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  1. flyingkytez's Avatar
    Downloaded the Google Pixel 2 camera APK and the pictures look better with HDR+! Nothing really substantial but the colors look much better. Below is the download link. Let me know what you think and if you notice any improvements:

    [DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK]:
    www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=817550096634795524

    [ORIGINAL SOURCE]:
    https://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2017/09/08/hdr/

    • The link above is the only version I found that worked on the V20.
    • It has the blur effect so you can get that same blurred bokeh background effect like the Note 8, without the need for a "telephoto" lens.
    • The selfie front facing camera quality sucks! Don't use it. Only use it for the main 16MP rear facing camera.
    • Video recording is still better on the default LG camera app because it utilizes the omni-directional mics, whereas other apps only use a single mic. Plus it has manual settings and more options.
    • The slo-mo mode is better on the Google camera app because it also captures the slo-mo sound, whereas the default LG camera does not.
    • I find it works best when HDR is set to "AUTO", though sometimes colors can look too reddish and warm.
    • Low-light looks very good and there's a bigger improvement in low-light settings.
    • Apparently, it only works with Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821, or Snapdragon 835 SoCs.

    Big thanks to the original developer for making this possible. More info about it:

    "A Ukrainian developer by the name of B-S-G on the forum 4PDA has posted a modified version of Google Camera v4.4.012.156195200. This Google Camera app is the same one pulled from the third Android O Developer Preview that was released in June of this year. The developer was able to modify it to work with any device that utilizes the Hexagon 680 ISP or above, which includes those devices with the Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821, or Snapdragon 835 SoCs."

    ******09/29/2018 UPDATE: New updated version of the GCam app for the V20 is available here:

    https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/a.../dev-cstark27/

    I recommend the latest cstark 3.8 build versions. You can install both the regular and wide angle version at the same time.

    Regular:
    cstark27_GCam_5.1.018_24_v3.8.apk

    Wide Angle:
    cstark27_GCam_5.1.018_24_wide_v3.8.apk
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    11-28-2017 04:47 PM
  2. RaRa85's Avatar
    Downloaded the Google Pixel 2 camera APK and the pictures look better with HDR+! Nothing really substantial but the colors look much better. Below is the download link. Let me know what you think and if you notice any improvements:

    https://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2017/09/08/hdr/

    BTW it also has the blur effect so you can get that same blurred bokeh background like the Note 8.
    Are you in the V20 pictures/video thread? I've noted the same conclusions with some references as well. This past Sunday I spent a whole night with the app in HDR+ mode and the results were just beautiful. It's a shame it's a tad slow and can't utilize the second camera though. But I really love it. Only thing missing is manual focus for when you want to get a macro of something too close for any camera app to recognize.
    11-28-2017 05:10 PM
  3. flyingkytez's Avatar
    No I haven't looked in that thread. There's a pretty noticable difference with Google's HDR+ versus LG's default HDR mode. I think I'm going to take more of my pictures using the Google camera app instead and use default app for the other features. Probably will be the only unofficial update we'll get for the camera.
    11-28-2017 05:15 PM
  4. RaRa85's Avatar
    Well what are you waiting for? That should be one of the first threads you join and contribute to if you love to take pictures. There are some great images there and I'm sure you have a ton of your own. You'll be inspired by some of the shots users have achieved with their V20. So head on over there and get to sharing. It's a great community.https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url...0&share_type=t

    LG V20 - Camera shots! Show us your pictures
    11-28-2017 05:36 PM
  5. RaRa85's Avatar
    Also I've noticed that the app is bit faster at processing the HDR pictures. Not sure if it updated but it is noticeable. Also quicker in taking the image as well.
    11-28-2017 09:42 PM
  6. flyingkytez's Avatar
    Also I've noticed that the app is bit faster at processing the HDR pictures. Not sure if it updated but it is noticeable. Also quicker in taking the image as well.
    It's true. With the stock LG camera app, there's a slight delay and it takes a second before the picture is saved. The Google camera snaps the photo instantly and saves it right away, the post processing is done in the background.
    11-29-2017 03:57 PM
  7. krazyatom's Avatar
    Let me try this!
    11-30-2017 04:44 PM
  8. TNCattleDog's Avatar
    Whats the most recent version you guys are using and what settings have you found to be optimal for the V20?

