How To: Take a Photo While Recording Video with Google Camera

Take a Photo While Recording Video with Google Camera

Though primarily a Pixel exclusive, Google Camera has become the go-to camera app for many Android users. Not only does come with a standout features like Night Sight and capture better photos than most stock camera apps, but it's also packed with functionality that makes it a one-stop-shop for all your photo and video needs.

Many of these smaller features often unnoticed. A great example of this is the ability to snap a photo while in the middle of recording a video.

To try this out, you'll need to install the Google Camera port if you're not using a Pixel, but the process is usually as easy as sideloading any other app. Be sure to check out the link below if you'd like a more detailed guide on the process.

Once you've successfully installed Google Camera and granted it all the necessary permissions, simply open the app and select "Video" to open the recorder, then tap on the record button to initiate recording. From there, hit the small shutter button to the right of the stop button to snap a photo while recording, which automatically saves to your phone's default gallery app for later viewing.

Taking photos while recording a video doesn't interfere with your recordings in any way, and your videos will run smoothly when seen by others. Google Camera lets you snap as many photographs as you'd like to help ensure you never miss out whenever a picture-perfect moment presents itself.

This article was produced during Gadget Hacks' special coverage on smartphone-based video creator tips for filming and editing. Check out the whole Videography series.

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