DxOMark ranks Google Pixel camera as best smartphone camera to date

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The Pixel camera rated an 89 overall from DxOMark, placing it alone atop the mobile scores.

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The Google Pixel smartphone has barely been (officially) announced, but according to DxOMark’s testing, the Pixel camera is the best smartphone camera rated to date. The Pixel and the larger Pixel XL utilize the same camera, so it’s fair to say that both Pixel phones would be great choices if smartphone photography is near the top of your list for smartphone features.

The Pixel’s strong scores under a wide range of conditions make it an excellent choice for almost any kind of photography. As with any small-sensor device, results are excellent in conditions with good and uniform lighting. But in addition, images captured indoors and in low light are very good and provide a level of detail unexpected from a smartphone camera. With flash, its auto white balance and detail preservation are excellent, making it suitable for indoor portraits — and even for photographing indoor events as long as there is some additional ambient light to help even out the flash.

Some of the key features of the Pixel and Pixel XL camera include:

  • 12.3MP IMX378
  • 1.55μm
  • f/2.0 Aperture
  • Smart burst for capturing just the right moment
  • HDR+ built to work in any light, get clear vivid pictures even in challenging situations, multiple short exposures, reducing noise, minimizing blur – used by default because of zero shutter lag
  • Shorter capture time than any smartphone DxOMark has ever tested
  • Video stabilization – sampling gyroscope 200x per second to see how phone is moving

Some of the positives DxOMark had to say about the Pixel camera included good target exposure and dynamic range in all conditions, good white balance, fast and generally accurate autofocus, and very good detail preservation. While the autofocus seems to be “generally accurate,” DxOMark did find some slight autofocus irregularities, as well as some slight color shading in low light conditions. In addition to scoring an 89 on the photo side, the Pixel camera also scored an 88 on the video side. You can read the DxOMark review in the link below for all the details.

Like some other recent devices (some of the new Moto phones for example), Google is also offering free unlimited storage for photos and videos at full resolution for Pixel owners. Combined with the decent camera, the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are definitely phones to look at for those into mobile photography.

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  Source: DxOMark
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