Google Camera v8.3b Mod with HDR+ (recommended settings)[Exynos]

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msohail_7

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I found the settings of google camera that give the best HDR+, portraits on Nougat/Oreo Exynos devices. Compared to stock camera, GCam gives better saturation levels and detailed images. HDR+ parameters don’t hugely matter what you choose, and is all personal preference. A higher amount (very high in my case) will take a longer time to process.

New settings attached below. Clean Install is always recommended.



Mod8.3b_IDan_v3.2.9_Exynos.apk


3.2.9 Features
-Fixed black level back camera for Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+
-Attempt to fix OIS
3.2.7 Features
- Fixed black level front
- Enabled OIS by default
- Added saturation options in Advanced HDR+ settings
3.2 Features
- Dark Theme for settings.
- Now you can select the path where to save the photos (doesn't work on sd card but probably can work with some xposed mod).
- Removed all the snapdragon toggles. The app will know when apply that settings.
- Removed custom denoise param and other settings
- Now the app will restart every time you go back from settings to the viewfinder. This means that you don't need anymore to restart the app to apply settings

- Now there are three gestures in the viewfinder:
1. double tap on the black area it will pop the exposure menu directly
2. long-press on gallery and it will open samsung gallery instead of google photos
3. long press on the switch camera and after the restart the viewfinder brightness will be set to maximum
- some minor changes

Gcam Tool v2..32
-Prevent flipping of front camera photos
-Choose which photos you want to move
-Select custom source and destination folders
-Batch move multiple files
-Option to delete the sub folder created by Google Camera

Download

Thanks to:
miniuser123
Arnova8G2
IDan1109
 

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mmeidl78

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But it seems to be a old version without the original portrait-mode. They are working on it and posted versions that are working for snapdragon but not for the exynos right now.
 

ryan770

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Lens blur is still better than live focus.
Not at all, Live Focus is infinitely better than lens blur. Lens Blur can't detect edges for ****. The problem with Live Focus is it requires adequate lighting for good processing. Lower light tends to do about as well as lens blur, for me at least.

Also Live Focus is fantastic as generating a gradual bokeh across the ground or a wall, it's way more natural. Lens Blur can't do anything like that.
 
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msohail_7

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Not at all, Live Focus is infinitely better than lens blur. Lens Blur can't detect edges for ****. The problem with Live Focus is it requires adequate lighting for good processing. Lower light tends to do about as well as lens blur, for me at least.

Also Live Focus is fantastic as generating a gradual bokeh across the ground or a wall, it's way more natural. Lens Blur can't do anything like that.

I agree that but lens blur and live focus are totally different in work. Lens blur is a good replacement for devices like S8, S7 etc.
 

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    I found the settings of google camera that give the best HDR+, portraits on Nougat/Oreo Exynos devices. Compared to stock camera, GCam gives better saturation levels and detailed images. HDR+ parameters don’t hugely matter what you choose, and is all personal preference. A higher amount (very high in my case) will take a longer time to process.

    New settings attached below. Clean Install is always recommended.



    Mod8.3b_IDan_v3.2.9_Exynos.apk


    3.2.9 Features
    -Fixed black level back camera for Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+
    -Attempt to fix OIS
    3.2.7 Features
    - Fixed black level front
    - Enabled OIS by default
    - Added saturation options in Advanced HDR+ settings
    3.2 Features
    - Dark Theme for settings.
    - Now you can select the path where to save the photos (doesn't work on sd card but probably can work with some xposed mod).
    - Removed all the snapdragon toggles. The app will know when apply that settings.
    - Removed custom denoise param and other settings
    - Now the app will restart every time you go back from settings to the viewfinder. This means that you don't need anymore to restart the app to apply settings

    - Now there are three gestures in the viewfinder:
    1. double tap on the black area it will pop the exposure menu directly
    2. long-press on gallery and it will open samsung gallery instead of google photos
    3. long press on the switch camera and after the restart the viewfinder brightness will be set to maximum
    - some minor changes

    Gcam Tool v2..32
    -Prevent flipping of front camera photos
    -Choose which photos you want to move
    -Select custom source and destination folders
    -Batch move multiple files
    -Option to delete the sub folder created by Google Camera

    Download

    Thanks to:
    miniuser123
    Arnova8G2
    IDan1109
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    Lens blur is not biggy right? Waiting for the portrait mode

    For me its pretty good.
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    Hey guys, I took Google Camera on Note8 vs Canon 6D Mark I comparison, and the results are kinda awesome.

    I did an iPhone X vs Google Camera on Note 8 test sometime ago as well: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75040247&postcount=668 (not very in depth, mind you, just a few snaps)

    So I had my Canon 6D mark I handheld with 24-105mm L f/4.0 IS kit lens in aperture priority mode, set to f/4.0 with automatic ISO and shutter speed, no exposure bias, in jpg. I first took two shots with HDR, and two without HDR. Also, Canon 6D mark I is notorious for producing a soft jpg out of the box, which is visible. Also, I might have had a case of shaky hands, but both cameras were handheld. Keep in mind that sharpness is usually much better when shooting in raw and throwing it in Lightroom. Obviously, if I shoot in raw and dedicate the time I will get better image quality out of 6D, even without bracketing, but that takes effort.

    The whole idea was to see if it's really worth taking something like Canon 6D hiking (where weight matters), if I am not trying to do something specific (like long exposure, or proper 50mm bokeh portraits, or if real zoom for wildlife).
    My question is this: do entry-level DSLRs (like Canon Rebel) in automatic mode actually get significantly better image quality than leading cellphones? Opinions?

    Note8 was set to HDR+ enhanced, using cstark v3.1 apk.
    Original 6D shots here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1C2LYsMXwEyGcMvDhY9-2ZXoriqwN6pPs?usp=sharing
    Original Note8 shots: https://photos.app.goo.gl/W0NlxSTZlY20F8Is2

    Note8 is always on the left, 6D is always on the right. I used OSX Preview on my mac, zooming both images to about the same size. Keep in mind that Note8 image is only 12MP, whereas 6D picture is 20MP from a full-frame sensor.
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    There is a new apk from Arnova available HERE. Changelog is HERE. It seems to have new stuff from the latest apk, like timelapse and stuff. It cannot load configs anymore.

    I have also uploaded a new config I found HERE, named note_8_night_mode_portrait_everything.xml. Configs are still available on my Drive folder. These configs should work with Gcam_6.1.021_Advanced_V1.6.190614.0200 (just double tap the black area below the buttons in the interface).