Google Pixel’s HDR+ trick makes almost any Android camera better

The Google Pixel is often considered to have the very best camera around thanks to some truly effective software processing. Now you can get that same processing on almost any recent Android flagship.

While you’ve been able to sideload Google’s Camera app for some time, the actual processing that gives the Pixel it’s beautiful photos is still exclusive. Called HDR+, the technology not only increases dynamic range, like traditional HDR modes, but reduces noise and improve colors as well.

In very oversimplified terms, the camera basically takes an extremely fast burst of shots, and then combines the best bit of each image for the final exposure. I’ve yet to try a camera that matches the Pixel’s consistency in rendering accurate dynamic range, realistic night-time scenes, and overall vibrant colors.