Google Camera mod brings the Pixel 3’s Synthetic Fill Flash to the Pixel 2
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL bring a lot of camera improvements to the Google flagship lineup. Google spent a decent part of its launch event focusing on the camera capabilities of the two flagships, but it did end up skipping out on several features due to the paucity of time that is generally available on stage. We covered several of these smaller improvements in a dedicated article, including the new Synthetic Fill Flash feature. Now, a new update to the Google Camera mod is bringing over the Synthetic Fill Flash from the Pixel 3 to the Pixel 2, and possibly other devices too.
If you are wondering what Synthetic Fill Flash is and what it does, DPReview.com has done a good write-up on the feature. In essence, Synthetic Fill Flash uses machine-learning based segmentation algorithm to identify human subjects and add a warm glow to them, as would have been obtained by using a reflector in real-life. The result is that human subjects still have soft lighting on their facial features, especially if there is a backlight source that would have otherwise made such features darker and difficult to discern.
XDA Senior Member cstark27‘s latest GCam Mod P3v11 gets a rebase on Google Camera 6.2.024. All Pixel 3 camera features except Motion Metering and Tracking Focus are available for the Pixel 2. This includes Synthetic Fill Flash and Launcher shortcuts for Portrait Mode and Night Sight. Do note that Android Oreo 8.1 is not supported for this release, so try this on Android Pie for now.
The forum post linked above contains the download link for the latest mod, as well as recommended settings and some explanatory notes. Please read the post to avoid having any difficulties with the mod. The mod has been tested on the Pixel 2, so all features may not work on the first generation Pixel.