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How to take pictures with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL and envy Instagram

There is no doubt that Google knows how to make amazing cameras. The Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL have the same two-lens camera, with the power of Google's image processing magic, and they have nothing to envy of the best camera phones on the market. The Pixel 4 camera is capable of capturing wonderful images, preserving your precious memories and even portraying the stars of the night sky, and here, in our guide on how to take pictures with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, we will make sure you know how to do All those things and many more.

Camera specifications

Before delving into the details, it should be mentioned that the main camera and the front camera of the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL are identical. There are no differences in quality or functions, so you can choose any of the two phones and have the same great camera.

The main one is a two-lens camera that combines a 12.2 megapixel camera with an f / 1.7 aperture capable of letting in a lot of light and a 16 megapixel telephoto with f / 2.4 aperture. Both have optical image stabilization (OIS). There is also support for autofocus by phase detection and HDR. The telephoto offers a 2x optical zoom that can reach 8x digitally with the help of Google's Super Res Zoom function.

On the front, there is an 8 megapixel lens with f / 2.0 aperture and a 90 degree field of view. His approach is fixed. The chamber of selfies of the Pixel 4 is no longer two lenses, as it was in Pixel 3, although the wide field of vision guarantees that you can put a decent portion of the background in the frame or take a selfie group

If you want to take videos with the Pixel 4 or the 4 XL, you can record at a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at up to 120 frames per second and 720p at up to 240 frames per second.

to get started

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You will find the camera cone in the lower right corner of your home screen. You can also press the power button twice to open the camera, even if your Pixel 4 is locked, in case you are in a hurry.

If the power button shortcut does not work on your phone, try going to Settings > System > Gestures to make sure the function Jump to camera It is activated.

There is also an option of Rotate camera in Settings > System > Gestures which allows you to quickly alternate between the front and main cameras with a quick double turn of the grimace.

The camera application

The application is very simple. Vers the main modes at the bottom and you can simply swipe to navigate between them. On that there is a shutter button (you can also take a picture by pressing the volume buttons when the application is open). You can touch the circle with two arrows on the left to toggle between the front and back cameras. On the other side there is a preview of the last photo you captured; Touching it will take you to the Photos application.

Above is a hidden menu that you can access by sliding with your finger down. The Motion option is disabled by default, but you can mark it as automatic or always leave it enabled. This function captures some pictures before and after each photo you take, basically making a short video. Then there is the Timer, then the Flash and finally the Proportion, which by default is 4: 3, but can be changed to 16: 9. We do not recommend using the flash, but the timer is useful for group shots. If you touch the gear under these options you will be able to access more configuration options.

Currently almost all smart phones offer support for HDR (High Dynamic Range), but the Pixel 4 has HDR +. This allows the camera to capture very bright areas without burning them, in addition to obtaining many details of the dark areas. It is an automatic function, so there is nothing to adjust.

How to take pictures with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

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The great new function in the camera of Pixel 4 is the telephoto, and it is a beauty. If you want to zoom in, simply touch the screen with the index and thumb pasted and slowly spread them out to zoom. You can join them again to get away again. As soon as you do this, a slider appears on the right side, showing you the zoom level with a number in a circle. If you prefer, you can simply touch that circle and swipe up or down to zoom in or out.

The Pixel 4 telephoto offers a optical zoom of up to 2x, which means you can get closer to that level without losing any detail. Beyond that, the ability of Google software ensures that you get a decent level of detail up to 8x zoom, although you will often notice that the quality deteriorates as you get closer. If you double tap the screen, jump directly to the 2x zoom. This shortcut is found in the camera settings, through the gear that is at the end of the menu that is taken from above, in Gestures.

How to use Dual Exposure

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The automatic focus of the Pixel 4 camera is very useful and you will have to use it if you want access to the dual exposure controls. To automatically focus on something and keep it focused even if it moves, just touch it. This is very useful for portraying things and people on the move. As soon as you have touched what you want the camera to focus on, see a circle that appears above it, in addition to two sliders at the top of the screen (if you have the phone in landscape view). The zoom slider appears on the right.