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Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones detailed

By Anthony Garreffa from Oct 5, 2017 @ 14:56 CDT

Camera Improvements


This is one area that Google continues to lead in, is constant improvements to the camera software on Pixel smartphones. The release of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are no different, with Google's VP of Product Management, Mario Queiroz saying that his team "reimagined smartphone photography."




Google handed over Pixel 2 to DXO for testing, with the phone setting a new record score of 98. To compare this, the new iPhone 8 Plus has a score of 94, coming in second.



Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 rock 12.2-megapixel rear-facing cameras with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The previous-gen Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone featured a f/2.09 lens with electronic image stabilization, so just here we have two serious improvements that let Google lead the smartphone camera race.


But it's the new "dual-pixel sensor" that Google says divides every single pixel in two, making the pixels much smaller, benefiting Google's cameras inside of the new Pixel 2 handsets. The split pixels acts like a second lens, which allows the camera to snap a photo that is a little offset from the first.


With that data, Google can create a depth map that identifies the background, and foreground of a photo, and then blur the background to keep the subject in focus.

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