Google has removed support for astrophotography mode from the ultra-wide cameras on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G

Illustration of an article titled Cryptically Removing Google Astrophotography Mode Support for Ultra Wide Cameras on Pixel 5 and 4a 5G

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Holidays are usually bid time, but after a camera update earlier this fall, users recently discovered that Google removed the ability to use astrophotography mode with the ultra-wide cameras on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.

When Pixel 5 And the Pixel 4a 5G First released, Google Astrophotography Mode (which was introduced last year alongside Pixel 4It is available for use in both the primary and ultra-wide cameras of the phone. Unfortunately, it appears that after the release of version 8.1 of Google Camera app Which added quite a few features to the older Pixel phones, the newer Pixel 5 and 4a 5G also lost the ability to use astrophotography mode with their ultra-wide angle lenses.

While Google has not provided an official explanation for this change, Google has since made an update Support page To point out, “In Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, astrophotography only works at zoom settings equal to or greater than 1x”

Currently, it is not clear why Google has disabled astrophotography mode from working With Ultra Wide Cameras. I amIf you look at some of the sample shots posted on the Pixel support community, there is a possible explanation May is being Some Lackluster results.

at It’s featured on Pixel’s support pageIn this article, a number of users have posted side-by-side comparisons taken prior to the update that display Astrophotography images captured with an ultra-wide Pixel lens that appear grainy or inferior (often with an intense green hue) from shots captured by the primary phone cam.

Since Astrophotography shots could have been captured with an ultra-wide Pixel lens prior to the update, after less than excellent results reports, Google may have decided to disable the feature temporarily while investigating the issue and possibly working on a fix. Gizmodo contacted Google for more information and we will provide an update if we receive a response.

Given the time it took to notice this change, losing support for astrophotography mode on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G ultra-wide cameras is probably not a big problem for most people, but it is a somewhat disappointing change, so hopefully Google can fix the problem in time. Near.

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