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Daily Authority: 🎸 Google's smash hit concert phone
⛄ Good day from a surprisingly wet and wintry Walker household. I love surprise storms in the middle of February! The air is fresh, the earth is cool, and I’m wrapped up in my favorite hoodie. It’s going to be a good week.
The Pixel 7 Pro impresses once again
If you’re a regular concertgoer and due for a smartphone upgrade, you might want to consider Google’s latest flagship. AA’s Rita El Khoury took her Pixel 7 Pro along for several performances and found it’s the ultimate smartphone for concerts. Here’s why.
- There’s something great about fellow concertgoers commenting on how great your shots and video recordings are.
- That’s something Rita has experienced more often with the Pixel 7 Pro.
- While any modern camera phone can shoot great low-light or zoomed snaps, the Pixel 7 Pro melds these two qualities together.
- Rita notes that she can’t always grab front row tickets, so placement a fair distance from performers is where she usually finds herself.
- “In these situations, not every phone can be a winner.”
- Concerts are particularly harsh places for smartphone cameras.
- A lack of natural light, plenty of contrast, smoke and haze, and moving objects make it tough to focus.
- With additional challenges of limited viewing angles and blocking by other people or rails and columns, you need a camera phone that can both reach and capably capture the action.
- “Some do a decent job while others barely manage to capture some lights and the artist’s face as a half-discernable dot. None, though, have ever come close to what I could grab on my Pixel 7 Pro.”
Why the Pixel 7 Pro works
- “It can freeze the action even in the middle of rapid, strobing lights. It can balance between dark spots and well-lit ones in regular shots.”
- Rita also highlights Google’s Night Sight feature, allowing better exposure.
- “And the 5x telescopic lens allows for excellent zoomed shots all the way to 15x or even 20x in some situations.”
- But the Pixel 7 Pro isn’t just adept at capturing stills.
- You can grab video using that zoom lens too, and the results are impressive as well.
- Rita does note that you should disable the Speech enhancement setting if you’re recording more instrument-driven performances.
- 10-bit HDR should also be switched off in dark environments.
Ultimately, Rita leaves us with this parting comment: “When I pay a handsome sum of money to see my favorite artists and bands live, I want to keep a few photos and videos for the memories, but I don’t want to spend the entire concert trying to get a decent shot. This is why I value the reliability of the Pixel 7 Pro’s camera.”
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Now, for this truly beautiful scene. Isn’t nature lovely?
We’re struggling with power generation in my country, with scheduled power cuts now a normal part of life. Known as “loadshedding,” this problem has forced everyone in South Africa — at least those who can afford it — to consider a switch to green energy. More importantly, it’s now more important than ever to own a reliable portable charger for your phone, and a much larger backup power system for larger appliances.
See you on Thursday,
Andy Walker, Editor