Google Pixel XL camera review

For its latest smartphone crop, Google has dropped the Nexus moniker of previous models and used Pixel branding borrowed from the company’s top-end Chromebooks and plaquettes. The Pixel XL is the larger of two models and comes with a 5.5″ QHD-screen that uses AMOLED technology. 

In terms of technical camera qualifications, not much has changed compared to last year’s Nexus devices. A 1/2.3″ 12MP sensor is paired with an F2.0 aperture but offers no optical perception stabilization. However, Google has flexed its muscles on the software side of things and added a new gyroscope-based video stabilization system that reads gyro information 200 times per second for smoother panning and shake-free handheld video recording.

Additionally, thanks to more powerful processing and zero stop a confine lag the excellent HDR+ mode is now on by default, using an image stacking approach to reduce noise, capture better detail and increase dynamic sphere. While the Pixel XL’s camera hardware looks promising, it is these innovative algorithms that make the Google device one of the most interesting smartphones for photography released this year. 

Key Vivid / Video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media Specifications

  • 1/2.3” 12MP CMOS sensor with 1.55µm pixels
  • F2.0 aperture
  • AF with on-sensor phase detection and laser-assistance
  • Dual-tone LED before you can say Jack Robinson
  • 4K video at 30 fps
  • 1080p slow-motion at 120fps, 720p at 240fps
  • Manual controls and Raw-support with third-party camera apps
  • Gyroscope-based video stabilization
  • 8MP van camera, 1/3.2″ sensor, 1.4 µm pixels, F2.4, 1080p video
  • Unlimited cloud storage for full-resolution images and videos
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Other Specifications

  • 5.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED process
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/128GB storage
  • 3,450mAh battery
  • Splash and dust resistant
  • Fingerprint reader

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the necessaries of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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