Google Pixel: What’s all this hype about the camera?

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During the unveiling of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Google boasted about having the best mobile camera ever made. So what’s all the hype about?

According to DxOMark Mobile, the the Pixel and Pixel XL is in fact “the highest-rated smartphone camera” with the best “image quality scores they have ever tested”. Noting that the camera is able to provide a “very high level of detail, with relatively low levels of noise for every tested lighting condition”.

The Pixel and Pixel XL cameras also come with exposures with great contrast and white balance. Even though the cameras have the ability to autofocus quickly, it is inconsistent and certain objects in the frame may appear in lowly lit shots.

DxOMark noted that the cameras were able to properly render lowly lit environments without creating a high level of noise in the photograph.

The HDR+ mode that comes with the camera app on the phone has an impressive 12.3MP shooter. The phone can take multiple shots in this mode to combine them into one solid photo with lower noise and extended dynamic range as the final result.

Once images the capture from the Pixel and Pixel XL, they are processed twice as fast as previous models thanks to the fast Snapdragon 821 chip and 4GB of RAM.

The Pixel’s 12.3MP main camera is paired with a fast f/2.0 lens. Autofocus is provided by a combination of laser detection (LDAF) and phase detection (PDAF). The Pixel can also record 4K video at 30fps, and 1080p video at up to 120fps.

So what does all this mean for picture and video quality?

DxOMark state that this smartphone camera performs under a wide range of conditions making it the choice for pretty much all types of photography. As with most small sensor devices results are excellent in good and uniform lighting, however when it comes to shooting indoors in low light are very good and provide detail that is not expected from a smartphone camera. With flash, the auto white balance and detail preservation is second to none and its stability from frame to frame allows for excellent rendering of details in flash images.

Using the camera outdoors it picks up rich colors, life-like white balance and excellent rendering of both highlights and shadow details. Exposures are consistently good, which can be an issue with other smartphone cameras, and detail preservation is excellent.

The Pixel devices produce outstanding video quality, with one of the best stabilization systems around and performance in poor lighting and conditions good.

Simply put, the Pixel has raised the bar for smartphone cameras with very little to complain about. Could Google have cracked it with their first all-Google built phone? With a camera so valuable, you would be silly not to protect it… Find the most protective Google Pixel and Pixel XL cases on the tech21 website.