Google secretly removed support for astrophotography mode from ultra-wide cams on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G

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There is usually a holiday time, though after a camera update earlier this fall, users recently found that Google has introduced the ability to use astrophotography mode on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G with ultra-wide cameras Has been removed.

when Pixel 5 And Pixel 4 A 5G Were first released, Google’s Astrophotography Mode (introduced last year Pixel 4) Was available for use on both the phone’s primary and ultra-wide cameras. Unfortunately, it seems that after pushing the version of 8.1 out Google Camera App In which many features were added to older Pixel phones, the new Pixel 5 and 4a 5G also lost the ability to use astrophotography mode with its ultra-wide angle lens.

While Google has not provided an official explanation for this change, Google has since updated it support page Note that “on the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, astrophotography only works on zoom settings or equal to more than 1x.”

Currently, it is unclear whether Google has disabled astrophotography mode from working. With ultra wide cam. I amF you see some sample shots posted on the Pixel Support community, a possible explanation May Happen some Lack results.

In A thread on the pixel support pageSeveral users had posted side-by-side comparisons prior to the update, showing the astrophotography photos shot by the Pixel Ultra Wide Lens before the update, which compared specifically to shots taken by the phone’s primary Appears to be granular or of low quality (often with heavy green). Cam.

Since it was possible to take astrophotography shots with Pixel’s ultra-wide lens before the update, after fewer reports than stellar results, Google may have decided to temporarily disable the feature while it investigates the problem and Possibly works on a fix. Gizmodo has reached out to Google for more information and we will provide an update if we hear back.

Given the time it takes to see this change, the loss of support for the astrophotography mode on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G’s ultra-wide cams is probably not a huge deal for most people, but it is a pretty disappointing change. Here’s hoping that Google can make an improvement sometime soon.


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