S21 GCam Ports

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Is that the Google Camera? Being a Pixel owner the last few years I would love it if the camera app worked on the S21.
 

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Is that the Google Camera? Being a Pixel owner the last few years I would love it if the camera app worked on the S21.
Yeah there are already google camera ports for the S20 and they will probably make it compatible or make a good config with the S21
 

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Yeah there are already google camera ports for the S20 and they will probably make it compatible or make a good config with the S21
Hi,
Pre-ordered the 21 Ultra yesterday, will also be looking for a working Gcam mod for this new phone.
Also I try to use Google Dialer app for S21 too!!
 

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Hi,
Pre-ordered the 21 Ultra yesterday, will also be looking for a working Gcam mod for this new phone.
Also I try to use Google Dialer app for S21 too!!
Congrats! it's a great phone
also GCam might not get ported to the exynos version (or it will but will take more time than the snapdragon version) i'm not sure though
 

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Was able to try out Gcam on a Snapdragon store demo model today. Works similar to S20/Note 20 series in that front camera still doesn't work and Zoran's package fix enables the telephoto cameras to work. Pictures of all 4 rear cameras attached using Wichaya's gcam, might not look the best since I quickly used my S20 Ultra's profile without having time to tweak it.
 

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Is there much benefit to GCam here? Samsung's app looks good from what I've seen.

On my Oneplus 6 it was useful, as the Oneplus app lacks panorama and Googles image processing is better.
 

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Is there much benefit to GCam here? Samsung's app looks good from what I've seen.

On my Oneplus 6 it was useful, as the Oneplus app lacks panorama and Googles image processing is better.
It depends on whether or not you like Samsung's image processing. I personally still don't though will admit they have improved over time. The biggest issue is still under lower light, where they have aggressive sharpening and noise reduction. Fine details are often a problem indoors, like hair or fur. The main camera's sensor is pretty large so that helps, but the ultra wide and telephoto sensors aren't so it's more noticeable.

For those curious, I used Wichaya's Samsung Gcam here (3rd one): https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/f/changelog1501/
 
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how do we get the 2 zoom lenses to work with the above gcam ?
Got my Snapdragon S21 Ultra and here are my findings so far. It seems Gcam will freeze up more often in low light (you can unfreeze it by switching cameras, but it will freeze again after a few seconds). Telephoto camera and ultra wide are more likely to freeze because they have a smaller sensor thus less light. I've updated my XML for Wichaya's gcam that should work a little bit better.

*UPDATE* seems like setting stream configs helps stability and reduces/gets rid of freezing. Attached is updated XML.
 

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Got my Snapdragon S21 Ultra and here are my findings so far. It seems Gcam will freeze up more often in low light (you can unfreeze it by switching cameras, but it will freeze again after a few seconds). Telephoto camera and ultra wide are more likely to freeze because they have a smaller sensor thus less light. I've updated my XML for Wichaya's gcam that should work a little bit better.

*UPDATE* seems like setting stream configs helps stability and reduces/gets rid of freezing. Attached is updated XML.
how i put xml file in gcam?you can show me pls the way pls
 

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Are you guys using the Snapdragon version ? The gcam I loaded can't take any photos at all.... Only black screen lol on exynos 2100
 

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Are you guys using the Snapdragon version ? The gcam I loaded can't take any photos at all.... Only black screen lol on exynos 2100
ZGCAM's official website (yes there are ads sadly) - https://koopahtmaniac.com/getLatest.php

Alright guys, just an update on my findings. It would appear that ZGcam is actually the best Gcam build for the S21 series right now on both Exynos and Snapdragon models. For some reason I can't seem to fully disable focus tracking so autofocus in lower light can be a hit or miss. There are also differences between the models though based on what Samsung has chosen to support and what they disable.

Snapdragon S21 series: Supports all rear cameras (for the S21 Ultra, that includes both the 3x and 10x telephoto). No gcam support video on the telephotos at the moment. Front facing cameras also do not work because Samsung disabled front camera RAW for S10/S20/S21 snap series with the exception for the S10 Lite and S20 FE.

Exynos S21 series: I don't own this but based on reports, the front camera will work! However, the telephoto cameras won't, so Exynos S21 series only support the main and ultra wide cameras. Since I don't have the Exynos model, try the XML for the Exynos S20 here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/working-gcam-and-config-for-s20-exynos.4203625/
 

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ZGCAM's official website (yes there are ads sadly) - https://koopahtmaniac.com/getLatest.php

Alright guys, just an update on my findings. It would appear that ZGcam is actually the best Gcam build for the S21 series right now on both Exynos and Snapdragon models. For some reason I can't seem to fully disable focus tracking so autofocus in lower light can be a hit or miss. There are also differences between the models though based on what Samsung has chosen to support and what they disable.

Snapdragon S21 series: Supports all rear cameras (for the S21 Ultra, that includes both the 3x and 10x telephoto). No gcam support video on the telephotos at the moment. Front facing cameras also do not work because Samsung disabled front camera RAW for S10/S20/S21 snap series with the exception for the S10 Lite and S20 FE.

Exynos S21 series: I don't own this but based on reports, the front camera will work! However, the telephoto cameras won't, so Exynos S21 series only support the main and ultra wide cameras. Since I don't have the Exynos model, my XML for it is just the one for my Snapdragon but with the telephoto options disabled since they don't work for it.
Please post more comparison pictures :) in different lighting situations too