Google Camera 7.0 app leaks revealing Night Sight setting to capture the stars

Google Camera 7.0 app leaks revealing Night Sight setting to capture the stars
We've recently shown you some hands-on videos and images of the unannounced Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Apparently, these leaks can be traced to a retailer in Vietnam; through the same process, a web developer and designer on Twitter named Hani Mohamed Bioud (@HANI_4k) shared with XDA the APK for the Google Camera 7.0 app that will apparently be pre-loaded on the Pixel 4 line. An APK, or Android Application Package, is the file format used to distribute and install apps on Android phones. The APK for the next version of the Google Camera app was taken from one of the pre-released Pixel 4 models that have been floating around.

Some of the changes to the app are cosmetic, while there are some new options for the upcoming Pixel models. For example, Night Sight will have a new "Infinity" focus option most likely related to the astrophotography feature appearing in a leaked promo video for the Pixel 4 that has already been pulled. Night Sight allows users to snap viewable photos in low-light conditions, and astrophotography refers to the practice of taking photographs of the stars in the sky (as opposed to the stars that appear on television and movie screens). Night Sight continues to offer focus settings for Near (about 4 feet away) and Far (about 12 feet).

Videos can be recorded by long-pressing on the shutter button


A change to the zoom slider, which appeared in a photo that we showed you last week, shows you the precise zoom level as you move the slider. Both the zoom and exposure sliders are more smoother to operate although the exposure slider no longer shows the level. The top bar of the camera app, which had icons for the timer, Motion settings, and the flash options, is no more. It has been replaced with a box that surfaces in the middle of the viewfinder once you tap on the dropdown arrow, or swipe down on the viewfinder. To give users more room to see the viewfinder, the bottom part of the camera app's UI now floats on top of the viewfinder when taking 16:9 images.


With Google Camera 7.0, users will be able to quickly record a video by long-pressing the shutter button; the recording continues until the button is "released." To help those using the Time Lapse feature decide what speed setting to use, new suggestions have been added to the settings. For example, .5x is said to be "good for lively groups," 10x as "good for walking," 30x as "good for busy spots," and 120x as "good for sunsets." Photography tips are now given out based on the scene being shot in the "Camera coaching" feature. This includes hints to use Night Sight in dark environments and "try Portrait mode" when a face is detected in the viewfinder.


The Pixel 4 XL will ship with 12.2MP Sony IMX363 sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 and a 16MP Sony IMX481 sensor with a telephoto lens. There is a third camera that could be a depth sensor or a spectral sensor. The latter can capture certain things that the human eye cannot see such as X-rays, infrared rays and ultraviolet rays. The Pixel 4 might not include the spectral sensor. If this is true, the new Pixels will be sans an Ultra-wide camera. The front-facing selfie snapper on both models will weigh in at 8MP and could be a wide-angle camera.


The Pixel 4 line should be introduced during the next Made by Google event expected to take place on October 15th. As for the older Pixels, the new version of the Google Camera app could roll out next month.

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Pixel 4
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  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
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  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
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12 Comments

1. shawman

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

why do all flagship phones by major manufacturers still have smaller sensor. I hope S11 would come with 1/1.33" 108mp sensor.

2. User123456789

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Smaller sensor = cheaper sensor + less heat Smaller lenses = cheaper lenses Smaller OIS = cheaper OIS Unless sensor has DRAM inside, which increases price a lot.

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

A larger sensor would make sense if there was one camera on the back, but with three or four lenses back there then that would mean three or four sensors. That costs some extra money. Plus with a larger sensor you require a larger lens size. With three or four rear cameras, you're talking about taking up a lot more space.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO it's probably because there's still major gains they can make with software So they are saving the hardware gains for 2020 Also AFAIK these larger sensor aren't feature complete compared the smaller flagship sensors yet E.g. no Dual Pixel AF and no DRAM for 960 fps slo mo

3. User123456789

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I hope it does not use pre-loaded moon photos from data base like another brand.

5. alanrock

Posts: 315; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

you need a proper hardware for that , long road for some brands.

6. User123456789

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

There are phones out there that when you try to take photo of the moon, instead of taking the photo it will give you a photo from data base and pretend the phone took the shot. This is what I am saying.

7. alanrock

Posts: 315; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

moon is far , and decent hardware is expensive ... with weakly 2x zoom ain't gonna happen , AI enhanced or not.

9. Alan01

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

12. User123456789

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Exactly ...

8. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

But can it record 60fps or will Google limit it to "Auto" BS again?

10. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1124; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I'm pretty sure Pixel would stay on the top in Camera department. I mean look at what Google has been able to achieve with a single lens. Even last year's Pixel isn't that far behind this year's flagships from other OEM's. Heck Apple is just catching up with a dedicated night mode. That being said, @IceUniverse on twitter posted that Samsung is going to change their Camera radically but I guess only time will tell.

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