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The XDA Developers website has published details regarding an unreleased version of the camera app that will ship with Google’s Pixel 6 phone. The Pixel 6 series of phones come with a new, custom-made Google Tensor chip to boost performance when editing photographs. Referencing software provided by an unnamed source, the XDA team has set out a range of exciting image processing functions expected with the new phones.

The Google Pixel 6 could have new manual white balance software

According to the source, the app includes a manual white balance adjustment setting. Google has previously claimed it’s working to improve the phone’s camera when shooting a diverse range of skin tones. This white balance software could be connected to those efforts. As such, manual white balance may be only available to developers, but it would be a great feature for pro users as well.

Two new features: Magic Eraser and Face Deblur

Next, the source mentioned an intriguingly named Magic Eraser feature. The source says this feature removes unwanted objects from images. A similar feature was teased for Google Photos back in 2017, but it was never released.

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There’s also talk about a Face Deblur feature. This feature reportedly allows you to sharpen faces in your photographs. The Pixel 6 combines several pictures from the main sensor to produce its HDR images. Simultaneously, Face Deblur analyzes facial details from sharp images taken by the phone’s wide-angle camera. These details allow the feature to deblur faces in the HDR photo accurately.

But wait, there’s more

Other rumored features include Motion Blur, which can add blur to photos for creative reasons. The Nima Aesthetic feature will pick the best photo from a burst capture set of images. Baby Mode and version 2 of the Frequent Faces feature will allow your phone camera to recognize babies and people you photograph to help capture images.

As all leaks go, take it with a grain of salt. We won’t know if any of this information is valid until an official announcement. Whether the new camera app will be a better option for Pixel users than Adobe Photoshop, we will have to wait and see. The Google Pixel 6 phones should release this autumn.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.