Google knows a thing or two about photography on mobile devices. The Pixel burst onto the scene in 2016 with a camera that went largely unrivaled. Although it didn’t make the components itself or use any tailor-made camera module, Google achieved greatness with the Pixel’s camera. The company utilized software, mainly through electronic image stabilization, to make the camera on the Pixel better than most phones’ cameras. Whatever is in Google’s special algorithm creates spectacular shots in almost any setting.
With the Pixel 2, Google should be expected to maintain its spot as a leader. There may not be too much room for improvement anyway. Neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 2 XL will ship with two rear cameras, so it’s likely the company will again lean on software to make advancements.
The new phones, according to XDA-Developers, will ship with at least two features that have long been on other flagships. If you’ve used an Apple or Samsung flagship in recent years, you’ll be very familiar with them. Google intends to provide owners of the Pixel 2 with the abilities to hide imperfections in pictures and create animated shots.
A source revealed that “face retouching” and “motion photo” will debut on the Pixel 2. Both have names that are self-explanatory. Face retouching puts a filter over your face to hide blemishes that you probably don’t want in a selfie. Plenty of phones have shipped with a similar feature, sometimes called “beauty mode,” for years. But not many have something like motion photo. It’ll be much like Live Photos on the iPhone and Motion Photos on Samsung’s phones.
Think of it like a reversible GIF. The Pixel 2 will record a short video before and after a picture is taken. When you go to view the picture in your gallery, it’ll have a brief animation as well. Apple and Samsung are the only two companies to really offer this, but Google wants in on the action.
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