Google Pixel 2 camera magic explained
by Victor Hristov / Oct 04, 2017, 1:44 PM
The Google Pixel had one of the best cameras ever put in a smartphone. The Google Pixel 2? It promises to bring it to the next level.
The new Pixel 2 still comes with a single rear camera, but it uses some software tricks so it achieves portrait photos even without a secondary camera on the back, and it uses a new sensor (it's actually smaller) with a better dynamic range. Google shot some images with the Pixel 2 and while we still haven't tested the camera ourselves, we are impressed by what we see.
So... how did Google pull all of these impressive camera tricks?
The first keyword to understanding the magic of the Pixel 2 camera is auto high-dynamic range images, or simply HDR+. This feature allows the camera to capture better dynamics, meaning that even a bright sky won't appear overblown in a picture, and those really dark shadows will still come with plenty of detail in them.
But also, the Pixel 2 now supports Portrait mode that blurs the background and lets the subject in a photo stand out. And it works not only with people and faces. This is possible due to Dual Pixel technology. Dual pixel means just what it says: every pixel on the camera sensor is actually two pixels. This is traditionally used for faster auto-focus, but Google uses it in a clever way: it creates a depth map of a scene and allows separation of an object from the background.
To understand more about the details in the Google Pixel 2's cameras, check out the two videos right below.
- Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 2700 mAh
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It actually has a smaller sensor. The Pixel had a 1/2.3" one while the Pixel 2 has a smaller 1/2.6" sensor.
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 1:52 PM 4
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I don't think it will matter much. If a company can do some amazing things like using just one lens for amazing portrait shots then they would have used some software tricks to overcome the smaller sensor size problems.
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 1:55 PM 1
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The Pixel had a f/2.0 aperture, this one has a f/1.8 aperture which will compensate for the smaller pixels.
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 2:21 PM 5
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Nice! The first video basically explains what all the OEM's seem to be doing equally. Dual pixels has proven to be a great feature in cameras, but Samsung takes it further by adding it to the AutoFocus as well for quicker focusing and less blurred shots from rushing to get a shot. Nice to see all the improvements. If the Pixel didn't run Vanilla Android and didn't look so much like an iOS device I already own, I would get one. Anyone with a Pixel and have AIDA installed can say what sensor is in the phone? Is it a Sony sensor?
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 2:01 PM 0
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To be fair there is hardly any real improvement in cameras apart from some clever tricks used by google. I don't think Raw files will be that much different than that of Note8 or htc u11.But final product will tell the reality.
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 2:05 PM 2
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Camera on smartphone has improved a lot since late 2016 .....
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 2:45 PM 0
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