At their annual event, Google announced the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Both the devices pack great specs and new camera features along with Google’s Project Soli technology for advanced gesture recognition.
The camera on Pixel devices have always been a highlight and has separated Google from its competitors. With Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google is improving its camera hardware and software. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL come with a dual-camera setup on the back. However, it’s not the hardware that makes Pixel 4 special. Google detailed four important features that use both hardware and software to enhance the photographs.
- Live HDR+ with dual exposure controls- This will give Pixel 4 users extra controls over the HDR and they can manipulate settings such as shadows to capture better images.
- Learning-based white balancing- As Google pointed out during their event, white balance is something that photographers struggle with and it becomes harder to manage on a phone. For this, Google used images to train their software to detect and optimize settings to balance the colours to capture more natural colours which might not be possible using other smartphone cameras.
- Wider-range portrait mode- This uses Pixel’s rear sensor to map out the objects in front of the camera to create better portraits with natural colours and more realistic bokeh.
- Night Sight with astrophotography- Night Sight on Pixel phones has been an amazing feature. With Pixel 4 Google has improved the feature for better astrophotography. For this to work, the phone takes 16 quarter-minute shots for 4-minute total exposure time, reduces sensor noise, then merges the images together into one shot.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are available for pre-order today and will ship starting from 22nd October 2019.