The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have identical camera hardware—in fact, both use one of the highest-end camera sensors ever put into a smartphone. The only real difference between the cameras on Google's latest flagship devices is that the 6P natively supports electronic image stabilization (EIS) whereas the 5X does not.
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EIS helps reduce blur and shaking in videos, so Nexus 5X owners were understandably disappointed when the feature was left out. But thanks to a Reddit user's discovery, we can enable true image stabilization on the Nexus 5X with one simple build.prop edit.
You'll need either a root-enabled file browser or a build.prop editor app to enable electronic image stabilization on your Nexus 5X, but since file browsers are more common, I'll outline the process using that method.
To begin, head to the root directory on your device, which is the highest folder you can get to in the folder tree. From here, open the system folder, then make sure it's mounted as "Read/Write" so that you can make changes to the files it contains. Next, long-press the "build.prop" file at the bottom of this folder, then select "Open with" and "Text Editor."
Next, scroll down to the very bottom of your build.prop file and press the enter button on your keyboard to add a new line. From here, type in the following line of code, making sure to copy it exactly:
Once you've added the new line, tap the three-dot menu button at the top of your screen and choose "Save" to wrap things up. From here, simply reboot your phone so that the changes you've made will take effect.
Once your phone finishes rebooting, go ahead and open the stock Camera app. From here, head to the main Settings menu, then choose "Resolution & quality." Finally, toggle the switch next to the "Enable video stabilization" option, and from now on, your phone will shoot with full EIS capabilities.
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