The next successor of the Redmi Note series is coming already, the Redmi Note 8. While earlier generations of Redmi Note series came under the Xiaomi umbrella, recent devices of Redmi Note series come under the Redmi brand.
Please be confused not! Redmi Note 8 is different from Redmi Note 8 Pro. The earlier sports Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 chipset while the latest boasts Mediatek Helio G90T chipset.
One thing that most Snapdragon fans like is the compatibility with Camera2 API. This is the Android API related to the camera hardware.
Camera2 API Level 3 on Redmi Note 8
Last year, we still had to unlock the bootloader, flash TWRP, and manually edit the build.prop file in order to activate the Camera2 API – just like we did with our Redmi Note 5.
Even worst, some users might need to go extra miles to enable the said API. Rooting was the ultimate solution to activate the Camera2 API.
Luckily, recent Redmi devices come with Camera2 API enabled by default. In the case of Redmi Note 8, the Camera 2 API Level 3 is active by default.
Therefore, you no longer need to unlock the bootloader neither to root your phone.
What’s the catch of having Camera2 API enabled?
The Camera2 API Level 3 means that you have full access over the camera (hardware) of your phone. That said, you can use any apps to take advantage of the API.
Having full access over the camera functions allows you to use manual controls including custom shutter speed, custom ISO, and manual focus. On top of that, it allows you to shot RAW images (.dng) that cover more details in your photos.
Personally, we always need to have Camera2 API enabled so that we can use Google Camera ported apps.
Google Camera for Redmi Note 8
Google Camera is the default camera app empowering Google Pixel phones. The underlying technology brings exceptional photo quality. Many mobile photography addicts are stunned with the gcam performance.
Google’s unique camera app boasts cool features such as Enhanced HDR+, Motion photos, Lens Blur, Portrait, Panorama, Slow Motion, and Nigh Sight. There are a bunch more, however.
The camera app is originally exclusive to Google Pixel phones. Luckily, some developers have managed to port the app bringing it to other Android phones, including Redmi Note 8. The modified gcam app is what so-called Ported Gcam.
Download Gcam APK for Redmi Note 8
Interested? You can download the APK file of ported gcam for Redmi Note 8 below.
Gcam v7.0.009 by Parrot043 Final Released V10
This Gcam APK has been tested by JoalRuch from Russia. He stated that this gcam port by Parrot043 works great on his Redmi Note 8. All features of gcam work as expected. However, please do not expect to use the app with the Telephoto and Macro cameras. The stock MIUI camera app works great for the task.
- Added a new library ParrotHal 4.0.
- Item “Use Advanced HDR+” in portrait mode has been added.
- Item “Use face retouch” has been added. Pay attention to the description of the item!
- Moved the “Blur” mode to the subcategory “MORE”, like it was on GCam 6.3.017.
- Minor changes to the code.
Gcam v7.0.009 by Parrot043 Final Build V14
Another build by Parrot043 that has been proven to work properly on Redmi Note 8 is version 14. Tested by UtkuAblak, this gcam also boasts similar features. You can enjoy what you expect from the Gcam app but please do not expect it to work with Redmi Nore 8 Macro and Telephoto cameras.
Gcam v7.3 by Parrot043
Innocent Parrot a.k.a Bulkin043 has managed to port the latest version of Gcam v7.3. Luckily, his build also works on Redmi Note 8 as tested by cRaZyzMan.
There is one caveat tho. Gcam v7.3 by Parrot043 only works flawlessly on Android 10+ ROMs.
This means you have to run custom ROM or wait for Xiaomi Dev Team to release MIUI 11 based on Android 10. We expect this will happen soon.
This limitation doesn’t stop you to install it on Pie-based MIUI but please expect some bugs.
How to install?
Installing ported Gcam on Redmi Note 8 is as easy as a piece of cake. Simply proceed just as you do when installing any other APK. If this is your first time, you may need to allow installation from unknown/third-party sources.
As we stated above, there is no need to activate Camera2 API since Redmi Note 8 comes with it enabled by default.
Hence, you can install Gcam APK without unlocking bootloader, flashing TWRP, and without root.