Google Camera update brings macro mode and more on Pixel 7 Pro

Version 8.7.250 of Google Camera, which includes Macro Focus settings but also removes the double-tap action gesture, is now rolling out with the Pixel 7 Pro.

Google enabled Auto Macro at launch, in version 8.7.165, so that Camera uses Macro Focus automatically when taking photos at a close range. It was initially enabled and appeared in Settings under Composition. Macro Focus may also be activated when entering 2x zoom.

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Google Camera update brings features

Your Pixel 7 Pro would switch lenses automatically to allow for macro shots when you got close enough to a subject. When you tap, a yellow flower icon would appear, allowing you to temporarily disable Macro Focus.

The toggle is now moved from Settings to the drop-down menu that appears when swiping down on the viewfinder or tapping the control pill in the upper left corner of Google Camera 8.7.250.

Macro Focus is set to “Auto” and appears alongside More light (flash), Top Shot, Ratio, and more. Off turns off the feature, and you’ll see a message that says Macro is off at the top of your screen. Additionally, a white flower icon with a slash will appear; tapping it will return you to Auto.

When selecting On, you can keep Macro Focus enabled at all times when the user switches lenses. After that Macro is locked message and appeared on the screen. Consequently, the Pixel 7 Pro now has a standard macro mode.

The Double-tap action is no longer in the most recent version of Camera 8.7. With this gesture, you could switch between the front-facing and rear-facing cameras and zoom by one to two times. Starting with the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G and continuing with the Pixel 6 series.

Lastly, Google removed this option, and its initial inclusion on the Pixel 7/Pro was probably a mistake.


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