The best Pixel 7 Pro camera features that you may have missed

If you open the Camera app on your Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro and simply hit the shutter button, then admire the photo in the Gallery app afterward, you might be missing out on some very special features that Google hid away. And they can really increase your enjoyment of this excellent camera phone.

We’ve been enjoying these two phones since their launch, and here are the features we found in the camera and Google Photos app that are easy to miss a lot. And you really don’t want that, because it’s so perfect.

Long and practical

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To find the long exposure and panning features, swipe to File a movement Mode in the camera app. Long exposure darkens the moving objects in your photos, and to make it work, you hold the phone steady while something passes in front of you. The Action Pan does something similar, but blurs the background and not the object, and works best when you follow the subject with the camera.

These two features rely on Google’s AI to recognize objects and then add creative blur to or around them, the same way you work with portrait mode when taking photos of people. You will need the right posture to make the most of these two features, and you will need patience, because understanding which posture best suits any situation only comes with experience and time. It’s a fun experience, but don’t expect amazing results every time.

cinematic video

This is the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro’s video feature, and like many Google Camera modes, it adds a background blur effect. This time, instead of still images, it’s for video, and you don’t need to point the camera at someone to make it work either. The Pixel 7’s Cinematic Mode adds blur to anything in your video, whether it’s a person, a vehicle, a pet, or a still object. It makes it a little more versatile than Apple’s Cinematic Mode, which requires a person in frame to operate.

macro mode

Macro mode on Pixel 7 Pro.
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This feature does not require much effort on your part. To take a macro photo with either phone, simply point it at your subject and tap the screen to focus. You should see a small flower icon appear on the screen, indicating that it is ready to take a macro shot. However, don’t stop here, instead of moving the phone close to the subject, tap 2x or 5x (depending on which Pixel phone you have) and let the optical zoom and Google software do the work.

The 2x zoom with macro enabled is the better option on the Pixel 7 Pro, because there is very little stabilization when using the 5x zoom mode, and the image in the viewfinder moves quite a bit — making it hard to know if you’ll get a good shot. 2x images also have more detail and are less “digital” than the 5x image, and you can see examples of both in the gallery above.

magic eraser

You may have heard of Magic Eraser, Google’s smart AI finds and removes unwanted people and things from your photos, leaving you with a cleaner look and more focus on the things you want. If you don’t, it will be found inside the Google Photos app. Just open the image and click releasethen drag to Toolsand press magic eraser. The phone looks at the photo and highlights what it thinks you want to remove from the photo. Faucet erase allAnd you’re done. Instead, simply circle the items in the image that you want to hide.

The app’s AI is really adept at finding and highlighting people to remove them from photos, and while the background alternatives aren’t always perfect, it’s still an incredibly useful feature. My advice is to remove the smaller shapes from the images, which helps to get the best results. Although the AI ​​is also good at identifying and removing other elements from images, the results depend more on the complexity of the background to be copied.

camouflage

This is a recent addition to the Magic Eraser toolkit. The idea behind camouflaging is to reduce the effect of things that Magic Eraser might not be able to remove cleanly. For example, if there is a brightly colored object in your scene, changing it to a different color may help it blend in more, which is the basis for this feature.

It’s a more specific tool than Magic Eraser, and it won’t be useful in many situations. However, edge recognition is accurate, so when you want to use it, the end result is effective. It takes some thought, but it’s worth an experiment to see where its limits are. Just keep in mind that Camouflage chooses an alternate color scheme based on the surroundings, rather than picking a color to use instead. The example above shows how it can reduce the impact of some elements.

The image is not blur

A new feature for 2022, Photo Unblur is exactly what it sounds like: it tries to remove opacity from your photos. It’s designed to work on portraits of faces rather than anything else, but it also tries to work on other photos that are a bit blurry, but with different results. What about the faces? It can be blurry, as the name suggests, but the problem is that the edited photo doesn’t always look natural.

Fortunately, you don’t have to work hard to use Unblur. Open Google Photos, find a blurry image, and tap releasethen if Unblur does not appear as a file suggestionThe option can be found under Tools existing. Remember, you can tap and hold on the image after Unblur has worked its magic to see the before and after effect.

sky

Among Google’s other AI tools that won’t work every time, Sky is an interesting alternative to a generic filter if you’re looking to give your photo a fresh look. In Google Photos, open a file release feature and you will often see a file sky Statuses listed under suggestionsbut if you want to be sure, go to Tools and choose sky there.

There are many forms, including Luminous and Stormy, but they do not specifically change the appearance of the sky – it is the general atmosphere of the picture. Like Unblur, Sky mode doesn’t work successfully on every photo; You need to experiment, and eventually you will know which images will work best with it. The image above uses the Luminous setting to great effect.

Blur a picture, light a picture, focus on color

Pixel 7 Pro camera app.
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There are three tools designed to enhance your selfies or other people’s photos. Do you have photos that weren’t taken with portrait mode and find the background distracting? This is what Portrait Blur uses, because it uses the same technology that blurs the background in your front camera selfies, then applies it to the photos already in your gallery. You can also add this fun Tilt Shift theme, to give objects a fun miniature look in your photos.

How effective is that? It’s as good as the front camera on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which means it’s good but not flawless. AI doesn’t always know what “background” is and what isn’t, so don’t expect it to be perfect, but with a little creative cropping, many Portrait Blur errors can be eliminated. The tool also has two sliders for adjusting blur and depth, allowing you to fine-tune the image. Found on Google Photos under releaseAnd the ToolsAnd the blur imagebut a choice blur background They often appear when opening an image other than Portrait mode, and this is the same tool.

Portrait Light provides an adjustable light source to brighten one side of your face and leave the other side in more shade. It’s very easy to use, just drag the circle on the screen to get the right shape, and there’s a slider to adjust the intensity as well. It’s amazing how it can change the look of your photos. Finally, it uses Color Focus AI to isolate the subject of the image and then remove the color from the background, using technology similar to Portrait Blur, just for color. All three of these tools are fun to use after you’ve taken a selfie, plus they can breathe new life into old photos too.

oriented frame

While we are talking about the topic of selfies, Google has added a feature that is very useful for people who are blind or have low vision. It’s called Guided Frame, and it uses voice commands to help frame a selfie. To enable it, you have to first turn on the TalkBack feature under Settings And the AccessibilityThen be sure to listen to the guide on how to use the feature, as it’s not just for the camera. TalkBack provides verbal guidance throughout Android.

All of these features are built into the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, so be sure to try them out the next time you take pictures!

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