Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G users can no longer use their ultra-wide cameras to take pictures of the stars. The company has apparently removed the astrophotography capabilities of the lens with the Google Camera Update 8.1.
According to The Verge, the feature was a selling point of the Pixel 4 and was available on regular and telephoto cameras. When the 4a 5G and 5 were announced with new wide angle lenses, the feature was added to those as well. Now he’s been blown away.
On the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, astrophotography only works with zoom settings of 1x or greater.
The astrophotography feature allows users to capture the night sky by pointing their phone upwards and keeping it still, either balancing it on a nearby object or placing it on a tripod.
The feature is still available on other phone cameras, but if you switch to Night Sight mode and switch to the ultra wide angle camera, a user will now receive a warning that says “Zoom to 1x for astrophotography”.
Before the update it said “Astrophotography on”.
According to The Verge, Google did not respond to the outlet’s request for comment as to why it made the change.
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