The google Pixel 8 lineup debuted with a bang. Consisting of the Google Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 8, the series brings a good number of upgrades to the table. The new devices may indeed be Google's best yet, with upgrades including a faster processor and an improved camera system.
But if you're all about mobile photography, the Google Pixel 8 Pro should be under your radar. It features a three-camera setup on the back with 5x optical zoom. However, it's not just the robust camera setup that makes the device worthy for mobile photography enthusiasts. It brings a good number of exclusive camera features too.
More About the Camera Specs of Google Pixel 8 Pro
Before going into the details, let's talk a bit more about the camera configuration of the Google Pixel 8 Pro. The primary camera on the back is a 50MP sensor with a 1.2-micron pixel width and f/1.6 aperture that makes the sensor get a good amount of light.
Google has paired that sensor with a 48MP ultrawide sensor that features a 0.8-micron pixel width and slightly smaller f/1.9 aperture. The third camera of the Pixel 8 Pro is a 48MP telephoto camera with f/2.8 aperture and support for 5x optical zoom.
Just like the earlier pixel models, the Pixel 8 Pro comes with Super Res Zoom support. That can offer up to 30x digital zoom. Besides, the primary and telephoto cameras of the device feature optical and electronic stabilization, ensuring still and smooth videos. And on the front, there's a 10.5MP selfie shooter with autofocus and f/2.2 aperture.
Video Boost Technology of Pixel 8 Pro
Google Pixel 8 Pro gains the ability to record smoother videos by utilizing the new Video Boost feature. It basically chops the video to automatically adjust the color, improve the dynamic range, modify the lighting, and stabilize the video. The tech also does a proper job of reducing graininess in videos.
This video-capturing feature was shown off by Google at the keynote. There, Google put the Pixel 8 Pro against the iPhone 15 Pro Max. In comparison, the recording from the Pixel had better dynamic range, more saturated colors, and better lighting.
According to Google, each of the frames of the 4K video passes through the HDR image pipeline. This works with the camera hardware found in the Pixel 8 Pro, the new Tensor G3 chipset, and Google's data centers. All the processing happens in the background, and only the completed video shows up in the gallery.
However, the Video Boost feature isn't out yet. Google said that the enhanced video-capturing tech will go live on the Pixel 8 Pro by December.
Night Sight Video
There's no denying that the Pixel phones take some of the best images in low-light conditions. Well, with the Pixel 8 Pro, Google is taking this capability to the next level. With the Night Sight Video feature, the phone aims to offer brightly lit frames even when you're capturing videos in low-light conditions.
The Night Sight Video of Google Pixel 8 Pro combines different exposures, which helps to minimize the noise and improve visibility. This feature can definitely be useful when you're trying to capture moments in restaurants and nightclubs or the cityscapes at night.
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Audio Magic Eraser
The Magic Eraser isn't a new feature for the Pixel lineup. Google introduced it with the Pixel 6 series, which can effectively remove unwanted elements from photos. But with the Pixel 8 Pro, Google wants to build on it to offer computational audio functionality.
Basically, the Audio Magic Eraser aims to remove the unwanted sounds that get into your captured videos. It first identifies different sounds that are in your videos and gets them sorted into distinct layers. You can control these layers, allowing you to decide which noise you want to remove.
Magic Editor on Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google's Magic Editor takes the Magic Eraser feature to the next level. With it, you can not only remove elements but also reposition people and objects in the frame. In addition, it allows you to change the color of the sky and use presents to make the image look how you want it to look.
As you may have expected, this feature utilizes generative AI to manipulate the pictures. However, the feature might not be exclusive to the Google Pixel 8 Pro as it's coming to Google Photos.
Taking group photos can surely be a little tricky. Even if you think that the picture is okay, there might be someone who isn't looking at the camera. Well, that's exactly where the Best Take feature of the Pixel 8 Pro steps in. This feature basically presents the best photos from a series of burst photos.
In addition, it allows you to work with the facial expressions of each people who are in the picture. For example, you can change the face of that one particular friend who forgets to look at the camera when you press capture.
Pro-level DSLR Features on Google Pixel 8 Pro
Pixel flagship phones of the past have been a great pick for someone who is looking for point-and-shoot cameras. But Google took things up a notch with the Pixel 8 Pro. It gives the users pro-level DSLR features.
In this mode, you can adjust the ISO levels, play with the shutter speed, manually select the lens, work with the focus, and do more. The Pro Controls of the Pixel 8 Pro also offer you the added flexibility of shooting full-resolution RAW images from every camera.