GOOGLE PIXEL – CAMERA
Since so many phone makers rely on DxOMark benchmark scores when their cameras actually aren’t very good (*cough* HTC and Sony *cough*), I wasn’t particularly excited about the numbers regarding the camera on the Google Pixel.
How wrong I was; this is one of best smartphone cameras I’ve ever used. It’s easily as good as the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 (currently, the two best) and in certain situations it’s probably better. But it’s the complete experience here that makes the camera on the Pixel an absolutely pleasure to use.
There isn’t much on the spec sheet that’s been improved over the camera in the Nexus 6P. It still has a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, laser autofocus and 1.55-micron pixel completed with an f/2.0 lens. What it does have over the Nexus 6P is the new Sony IMX378 sensor (upgraded from the IMX377), which boasts native phase-detection autofocus, plus much faster HDR thanks to SME-HDR tech.
Combine these important upgrades with the better software and speedy CPU and you have one hell of a camera.
What’s even more impressive is that this camera manages to battle with the best even though it lacks OIS – a flagship phone staple – and I honestly can’t say I’ve noticed its absence.
Most cameras these days take excellent daytime snaps, but it’s in low-light performance that the Pixel really stands out. It exposes light well, keeps noise to a minimum while also managing to pick out tremendous amounts of detail.