Google has officially introduced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones at its hardware event in New York City. The devices come with a lot of new features and improvements over their predecessors in several different areas, but the only aspect that received much emphasis from Google in the presentation was the camera.
The device comes with a series of new camera functions based on AI, such as Night Sight, Top Shot, Photo Booth and more. Before you begin to see the features, scroll beyond this first image to see some examples of Pixel 3 cameras.
Pixel 3 camera samples
Here are some pictures that we clicked on the Pixel 3 XL in just a few hours of use, a mix of selfies and some shots from the rear camera. Of course, we will submit the phone to several camera tests in the next few days. Stay tuned to get to know the Pixel 3 camera in depth.
Google Pixel 3 camera features
Night Sight is an HDR function on steroids that makes its debut in the Pixel 3 series. The function allows users to take photos in low light conditions without using the flash that often erases images, making subjects look like ghosts, and overexposing dark scenes in an unnatural way. With Night Sight, Machine Learning (ML) choose the correct colors and exposure levels according to the content of the images and get the best out of your shots in low light.
Top Shot captures multiple images in burst mode before and after pressing the shutter. Then use Google object recognition and machine learning to select the best shots and allow users to choose a photo better than the one they actually clicked.
The images chosen by Top shot they recommend photos with smiles instead of simple faces, and open their eyes over closed ones, and the function can even detect when subjects look at the camera. Once finished by the user, the shots are saved with higher resolution and HDR.
Enhanced HDR + and portrait mode
This is the feature of the Google Pixel camera. The Pixel 3 camera comes with HDR + enabled by default. The camera will capture up to 8 frames and combine them to produce high quality photos regardless of lighting conditions, with zero shutter delay.
Google has also enhanced portrait mode and now you can edit the amount of blurry background even after clicking on the image. You can even choose to blur the subject and keep the background in focus, or make a 'Color Pop' effect to convert the background to monochrome.
Photobooth mode allows users to take a photo with just a smile. To use the function, all you have to do is start the default camera application on Pixel 3 and select More> Photobooth. You can also ask Google Assistant to activate the function with the command "Open Photobooth mode" . Either way, once the mode is enabled, Photobooth recognizes funny smiles and faces (along with lighting, movement and more) to capture photos automatically.
Do you remember the famous Ellen DeGeneres Selfie at the 86th Academy Awards in 2013? I couldn't even see all the stars posing for the picture, even though Samsung was clearly looking to announce the wide-angle feature in its then new Galaxy Note 3. The feature Group Selfie He hopes to eliminate that problem by offering a wide range – the angle option to allow users to adjust a larger area (read: more people) in the photo frame. The Pixel 3 camera also automatically correct the dreaded "fish eye deformation" which often affects wide angle shots.
Playground is an AR feature that can make a user's photos and videos come alive by adding their favorite Marvel superheroes, animated stickers and fun subtitles in the photo. It is basically a renewed version of AR Stickers that was originally introduced last year. As part of the process, the characters of 'Playmoji' they interact not only with each other, but also with real and living subjects. In fact, they can also react to the user's facial expressions.
RAW support and new panorama mode
Google has finally added native support for RAW images in Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Users will now be able to save their images as RAW files by activating an optional switch (in the 'Advanced' section of the camera settings) that will allow users to switch between JPEG only and RAW + JPEG. There is also a renewed Panorama mode that uses better seams and eliminates all points that must be manually aligned, which makes the process much easier. The panoramic shots are now also optimized for virtual reality, says Google.
Auto Focus of Motion
Motion Auto Focus is a feature that is usually found in high-end professional camcorders and can be incredibly useful for those who do sports scenes or wildlife videos. It helps to keep the focus on a subject in the frame. Simply touch and lock the subject and the camera will automatically focus even while moving. The function is available in both the front and rear cameras of the Pixel 3 duo in still and video mode.
Super Res Zoom
Super Res Zoom is basically a digital zoom without any of its negative effects, or at least that is what Google says. According to the company, the function will ensure that the detail in your enlarged photo shows its sharpness and clarity. Use the software to add additional resolution to the zoomed shots retroactively. Be something like the optical zoom? Wait to see the full review as we put the Pixel 3 at your own pace.
Finally, Google Lens is now also more integrated than ever with Google Camera, and is full of new features. With the new and improved Lens in Pixel 3, users can now get real-time help with business cards, contact information, URLs and QR codes. "Simply point your camera (no gestures or mode changes are required) and see how useful chips appear in the viewfinder", the company says in its press release. Processing is performed on the device using Pixel Visual Core, so no internet connection is required.
Let us know what you think about the new phone and the only camera on the back. Do you think Google should have gone with two rear cameras and a single front camera? What else do you want to see in the Pixel 3 XL? Let us know in the comments below.