May 7th, 2014

google camera wm

When it debuted in the Play Store last month, the Google Camera may not have been packed to the brim with advanced photo features, but the few tricks it did have up its sleeve, it managed to do relatively well. Unfortunately, one feature a few of you noticed was absent from the app after Google’s big overhaul was the ability to snap pictures while recording video. Nowadays most “stock” camera applications have this feature and it’s one that, in some cases, could come in handy.

Google Camera video screenshot

Simply tap the screen while recording video to take a picture/screenshot

In the latest Google Camera update 2.1.042 (1154629-30) rolling out now, Google is once again adding back the ability to snap a pic while recording video, executed by merely tapping the screen during video capture. It’s nothing too fancy. Essentially, the app is merely taking a screenshot of whatever is being recorded — not snapping an actual full resolution image from the hardware camera.

This means images are saved at 1920×1080 resolution and are barely a few kbs in size. A far cry from the results you’d see from Android devices like the HTC One M8 which snaps photos in their full 4MP while recording video. Guess it’s better than nothing.

Again, the update is rolling out right now but for those that don’t feel like waiting, you can always sideload the updated app by downloading it here. Enjoy.

Download/update on Google Play: Google Camera