The new camera king: Google publishes unedited Pixel 2 photos

Google showed a few examples of what the camera on the new Pixel 2 series is capable of at the official unveiling a few days ago, but today we get to see full-size, unedited pictures thanks to Google Camera Product Manager Isaac Reynolds and we are blown away.

The original Pixel set a new standard for mobile photography with its camera that quickly produced images with incredible dynamic range thanks to the HDR+ technology. The Pixel 2 improves further on that and introduces a new Portrait mode using just a single camera with dual pixels, a technology previously used only for faster focusing.

It is the dynamic range, the incredible color balance, the proper white balance and the overall look of the Google Pixel 2 photographs that is really mind-blowing, and we say this fully aware of all the other great phones out there. Those images are obviously taken by professionals and are brilliantly composed and shot with what looks like professional models, but the quality is truly something special. We can't wait to test the Pixel 2 camera ourselves in the very near future, but in the meantime take a look at what the Pixel 2 camera can do right below.

source: Google

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Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh
Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Poor iphone being dethroned by pixel in camera quality!

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

I don't think it ever had that throne in the past few years, that already belonged to the original Pixel.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You know what's weird, Victor? You said "I don't think it ever had that throne in the past few years", then you proceed to say: "that already belonged to the original Pixel". The original Google Pixel was released last year, so how can you say the camera throne belonged to the original Pixel in the past few years? Sounds like you don't want to admit that the camera throne belonged to Samsung in the past few years... Because it sure belonged to Samsung. Besides, the Galaxy S8 has been crowned best camera phone award , along with best the smartphone award by Mobile Choice Consumer Awards, yesterday. Still waiting for PA to publish an article about it. :))

19. Scarambay unregistered

What a sore loser you are. Always whining and crying a river about Samsung phones not getting the limelight. Tedlord (or whatever dumb name that is) and you should just label yourselves as Samsung bitches.

22. umaru-chan

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

LMAO. Extremely glad to see how people finally reacting towards these samsung bit*hes. phonearena needs to ban these bitc*es permanently who think PA should run this site according to their wishes. I mean you have the option to not coming here . Don't like how they run the site dont bother coming back. Immediately ban people who use the word "iphonearena"/tell how to run this site/always whining in the comment section./wish people to die and its supporters/ troll spammer with duplicate accounts with insane amount comments like darrjedi, tedkord, uncle_gadget, g2,abodulgeria,sissy,trojan horse, A__________, etc

23. umaru-chan

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I just checked, looks like you guys already banned A____________ aka ibend. Good job. You guys should also know that uncle_gadget is techieXP.

47. cmdacos

Posts: 4383; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Don't like the comments, don't come here. Pout somewhere else

48. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wow, what a little crybaby. Take your own advice - don't like the comments, don't come back.

55. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

iphonexarena did you tell iphonexarena to hand me banning? ,#22

57. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Dude, you joined a year & a half ago & have 69 comments. That's a comment & a half a month average "...and that so 'LAAAAAAAAAMMME'". You want people banned who or in the work & have been here since 2011. C'mon now. Step your rep up before trying to get people banned.

30. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Oh jeez stop your childish whining. Some of you take this way too seriously. If something negative is said about samsung you whine, if they don't post certain articles about samsung you whine. I understand being a fan of something, but a person can take it way too far, and you and several others do. Especially with your conspiracy crap. News flash, you don't have to come to this website if you think they are so unfair. No phone is perfect and they all have negatives, deal with it. If all your going to do though is whine then do everyone a favor and just don't come to the website.

31. Beijendorf unregistered

Samsung phones may have gotten better from past years, but they apply extremely aggressive sharpening and over-the-top saturation. It makes the images suitable for social media, but as far as proper cameras go it's laughably bad.

34. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You can shoot raw photos on new samsung phones

37. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I agree, but less troll-like. The shots on a Samsung look great as they capture detail in a variety of different lighted events. They do over sharpen and saturate...they do that on purpose. It's their style. Would someone use that camera for posting amazing pictures on their wall? Maybe, but i think most would choose a Pixel, Iphone 8, or maybe even a V30 for that. I know i would

44. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Exactly. Its really sad when dude dont even wanna say the facts. And you claim being biased is only in our heads. Dude he does this sh1t on purpose. Just ig ore him Wanna protest? When he writes article's, don't no one post in them. If we don't comment on them or post, then he won't have a job. After all, no readers no writers. He is a sad little fanboi let him sit and the corner by himself. Don't read his cheesy whiny articles

51. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

We definitely will not publish an article about any such "awards". As you may have noticed, we don't publish articles from other sources like dxomark either for one simple reason: we trust our own testing better. But here is good news for you and your conspiracy theories: the Note 8 won our most recent camera comparison. Did you notice that? It's featured right at the top of our page! So I guess you did not go trolling there? In either case, such absurd comments will be moderated in the future. The comments section needs to be a little more constructive.

53. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I understand, Victor. But there are awards like Mobile World Congress and Mobile Choice Consumers which are prestigious enough to worth reporting on.

54. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No the note 8 didn't win anything and you hate anything Samsung because you're iPhonearena and your name should be iVictor. /s But sarcasm aside, I agree the comments section needs more cleaning. The whiners and trolls are getting out of hand. If they don't like the website they can go to their beloved dxo and Sammobile and cry over there.

58. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"In either case, such absurd comments will be moderated in the future. The comments section needs to be a little more constructive." This has been needed to happen years ago. But what do you do, you ban people who you call you out & point out your favoritism vs banning people who verbally attack others. Moderate that first.

11. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

so we have to accept the fact that it says "unedited" that it really is? I call bs.

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I don't think these photos are unedited or taken with Pixel 2 alone. Who can believe anyone these days? W'll see after some camera reviews.

17. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

After seeing what the pixel is capable of and what google has achieved through image processing I won't call bs. Though the reviews will tell.

18. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

thats it exactly! everyone reviewing products has their own interest in mind and NO ONE is transparent and honest. I know theyre edited and since there are no full rez downloads to check exif, I call bulls**t on PA saying these are unedited. this is more pr hype garbage.

28. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Go to the source link. Full size, unedited and with Exif.

39. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

Go to dxo mark and read the review

56. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

No, They didn't dethrone the Pixel. They dethroned the Galaxy S8 and also may be Note 8.

52. mrochester

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Poor Pixel being dethroned by iPhone in OS quality. Horses for courses I guess.

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Phone cameras have become so good it's difficult to tell apart. So manufacturers introduced dual camera knowing people's mindset that more is better. And reviewers reiterate this mindset. Or let's say the are the catalizators of this. Only for the headphone jack, one is better than none.

4. Whitedot

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Quiet fair point about headphone jack and funny:)

32. Beijendorf unregistered

Actually they introduced dual cameras because computational photography is the future of mobile photography, and merging several shots from different sensors is a way to achieve the improved images. And that's exactly what Google are doing too. Apparently their sensor is split in two. They do what other top-of-the-line OEM's are doing, but with one set of lenses instead of two.

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