How to get Pixel 2's portrait mode on the original Pixel, the Nexus 6P, and the Nexus 5X

How to get Pixel 2's portrait mode on the original Pixel, the Nexus 6P, and the Nexus 5X
Camera NX is a Google Camera mod that has previously brought neat Pixel 2 features, including HDR+ and zero shutter lag, to older Pixel and Nexus devices, and even some non-Google phones. However, one of the best new camera features of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL—or at least on of the trendiest—has yet to make its way to other phones, by official means anyway. Yes, we're talking about portrait mode, and we're happy to report that this changes with the latest version of Camera NX!

Camera NX V7.3, released a couple of days ago, brings Portrait mode to the original Pixels, as well as the Nexus 6P and 5X, which means that all initially exclusive Pixel 2 features have now been ported to older devices! Best of all, no rooting or tinkering is required! It's as easy as downloading the app from the Google Drive link provided bellow and installing it on your device.

Portrait mode takes the place of the "Lens blur" option, tucked away in the hamburger menu, and works for both the front and back cameras, as intended. Camera NX developer Charles Chow notes that the app takes two shots when Portrait mode is enabled – one normal and one with the blurring effect applied. Of course, in order for it to work, the camera has to first recognize a face in the shot.

Download Camera NX 7.3

source: Chromloop



1. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

But how well does it work compared to the Pixel 2 is what I'm concerned about. IIRC, Portrait Mode on the Pxiel 2 is also assisted by a DualPixel technology.

4. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Can't say how it compares exactly, but I will say it works pretty dang spectacularly. Using on the 6P and now I have one less reason to ever want to upgrade to another phone. It handles the masking really well and captures super fast. Haven't had any crashes with the modded camera either (used to have them with previous Camera NX releases)

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's a shame that google isn't the one who make this feature available for older pixels and nexuses :-/

5. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

It's a shame because it shows that they could have given us these features but didn't. Guess we just have to thank the beautiful hackers who save the day.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

PhoneArena, it would be nice if you made a comparision between Google Pixel 2 Camera and these phones cameras (after downloading this camera app) and also add to it LG V30 with the use of this app since it was also modded to be used there.

6. chamathzz

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Is this nx 7.4 app required Android 8+ to work?

7. sv1293

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

woah.. that's so cool. It works like a charm :)

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