Google Pixel / Pixel XL Camera Review


At the unveiling of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Google couldn’t help but brag about the 12.3MP Sony camera they included in each phone. With 1.55um pixels, f/2.0, video stabilization, and a supposed speedster of a shutter, the level of hype surrounding this shooter is up there with the best of them. But we all wanted to know if it could actually deliver on that hype during testing. Well, I spent the past several days with the Pixel and have pretty good news to share.

Is this the best smartphone camera ever in a smartphone as some of its early reviews suggest? I don’t know that I’m ready to go that far, but it’s certainly right up there with the best of them. Not only that, but it’s probably the camera I prefer of any smartphone at the moment. That’s right, I’ve fully bought into the hype. 

You see, I look for three things in a camera these days: is it quick to load, quick to focus, and quick to shoot? The Google Pixel camera can easily say “Yes!” to all three of those things. Of course, picture quality and tuning is important as well, it’s just that most flagship phones contain high-end mobile cameras that are capable of taking good photos. The problem with so many, though, at least in my opinion, is the fact that few are fast enough to load, focus, and shoot and so you are constantly missing the shot you want. The Pixel doesn’t have that issue at all.

In the UI department, the newest Google Camera app is much improved. Not only do you have an easy-to-handle UI with new grid options, you also get SmartBurst, lighting scenes, HDR, Slow Motion, panorama, Photosphere, and Lens Blur, along with other settings for resolution of both photos and video. Finally, Google included a video stabilization option that will probably blow your mind, as well.


OK, so what about samples? We have a bunch of those below that you should take your time digging through. You’ll find indoor, outdoor, macro, and landscape shots in a variety of lighting situations. I don’t want to sound too over-the-top here, but I don’t know that this camera failed me at all during testing. That’s not to say that I didn’t take 2-3 shots at times and picked my favorites for this post. However, I also didn’t have to toss a bunch away or struggle to find photos to share.

The Pixel camera seems to capture a soft bokeh in those close-up moments, it rarely overexposes even in tough lighting conditions, isn’t unrealistically blowing out colors when the HDR kicks in, and presents a really nice depth of field. Oh, and did I mention how fast it is? Yeah, it’s fast, fast enough to have me questioning whether or not I want to go back to a Galaxy S7.

Google nailed the camera in the Pixel phones.

pixel camera review samples

pixel camera review samples pixel camera review samples pixel camera review samplespixel camera review samplespixel camera review samples

pixel camera review samples

pixel camera review samples pixel camera review samplespixel camera review samplespixel camera review samplespixel camera review samples

pixel camera review samples

pixel camera review samples pixel camera review samplespixel camera review samples pixel camera review samplespixel camera review samples

The full resolution files can be downloaded here.

0 Comment

Leave a Reply

Captcha image


  • 5300c769af79e

    Weekly Rewind: Festival tents, Super Mario in real life, losing a Princess

    From fake news to the burning Note 7, the 10 worst tech failures of 2016 This year has also been an eventful year in tech.This video shows what Super Mario Run would look like in person As the fastest-growing app of all-time, it’s no surprise that fans have taken their enthusiasm for Super Mario Run to the streets — quite literally in the case of YouTuber Devin Super Tramp.
  • 5300c769af79e

    Moto Z Play Review

    For the Moto Z Play, being a mid-range phone that we wouldn’t typically review, we took a different approach to sharing our final thoughts on it.Hey, look, a video review from Droid Life!
  • 5300c769af79e

    Download Apps For Free: Arcade

    This is a game that is great to look at and even better when it comes to playing.Should you download Neko Atsume APK?
  • 5300c769af79e

    Rosetta Stone Language Learning

    Use Rosetta Stone every day for a few months and you will learn to speak, read, write, and understand basic words and phrases.PriceYou can buy Rosetta Stone Language Learning as an online subscription, as a digital download, or on CD-ROM.