A source related to Android AUthority shared screenshots of the new Google Camera UI redesign, which will likely be introduced with the upcoming Pixel 8 lineup this fall. The last big design overhaul was back in 2019, so it’s interesting to see what Google has in store for its Pixel users.
The first thing to notice is the clear separation between the Photo and Video modes. A dedicated toggle at the very bottom of the app lets you choose whether you want to take a still or record a video. Only then can you choose the corresponding mode from the carousel. Previously, all modes were mixed in the rolodex.
The button switch between the front-facing camera and the ones on the back has swapped places with the last photo preview (also a shortcut to the Gallery). It’s now in line with most Android camera apps from other manufacturers, but it will take time to get used to for Pixel users.
The additional settings menu pops up after a swipe up from the bottom of the viewfinder, but it doesn’t appear to be within the thumb’s reach if you are using the bigger Pro model.
Lastly, Google has changed the order of some of the camera modes and has regrouped others. Perhaps Google intends to encourage users to engage more with some of the modes, such as Long Exposure and Action Pan.
Additionally, Google is working on a new feature called Staggered HDR, which aims to speed up the capture process and minimize artifacts. It achieves efficiency with shortened times between frames. The Adaptive Torch feature allows the software to adjust the flash intensity depending on the lighting environment dynamically. And then there’s the Segmentation AWB functionality that applies varying processing to different areas of the image to make it more true to life.