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Working Google Camera for Snapdragon w/ Aperture Switching and Night Sight

beserker15

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Now with Wide Angle Camera Support!
All credits go to Arnova8G2, CStark, Fizwiz, Xenius9, Urnyx05

Benefits:
Gcam offers less aggressive noise reduction and oversharpening. Under daylight things might not look too different but it's a lot better for low light, especially for finer details like carpets, hair, fabric texture. I've attached some comparison shots. The file names will indicate which camera was used for the pictures.

Regarding 6.1 vs 6.2 vs 7.0 vs 7.2:
6.1 could be more stable and allows you to save profiles that you can swap between (for instance if you have a setting for indoor and outdoor). However 6.2 is faster, possibly better processing algorithms. 7.0 is faster still and even better algorithms. 7.0+ also ads astrophotography option which is night sight but even better! 7.2 works on Android 10 only and should improve upon 7.0.

GCAM 6.1.0.021 Base
Download Arnova's Advanced 1.7 here: https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/dev-arnova8G2/
then download the XML config attached to this post.
Instructions for applying the XML file can be found here: https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/f/settings09/
What works:
- Aperture switching for main camera (settings > Samsung CameraAPI2 > toggle "Switch to 2.4f aperture)
- Motion photo (have to use google photos as gallery and only limited to 1080p resolution)
- Night Sight
- Portrait mode
- Wide angle camera (hold the toggle camera button to switch between wide and regular rear cameras, press to switch between rear camera and front camera)

GCAM 6.2.030 Base
Download Arnova's Advanced 2.2 here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/devdb/project/dl/?id=31714
Go to Settings > About > Enable Advanced Features
Settings > Enable AUX
Settings > HDR+ Control > Image Format > YUV_420_888
Quality HDR+ > Super High
Custom Libs > Eszdman v3 Beta
What works:
- Aperture switching for main camera (aperture icon at the bottom right)
- Motion photo
- Night Sight
- Portrait mode
- Wide angle camera (toggle button at the bottom left)

GCAM 7.0.009 Base
Download Xenius9's GCam_4.0.191101.0729build-7.0.009_x9_s9s_mod_0.43.apk here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12qfHQ-oq4vrHCWFkNaP6lNHMoDB31SNy
To enable astrophotography, go to settings, developer settings and make sure nightsight.extended_tripod and nightsight.extended_iterable_burst is enabled.

What works:
- Aperture switching for main camera (aperture icon at the bottom right)
- Motion photo
- Night Sight (with Astrophotography)
- Portrait mode

GCAM 7.2.010 Base for Android 10
Download Urynx05's gcam mod here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=81499445&postcount=1197
then download the XML config here: https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/p/f/2020/01/s10_snap.xml
Instructions for applying the XML file can be found here: https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/f/settings09/

What works:
- Aperture switching for main camera (aperture icon at the bottom right)
- Motion photo
- Night Sight (Astrophotography can be enabled but max shutter is only like 2 seconds, not enough for stars)
- Portrait mode
- Wide Angle Camera

More development info can be found in the original app page.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/google-camera-mods/app-arnovas-google-camera-port-t3862448
 

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Ever since the update to One UI 2.5 recently, I cant get any of the Gcams working correctly. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling the cams and clearing cache everywhere. With 7.3 I cant get the front facing camera to work and with 7.2 I cant even load up the camera it just crashes. Anyone have a working gcam after the One UI 2.5 update and which one works for you? Is there a config file thats best for 7.3 to get the front facing cam to work?

Using the stock snapdragon U.S. Unlocked S10+ on VZW.
 

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Ever since the update to One UI 2.5 recently, I cant get any of the Gcams working correctly. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling the cams and clearing cache everywhere. With 7.3 I cant get the front facing camera to work and with 7.2 I cant even load up the camera it just crashes. Anyone have a working gcam after the One UI 2.5 update and which one works for you? Is there a config file thats best for 7.3 to get the front facing cam to work?

Using the stock snapdragon U.S. Unlocked S10+ on VZW.
I am having the exact same issue. Does anyone have a solution to this? Thank you!
 

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Ever since the update to One UI 2.5 recently, I cant get any of the Gcams working correctly. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling the cams and clearing cache everywhere. With 7.3 I cant get the front facing camera to work and with 7.2 I cant even load up the camera it just crashes. Anyone have a working gcam after the One UI 2.5 update and which one works for you? Is there a config file thats best for 7.3 to get the front facing cam to work?

Using the stock snapdragon U.S. Unlocked S10+ on VZW.
Same with G9700 (Snapdragon). 7.3 works but only the main rear camera.
 

huen0123

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Same with G9700 (Snapdragon). 7.3 works but only the main rear camera.
Same cases, my S10 is still using OneUI 2.1.
The rear camera seems to work pretty well.

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But I need to thank the author! GCAM seems a good alternative compared to the original camera... My camera is always out-focus.
 

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I have downloaded this but nightsight doent work but the base camera does. Some of the other features crash the app. Im using s10+ snap.
 

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mrsmithb

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Any reason this wouldn't also work on a Snapdragon S10+? Thinking about giving it a try now...

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Installed and verified basic functionality on my S10+. Took a couple of night sight pictures and they turned out good. Will do some more testing. Thanks for the information.

Update: I'm seeing issues when switching between different modes. For example, the picture freezes whenever I go into portrait mode. Other modes work sometimes, but display a black screen other times. The app doesn't freeze or crash, and if I switch to another mode then switch back, sometimes that resolves it.
 
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Any reason this wouldn't also work on a Snapdragon S10+? Thinking about giving it a try now...

---------- Post added at 11:11 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:42 AM ----------

Installed and verified basic functionality on my S10+. Took a couple of night sight pictures and they turned out good. Will do some more testing. Thanks for the information.

Update: I'm seeing issues when switching between different modes. For example, the picture freezes whenever I go into portrait mode. Other modes work sometimes, but display a black screen other times. The app doesn't freeze or crash, and if I switch to another mode then switch back, sometimes that resolves it.
To fix portrait mode freezing, go to Settings (top section, mod settings) -> Advanced -> FIX -> Viewfinder Format. Then select YUV-420_888 (default).
 
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mrsmithb

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Very good. The viewfinder fix seems to have worked for portrait mode, and helped with all other modes as well.

Any other settings changes you would recommend making to optimize performance?
 

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I took a few pics just now outside with default camera and then with Google night sight. Google cam pics definitely a little brighter, and much clearer, with more detail than the default cam. Quite pleased.
 

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I took a few pics just now outside with default camera and then with Google night sight. Google cam pics definitely a little brighter, and much clearer, with more detail than the default cam. Quite pleased.
Night sight is phenomenal. To the point where I use it almost exclusively even in daylight on my Pixel 3. Can;t wait for S10 with gcam port.

How is the shutter delay using the gcam port on the S10? On LGs where I have used gcam, the ZSL would not work and that was the only downside.
 

mrsmithb

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Night sight is phenomenal. To the point where I use it almost exclusively even in daylight on my Pixel 3. Can;t wait for S10 with gcam port.

How is the shutter delay using the gcam port on the S10? On LGs where I have used gcam, the ZSL would not work and that was the only downside.
I will check the shutter delay today when I have time. I've only used it for night shots as of now since that was the primary advantage it has over the samsung cam software. I know as of right now, this version doesn't support the wide angle lens, which means it's necessary to keep both sets of software. HOwever, I read in another thread (here or on reddit) that there is now a gcam version that works with JUST the wide angle lens. So hopefully they can combine these and give us a fully working port in the near future.
 
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