5 months later, I still hate the Pixel’s hidden brightness and shadows sliders

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google pixel 8 pro camera manual controls 2

Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

It’s been somewhat over 5 months since I first bought my palms on the Google Pixel 8 Professional and shot my first picture with it. On the time, I instantly observed one infuriating change within the Google Digicam‘s interface that put the brightness, shadows, and temperature sliders behind the settings/changes button as an alternative of retaining them out there always on the display screen.

And, as you may surmise from the title of this text, I nonetheless hate that change 5 months in. I assumed I’d get used to it and begin tapping the settings button extra typically, however actually, no. That’s not what occurred.

As a substitute, I discover myself not utilizing the brightness, shadows, and temperature controls as a lot as earlier than — in all probability not even in any respect, actually. A crystal clear case of “out of sight, out of thoughts.”

Out of sight, out of thoughts. As a substitute of opening the choices menu extra, I do not use the sliders in any respect now.

One button, that’s all it took. Hiding these away from view together with the extra highly effective choices of the guide mode menu (shutter pace, focus, ISO) merely ensured that I not attain for them as a result of I’m lazy generally, and far of my pictures is spur-of-the-moment photographs, not an elaborate setup. After which, the few instances I do take the time to enter these settings, I nonetheless detest that each slider is separate, so I’ve to select one and alter it, then decide one other and alter it.

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Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

In distinction, have a look at absolutely the usefulness of these always-there on-screen sliders from the earlier Google Digicam app model! Slide, slide, slide, seize, that was it. Now, it’s open menu, slide, faucet, slide, faucet, slide, and at last seize. It’s time-consuming and irritating.

Personally, I used to make use of these controls on a regular basis. I’ve simply taken over 10,000 pictures with my Pixels over the past couple of years alone and I’d say about 10% of these had been shot after a fast guide adjustment. Now, as a result of I don’t use them, my pictures has suffered. Sure, the Pixel’s digicam is a superb foolproof digicam in most settings, however generally I simply must loosen up these shadows or modify that shade temperature a smidge. Most of my use circumstances are small edits, however they make all of the distinction within the last picture.

The Pixel digicam is often foolproof, however generally I simply want a minor change to get an ideal picture. The sliders allowed that.

I nonetheless discover myself wincing a couple of instances once I snap a pic and considering, “Rattling, this picture wants a minor edit, so I both must delete it and retake it once more with the correct setting or ensure that I edit this one later.” Neither is a quick possibility.

Oh, what I’d give for a setting that allows these sliders once more for these customers, like me, who reached for them on a regular basis and favored having them there, at all times accessible.

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