It seems that with Dual Exposure Controls and Live HDR not making the jump to the previous generation handsets, most new camera features from the Pixel 4 will not head to the Pixel 3 and 3a.
The official Google Twitter account Made by essentially confirmed the change in response to a fan’s question asking whether the Dual Exposure feature on the Pixel 4 would reach the older devices as the new camera features rely heavily on the new internals— specifically the new Pixel Neural Core.
For those of you who think we’d see the new modes move to the older devices, it’s definitely a big hit. The Dual Exposure mode helps to create much more artistic photos as it allows the highlights and shadows to be adapted on – the-fly.
The Live HDR mode allows you to see exactly how your image would look while activating HDR mode before pressing the shutter button. It is something we really hoped the older Pixel models would come up with — as it would really help you better use the day-to-day HDR mode.
Hi Mahfooz, Dual Exposure Controls and Live HDR+ require low-level capabilities in the hardware that are only available on Pixel 4, so they will not be available on older Pixel devices.— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) October 21, 2019
Of example, it’s disappointing that on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a we won’t see Dual Exposure controls and Live HDR modes, but we’ll still see a lot of features moving from the Pixel 4 to the previous models.
We’re also getting the Astrophotography mode, Top Video Shot, Live Captions, the new Google Assistant Ux, and the Recorder app— so it’s not all bad news. Because of the new camera modes, do you intend to pick up the Pixel 4?