The Pixel 3a is a great phone that comes with an equally cool camera. Sure, the phone comes with standard modes like Panorama, Portrait and Video, but I found that it was some of the lesser known modes that really make it standout. Here’s my top 3 camera modes.
1. Night Sight
Traditionally, to get better low light pictures, the camera increases the amount of light by over exposing the picture. With the 3a, Google has found an better way to do this, opting to several brief exposures (up to six seconds or 15 frames) and then combining them all together into one picture. What you get though is a photo taken at night with more color, light and detail that traditional night shooting.
2. Photo Booth
If you like to take selfies, then Photo Booth mode was made for you. When taking a selfie, the camera recognizes multiple facial expressions like “smiles”, “duck face” and “surprise”, just to name a few, and automatically takes the photo. No more trying to get the phone in the right spot, all the while trying to hit the shutter button with your thumb.
3. Time Lapse
With the Pixel 3a, you now get the option to record a Time Lapse. While you can only get a 10 second video, Google does give you some options with the amount of time you can record at. 1x, 5x, 10x, 30x, and 120x. For example, 1x lets you record for 10 seconds, while 120x lets you record for 20 minutes. This is an awesome feature and I can’t wait to see what creative things I can do with it.
Other cool options
Lastly, the camera itself has some cool settings. In addition to settings for HDR controls and camera resolution settings, you can also assign gestures to some of the camera actions and you can enable a warning that will tell you when the camera lens is dirty. For me, it’s the little things that help set google apart from the rest.
Overall, Google does not disappoint with the Pixel 3a and the Camera is one of many reasons for that. What is your impression of the camera? Let me know in the comments below.
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