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Nexus 4 Misses Out on Some of Lollipop’s New Camera Features

by Killian Bell | December 21, 2014December 21, 2014 2:00 pm PDT

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Wondering why your Nexus 4 doesn’t have all of the camera features other Nexus smartphones are getting with Android 5.0 Lollipop? Well, as it turns out, Google’s two-year-old device doesn’t support manual controls or the DNG image format.

Google made a whole host of improvements to its camera API with Lollipop, giving developers greater access to camera modules and their features. In addition to offering manual controls, camera apps can now output RAW images in the DNG format. But neither of these things are supported on the Nexus 4.

“Unfortunately, the Nexus 4 will not be updated beyond LEGACY camera2 level support,” explained one Google employee on the company’s official issue tracker. “Its hardware and firmware were not designed to support the full feature set provided by camera2, including manual controls and DNG support, and such support cannot be added retroactively to it.”

This is a shame for photography buffs who would have welcomed those features, but having lived without them for two years already, it shouldn’t be too disappointing to too many.

There’s bad news for Nexus 9 owners, too: Although Google’s newest tablet does support manual controls, it cannot output to the DNG format, either.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...