Update, October 5: DxoMark published its full review of the Google Pixel camera. Here’s their conclusion:
Simply put, the Pixel raises the bar for what is possible with a smartphone camera. Image quality continues to improve, and the increased use of HDR+ to render scenes that have previously been difficult for small sensors such as those in smartphones broadens what is possible with these ubiquitous devices. While we have reviewed other smartphone cameras that matched the Pixel’s numbers in a few categories, the Pixel is uniquely capable of capturing outstanding images under a wide variety of conditions, and is also among the best we have tested for video capture.
Original post, October 4: Today at Google’s October 4th event, the search giant unveiled their potentially game-changing “Made by Google” smartphone Pixel. One particular component they were quick to point out was the device’s camera. The Google Pixel has received a DxOMark score of 89, and that’s no slouch.
Indeed, 89 is the highest score that DxOMark has ever awarded a smartphone. Apple was proud to unveil the camera quality that went into the iPhone 7, but that device only received a score of 86, which is the same score the Samsung Galaxy S6 received. The Pixel edges out the previous champion, the Galaxy S7, by a single point. Indeed, DxOMark has actually given the Pixel a higher camera score than the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, a DSLR that starts at $6,000.
While this may be comparing apples to oranges, it’s no small testament to the Pixel’s camera quality. However, the camera doesn’t look like anything special from outward appearances. Google was quick to boast that there’s no unsightly camera bump, but the result is that the Pixel’s camera just looks like any other smartphone’s camera. It doesn’t have that dedicated camera aesthetic that makes devices like the Note 7, the iPhone 7 and the LG V20 look like they’re ready to take some stellar pictures. Whether or not that design aspect will play into the device’s reception by consumers remains to be seen.
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