While smartphone companies are equipping new smartphones with more and more cameras, Google is tracing a different path with fewer sensors and a powerful algorithm. The Google Camera application can be considered the Holy Grail of camera applications in Android. For that reason, we have been seeing multiple ports for various smartphones in order to bring the best of Pixel’s camera to other smartphones. This way, it’s possible to combine the power of Google’s Algorithm with the technology brought by the use of multiple camera sensors
The GCam development community is pretty strong among Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones. The application has brought impressive results to many mid-range devices such as the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Mi A3. Two months ago, Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 8 Pro, an impressive piece of technology with a powerful 64MP quad-camera array. Photography enthusiasts began to imagine the results that could be achieved by using GCam, but a barrier was before them.
There’s no working version of GCam in a MediaTek’s powered smartphone
Unlike its Redmi Note predecessors, the Redmi Note 8 Pro ships with a MediaTek chipset. All the development made in GCAM has been made with Snapdragon chipsets in mind. After all, Pixel smartphones ship with Snapdragon chipsets. The use of Helio G90T chipset basically burned all the expectations GCAM fans had in using the advanced camera app on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. But if there’s one thing we should never doubt, it’s the power of the community.
The GCAM modder and developer Wyroczen has been working alone to make the GCAM app compatible with the MediaTek’s powered Redmi Note 8 Pro. After a long period of work and tests, the developer has managed to bring a stable working version of the GCAM application for the powerful handset. Worth noting that at the current state, some features are still broken. However, we believe that in the future we will be able to see more advanced features coming to the midrange device such as Astrophotography. For now, it’s good to see the power of Google algorithm delivering a new experience through HDR+ and NightSight modes.