and astrophotogrpahy mode. Also has plenty of options for configuration. Unfortunately, photosphere modes do not work.

    Steps to setup:
    - Download and install the APK and give it the requested permissions
    - Download the config and extract the zip file
    - Load the config file for the S22U (swipe down > load configs)
    - Import lib (go to settings > libraries > copy third party lib to app)
    - Load lib (settings > libraries > load custom library)

    There are now 4 profiles configured. M3 means merge 3 and M1 means merge 1. Merge 3 is better for noise but has more motion artifacts. Sharp means more detail and sharpness but also more noise. Smooth means more natural looking and less noise/detail.

    LMC 8.4 GCam r15 APK and XML for it (based on Arcide's v7 config)
    Created by Hasli, this version is color accurate, supports night mode and astrophotogrpahy mode. Also has a ton of options you can enable such as manual focus, manual shutter/ISO, etc.

    Steps to setup:
    - Download and install the APK and give it the requested permissions (it will crash after)
    - Download the config and copy it to Internal Storage > LMC8.4
    - Open the GCam and quickly switch to video before it crashes
    - Import XML by double tapping in the space between the shutter and viewfinder

    Pro mode uses merge method 3 and has more noise reduction, turning it off switches to merge method 1 and is a bit sharper. LDR stands for low dynamic range, I think it adds contrast to scenes with less range.

    Shamin 8.4.400 GCam v20 APK and XML for it (based on Roma's config using merge method 3)
    Created by Shamin, this is probably the GCam with the most options. To be more color accurate, I chose to enable the Pixel 5 interface and System CCT which breaks night mode and astro mode. Photosphere mode doesn't work.

    Steps to setup:
    - Download and install the APK and give it the requested permissions
    - Download the XML and put it in the Internal Storage > GCam > Configs8.4 folder (make the folder if you don't already have it)
    - Run the GCam and give it permissions (it will crash after a few seconds)
    - Run the app again but quickly switch to video mode to avoid it crashing quickly
    - Open GCam's settings and go to additional settings > configs setting > XML save directory
    - Don't change the directory but just hit OK
    - Go back to the main screen and switch to video again so it doesn't crash
    - Double tap on space between shutter and gallery to load XML

    GCam 8.1 Build

    BSG Public Build MGC_8.1.101_A9_GV1z and XML for it (config by Jajo based on a config by Fenix)
    Created by BSG. Excellent and very stable GCam. Pretty much every option works.

    Steps to setup:
    - Download and install the APK and give it the requested permissions
    - Download the XML and put it in the Internal Storage > Downloads > MGC_8.1.101_Configs folder (make the folder if you don't already have it)
    - Run the GCam and give it permissions
    - Double tap on space between shutter and gallery to load XML

    Page Changelog:​

    January 28 2023 - Added links for AGC 8.6 and Arnova
    December 22 2022 - Updated link to new BSG 8.6 as well as updating link for LMC.
    September 4 2022 - Updated link to new AGC v9.2 and config for it (now supports dog face detection)
    August 3 2022 - Updated link to new AGC v9.1F and config for it
    July 29 2022 - Updated LMC link to r12 Fixed build and added script based on Arcide v5.1
    July 21 2022 - Made minor edits to the LMC config and re-uploaded
    July 20 2022 - Added link for LMC R12 and config for it
    July 19 2022 - Updated link to new AGC v9 and config for it
    July 2 2022 - Updated with new Arcide based config
    June 1 2022 2nd update - Reuploaded zip file with fixed config. Previous one caused a crash in the 10x lens.
    June 1 2022 - Updated link for AGC config with new Arcide based config.
    May 11 2022 - Updated link to new config file for AGC v7
    April 29 2022 - Initial page creation
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    Updated lib and config for AGC v7 (yes I realize AGC v8 is out but it has a weird bug in the viewfinder for our phones). The config is from Arcide's v4 config for LMC. I exported the values into a lib file and then tweaked it in my AGC config.

    Here are some pictures taken with the latest config.

    10x
    AGC_20220601_143418330.jpg

    0.6x + 1.7x digital
    AGC_20220601_145441455.jpg

    3x + 1.7x digital
    AGC_20220530_113011168.jpg
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    Some 10x telephoto samples from the latest config:

    AGC_20220511_131745162.jpg AGC_20220508_151239207.jpg
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    @beserker15 thank you for thre support.
    For me 8.1 build works the best but it is a pain switching lenses. The circles that have to be slided always mess up.
    Any workaround? Thanks
    While I don't use the 8.1 build anymore, I think the trick was to not tap exactly where the icons were but slightly away from them.


    Also here are a few more of pictures I took using the AGC v7 config with the 10x lens.

    AGC_20220516_135034798.jpg
    AGC_20220522_135027806.jpg
    AGC_20220521_162825241.jpg
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    Just brilliant, THANKS! only thing I wonder is why the zooms are 1.0 1.6. 4.9 and 16x instead of 0.6 1.0 3.0 and 10.0x ? in terms of IQ its on another level vs stock, thanks
    It's because of an AGC bug that thinks the 0.6x camera is actually 1x. Thus all of the other lenses is a multiplier of the ultra wide. Doesn't impact picture quality.

    GCam 8.1 build doesn't have this issue though. Also I find 8.1 build handles the shadow details better than the build 8.4.
    Here are few pictures for comparison:
    First 2 with 3X
    Last 2 with 10X
    You can easily adjust contrast and shadow details in the lib patcher. I kept the AGC config a little more contrasty.

    Some pics with the new config.

    AGC_20220702_141058854.jpg
    Main camera

    AGC_20220702_140651212.jpg
    3x camera

    AGC_20220702_134411007.jpg
    10x camera