How to configure GCam


So your Smartphone isn’t listed here and you want to configure it yourself?

Let’s start with the basics.

1 – Choose a GCam Mod
For this we used this APK from BigKaka but there’s several others that can be found in this topic. Each Mod might have different Settings located in different places but the names should remain the same. Let’s download and install it giving all the permissions asked.

2 – Access to Auxiliary Cameras
If you choose the APK from BigKaka as our example it should detect automatically all your lens. Make sure they are correct on

 Settings > Lens Settings > Choose Lens

and select the ones you have to configure later. If you have a OnePlus device make sure downloaded a snapcam version to have access to the Auxiliary Cameras.

2.1 Access to Auxiliary Cameras (If you are NOT using the APK from No.1)
Well if you opened and you don’t have access to the Auxiliary Lens (some devs include them automatically when they have user feedback) you might need to configure them manually. For that you should download and install this APK and grab the Camera ID’s provided. Each lens has one ID number that you will need to save.

Main Lens = ID 0
Front Lens = ID 1
Ultrawide Lens = ID 2
Telephoto Lens = ID 3
Macro Lens = ID 4

Open the GCam Mod you downloaded and search for some setting called Lens Settings/Auxiliary Lens/Camera ID. Depending on the APK the setting will differ from the Settings place. Select that and configure with your Camera ID’s from above.

3. Enable HDR+ Enhanced
One of the main reasons to use GCam is to use the Google HDR+ Enhanced Algorithm. If you don’t know what that is read the 4.2 section of GCam FAQ. To enable it just enable

Settings > Advanced > HDR+ Control. 

After that go back to the viewfinder, swipe down and enable HDR+ Enhanced. You might want to switch back to HDR+ if you feel the photos take too much time to take or if you’re photographing fast subjects.

4. Enable RAW Photos (optional)
Basically a RAW Photo (.dng) is a file that provides more information about the photo than a regular .jpg allowing the users to edit the Photos with better quality on Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Google Snapseed or any other software. This step is totally option but enabling it provides the user to have both a .dng and a .jpg that you can save and edit later or just post it instantly on your social media.

Settings > Advanced > RAW+JPEG Control 

5. Small other Settings (optional)
There’s a lot of small other Settings that you can change if it’s on your needs. Go to Settings and search for them individually. You might want to enable Google Lens, increase the Video Bitrate, enable Audio Zoom. Totally optional to the user.

6. Fix possible bugs
Each Smartphone is different and some might not have be correctly configured even after this topic, that’s why it’s a must to provide devs for possible bugs. You can do it on the comment section below or simply via our Telegram Public Group.

– Some Xiaomi devices (Mi 11 for example) have black viewfinder when starting the App. A quick fix for that is to go to Settings > Stream Configs and change them to EIS v3. Depending on the GCam Mod it can be situated in different areas. On the BigKaka mod it is located on:

Settings > Lens Setting > "Select the Lens" > Stream Configuration

– HDR+ processing freezing: Enable Disable Hexagon DSP;

– Black or freezing Viewfinder: Play with GL Preview, YUV Settings on Developer Settings.

7. Change the Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness

So you are taking photos and you’re not enjoying the results? Need a more Social Media look for your Photos? These changes are found on LibPatcher.

Settings > Lens Setting > "Select the Lens" > Image Processing > "Select a config" > Main Settings

In this section you can change everything you need from Sharpness, Saturation, Contrast, ISO Limit, etc. Change that to your liking.

Now that the basics are done let’s go to the more complex stuff.

8. Choosing the correct Noise Models.
A Noise Model is a easy fix to have correct configurations specially in Noise Reduction and Details that you can find. Going to:

Settings > Lens Setting > "Select the Lens" > Noise Model > Noise Model

(on BigKaka Mod, on others it could be anywhere else in Settings)
And select Noise Model for the Lens of your Smartphone. You can Google and search to check what’s the Sensor of your phone. Even if your Sensor is not listed you can trial and error to see which one gives you the best results.

9. Choosing the correct AWB.
Same as the Noise Model choosing the correct AWB can provide you the best color accuracy at day or even at night. The AWB for your device might not be available, if that doesn’t happen just do like the Noise Model. Try each one and check which one provides the best colours.
AWB Settings can be found on BigKaka Mod on:

Settings > Lens Setting > "Select the Lens" > AWB > AWB

10. Correcting stuff on Developer Settings.
With Developer Settings you can tweak some stuff like Video Settings, Viewfinder Settings, Configure Shasta, Sabre, etc. You can find all the Developer Settings here. It should provide you better details about what to change or not. Again it’s trial and error, you have the device so you have to be the tester.

Well i hope that with this guide we can provide a better experience to the community or even only to appreciate all the hard work done by the XML Makers. Even tho the hard work and patience you should never buy any of that. Don’t get scammed.

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