The ability to use ultraviolet lenses for astrophotography shots when introducing Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G earlier this month was one of their distinguishing camera features.

This was also what happened when these smartphones were launched. However, Google appears silently to have disabled the functionality in the November Camera 8.1 Update.

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If you do not know, you can take night photographs of the sky on the Google Camera tab using the Astrophotography feature. The pixel phone can be kept on a secure surface or on a tripod.

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After the camera detects no movement, “astrophotography” is shown above the screen and a moon/star shutter icon adjusts.

If you use these 2 Android smartphones, you could first tap the “.6X” option into the Ultrawide lens or tap the “Astrophotography” button. This essentially lets you use a 107-degree area to fill more sky.

But Google Camera 8.1 can’t do something like this. The large lens is only available for “astrophotography” after the update, but not on the daily Knight website. A notification now asks for astrophotography to zoom up to 1x. Furthermore, at the beginning of November a Google help document was revised to state that “on the Pixel 4A (5G) and Pixel 5, astrophotography works only on zoom settings or equal to more than 1x.”

You should uninstall the Google Camera software update to use the Ultrawide ‘astrophotography’ lens and switch to the older version 7.6, as stated by 9to5 Google. Notice that the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G version 7.6 is the same when it came out of the box.


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