Pixel 2 Portrait Mode Will Now Work With Your Pixel, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

When the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced, they took advantage of a single lens at the back, for which the crowd initially thought that you will not be able to advantage of features like Portrait Mode and optical zoom. Well, with a single camera lens, you still cannot take advantage of that, but Google revealed that you do not need two camera lenses at the back to take advantage of Portrait Mode.

Pixel 2 Portrait Mode Will Now Work With Your Pixel, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

Now, this Pixel 2 Portrait Mode is available for the following smartphones and it is thanks to the developer Charles Chow, who is well known in the Android community for bringing in new features of flagship devices to older generation hardware.

  • 2016 Pixel
  • 2016 Pixel XL
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X

“Camera NX V7.3 is a Google Camera mod, which is modified to unlock most of the exclusive features of Pixel 2 for Nexus 2015 and original Pixel phones. with this updated version, you can get the Portrait mode working with Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel 2016 phones, which was the last Pixel 2’s exclusive feature.

Portrait mode was the most wanted feature for Nexus and Pixel 2016 users. I have considered that Portrait mode is a hardware limiting feature, it requires a special type of image data called PD (Pixel detector?) to enable Portrait mode, but some said Portrait mode can be active with front camera, I began to thinking that this feature should be able to work in software way which we can force to enable it on other phones.

Turns out, Google uses PD data to calculate portrait effect on the Back lens while use software method on the Front lens.”

His explanation of this ‘mod’ is more complicated for the average user but here is what you need to know. The Pixel 2 Portrait Mode simply replaces the lens blur mode. Taking a photo in this mode will produce two images; one HDR+ photo with zero shutter lag and one with the portrait effect applied.

If you want to know more details about the latest feature being ported to different smartphones, you can click on the source link given at the bottom.


M. Omer