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lubo777

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I have tested many of the GCam apps available from the Google Camera Port hub here
The best working one for my Moto G7 Power XT1955-4 is the GCam MOD from the developer arthur.

Test the different settings to choose what is working best for you, especially you can dig in the Advanced settings.

For example you can:
- use the H.265/HEVC format for video;
- get a RAW+JPEG control on your main screen
- get HDR+ (HDR+ and HDR+ enhaced)
- get a Night Sight shortcut for night shooting on the main camera view
- adjust many noise reduction parameters
- change and test the AWB (Default, Pixel 2, Pixel 3)
-change the JPEG quality 90%, 95%, 97% and 100%
- change the HDR+ Enhanced frames: Default=8, Medium=14, High=18, Very high=24

and many more! :) :) :)

You can download the latest version of the GCam back.rider apk from here
Other versions made from other developers can be downloaded from Google Camera Port hub
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EDIT August 2020:
From some time I'm using GCam modifications made from Parrot043, it was working pretty well with Android 9 before, and now with Adnroid 10 after I upgraded my Moto G7 Power to Q.
Strongly recommend you to test the Parrot043 GCam modification
If you still use Android 9, than you need GCam version 7.0.x
If you are with Android 10, then version 7.3.x or bigger is for your OS
 
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lubo777

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@lubo777 can you please tell me exact settings you have as i dont really have a clue. Just need it for good pictures and portrait mode. Thanks in advance

I recommend to test NOT the latest GCam MOD from back.rider version 1.3a but a bit older version which have better picture details and less noise GCam 2.6a
This was reported on the XDA page of the GCam MOD and I can confirm it.

Bellow are the settings I use: see the attachment.
 

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greenmatrix

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Thanks for the advice. Can anyone recommend a way to launch GCam using the default twisting moto-action? It's possible to do once the phone is unlocked, but a locked phone always launches the stock camera app.

I'm also looking for a way to save from GCam to an external sd card. The best way seems to be through using a Tasker (or similar) profile to automate moving photos over, then deleting from inboard storage. There's a GCam Tools app that replicates this behavior, but seems a bit buggy.

Cheers
 
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lubo777

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There is a new version of the GCam MOD GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk which have the best results according to few tests below ...

Bellow are some day shooting examples with HDR+ and no HDR+ made with the latest version 1 of the GCam, the previous one 1.3a and version 6.1.021_N7P_test2.6a of the GCam MOD from back.rider555 made with MOTO G7 Power
My personal opinion is that the latest version is the best one according to AWB and details!

back.rider555 thank you for your work!!! :)

All 3 versions have the same setup, I'm attaching also my setup as a attachment below the images.

Latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk NO HDR+


Latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk with HDR+



Previous version GCam-6-2-024-N7-P-test1-3a NO HDR+


Previous version GCam-6-2-024-N7-P-test1-3a with HDR+



Older version GCam-6-1-021-N7-P-test2-6a NO HDR+


Older version GCam-6-1-021-N7-P-test2-6a with HDR+


The latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1 with my MOTO G7 Power have the best results as a AWB colors correctness. Also the image details are perfect!
 

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DaveinAsia

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There is a new version of the GCam MOD GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk which have the best results according to few tests below ...

Bellow are some day shooting examples with HDR+ and no HDR+ made with the latest version 1 of the GCam, the previous one 1.3a and version 6.1.021_N7P_test2.6a of the GCam MOD from back.rider555 made with MOTO G7 Power
My personal opinion is that the latest version is the best one according to AWB and details!

back.rider555 thank you for your work!!! :)

All 3 versions have the same setup, I'm attaching also my setup as a attachment below the images.

Latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk NO HDR+


Latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk with HDR+



Previous version GCam-6-2-024-N7-P-test1-3a NO HDR+


Previous version GCam-6-2-024-N7-P-test1-3a with HDR+



Older version GCam-6-1-021-N7-P-test2-6a NO HDR+


Older version GCam-6-1-021-N7-P-test2-6a with HDR+


The latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1 with my MOTO G7 Power have the best results as a AWB colors correctness. Also the image details are perfect!


Thank you for the detailed testing and posting your photo samples. That's the most thorough I've seen yet. Personally, I feel the NO HDR+ image taken with the GCam-6-2-024-N7-P-test1-3a looked the best. Not by much, but marginally. The G7 Power images seem to have a very shallow dynamic range and the HDR+ photos from each version seems to blow out the highlights (see lower right hand corner grassy area where there is direct sunshine) more than the NO HDR+ samples. I would have expected the opposite, with the HDR photos preserving more shadow detail while taming the highlights, but the blades of grass in the NO HDR+ samples are more clearly defined.
 

lubo777

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Yesterday I discovered that I have some problems with the Focus on my MOTO G7 Power with the latest version. I don't now if there is such a problem with Nokia 7 Plus camera, probably the problem is Moto camera hardware specific ...
The problem is that in wide scenes (not closeup) in Camera Mode the focus is 100% NOT correct where I have tapped on the screen ... :(
In Portrait Mode everything is OK with the Focus ... very strange.

