Google recently released the Pixel 4a as a new mid-range phone that does not come to impress by its hardware. After all, the company’s strategy is more 
focused on the software part. That comes by offering the best possible Android support and by offering some of the best cameras in the market even without much-advanced hardware. As you might know all the magic behind the Pixel phones’ excellent photography capabilities goes underneath the Google Camera app a.k.a GCam.

Exclusive features often come with the company’s app like HDR+ and Astrophotography. These technologies made Pixel phones stand against the competition. In some cases, Pixel phones produce better images than your handset a Penta-Camera setup. Due to the wonders brought by this application, the community flourished with custom ports of the app named Gcam. There are multiple variations of the app offering a wide array of features and extensive support for several Android smartphones.

Today, we’re bringing an update for one of the most popular MODs inside the Gcam community. It is named UltraCVM and offers HDR+ modes, Astrophotography as well as a wide variety of controls to improve the image quality. However, the mod seems to support only Android 10 and Android 9 Pie devices. It’s a limitation from the GCAM 7.3 base.

What is Gcam? and UltraCVM mod?

In short, Gcam is a mod that aims to bring the Google Camera app to several smartphones and ensure that all features work with them. There are several variations of Gcam. Some are meant for multiple Android devices, while others are made specifically for a single smartphone. Multiple developers are working on Gcam and we have today an active community of users using the Mod.

“UltraCVM is an ongoing project of building a gcam that would fulfill the need for an extreme imaging tool aimed towards exceptional quality for most up-to-date sensors used in flagship devices. Based on respective and known devs, keeping and extending their features.”

The new mod is a complete rework on the GCAM 7.3 base. It was made by the developer UltraM8, and all credits go for him and the community behind the GCAM project. It brings a new design and advanced features. If you’ve some knowledge in image controls, you may be able to capture stunning photos with your smartphone. However, you can simply install the app and most features will be available at startup. As aforementioned, the UI is the fruit of a great amount of work and the final result is simply awesome.

Gcam 7.3 app mod base features:

Automatic DND mode while using video-recording.

Re-arranged settings UI.

24FPS video recording.

Exposure controls to adjust brightness and HDR of your photo.

Astrophotography implemented to Night Sight.

Received Frequent Faces to help you capture Top Shot photos.

Touch and Hold shortcut in the shutter button to capture Top Shot photos.

v5.1 03.08

Recalc S5K3l6 black level

Added imx471 & imx689 noise models

Set imx363 noise model as default for non supported devices

Further DR experiments

Further detail experiments

Added full range of variance denoisers radiuses & advanced alignment denoisers

Added awb redpoint setting to patcher: you can now try to compensate pink/purplish tint on Samsung sensors by inverting the color a little (thx r0m10 for lib examination on this) – added GMM600 gamma & tone (thx to Fertde & And_rjy)

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