Google unveils new smartphone with high-end camera

Google Pixel smartphone
Neal Romanek
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October 5th 2016 at 12:14PM : By Neal Romanek

The Pixel phone 12.3MP has been given a DxOMark Mobile score of 89

Google has unveiled its new smartphone, the Pixel, an iPhone challenger with what it claims is the world's best smartphone camera.

Pixel has a 12.3MP camera, featuring an f/2.0 aperture and large 1.55 micron pixels. The camera has a Smartburst feature, which takes a rapid-fire sequence of shots and according to the company "automatically selects the best one". A Lens Blur feature allows shallow depth of field and bokeh effects as well exposure controls.

The company is including free unlimited storage for original quality photos and videos at full resolution in Google Photos for Pixel owners.

Google Pixel camera

The Pixel phone has been given a DxOMark Mobile score of 89, making it the highest-rated smartphone camera tested by DxOMark. DxOMark is an industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings.

According to DxOMark: "the Pixel is strong in providing a very high level of detail from its 12.3MP camera, with relatively low levels of noise for every tested lighting condition. It also provides accurate exposures with very good contrast and white balance, as well as fast autofocus, and racked up excellent results in video testing, consistent with other top-scoring smartphones."
 
The Pixel’s strong scores 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 surprisingly, images captured indoors and in low light are also 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 very suitable for indoor portraits. However, the Pixel does suffer from some inconsistency in repeated autofocus, and artifacts can appear in low-light shots.

"The Pixel’s strong scores 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 surprisingly, images captured indoors and in low light are also 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 very suitable for indoor portraits. However, the Pixel does suffer from some inconsistency in repeated autofocus, and artifacts can appear in low-light shots."