Here’s why the Pixel 2 camera can’t be matched

The original Pixel phones came with a fantastic camera, but Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL take things to another level. Want to know why Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL received the highest rating ever for a smartphone camera? Here’s the answer to the mystery.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with a 12.3MP single lens with OIS, an f/1.8 aperture, auto HDR, and dual LED flash. But that’s not why the camera performs like a champion. This recognition lies in a dedicated image processing chip called “Pixel Visual Core,” which is hidden beneath the hood. Google has been a master of improving camera performance through software, but this is the first time Google has tampered with the camera hardware itself.

It was confirmed by The Verge today that a small processing chip has been hidden inside all Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones in order to maximize camera accuracy and performance. Google knows it’s there, and now we know it’s there, because visual evidence has surfaced of a dedicated system-on-a-chip developed by Google, to enhance photos using Pixel’s HDR+ algorithm.

Google designed the chip, and yet even they don’t exactly know how to take full advantage of it. But because it’s there, software can be used to administer the hardware from within and improve its functionality over time. Third-parties will also be able to make use of the new chip along with the HDR+ algorithm itself, this way, even third-party apps such as Facebook Messenger, if given the permission, can use the added image processing power to benefit. In other words, photo processing from within other apps, such as Snapchat, will be the same as if you were taking pictures using the Pixel 2 camera app.

The primary goal with Google’s Pixel 2 camera tech is to make photo-taking easy, fast and efficient (low battery consumption). And best of all, performance will improve over time thanks to Google’s machine learning technologies, which are built right in from the very core. Let us know about your picture-taking experience on Pixel 2, once your unit arrives starting later this week.

SOURCE [The Verge]

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.