On closeup scenes the Focus is much better in Camera and Photo modes, as you can see bellow.
On all pictures the Focus is on the strawberry.

Camera mode NO HDR


Camera mode HDR+


Camera mode HDR+ enchanced



Portrait mode NO HDR+


Portrait mode HDR+


Portrait mode HDR+ enhanced



Night Sight

Night Sight
 
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lubo777

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I have tested A LOT of the different GCAM Mod's and definitely 100% the best one working with all possibilities is the GCAM Mod from arthur
What in this GCAM MOD is especially useful for me:
1. The possibility to save Pictures / Video on external SD Card
2. Back and front Camera possibility to fine tune the "Noise suppression" the "Black level adjustment" and "Saturation"
3. To save Portrait pictures in the same folder with all other folders (by default GCAM saves each Portrait image in a different folder :( )
4. Burst mode - working perfect!!!
5. Slow motion mode
6. Exposure control features
7. Manual Focus options - especially to have focus slider on the camera screen
8. Zoom Noise suppression
9. Video Bitrate change
10. Developer Settings

In this Mode there is no Night Sight link / menu - you get perfectly working Night Sight feature on the main Camera screen in HDR+ enchanced
Below are few pictures made with this mod at night and day

 
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    I have tested many of the GCam apps available from the Google Camera Port hub here
    The best working one for my Moto G7 Power XT1955-4 is the GCam MOD from the developer arthur.

    Test the different settings to choose what is working best for you, especially you can dig in the Advanced settings.

    For example you can:
    - use the H.265/HEVC format for video;
    - get a RAW+JPEG control on your main screen
    - get HDR+ (HDR+ and HDR+ enhaced)
    - get a Night Sight shortcut for night shooting on the main camera view
    - adjust many noise reduction parameters
    - change and test the AWB (Default, Pixel 2, Pixel 3)
    -change the JPEG quality 90%, 95%, 97% and 100%
    - change the HDR+ Enhanced frames: Default=8, Medium=14, High=18, Very high=24

    and many more! :) :) :)

    You can download the latest version of the GCam back.rider apk from here
    Other versions made from other developers can be downloaded from Google Camera Port hub
    ---
    EDIT August 2020:
    From some time I'm using GCam modifications made from Parrot043, it was working pretty well with Android 9 before, and now with Adnroid 10 after I upgraded my Moto G7 Power to Q.
    Strongly recommend you to test the Parrot043 GCam modification
    If you still use Android 9, than you need GCam version 7.0.x
    If you are with Android 10, then version 7.3.x or bigger is for your OS
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    Very low light sample made with the default G7 Power camera app and the GCam at 5:30 at the morning

    Default Cam G7 Power


    GCam G7 Power
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    There is a new version of the GCam MOD GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk which have the best results according to few tests below ...

    Bellow are some day shooting examples with HDR+ and no HDR+ made with the latest version 1 of the GCam, the previous one 1.3a and version 6.1.021_N7P_test2.6a of the GCam MOD from back.rider555 made with MOTO G7 Power
    My personal opinion is that the latest version is the best one according to AWB and details!

    back.rider555 thank you for your work!!! :)

    All 3 versions have the same setup, I'm attaching also my setup as a attachment below the images.

    Latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk NO HDR+


    Latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1.apk with HDR+



    Previous version GCam-6-2-024-N7-P-test1-3a NO HDR+


    Previous version GCam-6-2-024-N7-P-test1-3a with HDR+



    Older version GCam-6-1-021-N7-P-test2-6a NO HDR+


    Older version GCam-6-1-021-N7-P-test2-6a with HDR+


    The latest version GCam_6.2.030_N7P_test1 with my MOTO G7 Power have the best results as a AWB colors correctness. Also the image details are perfect!
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    Which version are you using flug ??

    Details are in the post above the photos. But in short I have both of these installed (using appcloner as outlined upthread):

    Parrot043's most recent 7.0 version, PMGC_7.0.009_HDR_Version_V13.apk
    oJoseHenrick's Gcam_7.0_oJoseHenrick_V2.apk

    In the night tests I did & posted above, I didn't see a lot of difference between those two versions. However as soon as I started taking daylight photos, particuliarly with enhanced HDR+, oJoseHenrick's version was clearly superior. Parrot043's version would massively oversaturate enhanced HDR+ photos taken in daylight conditions.

    There might be some setting with Parrot043's version I have wrong, but for now oJoseHenrick's version is my main camera & generally working best.

    Link to imgur set showing HDR+ vs extended HDR+ in bright-sky outdoor scene (extended much better); Parrot043 HDR+ very overexposed for some reason: https://imgur.com/a/A7cKWSe
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    @lubo777 can you please tell me exact settings you have as i dont really have a clue. Just need it for good pictures and portrait mode. Thanks in advance

    I recommend to test NOT the latest GCam MOD from back.rider version 1.3a but a bit older version which have better picture details and less noise GCam 2.6a
    This was reported on the XDA page of the GCam MOD and I can confirm it.

    Bellow are the settings I use: see the attachment.