A review of the improvements that Google has made to the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro cameras.
Photography is without a doubt one of the most important parts of Google phones, and the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro continue to show that. The company has already released all the information about both models, which are strangely similar to those from last year in terms of how the cameras are set up. However, thanks to other parts of the phone, there are important improvements and new features that give you more options when taking pictures. What do these changes do?
On a technical level, we’ll say it again: the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro cameras aren’t much different from what came before. Not only has Google kept the same configuration, but it has also kept the same sensors. So, the Pixel 7 Pro still has that wide-angle camera with an f/1.85 aperture and a 50-megapixel resolution and an angle of 82 degrees. It also has a 48-megapixel telephoto camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a field of view of 125.8o and an aperture of f/2.2.
The Pixel 7, on the other hand, has the same 50-megapixel main sensor as the Pixel 6 and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 114-degree field of view. It loses the telephoto sensor because of this.
Now, is there any news about this same arrangement? Even with the same sensors, can Google improve the quality of the images?
Smarter processors can replace telephoto sensors for long-range zoom
Even though the models of the sensors and their resolutions are important, there are other things that can help a smartphone camera take better pictures. There is software, but there is also hardware that isn’t directly connected to the camera. We’re talking about the processor, of course. And the new Tensor G2 in particular.
Google says that its Tensor G2 chip can improve some parts of the cameras through machine learning tasks. And, as a result, improve the results of photos. But the Tensor G2 really stands out because it has some new features that don’t come with the Tensor G1.
The main and most interesting one is what Google calls High Resolution Zoom. It focuses on the Google Pixel 7 Pro more than anything else. This model in particular can take pictures with a 5x optical zoom and a 30x digital zoom. Between this range, you can also take pictures at 10x. The company says that the quality is very similar to what you would get with a telephoto sensor of this range.
Combining lenses and processing
How can a 5x Pixel 7 Pro be compared to a 10x optical scope? Google employs 48-megapixel telephoto sensor, 50-megapixel primary camera, and Tensor G2 CPU. When taking a 10x shot, the Pixel 7 uses both the regular camera and the telephoto sensor. The Tensor SoC then uses an algorithm to combine the two images to make a bigger picture without losing quality.
The Pixel 7 doesn’t have a telephoto sensor, so the 8x zoom is all done digitally. Google, on the other hand, has used a similar method. With the Tensor G2 chip, it is possible to take pictures at a 2x zoom with the same quality as a telephoto sensor.
Google says that the Tensor SoC also makes it possible to process night photos up to twice as fast as on the Pixel 6.
Other Pixel 7 and 7 Pro camera info
Macro Focus is another new feature of the Google Pixel 7 Pro camera. It’s only available on the top model, though, because it’s only useful for close-up shots. This, in particular, lets you take pictures of things that are very close to the lens, so you can get more detail in the picture. The Pixel 7 Pro uses the ultra wide-angle camera, which lets you take pictures from as close as 3 centimeters away. This is different from other phones, which seem to use a specific lens for it.
Focus Photo is a feature that comes with both models. This is not a feature of the camera itself, but of the Google Photos app. It uses machine learning to improve the quality of blurry or out-of-focus photos. The strange thing about this feature is that you can improve the quality of photos not only taken with the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro cameras, but also old photos or photos taken with other phones that are stored in Google Photos.
And since we’re talking about making photos better, Google has also made an algorithm called “Real Tone” that can recognize the real tone of a person’s voice so that it can be processed correctly. The company says that this works even when there isn’t much light.
The company has also added a cool accessibility feature to its camera, specifically the front camera. This is called “Assisted Framing” This makes it possible for people who have trouble seeing to take a selfie by following the phone’s instructions. These alerts can be given in two ways: either by voice or by making the phone vibrate.
Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro video upgrades
Both the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro have some new video features. The most important one is “Cinematic Blur,” which lets you blur the background while recording a video. On the other hand, the Pro model can now record up to 10-bit HDR and is also more stable.
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