If you’re in the market for a well-rounded smartphone under Rs 15,000, Asus’ Zenfone Max Pro M1 is perhaps one of the best options you can consider. Launched in April 2018, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 brings a lot to a table at a very affordable (starting) price of Rs 10,499. The fact that it runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box makes things only better.
But as good as it is, the camera quality of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is decidedly average. While that’s expected from a budget device, it doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Thanks to a simple “mod,” you can easily enhance the camera quality of the Zenfone Max Pro M1.
All you have to do is use the ported “Google Camera” app for taking pictures on the Zenfone Max Pro M1. “Google Camera” is the default camera app used on Google’s Pixel smartphones, which are widely considered as the best smartphones for mobile photography. One of the big reasons for the excellent camera performance of Pixel smartphones is the “Google Camera” app, which comes with features such as HDR+, Portrait Mode, and advanced image processing algorithms.
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Now, you can use “Google Camera” on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, but doing so requires a little bit of work. Here are the basic steps you need to follow:
1. Switch off your smartphone, and hold the Power and Volume down keys simultaneously to enter Bootloader mode.
2. Launch a command prompt (or terminal) window in the same directory as the fastboot binary, and enter the following commands (in italics, depending on the OS that you have).
fastboot oem enable_camera_hal3 true (Windows)
./fastboot oem enable_camera_hal3 true (macOS / Linux)
3. Once done, reboot the smartphone
4. Lastly, download the ported “Google Camera” app (also known as Gcam) for Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (can be found by a simple Google search). Sideload the app and start taking better pictures!
It’s worth mentioning that this method doesn’t involve rooting the smartphone.