The new Google Pixels 5 might not be the most exciting smartphone when you just look at its spec sheet, but many of you are patiently waiting for the device just for its cameras. Like last year, the new Pixel smartphone has dual cameras on the back, but rather than having a zoom camera to go along with the main sensor, the Google team has swapped out an ultra-wide camera that will give you a whole new perspective on the world. Well… unless you use ultra-wide cameras on other smartphones.
Put simply, the camera’s hardware configuration on the Pixel 5 is a slight improvement over last year thanks to the extra versatility of the ultra-wide camera, but Google is still sticking to the sensors. 12MP and 16MP on the back of the phone and an 8MP low resolution selfie camera. But Google has added significant improvements to the software while increasing the phone’s video recording frame rate from 30 fps to 60 fps.
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The main new feature that will lead to better photos is the addition of Portrait Night Sight images. If the phone detects that the scene is dark, it will give you the option to enhance a portrait with Night Sight to improve the colors and brightness of the photo. Google also brings you a new Portrait Light editing tool in Google Photos that will let you go back and edit images to improve the lighting of a subject’s face.
We still need to do some testing to see if there’s a noticeable improvement in image quality over last year’s Pixel 4, but so far we’re pretty happy with the results we’ve seen with it. the new Pixel 5. Take a look at the video and image gallery below to see how the Pixel 5’s camera performs in different lighting conditions.
Google Pixel 5 Camera Specifications
- 12.2 MP, f / 1.7, 27mm (wide), 1 / 2.55 ″, 1.4 µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
- 16 MP, f / 2.2, 107˚ (ultra-wide), 1.0µm
- 4K @ 30 / 60fps
- 8 MP, f / 2.0, 24mm (wide), 1 / 4.0 ″, 1.12 µm
- 1080p @ 30fps
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