    Thanks,
    David
    11-30-2017 06:30 PM
  9. flyingkytez's Avatar
    Whats the most recent version you guys are using and what settings have you found to be optimal for the V20?

    Thanks,
    David
    The link provided above was the only version that worked out of 5 others I've tried. Every other one refused to install. You should save it while it's still up!

    Optimal settings: Just leave the defaults. The app's auto mode is really good on its own, HDR+ is on auto by default. Picture always look better than stock LG camera.
    TNCattleDog likes this.
    11-30-2017 09:51 PM
  10. flyingkytez's Avatar
    Let me try this!
    Let me know what you think. I really enjoy using the camera more often now!
    11-30-2017 09:52 PM
  11. sanford12's Avatar
    Thank you. This is a very noticeable improvment. Two thumbs up.
    12-07-2017 12:38 PM
  12. Mooncatt's Avatar
    I tried the app, but may uninstall it. The HDR function isn't worlds better than the V20 app and I rarely take those anyway. If I did mostly auto/HDR stuff, then I could see keeping it on my phone. I mostly shoot manual, and nothing beats LG's manual controls.
    12-07-2017 09:24 PM
  13. flyingkytez's Avatar
    I tried the app, but may uninstall it. The HDR function isn't worlds better than the V20 app and I rarely take those anyway. If I did mostly auto/HDR stuff, then I could see keeping it on my phone. I mostly shoot manual, and nothing beats LG's manual controls.
    Most of the photos are automatically enhanced which is nice so you don't have to do anything. Pictures just look more pleasing to the eye. Normally I would use a app like Snapseed to boost the colors and contrast. Another thing I noticed was the camera speed was a bit faster (but focus speed still the same). The stock camera is more reliable and takes good photos still. Most manufactures do the same like Samsung, boost the color so people think it looks amazing.
    12-08-2017 02:00 AM
  14. flyingkytez's Avatar
    Thank you. This is a very noticeable improvment. Two thumbs up.
    Glad to have helped. Hopefully this camera app will satisfy until the next upgrade since LG won't update it.
    12-08-2017 02:03 AM
  15. sanford12's Avatar
    I tried the app, but may uninstall it. The HDR function isn't worlds better than the V20 app and I rarely take those anyway. If I did mostly auto/HDR stuff, then I could see keeping it on my phone. I mostly shoot manual, and nothing beats LG's manual controls.
    I've found the HDR+ of the Pixel photo software to be a big improvement over the stock LG in auto mode HDR or otherwise. The over processed images of the stock LG software are unacceptable for me If that's what you want it's OK but I prefer a more natural appearance. Manual is not good to take that quick shot if your fooling with manual settings the shot may get away. If I want to take serious photos I'll use my Panasonic FZ-1000. A real camera is better for that.
    12-10-2017 11:35 AM
  16. donebrasko's Avatar
    I tried the app, but may uninstall it. The HDR function isn't worlds better than the V20 app and I rarely take those anyway. If I did mostly auto/HDR stuff, then I could see keeping it on my phone. I mostly shoot manual, and nothing beats LG's manual controls.
    I have to agree with you there. I'm just learning and I have been enjoying both camera and video modes.
    Mooncatt likes this.
    12-11-2017 02:10 AM
  17. flyingkytez's Avatar
    I've found the HDR+ of the Pixel photo software to be a big improvement over the stock LG in auto mode HDR or otherwise. The over processed images of the stock LG software are unacceptable for me If that's what you want it's OK but I prefer a more natural appearance. Manual is not good to take that quick shot if your fooling with manual settings the shot may get away. If I want to take serious photos I'll use my Panasonic FZ-1000. A real camera is better for that.
    I also have real cameras too, but I don't really carry it around all the time (Sony A6000 + Lumix GM1). The Pixel 2 camera app actually does a lot of post processing, and it's tuned to make images stand out more. The stock LG camera app does not do much post processing so the pictures end up looking pretty dull, however a photo editing app like Snapseed can fix it. Plus, HDR on the stock app doesn't really do anything, automode on Pixel 2 camera app is outstanding.
    12-12-2017 02:28 AM
  18. BrokerDadFL's Avatar
    I'm new to all this. Can someone walk me through the steps to install? Just got a V20.

