Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be capable of recording 4K video with EIS


Google claims that its new smartphones — the Pixel and Pixel XL — have the “best smartphone cameras ever,” and while we can’t put this bold statement to the test yet, much as we would like to, we can’t deny that some of the camera stills posted by Google look mighty impressive. But what about video?

We already knew that the Pixels will be capable of recording video in 4K, as well as 1080p@120FPS, but now we have another interesting tidbit regarding the two phones’ video shooting capabilities. Isaac Reynolds of Google’s camera product team, who also authored many of the official camera samples, has confirmed that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will support electronic image stabilization (EIS) at 4K video recording.

This is good news, as 4K, in and of itself, can be very straining on the hardware, and EIS too requires a considerable amount of CPU horsepower for post-processing algorithms. For example, last year’s Nexus 6P, albeit a very capable device, had EIS disabled when shooting at 4K, as it couldn’t handle the resource-hungry combo properly.

Although many are railing against the omission of optical image stabilization (OIS) in Google’s first in-house developed phones, the Big G seems confident in its choice of favoring post-processing image stabilization techniques. 4K + EIS is definitely a step in the right direction and, if it works as well as advertised, a step toward persuading the masses that Google has indeed made the right choice. Don’t get us wrong, camera humps can be annoying, and EIS helps abolish them, but we’d much rather use the shooter to its fullest potential, than have a few millimeters shaved off the back of a phone at the expense of compromised functionality. Still, if Google manages to prove that digital can hold its own to analog just fine in this scenario — when recording video at high resolutions and taking pictures in low-light situations, for example — we’d be more than willing to give it a chance.

source: Google

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11 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i was hoping to see camera shoot out between this and the note7, but since that phone keeps popping everywhere then i guess pixel is king now.

3. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

There should be one with 7 Edge. Don't worry :) @phonearena: "We'd be more than willing to give it a chance" How come Phonearena? In the Sony Xperia XZ review not only you didn't tried its 5 axis EIS, you didn't even mention it! A great review realy. Even more you erased some coments you didn't like, pointing that out and how much bias was that review!

10. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

This site is a piece of s**te . An insult to unbiased journalism

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Might be the first to use EIS at 4K I wonder how well it works, I dont there's much space for EIS given the sensor is 4:3 12.3MP I'd probably use 1080p 60fps if its significantly more stable

4. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

what are you talking about? since the Xperia Z3, sony's been implementing EIS (SteadyShot) for both 4K and other lower resolutions video recording the downside is that it's only real 4K for the uncropped raw video, and the final shake-free one is upscaled, thus losing a lot of details it might get worse on the Pixels though, because as you said, the phone only has a 4:3 12MP camera

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Then this is the first with EIS at "true" 4K without upscaling

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Best android phone of 2016.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Its the true king. Though it might not be flashy but on software alone, the pixel and the iphone 7 blow everything else out the water. Then add-in their crazy cameras with HDR+ (pixel) and portrait mode (iphone 7+)..

11. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Best Android phone with no features off 2016.

6. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

so what??? its not an iPhone!!! in android world we already have these options!!! #$hit_pixel

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your right it's not an iPhone, it's much better than a iPhone. iPhones don't do VR well, because of their low resolution displays. They would probably over heat too much as well. iPhones do not have the new fast and accurate sensors (gyroscope and accelerometer) which are used in Daydream VR, and the Pixels new EIS. Plus iPhones don't support the new Vulkan graphics APIs.

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