Google Pixel 8 bug disables this very basic camera feature



  • Several Google Pixel 8 units seem to be affected by a bug.
  • This bug disables the auto exposure feature in the Google Camera.
  • Google is yet to acknowledge and respond to the issue.

Google’s Pixel 8 phones offer one of the best cameras at present. But it seems like some Pixel 8 users are facing a bug that’s creating lighting issues while taking photos. Users have complained about adjusting the lighting from the viewfinder, which isn’t working at all when the zoom level is set to 1x. Google is yet to respond on the issue, and roll out a fix.

Google Pixel 8 camera bug

  • The issue here is with a very basic feature that’s available on all smartphones. Before you capture a photo, you can tap on any area in the viewfinder to adjust the lighting, and it will automatically brighten or darken the photo.
  • Turns out, this feature isn’t working at all on the Pixel 8, and that too in the default camera where the zoom is set to 1x. But it seems to be working on other zoom levels, and even in wide angle and video mode, according to this Reddit thread.
  • The same issue has been posted on Google’s Issue Tracker forum. The bug appears to be affecting several users as seen in the replies on both forums. Folks at Android Police also tested this on multiple Pixel 8 units to find that the bug indeed disables auto exposure.
  • The problem might be only in the viewfinder as the photo captured has the exposure adjusted as intended. But it can be frustrating if you’re trying to get the right photo by fixing it from the viewfinder itself.
  • Google hasn’t resolved the issue yet, which seems to be a software bug on the Pixel 8. The response on the Issue Tracker complaint shows that it wasn’t acknowledged, and that the user has to complain on other platforms. Since this is a very basic camera feature, Google is expected to roll out a software update with a fix soon.
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·        Key Specs

·        Google Pixel 8

·        Google Tensor G3 | 8 GBProcessor

·        6.2 inches (15.75 cm)Display

·        50 MP + 12 MPRear camera

·        10.5 MPSelfie camera

·        4575 mAhBattery

Google Pixel 8a retail box leak

  • A Vietnamese person named Hung Nvshared the Pixel 8a retail box’s photos on a private Facebook group. We get to see the phone’s moniker, the Pixel 8a design and the wired charging speed supported by the phone.
  • The GooglePixel 8a sports a design resembling the GooglePixel 8 series. That means a visor-like camera strip on the back of the phone and slightly curvy edges. There seem to be two camera lenses here and a flashlight module. The volume rockers and power buttons also appear on the right-hand side.
  • The back side of the retail box reveals the phone will be getting 27W wired charging speed.
  • Although the one in this leak is grey, there will be other colour options. In some leaked renders, we have seen a cream/peachy colour. A blue colour is also in rumours.
  • The dimensions of the device are said to be 152.1 x 72.6 x 8.9 mm.
  • On the box, we also see the model number G6GP. In a previous Geekbench leak, we also learned the phone’s internal codename could be Akita.

Google Pixel 8a specifications (expected)

  • Display:Pixcould sport a 6.1-inch screen with a punch-hole cutout and thicker bezels than the other Pixel 8 series phones.
  • Processor: It could come powered by the Tensor G3 SoC. Perhaps, it could be underclocked compared to the chip inside theGoogle Pixel 8and GooglePixel 8 Pro. This could feature the Mali-G715 GPU and Titan G2 security chip.
  • Memory: The phone model on Geekbench has 8GB of RAM, but there could be other memory configurations too.
  • Software: Google could ship the device with Android 14 and Pixel UI.
  • Google Pixel 8a renders have leaked.
  • Google Pixel 8a could have a smaller display than the Pixel 8.
  • We have highlighted more design and performance specs differences between GooglePixel 8 and GooglePixel 8a.
  • Just days after the Pixel 8-series launch, the Pixel 8a renders have surfaced. The A-series Pixel phone shares the design cues of its siblings. We also get some key details about the handset’s screen size and overall stature. Let’s also take a look at what we know about the Pixel 8a specs so far.
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