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The front camera distorts selfies squishing the photo once it's processed. It's awful. I look like an even fatter cow in the processed picture. I've looked online and apparently this is a common issue among pixel 3 users. The front camera is basically useless and takes terrible photos. I really wanted to love this phone, but this issue makes me want to switch to a different phone  Please fix your software. Has anyone figured out how to fix this issue??
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This issue is also happening with my Pixel. The photo immediately looks 'fine' ie in proportion, but after processing/rendering it changes the proportions of your photo & distorts the face, creating a subtle fish-eye like effect. It's almost as though it's correcting for a wide-angle lens even though it's not one.

One work-around I've found is:
Go to settings - camera settings - advanced - HDR+ control. Select to turn HDR+ control on. 
Now, open your camera app, at the top toggle HDR+ to off. 

After that, I no longer have the distortion issue in the front camera. However, in portrait mode it still occurs, I'm assuming because HDR cannot be manually controlled in that setting.

It's not a vanity issue, you can see the rendering distort the photo in realtime and the result is all selfies have a bizarre fisheye quality.
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I'm also getting the same issue. It distorts the photo and shortens my forehead... Right after taking the picture, and switching to the photo you can see it go from a normal photo to the rendered version which sharpens the picture and "softens" the facial features and you can also see the forehead being squished. I turned off HDR and it seems like it doesn't happen but the photo quality is not the same... Please fix this!
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Yes this has been happening to me too! It really seems to happen when i'm taking selfie with a friend. If this doesn't get fixed I will not be purchasing the pixel 4. I have had the pixel 1 & 2 and loved it. But the pixel 3 has really turned me off. The front camera processing is so bad - people look distorted and bigger after HDR processing has finished, everyone who I have taken a photo with thinks the same. So it is the camera! Also i know it's a software issue because before it processes the photo I can see that the photo looks like what I took it's after the processing finishes that the issue happens. So annoying! Please update the camera system. Please!!
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I had the same issue, then i found a Pixel Camera Port that worked on my Pixel 3.

You can see in the settings of this app under "PX Mod Settings" - "Extra Features" that there is a function enabled called "Disable Farce Warping" .. exactly what i needed, hope it helped you too.
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