Camera NX V5.3 Update For Nexus 5X / 6P, Add Hybrid-Burst Mode, Automatic Select HDR+ Auto, Better Video Bitrate [Update Version]

New Camera NX V5.3 is live for download, it is modified base on the latest Google Camera v4.2.032, which was extract from Android 7.1.1 developer preview 2. In this new version I’d like to introduced the Hybrid-Burst mode, which is another exclusive feature for Pixel phones, I also fixed the video frame rate problem which was a side effect of the 240 fps hacks in version V4 for Nexus 5X.

The camcorder in V5.3 will record videos in higher bitrate than stock in 1080p and 720p mode, it goes up form 17Mbit/s to 33Mbit/s in 1080p video, 12Mib/s to 18Mbit/s in 720p video, furthermore, slow-motion video is up from 27Mbit/s to 42Mbit/s, one thing should be noticed is video record in slow-motion mode will only have 5.2Mbit/s on Nexus 5X, I suppose it was limited by the SoC speed. Another new feature is about HDR+ mode selection, now Camera NX will select the HDR+ Auto mode automatically every time you launch it, whatever you have selected HDR+ off or HDR+ On in the previous launch.

HDR+ program version update to 1.0137500691 in Google Camera 4.2.032, the previous version is 1.0137460761.

If you have missed what is new in Google Camera v4.2.032, aka the white balance options, you can check my previous post.

What is Hybrid Burst mode?
Hybrid Burst is a new burst mode which only present on Pixel phones, it provide smart burst results while keep all the burst photos, with this feature you can have more photos to choose.
I suggest Nexus 5X users disable the auto-generate creations option in settings, it will reduce the oom situation while using burst mode.

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Hybrid Burst mode on Nexus 5X.

I also make a screen record video to show the Hybrid Burst mode.

Camera NX (Google Camera v4.2.032) Features list:

Camera NX don’t require root permission and won’t replace your stock camera.

1. ZSL (zero shooting lag) HDR+ photo in HDR+ Auto mode for Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P.
2. ZSL photo in HDR+ off mode for Nexus 5X. (Nexus 6P already have it in stock camera)
3. 240 FPS slow-motion for Nexus 5X.
4. Hybrid Burst mode for Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P.
5. Higher Video recording bitrate.
6. Video stabilization (Nexus 5X users need modify build.prop file by yourself)

Update 11/29, version 5.3
1. Try to fix the burst mode crash on Nexus 5X, but you should know we have limited Ram, so don’t keep pressing on the capture button too long.
2. Provide a updated version for Android 7.0 users, same features but only without ZSLHDR+, I use Nexus 6P HDR+ profile for Nexus 5X, avoid black screen bug on 7.0 Roms, you will still get ZSL with normal photo shooting (HDR+ off).
3. Fix a video bitrate bug on Nexus 6P using 240 FPS.

Update 11/30, v5.3.1 only for No ZSL version.
Disable the automatically HDR+ mode and video stabilization selection.

PS. Android 7.1 users can choose the NO ZSL version if you are enjoy photo burst more than the ZSL shooting, as the NO ZSL version is more stable for photo burst.

How to fix the black viewer issue on some 7.1 custom roms Nexus 5X / 6P . (If you are using the latest OpenGapps, it contain this fixs.) .
Flashable zip Packages in TWRP recovery: (Do system back up first!)
For Nexus 6P: CamNX-Fix4Nitrogen
For Nexus 5X: CameraNX-N5X-fix

Download link:
Camera NX V5.3 for Android 7.1+ (Google Drive) | AFH mirror
Camera NX NO ZSL V5.3.1 for Android 7.0 (Google Drive) | AFH mirror

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DISCUSSION

  • Piotr Dąbrowski

    Does the ZSL affect photo quality in any way? Or it’s just more stable on burst shooting but quality is the same?

    BTW: I also had a problem forcing EIS to work on Nexus 5x. At first, after editing build.prop using custom recovery (without rooting), the option didn’t showed up in the settings in either the stock camera app and this modded camera. Then I tried rooting the phone (using SuperSU) and it helped immediately – without editing build.prop once again as it already had required lines added. So the requirement (at least in my case was): edit build.prop + root. It could save me some time if I know that earlier.

  • Mihir Deshmukh

    Amazing work, Charles!
    Just a question – when can we expect the 60fps being enabled for the 6P?

  • Luigi Bellantoni

    Can you fix the issue where the pictures dont save on the 5x randomly. Especially if you hit the home button soon after taking a picture…

    • N5X is my daily drive too, it just don’t have enough Ram for handling ZSL HDR+ shooting all the time.
      I have tried lower the ZSL buffer, HDR+ frame counts, however after taking a numbers of photos the camera still crash and wipe out the photos.

  • Vitaliy Branchuk

    HDR setting doesnot save after return to program(v 5.3) on Nexus 5x 7.1.1 stock

    • Update to 5.4, check the latest post.

  • Danyel Gustavo

    The camera app has just received an update a couple days ago. Is the Camera NX going to be updated as well? I’ve just installed it, and I love it!

    • Going to Update the v4.2.035 base. All has done. I will post it tonight. (5:00 PM here right now)

  • dinc

    I am running a Nexus 5X with Stock 7.1.1, rooted and with elementalx kernel. I just noticed that when having EIS enabled the video is zoomed in quite a lot in the viewfinder compared to having EIS off. Is it supposed to be like that? Thanks for great mods, Charles!

    • Yes, that’s how eis works, it cut off some edge to stabilize the stream.

  • Would it be possible to install on Nexus 5 on CM14.1?

  • Akil

    Arm version for nexus 6 please

    • I need an stock arm version, maybe a week later when official 7.1 for N6 released.

  • jdaclutch

    No problem with installation, running it on stock unrooted 7.1.1 dp2. , Thank you much!

  • YTS

    I noticed the video stabilization was available in 4K on the Nexus 6P, I’m assuming it doesn’t actually work right? Sorry, I’m new to this. But it’s definitely great so far! Been using it since v3, been my default camera app!. Kerri up the good work.

  • YTS

    I noticed video stabilization is “available” on the Nexus 6P, I’m assuming it doesn’t actually work, right? Either way everything is working great! Definitely my current default camera.

  • blanco2701

    I would love some of this for my Nexus 6. Nice work dev!

  • dinc

    I cannot install NOZSL version on my N5X running 7.0. I get “There was a problem parsing the package”. Anyone else with this problem?

    • dinc

      I can install the version for 7.1, but it has the problem with black screen.

      • Yup, Forget to change the API level, did you try download from Google Drive again to see if it works? (No zsl version)

        • dinc

          I still get the problem with the Google Drive file. Haven’t tried the AFH mirror.

          • Then wait for a while I will re-upload it.

          • dinc

            No problem, I’ll wait. Thank you for your fast response!

          • Check out Google drive again, should work now.

          • dinc

            Thanks, works great!

  • msgpacket

    Does this version support N5X 7.0?

    • Yup, Please check post update.

  • JankyAdvice

    Never, EVER, side load APK’s on Android. You are just asking for trouble. NEVER.

    • Golicza Alpár

      Name checks out.

  • Ed

    Thanks Charles, just wondering, is it normal that the app crashed when click help and feedback in the setting menu?

    • It’s normal, as the package name or app name changed, the help menu can’t work properly from initial version.

  • SE.Quence

    Bingo! Thanks for your constant research and develop.
    Mod works flawlessly.

  • ArclightX

    You da man! Thank-You so much for all your work!

  • Carlos Montesino

    Thanks for the amazing update! How do I modify the system to get Video stabilization?