The new Pixel 4 camera features reach for the stars in a leaked promo video

The new Pixel 4 camera features reach for the stars in a leaked promo video
There is one TV series you can't quote when it comes to Google's upcoming Pixel 4 mobile photography juggernaut, and it's "Curb your enthusiasm." An official promo video for the phone just leaked on ProAndroid, direct from Google, and in it the gang from Mountain View tips all the new Pixel 4 features we already know to happen.

Yes, the radar-based Motion Sense navigation gestures are in there, but, needless to say, we are most interested in the camera prowess of the Pixel 4. We heard that it will sport a 5x telephoto and combined 8x hybrid zoom, and in the video Google indeed makes a zoom animation and tips that the phone can "even get the stars" when it waxes poetic about the improved Night Sight mode. 

It all jibes with what we've heard so far about the Pixel 4's new camera abilities - much faster Night Sight for those low-light shots, and an extra telephoto zoom camera on the back for getting closer to the action. 

Granted, many phone makers offer those already, but none has the computational photography algorithms that Google can derive from its giant imaging database, so color us excited already. What about you?

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Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh



1. virparam01

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

If i remember correctly these air gestures and best photo features were termed as gimmick in Galaxy S4 way back... May be it was too ahead of the time then

2. AbhiD

Posts: 804; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Too ahead of the time OR too laggy, inconsistent and inefficient that they indeed were gimmick? Being a past owner of Galaxy S4 Exynos variant, i had a hands on experience of how "good" these gimmicks worked! Although these are still gimmicks, with so much improvement in tech overtime, they will at least work properly now.

11. kabiluddin

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Too laggy, inconsistent and poorly implemented. Didn't have the proper hardware to supplement the software features. But Samsung fanboys are still salty about it.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The S4 used a single 2mp selfie camera. It had no depth sensing capabilities what so ever. The S4 had only 2gb of ram, with a 32 bit SoC clocked at 1.6 GHz. In order for air gestures to work with a regular camera, you have to keep reference to previous images. And to see if a user's hand or fingers has moved in the previous images. It's actually similar to how Apples current ARkit, and Google's ARCore both work today. They reference multiple images to see if any object has moved from each image frame to the next. Therefore you can calculate how much an object has moved, or the distances to those objects. It's why many Android OEMs have started to include depth sensor cameras on their smartphones. This will increase the accuracy and speed of AR. It's why Apple is looking to include depth sensor camera hardware next year to improve their ARKit, as well as other things. This Soli sensor scans at up to 10000 fps, and it scans in 3D, or gets depth information as well. So with the frequency, and depth information, this means you will get a much more accurate representation of the users fingers, or hand(s). Plus it will be in real time, and with no lag. There is no comparison.

19. japkoslav

Posts: 1509; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Stupidity of this concept did not change with time - It was stupid back then, it is stupid in present time.

3. Jamesmd81

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Ok now Google...enough is enough! The more I see of the P4 the more I want it! Just announce when your hardware event is please?

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I wonder what software features will make their way to the Pixels? I know some features that require the multiple lenses will not be able to make it to earlier devices, but we should see some software improvements across the entire Pixel line.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1508; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Such an awkward looking phone.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I'm afraid this is true, but it has too much going for it to pass it up. This and Huawei will absolutely destroy the smartphone industry this year I'm afraid.

10. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Ohh man looks amazing. Too bad it will be ridiculously overpriced. Gonna hold out to see what the One Plus 7T brings to the table and how much.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1500; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Maybe those colors in the video are the colors we can expect to see the devices sporting? IF rumor of the "orange" (it's more coral or pink to me) is real, its not out of the question

16. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

so many iphones in usa from so man brands.. :DDDD

17. Marienx

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I'm so going to get this phone

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