Redmi Note 8 Pro is dubbed as Xiaomi’s gaming phone to dominate the mid-range segment. The device which is the next iteration of the Redmi Note series comes with unusual hardware specifications. The company opted to employ MediaTek (MTK) Helio G90T (12nm) chipset instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon.
This unusual move by Xiaomi brings speculated opinions from die-hard Xiaomi fans. Why? Simply because MediaTek chipsets are notorious for being unfriendly to developers.
Among day-to-day users, MediaTek-powered phones are also notorious for their incompatibility to the Android Camera2 API. This makes mobile photography addicts prefer to use Snapdragon-powered smartphones.
Redmi Note 8 Pro is coming to change this bad stigma. Powered with Octa-core CPUs consisting of 2x 2.05GHz Cortex-A76 and 6x 2.0GHz Cortex-A55 processors, the device that has codename Begonia is the most affordable gaming phone.
The MediaTek chipset that sits as the base of these CPUs is friendly to developers. Xiaomi even proves this by sending invitations to popular developers on XDA to try the phone ecosystem.
Mobile photographers are also more than welcome to use Redmi Note 8 Pro as their daily drivers to capture stunning photos. Why not? They couldn’t resist how charming the Redmi Note 8 Pro is.
First, the phone comes with a quad-camera setup. Its main shooter is a 64 MP camera with f/1.9 aperture, 26mm (wide) lens, 1/1.7″ sensor size, and 0.8µm pixel size. That’s insane!
Second, the phone comes with Camera2 API enabled by default. This is the Android API responsible to handle the camera sensor. Stock MIUI camera app makes use of this API. Third-party camera apps are also allowed to use the API. The popular Google Camera (gcam) app also needs Camera2 API to work properly.
Gcam is a popular camera app originally available only on Google Pixel phones. Third-party developers such as BSG, Arnova, cstark, and many others have managed to port the app for other Android phones including Xiaomi Mi, Redmi, and Redmi Note series.
The advanced camera AI algorithm developed by Google is one of its best selling points. You might be wondering which one is better: MIUI camera vs Gcam. There is no clear winner tho. Gcam has its own unique key features while the MIUI camera app is now far way superior to its predecessors.
In case if you need Gcam, simply download the APK files from the link below and install it on your computer. These Gcam APK files are ready-to-use. You don’t need to unlock the bootloader neither to root the operating system.
Again, no need to root! Simply download the Gcam APK and install it on your Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Read also: Gcam APK for Redmi Note 8 codename Ginkgo.
Download Gcam v5.1 APK
Google Cam version 5.x is made specifically for Android 8.1 Oreo. Redmi Note 8 Pro, however, comes running MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie and is upgradeable to MIUI 11 Android 10.
You might want to use this version only if you ever used it once on your other phones, and you miss its features. Luckily, the only selling point of using this Gcam version on Redmi Note 8 Pro is its compatibility.
All key features of Gcam within this version works properly on Redmi Note 8 Pro. Enjoy portrait mode, Photosphere, advanced HDR+, Lens Blur mode, and so on. Please do not expect both Night Sight and Astrophotography just yet. Furthermore, please expect no multi-camera switching mechanism yet.
Download Gcam v6.1 APK
Gcam version 6.x is made specifically to be compatible with Android 9.0 Pie. The general build of Gcam v6.1 made by popular names such as Arnova and BSG might work properly on Redmi Note 8 Pro. However, their APKs have no support for the quad-camera setup.
Luckily, there is a developer (gcam port contributor) that has managed to create the exclusive build for Redmi Note 8 Pro. Hence, you can enjoy switching from one camera to another. This feature is still experimental tho. Please expect some bugs such as a force-close occurrence, a feature not working properly, a degraded picture quality, and so on.
Optional settings for better compatibility on Redmi Note 8 Pro:
How to import the XML Settings file? Read this.
Download Gcam v7.2 APK
Gcam version 7.2 is currently the latest version released in late 2019. It boasts an astrophotography feature as the advanced version of Night Sight.
Moreover, the main UI layout has also received a makeover within this v7.2. Now you can see that the camera modes are now located at the bottom while the shutter button sits above.
Feds64 from Mi Community has confirmed the Gcam APK from onFire (Abhi) works properly. We can vouch for this version and we really recommend you to use this Gcam APK on Redmi Note 8 Pro.
- Corrected portrait hdr button. I took the code from Backrider. - Added back lens blur. - Enabled social share and frequent face features. - Now should lag less. - Introduced my version of ZSL ns(test). There are toggles for it. - Hdr+ works as ZSL ns and the quality, light, and details are better than normal ZSL. - Removed motion function.
We’ll update the post once more stable (or recommended) versions are coming. Stay tuned!