Pixel 7 camera: everything you need to know

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Pixel 7 camera: everything you need to know
Come October, the Pixel 7 series would already be one year old, and by that time we should already have the Pixel 8 announced. So, given that we are getting closer to the next generation, let's take a look at the Google Pixel 7's best aspect — its cameras.

Google equipped the Pixel 7's camera system with new hardware and threw in some new camera features to go along with it. There is a great focus on the phone's zooming capabilities, or more specifically delivering higher image quality photos taken with a zoom.

Let's take a look at what Google's best Pixel phones so far, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, have to offer when it comes to their cameras.

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Pixel 7 camera summary


Check out the the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro cameras specs:


Pixel 7 camera upgrades

More zoom, better zoom!


Google Pixel 7 Pro
PhoneArena Camera Score
BEST 154
140
PhoneArena Photo Score
BEST 160
150
Main (wide)
BEST 85
75
Zoom
BEST 27
24
Ultra-wide
BEST 25
23
Selfie
BEST 30
28
PhoneArena Video Score
BEST 149
131
Main (wide)
BEST 79
71
Zoom
BEST 24
15
Ultra-wide
BEST 23
20
Selfie
BEST 28
26

Google flooded the stage with Pixel 7 and 7 Pro camera upgrades! When it comes to actual hardware, we have a brand new telephoto camera that increases the zoom range from 4x to 5x. However, a simple increase in optical zoom is far from what Google announced.

The Super Res Zoom feature that let you somewhat double the magnification of the Pixel's optical lenses has been reengineered, resulting in higher quality images even when shooting while digitally zoomed in. Using the improved Super Res Zoom, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro can now crop in on the 50MP main camera to deliver a 12.5MP 2x magnified image while preserving the details and lowering the image noise.


Google has also improved the image quality of photos taken at zoom levels that are in between 2x and 5x, by combining images of both the main and telephoto cameras. How good the quality actually is of such photos, though, remains to be seen during our upcoming reviews of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.


You can even zoom in to 10x, where the telephoto camera uses the same process that the main one uses with 2x. Google claims that the quality is close to that of a dedicated telephoto camera.

But wait, there's more! A combination of Pixel 7 Pro's zoom stabilization (which activates after reaching 15x zoom) identifies the subject and smoothly follows it. This makes it possible for the Pixel to get even closer, and after it reaches magnification of 20x to 30x, the phone upscales the photo to bring back detail.


Improved ultra-wide camera


The ultra-wide snapper on the Pixel 7 Pro has also been altered, coming with a wider 125.8° field of view (Pixel 6 Pro has 114° field of view) that enables the user to capture more inside the frame. Google says that is 21% wider compared to the ultra-wide camera on the regular Pixel 7.

Additionally, you now also have auto focus on the ultra-wide, utilized by the new Macro Focus feature that allows the user to go as close as 3cm to their subject while shooting macro photography.


Real Tone got even more real


Google was already the best phone when it came to representing different skin tone, especially darker ones, when shooting photos. Now both exposure and brightness have been tuned for even better skin color representation, especially in low-light conditions.

Reduced blur in photos



Through computational photography, the Tensor G2 has lowered the risk of blurry image when there is too much camera movement. The new chip also helps with achieving a sharper image during low-light conditions, making Night Sight twice as fast compared to before.

10-bit HDR while shooting video


The Pixel 7 duo comes with support for 10-bit HDR video shooting, which provides a brighter image, wider color range, and higher contrast.

4K 60FPS and Speech enhancement


All cameras on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are capable of shooting video in 4K 60 FPS, and all have something Google calls "Speech enhancement." The latter should bring more clarity to audio, keeping the background noise to a minimum

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro camera samples

Pixel 7 camera samples



And here's a comparison where you can check out the Pixel 7 video quality:

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Pixel 7 Pro camera samples



Here is the video quality that the Pixel 7 Pro produces:

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How many cameras does the Pixel 7 have?


The Pixel 7 has 2 cameras on the back — the main camera, and an ultra-wide. The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, has a triple layout (just like its predecessor) featuring an additional telephoto shooter. Both phones also have a single front-facing camera that's embedded in a single-hole cut-out on their screens.

How many megapixels is the Pixel 7 camera?


The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro both come with a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 10.8MP selfie snapper. Additionally, the Pixel 7 Pro comes with a 48MP telephoto camera as well.

Pixel 7 camera features


One of the most important aspects of smartphone cameras is their feature set. The Pixel phones usually come with a lot of cool features to play with and let your creativity blossom. Well, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro don't fail to deliver on that front, as they improve previous features that debuted on the Pixel 6 series and add brand new ones in the mix.

Guided Frame


The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro come with a new feature called Guided Frame, which utilizes the front-facing camera to guide blind and low-vision users to take the perfect selfie photo.

Photo Unblur



Photo Unblur is a direct extension of the improved blur reduction that's possible thanks to the Tensor G2 chip. With this feature users can open old photos that are out of focus and "unblur" them. Photo Unblur works only in Google Photos with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Cinematic Blur



Yet another feature that the Tensor G2 makes possible is Cinematic Blur, which adds a shallow depth of field effect when shooting video. Put differently, it is the blurred background effect you get when shooting in Portrait mode.

The thing is, though, that it is not as good as it sounds. The out of focus background looks unnatural and overdone. What's worse is that you can't control the amount of blur while taking the video, or even after it has been shot. Thankfully, Google is fully capable of improving this feature through software updates, so there is a chance it will get much better than it currently is.

Active Stabilization


Active Stabilization is Google's own version of a video shooting mode that offers extreme image stabilization. Google also says that auto focusing has also improved, further aiding to a sharp image.

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