GCAM Working with Snapdragon S10/Note10/S20/Note20 Telephoto

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dishe2

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I'm confused about front camera support. Some people said it stopped working because Samsung killed RAW support in an update, then I heard someone found a workaround. But then it seemed unclear if that workaround was just for Exynos editions and required root... I'm trying to get to the bottom of this as I'm deciding between a used snapdragon S10 or LG G8 (where everything works perfectly with Gcam), and a working gcam is high on my priority list.
(and no, I don't want to just buy a pixel, before someone suggests that again lol)
 

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I'm confused about front camera support. Some people said it stopped working because Samsung killed RAW support in an update, then I heard someone found a workaround. But then it seemed unclear if that workaround was just for Exynos editions and required root... I'm trying to get to the bottom of this as I'm deciding between a used snapdragon S10 or LG G8 (where everything works perfectly with Gcam), and a working gcam is high on my priority list.
(and no, I don't want to just buy a pixel, before someone suggests that again lol)
If you are trying to pick the best Snapdragon 855 device for GCam, I would actually suggest the OnePlus 7 Pro. The IMX586 is probably the best widely available sensor that so many GCam developers have access to that it is probably as optimized as a Pixel now. Plus it is a better sensor than what's in the S10 and G8.

To answer your original question, the workaround for front camera in Snapdragon Galaxy phones is on BSG... but it doesn't support HDR because no RAW. Thus the majority of the time it'll look worse than stock camera. There's no point trying to get a Snapdragon Galaxy with GCam if you want it for the front camera (with the exception of the S20 FE).
 
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MasterThiefGarrett

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So the S20 Ultra Snapdragon, which one works best? (and which XML)
Opinions anyone?
I'm getting the phone this week, so may as well be prepared ;)
 

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After reading through various posts and threads regarding Gcam on S20 I am still puzzled what exactly is working and what isn't.

What I used to have:
- Galaxy S10 Exynos with LOS 17.1, ZGCAM and modified "libexynoscamera3.so": => Front, Back, Wide, Tele working perfectly with zgcam 7.4 and 6.1

I recently bought a
- Galaxy S20 5G Exynos with Stock Firmware, MGC_8.1.101_A9_PV0n: => Front, Back, Wide working perfectly with gcam 8.1; TELE is not working !

Is there a way to get telephoto working on S20 Exynos e.g. by modified lib ?
Will the situation change if I switch to LOS 18.1 ?

Thx in advance for any clarification.

Cheers.
 
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irnehhenri

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After reading through various posts and threads regarding Gcam on S20 I am still puzzled what exactly is working and what isn't.

What I used to have:
- Galaxy S10 Exynos with LOS 17.1, ZGCAM and modified "libexynoscamera3.so": => Front, Back, Wide, Tele working perfectly with zgcam 7.4 and 6.1

I recently bought a
- Galaxy S20 5G Exynos with Stock Firmware, MGC_8.1.101_A9_PV0n: => Front, Back, Wide working perfectly with gcam 8.1; TELE is not working !

Is there a way to get telephoto working on S20 Exynos e.g. by modified lib ?
Will the situation change if I switch to LOS 18.1 ?

Thx in advance for any clarification.

Cheers.
Hey, did you ever figure something out? I have the same issue - just got an S20 Ultra Exynos with stock OneUI 4.1, but the telephoto camera does not seem to work with BSG/Wichaya/Zoran/Arnova... I've specifically tried camera IDs 20, 21, 23, 50, 52, 80 with Zoran's ZGCAM 7.4 (com.samsung.android.scan3d signature), but they all either give a black screen or crash.
 
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flunkyball

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For S20 Exynos I did not find any working solution for the telephoto. Only Front, Back and Wide are working.
My next phone will be definitely no Samsung anymore as it they become increasingly useless in terms of custom roms due to their proprietary drivers. (No raw access to cameras, no 5G support, no VOLTE and no VOWIFI)
 

d_fens

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Hello any suggestions for a gcam with working main and FRONT camera? Most versions I tried front camera didn't work.
 

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Has anyone managed to get Telephoto to work for 4k video recording on an S20/plus Snapdragon running Android 11? The original post doesn't seem to reflect Burial camera anymore which apparently was the one version along with xml....but seems to have no more reference. Tried all versions of Burial Gcam but none seem to run at all. Also recording 4k video on any gcam version regardless of bitrate changing always seems pretty inferior to stock app. The noise reduction and sharpening seems pretty bad....which seems bad on all 3rd party apps. Cleanest seems to be the stock app.

Gcam for the telephoto S20/plus seems to be a great 3x telephoto option as it is very detailed and offers raw binned 16MP. It's cropped but there is virtually no detail loss for 16MP image.
 
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    *UPDATE*
    *Arnova's latest build 8.1 just released*
    Not sure how well my XMLs work with it since I have since upgraded to an S21 Ultra. But worth a try.


    Thanks to KosBeg, we now know that these specific package names are whitelisted by Samsung to be able to use the telephoto camera:
    com.sec.android.app.camera
    com.sec.factory.camera
    com.sec.android.app.camera.shootingmode.social
    com.sec.factory.cameralyzer
    com.samsung.android.bio.face.service
    com.samsung.android.biometrics.service
    com.samsung.android.server.iris
    com.samsung.android.aremoji
    com.samsung.android.ruler
    com.samsung.android.scan3d


    Confirmed all 3 rear cameras working with the S10/Note 10 series and S20/Note 20 series, front camera won't with OneUI 2.5+ unless you have S10 Lite or S20 FE.

    Wichaya has also modified his GCAM for Samsung telephoto. Download the updated XML Wichaya file attached and the Samsung APK version from here: https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/f/changelog1501/

    Zoran's ZGCAM works best for Exynos phones. His latest will allow telephoto on Exynos Galaxy phones. Links to the latest gcam is here: https://koopahtmaniac.com/getLatest.php . You can load the ZGCAM XML file I attached to use the 4x zoom.

    Stock camera has improved greatly, but when it comes to zooming into the picture, stock cam's processing still does terribly with fine detail and edge smoothing. In my attached picture, the top is stock cam and bottom is gcam at 100% crop.

    steps to apply XML to GCAM: https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/f/settings09/
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    I have 988U and have this installed how do i apply the xml
    Thanks for sharing!

    Download that zip and extract the XML from it. Steps to apply XML files to Gcam can be found here: https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/f/settings09/
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    Arnova's latest 8.1 just released. Give it a try guys!
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    S20 Snapdragon, I can't seem to open the photos from the thumbnail in gcam. It just kicks me back out into the camera.

    Any idea why?

    You probably don't have Google Photos? If you don't, go to settings > extras (photo) > use a third-party gallery
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    Already tried that but does the same. The zoom camera focuses once (the focus circle target appears at the center of the frame) and that's it, it's touch to focus afterwards.

    Doesn't happen on my phone so I'm not sure, probably have to wait until Gcam 8 then.

    I have S20+ Snapdragon. I installed the GCam 7.3 Burial.. And used the XML file attached Burial.XML.

    Front camera is not working, it crashed on switching to front camera.

    Sorry I don't use the front camera so I didn't notice it. You can fix it by going to Settings > advanced > use non restart aux method.