Google Camera 8.2 improves long-press video recording

The latest update to the Pixel series Google Camera app, version 8.2, has started rolling out, providing an improved experience for taking videos with a long press of the shutter button.

Much of the photographic prowess of the Google Pixel series is due to the fantastic Google Camera app, with its variety of modes, AI enhancements, and tools. For this reason, when Google Camera receives an update, Pixel owners take note, hoping for new features.

Recently tonight the Google Play Store started rolling out version 8.2 of the Camera app, a slight bump from the previous version 8.1, to Pixel owners. So far we’ve only confirmed that the update has arrived on a Pixel 5, but owners of the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a and above, hopefully, shouldn’t have too long to wait.

The biggest change we discovered in Google Camera 8.2 is a major overhaul of taking videos by pressing and holding the shutter button. In previous versions this long press would just start a video recording, but with the latest update you can now slide your finger in one direction to control zoom or slide it in a different way to ‘lock’ l ‘recording. Once you have locked the recording, you can release your finger and the video will continue recording until you press stop.

Here’s a quick demonstration of the new Google Camera 8.2 feature in action:

As you can see, the feature can be a bit tricky to use, especially on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G which can switch between normal and wide-angle cameras when zooming in and out. That said, if your goal is to start recording as quickly as possible, this long-press gesture and its new zoom and lock gestures are definitely the way to go.

Notably, the Google Camera 8.2 rollout comes less than a week after Pixel phones received the March quarterly “Feature Drop,” which was showcased by underwater photography capabilities and an update. Pixel Stand. Considering the tight timing, it seems odd that this improvement in long-press video recording was not included as part of the March Pixel Feature Drop feature.

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