Ultra-wide lens Astrophotography Feature Disabled by Google in Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5
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Last Updated on December 31, 2020 by
Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 underwent a software update, but it seems that instead of upgrading the features, the phones faced a downgrade in their camera. It has removed the phone’s ability to shoot pictures of the stars in the Ultra-wide mode from the camera app.
Owners of the two phones- Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G are totally disheartened after not being able to possess the ability to click astrophotography pictures using the ultra-wide lens. This was possible earlier, but just after the latest software update, the option was disabled.
Google disables the feature of astrophotography using the ultra-wide lens in Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.
During the launch of both the phones, the feature of capturing ultra-wide astrophotos was considered to be a deal-breaker. However, with the latest Google 8.1 Camera update in November, it was seen that this feature was removed. Google, however, did not announce that it would be doing such a thing.
Nowhere was it mentioned that after the update, the feature would be deprived. It was later mentioned that astrophotography in Google Pixel 5a 5G and Pixel 5 would only work on zoom settings- equal to or more than 1x. Earlier switching from the primary lens to the ultra-wide lens while using astrophotography mode was possible when the zoom was set at 0.6x.
So the end statement comes to- we can use use the astrophotography mode and the ultra-wide lens on Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, the exception now being that they cannot be used together. Both can be put to use separately. This is shocking because earlier while marketing the phones, the ultra-wide lens for astrophotography was brought into the limelight several times by Google.
This being said, Google’s support forum received various complaints from a lot of users. A few of the complaints were about the fact that a green tint was appearing while clicking the pictures of the stars using the ultra-wide lens. Google might have removed this feature because of the dropdown in the quality of the photographs. This can either be a temporary move until a solution is found or permanently if the fault is complicated to solve with some other software updates.
Google’s move put it to shame because the latest update, Google Camera 8.1 update, brought a lot of unique features to the previous Pixel mobiles. But the owners of Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5g were seriously unhappy with the downgrade in features after the software update.
However, if we go into depth and look into the matter, we will see that the feature of using the ultra-wide lens and the astrophotography mode together is not very widely used. So Google can consider the decision that they have taken as an agreeable loss.