    I went to the link, and all I got was redirection to Google apk that led me to only Google Primer or Google Wish apps at the store.

    Thanks in advance.
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    12-12-2017 07:59 AM
  19. rdjr74's Avatar
    Any work around to get the ARCore and AR Stickers for the camera?
    12-12-2017 01:26 PM
  20. flyingkytez's Avatar
    I'm new to all this. Can someone walk me through the steps to install? Just got a V20.

    I went to the link, and all I got was redirection to Google apk that led me to only Google Primer or Google Wish apps at the store.

    Thanks in advance.
    Make sure you're clicking on the right link, it's a little tricky with these file hosting websites. You need to download the .apk file. Once downloaded, open the file via file manager and install it (must allow unknown sources option). And that's it, open the app and it should work.
    12-14-2017 01:06 AM
  21. flyingkytez's Avatar
    Any work around to get the ARCore and AR Stickers for the camera?
    I would track down the developer that hacked it and shared it with everyone and ask him. I believe he's on XDA developers website.
    12-14-2017 01:07 AM
  22. RaRa85's Avatar
    Any work around to get the ARCore and AR Stickers for the camera?
    Yeah I don't see non Google users getting that feature. Could be wrong but I highly doubt it.
    12-14-2017 06:09 AM
  23. RaRa85's Avatar
    I tried the app, but may uninstall it. The HDR function isn't worlds better than the V20 app and I rarely take those anyway. If I did mostly auto/HDR stuff, then I could see keeping it on my phone. I mostly shoot manual, and nothing beats LG's manual controls.
    I mostly agree with you about manual mode in every situation but very bright backlit scenes where in manual you have to choose between a properly exposed subject and blown out background or a properly exposed background and underexposed subject(of course you correct it in post by bringing up the shadows). Also Google's HDR+ has a built in preserve highlights and light sources algorithm that beautifully exposes for highlights while boosting shadows. You really have to fine tune your settings to get that kind of balance in manual but still a lot of times you have to make a decision. That is where Google really shines. My example below is the perfect example of the bright background scenario. The correct exposure for the soda bottle doesn't really change much at all from auto to HDR+ while the background does drastically.
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    12-16-2017 08:36 PM
  24. flyingkytez's Avatar
    I mostly agree with you about manual mode in every situation but very bright backlit scenes where in manual you have to choose between a properly exposed subject and blown out background or a properly exposed background and underexposed subject(of course you correct it in post by bringing up the shadows). Also Google's HDR+ has a built in preserve highlights and light sources algorithm that beautifully exposes for highlights while boosting shadows. You really have to fine tune your settings to get that kind of balance in manual but still a lot of times you have to make a decision. That is where Google really shines. My example below is the perfect example of the bright background scenario. The correct exposure for the soda bottle doesn't really change much at all from auto to HDR+ while the background does drastically. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...594aed856d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...b2da18a203.jpg
    The Google camera has a very intelligent auto mode. I noticed when you take a portrait photo, the image is enhanced very well and it tries to blur the background a little bit. Try taking a picture of yourself with the rear camera and then compare it with the regular LG camera. It looks great! The pictures are fine tuned very well but sometimes a little over exaggerated but honestly that's what looks good to the eye.

    Also try out the lens blur mode. It's really fun and pictures look cool with the bokeh effect! Kinda tricky but you'll get the hang of it.
    12-17-2017 02:58 AM
  25. BrokerDadFL's Avatar
    Make sure you're clicking on the right link, it's a little tricky with these file hosting websites. You need to download the .apk file. Once downloaded, open the file via file manager and install it (must allow unknown sources option). And that's it, open the app and it should work.
    It works. Thanks for your help.

    It is significantly better than the "stock" camera. I take real estate pictures. This would be the one I would use.

    The only thing I would like to see, is the option of storing pictures on SD cards which exists on the Stock Cam. It would be a lot more convenient, but not a big deal at all.
    Pixel 2 camera app with HDR+ on V20 looks great!-viber-image1.jpg
    RaRa85 likes this.
    12-20-2017 01:39 PM
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