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Pixel 8 Family Might Set the Bar High for Phone Cameras as Leak Reveals Crazy Upgrades

Pixel 8 Family Might Set the Bar High for Phone Cameras as Leak Reveals Crazy Upgrades,
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The Pixel phones have been getting better as Google collects more and more customer data and continues to make positive changes. A leak highlighted by Kamila Wojciechowska shows some solid hardware and software upgrades on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 pro that’ll challenge the set standards in the worlds of Android and iOS.

The camera has become the first feature that buyers look at when investing in a phone. Google has taken that seriously and focused on creating an unparalleled camera phone. According to the leaked information, the cameras on the Pixel 8 family are designed to outperform the cameras on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 by a long margin.

Now, let us take a look at some significant changes made in the Pixel 8 family as opposed to the Pixel 6 and 7.

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The main image sensor in the Pixel 8’s camera has been upgraded to Samsung’s Isocell GN2. The previous models had a GN1 sensor. This sensor is physically larger than the GN1 featured on Pixel 6 and 7. It should be able to capture more light and better details in low lights. The camera will also have an increased shutter speed to reduce blur. The HDR processing will be enhanced resulting in reduced lag between frames.

On paper, the camera should be able to record at 8K resolution and 60 frames per second. Whether it will work in reality, remains to be seen. Notably, the Pixel 7 heats up shooting at 4K and 30 fps.

There’s more. The Pixel 8 family is getting the Tensor G3 chipset instead of the G2 used in previous versions. The new chipset will feature Google-designed silicon that is optimized for machine learning. It is supposed to enhance the automated post-processing as well as manual edits. The G3 chipsets will create better images with the same optical hardware.  

With the hardware changes along with the new 64-megapixel IMX787 wide angle lens in place, Google Pixel promises to be one of the best buys in the market if you are looking for a camera-focused phone.