The camera of the Galaxy S10 smartphone is one of the best on the market, being able to rival with many top smartphones such as the Huawei P and Mate 20, iPhone XS or Google Pixel 3, but it is behind regarding the night mode. However it appears that it is not very complicated to add the Night Sight functionality from the Pixel smartphones on the Galaxy S10, thus making the new Galaxy S10 probably the best phone on the market when it comes to camera.
XDA-Developers have manged to port the Google Camera app from Google Pixel 3 onto the U.S. version of the Galaxy S10 smartphone, the model equipped with Snapdragon 855. So, any Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+ user can now install the Google Camera app and benefit from a few advantages it comes with: Night Sight, Portrait Mode and HDR+.
Unlike the camera of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which benefit from a single sensor, these photo modes can be used on all three cameras of the Galaxy S10 smartphone, the result being different between cameras because they do not benefit from identical sensors or diaphragm opening.
In theory, daytime photos should also get a small improvement from the HDR+ mode, while the portrait blue might be more precisely calculated by the AI algorithms from Google, compared to what the stock Samsung camera can do. The Night Sight functionality is the most important, as it allows you to take quality photos during the night.
This functionality made its debut on the Huawei P20 and then it was also integrated in Google Pixel and OnePlus. Samsung provides a mode called Bright Night, but it is only available in auto mode when the AI features of the camera are being used. Unfortunately, it does not use long exposure nor AI stabilization so frames are darker. The photos taken with the Google Camera are clearer.
At the moment these “perks” can only be used by people who bought a Galaxy S10 from Europe because they come with the Exynos chipset but there will surely be alternatives very soon now that the Google Camera app works on a Galaxy S10 version.
Here are the instructions you need to follow if you want to use the Google Camera with your Galaxy S10 smartphone.