Smartphone cameras are improving day by day. The latest launched iPhone 12 series boasted a new camera which supports HDR video recording with Dolby Vision, a technology only found in high-end cameras.
Though the megapixel count of iPhone cameras is only 12MP, still the image and video quality is better than other smartphones with a camera lens of megapixel higher than 4 or 5 times its count.
The quality of images clicked by a smartphone not only depends on the megapixel size of the camera but other factors also, such as lighting, image processing, manual controls etc.
While on iPhones, you get the best of cameras, the quality of images clicked from Android can differ from brands to brands because of the image processing algorithm used by each of them.
What is GCam?
Amongst the best algorithms used in the Android world is the one used by Google in its Pixel range of smartphones. The images clicked by Pixel devices easily competes and sometimes beats the iPhone and Samsung devices easily.
The Google Camera, also known as GCam can be installed in devices with Snapdragon CPU easily. Using GCam, you can utilize your phone’s camera to its fullest potential.
You can install GCam on other non-Snapdragon CPU devices if the ported versions are available on the internet.
Why Should I use Google Camera aka GCam?
Google Camera (GCAm) can produce the best picture possible out of your device’s camera. It is the best app to use if you want the best image out of your device.
If you have a bad camera, using GCam app can make the images look good, and if you have a good camera, then GCam can make them look better. In short, you will get better photos than you are getting now from your device.
Here are a few samples to make my point clear.
As you can see in the above images, the images clicked using GCam are clearer and provide better colours and details as compared to the images clicked from the stock camera app. If you want clearer and better images then, GCam is the app that you should use on your Android device.
How to Download GCam for My Device?
GCam is natively supported by Pixel devices. It is very easy to find a supported version for android devices with Snapdragon CPUs. However, if you have devices with Mediatek, Samsung’s Exynos or other kinds of CPUs then it is going to be really tough to find a GCam supported by your device.
One thing to note is, to use GCam on your device, you need to have the support of camera2 API in your device. You can check the internet to know if your device already supports it or not. You can also enable it manually in some devices from developer options in the settings menu or through many other ways. To know how to enable Camera2 API for your specific, you can search on YouTube.
To use Gcam, it is mandatory to have camera2 API support in your device.
There are two ways that I use for installing the GCam for my Redmi Note 4.
Method 1: Using GCamator app on my Android
You can download the GCamator app from Google Play Store and check if your device has Camera2 API enabled, and download GCam, all of this, directly from the app.
Here are the steps to use this app.
Step 1: Go to Play Store and download GCamator app.
Step 2: Open the app and tap on Camera2 API option to see if your device supports it.
Step 3: Tap on Your GCam option and the app will show you the supported version of GCam and download the GCam apk for your device.
Step 4: Install the GCam apk you downloaded and you’re done!
Now, let’s have a look at the 2nd and the most common method to find Google Camera for android.
Method 2: Searching the supported version of GCam apk on the internet
A simple Google search can help you find the Gcam apk supported by your android device.
This site will most likely be the first link when you will search for the GCam apk for your device. You can check this link and search for GCam apk for your device from this site.
So, guys, this was a short article on the most beloved Google camera app on android.
If you have an android device with a Snapdragon CPU then you will easily find a GCam for your device. And if not, then you can request one of the developers, who develop Gcam for other devices, to develop one for your device.
I hope this guide was helpful to you. Do you want to know about any other app or any other thing related to tech? Share it in the comments below and I will try my best to help you out.
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