Here are all the new Google Camera features on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

Here are all the new Google Camera features on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

After months of leaks and speculation, the new Google Pixel 5 and the new Google Pixel 4a 5G are here. Both of these represent the latest and greatest hardware that Google can present this year. While the hardware may not be the greatest, Google’s strength has always been in software, and more specifically, camera software. Both the new Pixels come with Google Camera alongside new features. Here are all the new Google Camera features on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.

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Ultrawide Lens

While not a “Google Camera” feature per se, it is a new change to Google’s camera setup. Gone is the telephoto camera from the Google Pixel 4 series, and in its stead comes a new ultrawide lens. You still get zooming features like Super Res Zoom, but all of it is now handled through software.


While Google could have packed in three cameras, especially at a time when other flagships go as high as five rear cameras, this current situation is a liveable compromise.

Cinematic Pan in Google Camera

The Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 come with Cinematic Pan. This gives users shake-free panning on videos, making their videos appear more professional. Google says the ultra-smooth panning is inspired by the equipment that Hollywood directors use. In effect, the panning stabilizes the video and slows it down to give it a cinematic look. This feature is currently available for the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, and Google has not mentioned whether the feature will make its way to older devices. (Pssst, Google Camera mods).

Locked and Active Stabilization

Google’s support page for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G also mentions two other stabilization modes: Locked, and Active, in addition to the Standard Stabilization and the new Cinematic Pan. Standard stabilization is for countering light hand vibrations, Active stabilization is for countering heavy movement, and Locked stabilization is for capturing faraway still shots.

Night Sight in Portrait Mode

Night Sight has been one of Google’s earliest and most impactful camera features, essentially using machine learning and other software wizardry to capture detailed shots even in low light. The feature received several extensions, such as astrophotography, letting users even capture stars using their phone camera. Similarly, Portrait Mode allowed Google to capture images with a bokeh effect without needing a dedicated depth camera in the earlier generations of Pixels. Night Sight in Portrait Mode is a natural culmination of these two features.

Essentially, with Night Sight in Portrait Mode, you get the ability to capture blurred backgrounds even in extremely low light. In both, default and Portrait mode, Night Sight turns on automatically when you take a photo in low-light conditions.

This is all for the announced new features in the Google Camera on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. There are a few more features in Google Photos too, for the new phones. We’ll keep you updated with other features that we spot. Stay tuned!

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).

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