Pixel 8 Camera Exposure not working at 1x Zoom [Fix]

In this guide, we will show you a nifty workaround that might help you resolve the bug of Pixel 8 camera exposure not working at 1x zoom. When it comes to smartphone photography then there’s hardly an iota of doubt that the offering from the Silicon Valley giant is the best in this domain. With its exceptional computational tweaks, it produces some of the best results that any device has to offer. However, as of late, it tends to be giving quite a tough time to many.

Pixel 8 Camera Exposure not working

Numerous users have voiced their concern that the Pixel 8 camera manual exposure not working at 1x zoom. Generally, when you tap on the highlighted part, the photo turns dim, and when you tap on the dark part, the photo brightens up. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with the latest Google flagships. If you point your camera at a dark region and tap on the screen to increase the exposure, the device won’t be able to do so, and hence you will be left with an underexposed photo.

Pixel 8 Camera Exposure not working

On the other hand, if you point the camera toward the lightened region, the camera won’t lower the exposure either, thereby resulting in an over-exposed image. One interesting thing to note is the fact that the bug only affects the default 1x zoom level with a 4:3 aspect ratio, rest all the zoom levels or modes, such as 0.5x, 2x, and even .9x or 1.1x as well as the zoom, wide, and video modes are unaffected. If you are also facing these issues, then this guide will help you out. Follow along.

Fix Pixel 8 Camera Exposure not working at 1x Zoom

Pixel 8 Camera Exposure not working

As of now, the only workaround that is spelling out success for the users involves zooming in slightly, tapping on the desired portion of the screen to increase/lower the exposure, and then zooming back. While it does add a couple of unnecessary additional steps just to take a photo, but for now, this is your best bet.

As far as the official stance on this matter is concerned, the developers are yet to acknowledge this issue [UPDATE: Acknowledged], let alone give out any ETA for the rollout of a fix. As and when any of these two things happen, we will update this guide accordingly. In the meantime, the aforementioned workarounds are your best bet.

UPDATE: Google Won’t Fix!

Well, that came straight to our face. The Silicon Valley giant has explicitly mentioned on their Issue Tracker page that it wouldn’t fix this issue, even though users are still flooding the page with this bug. So all issues from now onwards might simply fall on deaf ears.

Pixel 8 Camera Exposure not working

UPDATE 2: Issue also present in Pixel 7 Series

It seems that the latest Pixel devices aren’t the only ones to get bugged with this issue as its predecessor also seems to be sailing in the same boat, courtesy of the numerous Pixel 7/Pro reports  (1,2,3,4,5) in the Reddit Forum. However, that might still not be enough for Google to have a change of plans and give some attention to this bug. But if out of the blue moon, it does decide to do so, we will update this post accordingly. So stay tuned.


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