Google seems to be working on introducing the much anticipate and requested feature for Google Camera, the ability to allow users to capture RAW images. According to an APK (Android Package) teardown by Android Police, the source code inside the latest Google Camera app indicated that the company could add the ability to add RAW image capture along with a number of other features. For the people who don’t know APK teardown is where a developer extracts the content of an APK to find references for unannounced features and upcoming updates in the code. Talking about RAW capture, as pointed out in the report, this is not the first time that Google has added code that indicated RAW support for its camera app.
However, unlike the last time where the code indicated RAW support as an experimental feature, this time there is no hint that this is an experiment. The code also includes a “tutorial” text teasing that this feature may become reality in the near future. The tutorial text adds an explanation of how the feature would work with the camera saving RAW images in DNG format. It also adds a warning for users that they will need to install a photo editor that can handle DNG files and that keeping the option of RAW images will take up more storage space.
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Other features include the ability to fix distortion caused on faces because of the wide angle lenses on smartphones. As pointed out by the report, this new feature is to ensure that the strange distorted effect caused by these lenses on people who are at the edges of photos shot on smartphones can be fixed with the help of a toggle. The report clarified that this feature focuses on fixing the distortion happening on the faces of people instead of any other distortion in the image.
The code also indicated that Google may be working on an option for automatic frame rate while shooting video. It is likely that this will allow the camera software to select a frame rate according to the lighting conditions and other factors while shooting. Last but not the least, the code also had hints of “Shiny new features” including surround sound “IMAX” audio. It is likely that the this means that future update will enable support for “multi-channel audio recording” where the camera will record audio from two microphones at the same time.