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Google Pixel camera test: Is the camera really that good?

by Brandon Russell | October 23, 2016October 23, 2016 12:00 pm PST

At Google’s Pixel event earlier this month, the company spent a lot of time talking about the phone’s camera. “The best smartphone camera we’ve ever made,” the company said; it backed up that claim by touting results from a DxOMark Mobile test that rated it higher than any smartphone before it. So is the Pixel’s camera really that good?

The verdict is in and the Pixel’s 12.3-megapixel camera does appear to be among the best out there. In our review, TechnoBuffalo’s Todd Haselton said it was “on a par with the Galaxy S7 and sometimes better than the iPhone 7.” It’s certainly up there with the best you can buy, Todd concluded, offering a fast and fluid experience.

You can take a peek at several samples we took with the phone in the gallery below. The pictures truly do look nice, offering a good balance of color, sharpness, and exposure. What you don’t see in the sample images is how also easy the camera is to operate. It also offers plenty of cool extras, such as Smartburst and Lens Blur, the latter of which adds an artificial depth of field effect.

If our image samples aren’t enough, TechnoBuffalo’s video editor, Ron Parida, took the Google Pixel around town to further scrutinize the camera’s quality. In Ron’s video (above), he’ll take you through what the Pixel’s camera offers, as well as where it excels and where it falls short.

We’re still not completely sold on the Google Pixel but there’s no arguing the device offers a great camera. Check out the video above to hear what Ron has to say about what the Pixel’s camera can do.


You can check out the RAW images on Imgur.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.