The Mountain View company also revealed an image (seen above), showing all the sensors on the front of the phone. And Droid-Life noticed that there’s only one selfie camera on the Pixel 4.
Leaked renders earlier this month showed what looked like two front-facing cameras, but it now seems apparent that the second sensor was actually an IR camera.
A solitary selfie camera would be a major change from the Pixel 3 series, which offered two 8MP front-facing shooters. One camera handled traditional selfies, while the other was a wide-angle camera for group shots and other situations.
All isn’t lost for fans of the wide-angle selfie though, as Google could potentially ditch the standard selfie camera in favor of the wide-angle sensor. We’ve previously seen the likes of LG use a wide-angle front camera, cropping in for standard shots.
Opting for a solitary, wide-angle shooter presents several challenges though, such as low-light image quality. Wide-angle cameras often have narrower apertures than standard cameras, although Google could either adopt a wider aperture or use Night Sight instead. Detail might also be a challenge when shooting cropped-in (i.e. standard) selfies, although using a higher resolution selfie camera seems like a sensible solution.
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