When Google launched the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G earlier this year, you could use the company’s astrophotography mode on any of its main cameras. But this is not true. After Google updated its camera app in November, the Pixel community recently discovered that you can’t use it with the ultra-wide cameras of Pixel 5 and 4a 5G. Google has not commented on the deleted content, but the recently updated support page confirmed the change, stating: “On Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, astrophotography is only available for zoom settings equal to or greater than 1
It’s not clear why Google decided to adjust the astrophotography function, but Gizmodo Point out that one possible explanation is that the photos taken with the wide-angle cameras on these phones are not good. The support thread they found showed several sets of comparative images, and in each case, the images captured by the wide-angle cameras on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G had an annoying green tone and unsightly digital noise. It seems that not many Pixel owners are mourning this change, but either way, we have contacted Google for more information. We will update this article after receiving company feedback.