Pixel 4 camera to have improved Night Sight, 8x zoom and a new Motion Mode feature

Pixel 4 camera to have improved Night Sight, 8x zoom and a new Motion Mode feature
The more we hear about the Google Pixel 4 series, the more it sounds like Google is trying to take the line up to another tier where it can challenge the Apple iPhone and Samsung's flagship models. Google itself has confirmed that the phones will be equipped with a secure Face unlock system similar to Apple's Face ID. And the new Motion Sense feature uses  Google's radar-based Soli chip to allow Pixel 4 users to control some aspects of the phone (such as skipping songs, snoozing alarms, and silencing phone calls) with the use of hand gestures.

Photography is one area where the Pixels have already been competitive with Apple and Samsung.  And Google isn't sitting on its laurels; hidden code found in the Google Camera app revealed that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL could use wide-gamut P3 color capture. Already used by the cameras on the iPhone 7 and up, this system captures a 25% wider range of colors than the traditional sRGB system employed by most Android phones. And for the first time ever, Google is putting a multi-camera setup on the back of the Pixel. The Pixel 4 is expected to carry a 12MP primary camera and a 16MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom. The Pixel 4 XL could carry both of these cameras and throw in a spectral sensor. Both phones might come equipped with a wide-angle-selfie snapper.

Motion Mode will allow Pixel 4 users to take great sports and action shots

And today, 9to5Google cites a reliable source who told them that the Pixel 4 cameras will have an interesting new feature called Motion Mode. This will allow users to snap action shots with moving subjects seen in the foreground of a photo combined with a blurry background. In addition, the reliable source says that the Pixel 4 series will have an improved version of Night Sight. This is the feature that allows Pixel users to snap viewable pictures under low light conditions and it will be even better on the Pixel 4 line. Astrophotography is the rarely heard name for the practice of taking photographs of the stars in the sky. Google will supposedly be promoting the Pixel 4's improved Night Sight capabilities by showing off how well it takes pictures of stars at night.

A photo discovered by XDA on Weibo indicate that the Pixel 4 will have 8x zoom created by a combination of 5x optical zoom and Google's Super Res Zoom. The zoom slider actually shows you the current magnificiation level. Another photo shows that yes indeed, the phones will have 6GB of memory. Every other Pixel handset previously released carried 4GB of RAM. The photos have been since removed from the Chinese microblogging site.

The Pixel 4 is expected to ship with a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen and a resolution of 1080 x 2280. The Pixel 4 XL will reportedly sport a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a 1440 x 3040 resolution. Both models will have an aspect ratio of 19:9 and the screens will have a 90Hz refresh rate, 50% faster than traditional smartphone screens. This will produce more fluid game animation and buttery smooth scrolling. It also uses up battery life, which brings us to the rumored battery capacities for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The former should be powered by a 2800mAh battery while a 3700mAh battery could be found inside the larger version of the phone. Both phones will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 (no Plus) Mobile Platform and will carry 64GB/128GB of native storage.

Last year, Google shipped 4.7 million Pixel handsets with 70% of them delivered to the states. This year, after the stunning success of the mid-range Pixel 3a series, Google is planning to produce 8 to 10 million Pixel units for 2019. And since the phone is predominantly sold in the U.S. but assembled in China, Google is reportedly moving production to Vietnam to escape the 15% tax imposed on a tier of Chinese imports including smartphones. This group of products will be taxed starting on December 15 and includes the Apple iPhone. Manufacturers can eat all or some of the tax and pass the balance on to consumers to pay in the form of higher retail prices.

Related phones

Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh



1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Google is killing it with the pixel 4 ffs

2. Poptart2828

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

The camera is not only competitive, it has surpassed every other manufacturer. It will take years before anyone will be able to match their night sight mode.

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Exactly. Pixel has had zero issues owning the iPhone series in these blind comparisions.

11. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yup. Pixel phones are the best all around phones especially when it comes to the camera. Nothing touches a Pixel camera.

9. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

What kind of BS you are talking about? Both samsung and huawei have better night mode, right now, google is behind, not years ahead.

12. Vism32

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 09, 2019

Have you been hiding under a rock? Everyone knows Pixel take the best pictures and night shots. Apple nor Samsung can compete.... Where have you been?!

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 554; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I want that Lumia 920 extreme low light mode in Pixel 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtCgFW39BL8

7. peschiera

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

"This will allow users to snap action shots with moving subjects seen in the foreground of a photo combined with a blurry background." Interesting that we are heading for the old "gimmicky Samsung" features! Does anyone remember Galaxy S5 having offering the exact same feature, called "Panning shots" which even allows to modify the blur effect? And the next pixel will bring back S5 features Eraser (which was actually very useful), Drama shot, Best Face and Best shot!

8. Epicness1o1

Posts: 309; Member since: May 30, 2013

Its such a bummer that the second camera wont be wide angle, wtf google ?


Posts: 442; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

So no ultra wide camera?...

20. thenotoriousrob

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 11, 2017

then when they have that you'll be demanding a macro huh. EIGHT X. EIGHT, not two.

13. shawman

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Much better specs though design could be better. Couldn't they have gone for punch hole or dew drop notch.

14. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

They need the forehead for the sensors used in the new Face unlock and for the Soli chips used for Motion Sense. Regards, Alan

19. thenotoriousrob

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 11, 2017

Is it IP5 certified yet? Seems like they're still behind in that dept.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The 5x optical zoom is something to get excited about on its own. I'm not familiar with this "Super Res Zoom" feature and I am curious as to the quality of the images the tech produces.

23. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Phone looks upside down with the top bezel being much larger than the bottom.

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