Manual Camera Apps for Pixel Phones

I just got my Pixel 3a and like it a lot. I am curious if anyone has used a manual camera app on the Pixel phones. I have looked at Bacon Camera, Camera FV-5, and Open Camera. I would like to be able to change the shutter speed, ISO, etc. Any thoughts out there?

Hi @debs.jwvpde,

I’m going to just name a few people I know have used Pixel phones and are skilled photographers, in the hopes one or more of them might drop by with ideas. Of course, others are welcome to chime in as well!

@Nantz, @wvfisher, @louisdi, @TravisAptt, @cwiley, @kathleenb.ksqgue, @twoseas, @Joeybug, @seanr - any thoughts here on third-party camera apps for the Pixel 3a?

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You may also want to take a look at the photos that were submitted during our photography challenge.

Here’s a list of the posts that specifically included Pixel photography
Some of the entries include notes about settings they used to acheive certain results.

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Thank you very much for the information!

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I think the basic answer is don’t do it. When you use a 3rd party app you lose the Pixel magic which is executed by the camera app. You can get manual ISO/Shutter Speed through a modded Google Camera ( and still keep the Google computational photography magic.


Thank you for your thoughts and link. It mentions the Pixel 3 and 3 XL but to the 3a. I have the 3a.

All of the Google phones since the Pixel 2 use the same app. So the app that works on the 3 and 3 XL also works on the 3A.

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Thank you for taking the time to help with my question. I will look into this further.


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