The much anticipated next-generation flagship Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4XL smartphones were released recently in mid-October by Google. Both the handsets have exactly the same specifications sans the battery and screen size. As the name indicates, the Pixel 4XL has a bigger display and hence a larger battery to account for the screen size.
The Pixel smartphones have always excelled in the camera section. This is also undoubtedly the biggest plus point of the Pixel 4. With an overall DXOMARK score of 112, the device has found its place in the list of top ten handsets in the database. The phone scored 117 points and 102 points in the photography and video departments respectively. The DXOMARK report also mentions that the photos shot by the handset are way ahead of the earlier Pixel device and there are visible improvements in almost all aspects. It also specifically mentions the improvement in the zoom shots quality.
What is Missing in Pixel 4?
The fact that the handset does not have a time-of-flight sensor and an ultra-wide camera is the only reason that the Pixel 4 lags a little behind the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and other smartphones that feature three and four cameras in bokeh and wide-angle testing by DXOMARK. This impacts the overall score of the device.
Camera Specifications of Pixel 4
The Pixel 4 has a dual camera set up for its primary shooter system with a telelens snapper and a standard-wide camera. However, the phone misses out on an ultra-wide snapper as found in many other similar handsets. The front shooter encompasses a single lens.
The photos appear pleasant and vivid in bright light with accurate and fast exposure. The camera is capable of capturing good details when zoomed at both medium- and close-range. It also offers decent exposure and color in flash-auto mode and all conditions. However, in bokeh mode, the phone experiences depth estimation artifacts occasionally and visible noise.
At the back, the smartphone has a 12.2MP primary sensor that has f/1.7 aperture combined with a 16MP teleport lens, which has f/2.4 aperture and 2x optical magnification specifically for zoom shots. Both the lenses support OIS along with PDAF autofocus and dual-LED flash. The camera records 4K, 1080p Full HD and 2160p @ 30fpsvideos. By default, the recording format is 1080p Full HD. The inbuilt gyro-based stabilization system helps in the smooth capture of photos and videos. For the secondary shooter, the handset has an 8MP shooter to take selfies.