With an update of its camera software, Google has trimmed the astrophotography mode of its smartphones pixel 4a 5g and pixel 5. From version 8.1 is the mode only in connection with the wide-angle camera. Users who want to hold the sky with the Ultra wide-angle camera has since received an error message and the note that the change to the main camera is upgrade. Google does not provide a burial for this change, the changelog contains no notice.
The astromode supports pixel 4a 5g and pixel 5 only with the wide-angle camera.
Google distributes version 8.1 The Camera App has been around since mid-November 2020, according to The Verge, the company adapted the camera support page a few days before. There it has been called since the beginning of November that astrophotography only works from zoom factor 1. On a pixel 5 (test), OUR Site was able to adjust this behavior: with version 8.0 The camera app was the astro mode with zoom factor 0.6 (ultra wide-angle camera) as well as a factor of 1 (wide-angle camera). After playing version 8.1 appeared at the former only the hint "For astrophotography zoom to 1x set ".
An indication of the reason for changing Google’s Pixel Forum. There users of the pixel 4a 5g and pixel 5 refer to the significantly worse image quality of the Ultra wide-angle camera in astrom mode compared to the wide-angle pendant. In addition to significant image noise, a green stitch is above all. Points, which also noticed at the camera comparison with the Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
Impact on the night mode does not have the update of the camera app. This is also in version 8.1 for both cameras available. Users of a pixel 4 and pixel XL can also use the astrom mode with both built-in cameras – the qualitative differences between the wide-angle and telecamera are low. Users of a pixel 4a 5g and pixel 5, which have already installed the update, can only be returned by manually playing an aging version in the form of the corresponding APK file for pre-version. However, this is associated with risks because Google does not offer the files themselves.