Google Pixel Camera – A Camera That Works For Everyone

When you combine a top-notch imaging sensor with Google’s advanced computational photography, the result is some of the best smartphone photos around. Pixel Camera capture vivid colors and striking detail in any light, get super close to objects from far away, and snap stunning selfies. The Camera app also includes a suite of tools that make it easy to tweak, adjust and improve your photos, old or new.

One of our favorite features is Night Sight, which automatically enables longer exposures to better extract light and detail from scenes without introducing distracting blur. It works well on tripod-mounted devices, but it’s also a useful tool for handheld shots. It’s a shame this feature isn’t available on other Android phones, as it’s a major differentiator from the competition.

Another interesting feature is Portrait Mode, which blurs the background to sharpen the focus of a person or subject. It’s a great way to create professional-looking business profile photos and product close-ups. The Pixel 8’s rear and front cameras support this mode, so you can take a photo by tapping on Portrait in the main Camera app menu and then putting your phone in the right position. The app will then automatically process the image to capture a clear shot of the subject and blur the background.

The Pixel camera has a few other useful AI-powered post processing tools. Magic Eraser makes it easy to remove unwanted scene elements, while Face Unblur helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Best Take can help to fix group photos by selecting the best facial expressions from multiple versions of a shot. There’s also a cloud-based video post processing option that’s called Smart Autofocus. It uses Google’s computer vision to track subjects and keep them in focus.

Other cool camera features include a Panorama mode that lets you take panoramic images by tapping on the screen, and a Macro Focus feature that focuses on a single object rather than an entire scene. There’s also a Dual Capture mode that records both the front and rear cameras simultaneously to give you a montage of clips to share.

Building a camera that works for everyone

The Camera app has several AI-powered features to ensure it works more equitably for people with low vision. Guided Frame aims to help visually impaired users snap a selfie by guiding them with an audio and haptics prompt to hold the phone steady in front of themselves. It also recognizes the nuances of skin tones and can automatically brighten up faces in dim lighting conditions.

For those who want to have complete control, there’s a Pro Control mode that turns off the phone’s AI capabilities and lets you manually fine-tune settings like white balance, focus, shutter speed and ISO. Sadly, it still uses Google’s HDR+ computational photography tech behind the scenes. Luckily, you can always disable the feature to return to manual controls.

This entry was posted in General on by .