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How to download and install GCAM (Google Camera) on Redmi Note 8 and enable the Astrophotography mode?

How to download and install GCAM (Google Camera) on Redmi Note 8 and enable the Astrophotography mode?

By  Sophia Windsor 2019-12-04 81291 4

The Redmi Note 8 comes with Snapdragon 665 processor and 48MP quad rear cameras. For some photography lovers, you can install the GCAM to enhance the camera performance. Now, enthusiastic developers have offered us the latest Google camera (GCAM) 7.0 APK mod for Redmi Note 8 and almost all features of GCAM 7.0 work well on it. Just refer to the following guide to learn how to download and install GCAM 7.0 APK on Redmi Note 8.

download and install GCAM (Google Camera) on Redmi Note 8

Camera2 API support on Redmi Note 8

The Camera2 in Android is an Application Programming Interface (API) that gives developers access to use other camera mods like Google Camera app. As some smartphones don’t support the Camera2 API, while some others support. So we need to use the Camera2 API Probe App to check the Camera2 API support on smartphones.

The checking results of the Camera2 API on the Redmi Note 8 show that the Redmi Note 8 comes with Level_3 Camera2 API support. Therefore, the users of Redmi Note 8 can easily install the GCAM on it to further improve the camera performance with no need to root or unlock the bootloader.

Camera2 API support on Redmi Note 8

Detailed steps to download and install GCAM on Redmi Note 8

Step 1. Before installing the GCAM APK on your Redmi Note 8 phone, please enable the "Install Unknown Sources APPs" option. To do this, just go to “Settings” - “Additional Settings” - “Privacy” - enable "Unknown sources". If you have already allowed the App installation from Unknown sources, please skip this step.

Step 2. Download the Google Camera APK Port for Redmi Note 8.

Step 3. If you download the GCAM APK on PC, you need to copy the installation package to your phone.

Step 4. Find the GCAM installation folder on your phone and open it. Then install the Google Camera APK on your Redmi Note 8 phone.

Step 5. When the installation is down, launch the Google Camera APK on your phone and clear the app data to enjoy the GCAM.

Redmi Note 8 GCAM vs stock camera

What’s GCAM feature you can enjoy on the Redmi Note 8?

Most of features of the Google Camera 7.0 work well on the Redmi Note 8, they include:

● Astrophotography feature

● HDR+


● Super Res Zoom

● Night Sight

● Slow motion

● Time lapse

How to enable and use Astrophotography mode on Redmi Note 8 with GCAM 7.0?

The Astrophotography mode is a new feature of the latest GCAM 7.0, it builds on Google's Night Sight technology and captures and combines several frames to achieve a clean exposure and great detail as well as limited noise levels when photographing the night sky.

GCAM 7.0 Astrophotography mode

The Astrophotography feature is available in all the ported version of Google Camera 7.0. But, the latest 7.0 version is not compatible for every smartphone. It is not enabled on Redmi Note 8 with Google Camera 7.0 by default. So you need to perform some settings to enable it. Just following the steps below:

Step 1. Open the Google Camera App and enter the settings menu.

Step 2. Scroll down and click on “About modification”.

Step 3. Then go to “Developer Settings”.

Step 4. Enable or check these three options:




Step 5. Force stop the Google Camera app and re-launch it.

Step 6. Once the Astrophotography mode is enabled, head to the home page of the Gcam app and select the Night Sight Mode.

Step 7. Then swipe down for settings and set Focus to Infinity and timer to 3 seconds for Astronomical feature.


● To activate the Astronomical feature, please keep your phone static when it is shooting (we recommend you to use a tripod stand to keep your phone static).

● The Astronomical feature works only under low light condition.

● Once the Astronomical mode is activated, it usually takes more than a minute to start up.

That’s it. Then you can enjoy the Astrophotography feature to take high quality images of the night sky.

For Gearbest customers: If you've purchased the Redmi Note 8  from us and have some other problems about it, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Just fill in the ticket with your questions at our Support Center and send it to us. We will do our best to deal with your problem as soon as possible. We are always happy to help.

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