Google Pixel 3 review: The best smartphone camera around (for now)October 19, 2018
The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are Google’s own hardware babies.
Let’s get this out of the way first: I really do think the Pixel 3’s camera is the best I’ve used on a smartphone.
It compared the photos to look for digital noise that shouldn’t be in the photo.
Google’s helpful AI doesn’t quit working when you take the picture, either.
Unlike the iPhone, Google doesn’t have a telephoto lens to use for its portrait mode.
When you zoom in and take a picture, the camera takes several photos, each of which has a slightly different view because of the small shakes in your hands.
The camera then compares that data and uses an algorithm to fill in more details about the scene than you’d get from a single shot.
Digital zoom has a bad name in the camera world, and for good reason.
), and the screen is noticeably different, but it ultimately works like a flagship phone.
If you can’t take a good picture with a modern smartphone camera, then it’s a matter of skill and understanding how pictures work more than it is about the hardware.
This premium feel is especially apparent on the smaller Pixel 3, which finally looks and feels like the flagship device it’s supposed to be. Phones that start at $799 should feel this good, and even though Google hasn’t reached Samsung or Apple levels of fit and finish, I’m just glad the Pixels are a little less dowdy.