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Google Camera app adds a bunch of cool features to Pixel phones. It has also been ported to other devices unofficially and has modified versions that keep circulating around features that you only get on Google phones. So we wanted to know how important the app is to you when buying a new phone. Do you think about it before you pick up a new device? Here’s how you voted in our poll.
Do you consider Gcam outlets when buying a new phone?
Our survey shows that our readers are divided when it comes to the Google Camera app. GCam is one of the many important considerations for the majority of respondents (26.9%) when buying a smartphone.
Meanwhile, 24.8% of voters feel the app is good but not necessary.
20.8% of survey respondents have absolutely no interest in the Google Camera app. Not surprisingly, considering that it currently has a rating of 2.2 on the Google Play Store with over 450,00 reviews.
Interestingly, 14.9% of the respondents were Pixel users. This means that they already have the official version of the Google Camera app on their phones.
Only 12.6% of our readers voted to say that GCam ports are essential to them and their primary consideration when buying a phone.
Leif Shantz: I didn’t really care about it, I just use whatever camera app comes preloaded on the phone.
After considering the second: Motorola’s budget OnePlus phones have decent cameras. However, Gcam pushes the camera hardware to the limit in both devices. It’s a game changer for those who want a phone that produces great visuals and doesn’t break the bank.
Roaduardo: Today’s smartphone cameras are super tricky enough for everyday use. Smartphone camera quality (for still photos) wasn’t something I had to worry about for many years. On the other hand, shooting video on mobile, on Android devices, still has a long way to keep up with Apple (Samsung’s closest).
Niky Tamayo: It’s sometimes better than the stock app in terms of color, but I absolutely prefer using the professional mode and fixing things in the post if they need the fix. Either way, I tend to pick phones based on camera quality, and phones that focus on that often have very good stock apps.
Matt: How would Gcam be better than the software your phone manufacturer created?
Peter Balga: I’m just waiting for the Exynos S22 Ultra, does anyone know if the GCam app works? Being from a Pixel I’m concerned about shutter speed, Samsung’s camera app always seems to have a hard time moving things around.
No: my s20 crashes instantly any time I try to open a game port
Albin: I’m fortunate that my current Moto phone (first compatible with a Level 3 camera, compare Pixel 3) supports multiple GCams, and I was told early on about a good phone. I like “handy” style apps when I’m feeling “creative” but can’t beat GCam for a simple point-and-click, especially when there isn’t much to see on a sunny screen. HDR+ is amazingly fast for handheld devices and produces better detail, up to 3x or so than digital zoom from a single shot.
I’ve loved camera “mods” with the Canon Powershot CHDK for over a decade now, which I have to say is a much better organized and cohesive project organization than GCam, with a single website, detailed user guides, and an extensive collaborative process for development and beta testing to be finalized. on builds, which effectively covers a large number of Powershot camera models. It’s a lot easier to tell if there’s a model-factor CHDK, as compared to the independent group of independent GCam developers, a sort of herd of cats by comparison. Good luck seeing if any new phone will support it.
Ahmed Danesh: I used to use Gcam on my phone but when I compare it to stock camera it shows big difference in detail Gcam is around 2MB while my stock camera is always 6+MB so I decided not to use Gcam anymore. My phone is Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
David: I have a Xiaomi mi 10t 5g and the stock camera app is great, and I never thought to change it.
crusty: at first i was like wtf are gcam ports. Is this a new hole in the phone…but then I realized there is a Google Camera. Haha no, I looked into it but it is definitely not a consideration when upgrading to a new phone.
Danny: I’ve used it so far from Huawei, and there is no GCam. The compact camera is great for any occasion.
Lcd1701: This didn’t make sense to me, and Gcam ports are always pretty much mentioned. I don’t really see articles about Samsung or any other company’s camera ports. Using software that is not intended for your phone requires issues to occur.
Duckofdeath: Google spambots are set to fill the internet with promotions this past year. I suspect there are more ads going on in comment sections of the internet these days than in articles. Get fake interactions with people who think they are arguing with people and make them talk about the things you want to sell them.