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Google Pixel 8 series leak shows manual mode, face-swap feature

Manual camera controls and face-swapping are coming to Google Pixel.

A Promotional Image of the Google Pixel 8 Pro in Blue

There’s no stopping Google Pixel 8 series leaks anymore. The floodgates have been opened, and the details we were unaware of are coming to light ahead of the official October 4 event.

While we have already laid out the latest leak with the US pricing and several camera details, another seemingly leaked Google video has appeared online, revealing detailed camera features coming to the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.

The leak comes from tipster Kamila Wojciechowska, who paired up with the Indian news outlet 91Mobiles to leak the Pixel 8 series video that breaks down the latest AI and photography tricks Google plans to launch with its upcoming flagships.

“Face-swapping” feature may be AI-powered on the Google Pixel 8 series

The leaked video showcases the new manual camera controls “modeled after DSLR controls” for the Pixel 8 Pro. 

We are glad to see that Google is finally allowing users to play with the shutter speed, ISO, focus, and other aspects of photography, but only on the Pro Pixel model.

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However, the most interesting reveal was the new face-swapping feature on the Pixel 8 series, probably powered by AI.

The video shows that if you capture someone’s photo with a bad facial expression, which happens a lot more than expected, you can swap it with a better one.

Of course, we have yet to see how it works in real life. But we speculate either the Pixel smartphone will capture multiple images and offer the user options to choose the best expression for face-swapping purposes.

Alternatively, the feature could be AI-powered – adjusting facial expressions similar to many other AI image editing apps available today, but so far it doesn’t seem to be that.

Lastly, the video also showcases the rest of the camera features coming to the Pixel 8 series, including the previously leaked Audio Magic Eraser, Real Yone, Night Sight, Astrophotography, and Super Res Zoom.

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