Why The Google Pixel 3 Has The Best Smartphone Camera

Why The Google Pixel 3 Has The Best Smartphone Camera


-Google’s Pixel phones are known for having an amazing camera. And the Pixel 3 is no exception. But, it’s not just the photo
quality that’s impressive. Google introduced a ton of new features that really improve the camera experience. Here are all the features that make the Google Pixel 3 the
best smartphone camera. The secret sauce behind the Pixel’s amazing camera is Google’s HDR+. HDR+ is what gives the Pixel
its incredible dynamic range. Instead of taking one photo, the Pixel takes several
shots at different exposures and then combines them
into one final image. This happens in the
background so you don’t even have to think about it. But you can turn it off if you think the effect is too distracting. The most discussed feature
of the Pixel 3’s camera has to be Night Sight. This wasn’t available at launch, but now that it’s been
released it’s one of the most impressive features of the Pixel 3. Night Sight allows you to take photos in low light without a flash. The pictures appear a lot brighter than photos taken with other phones. But it does require you to hold the phone steady for a few seconds. If you move your hands too much, the image might come out blurry. Just like HDR+, Night
Sight takes several shots but at longer exposures. This allows more light to
hit the camera’s sensor. The more light the sensor gets, the brighter the image can be. These multiple exposures are combined to produce one brighter image. There is less detail and more noise compared to normal photos, but when you don’t have enough light, Night Sight can really save the day. The Pixel 3 only has one lens, but it still has a really
good portrait mode. Subject separation is really accurate and the detail is great. You can even adjust the blur amount and position after you take the photo. Another neat feature Google
added is called Top Shot. The Pixel camera takes what
they call motion photos. It’s a lot like live
photos for the iPhone, where many pictures are taken
when you press the shutter. If Google thinks another
picture looks better than the one you took, a
suggestion will pop up. Because this happens after
the fact you don’t have to think about it until
you’re reviewing your photo. Unlike the iPhone, the Pixel
doesn’t have a zoom lens. Instead, the Pixel uses
software to improve the quality of the digital zoom. And it happens automatically
when you zoom in. Another fun feature Google
added is called Photobooth. Basically, when you take a selfie the camera can tell if people are smiling, and it won’t take the shot until it detects everyone is smiling. Google also improved the AR
features of the Pixel’s camera. They call it Playground. It’s fun and it works without
too much lag or stuttering. If you like to add stickers and characters to your photos you’ll
definitely enjoy Playground. One of the unique features
of the Google camera is Google Lens. Using the power of the
Google Assistant AI, Google Lens will try to
detect what’s in your frame and suggest links, store
websites, or related videos. The coolest features are live text copying and live translation. This next feature is actually
hardware, not software. The Google Pixel 3 has an
ultra-wide selfie camera. Just zoom out on the front-facing camera to get a lot more in your frame. Finally, if you’re a camera enthusiast who loves shooting RAW, you’re in luck. The Pixel 3 will let you save
RAW files alongside JPEGs. By saving a RAW image you
can avoid JPEG compression, and gain improved editing
controls after the image is taken. A lot of other phones
have similar features, but the Pixel does each one really well. And a lot of them work in the background without requiring any extra effort. These new features combined
with Google’s powerful image processing help the
Pixel maintain its status as the best smartphone camera around.

100 Comments

  • WuzNab

    December 9, 2018

    I clicked on a video to watch an ad.

    Reply
  • Jaydev Singh

    December 9, 2018

    Features are almost equal to my Honor. But my sensor sucks

    Reply
  • Gin Tomino

    December 9, 2018

    Nice ad.

    Reply
  • Probonoman

    December 9, 2018

    it doesnt, and it isnt even listed at DXO mark.

    Reply
  • Bennet Fan

    December 9, 2018

    Mate 20 Pro cough cough

    Reply
  • Suresh M

    December 9, 2018

    IPhone Samsung Google all r best phones only, depends on the money we have and the requirements we can owe a best smartphone, I do have my lovable S9

    Reply
  • Clement's Tech. Mv

    December 9, 2018

    Why you pixel is best it don't have 4k 60 1080 240 slow mo 1080 60 in front cam iPhone is the only smartphone that can record vedio unlimited time and the best vedio recording smartphone in industry right now with amazing stabilisation and unbeatable stereo recording in night time vedio iphone automatically switches to lowers frames resulting less noise and brighter and sharper vedios in night. Also cinematic vedio is just stunning, pixel take panorama in 5mp iphone in 63 which is huge pixel have no time lapse which is a joke ,and the portrait in iphone is amazing natural bokeh like DSLR .and 2x optical zoom and smart hdr in iphone is amazing in hdr plus mode in pixel applying a lot of contrast but actual hdr high dynamic range means highlights will be well produces more details in shadows that is iphone excatally does, but pixel applying a lot of contrast in shadows so iphone hdr is better and, smart hdr taking more frames in a single time than , the pixel .the only thing pixel beats in night only so overall iphone is a better camera

    Reply
  • Jerry Posie

    December 9, 2018

    Sponsored by Google

    Reply
  • John Tremor

    December 9, 2018

    Pixel 3 might take the best looking pictures,but it definitely isn't the best camera on a smartphone right now.
    The mate 20 Pro is the best because of it's versatility and quality.The zoom is better on the mate,and it also has that wide-angle lens.
    Sometimes,the pixel 3 shots look slightly overprocessed.In most situations night sight looks very muddy and noisy.
    So does the pixel 3 have the best smartphone camera ever?Nope.

    Reply
  • Ostrich Gaming33

    December 9, 2018

    Yet it still looks bad on Snapchat. :/

    Reply
  • James Latief

    December 9, 2018

    FAKE NEWS! Google's Camera app is the best, but Pixel 3 isn't the best at all

    Reply
  • Adarsh Krishna

    December 9, 2018

    is this an ad

    Reply
  • Aidildil 007

    December 9, 2018

    What is the clear case used?anyone

    Reply
  • Dynamo Edward

    December 9, 2018

    Watching it on my New pixel

    Reply
  • Xyre N.

    December 9, 2018

    This video is sponsored by Google

    Reply
  • advi sesh

    December 9, 2018

    It might be the best mobile camera for photos but can't beat iphone for video recording

    Reply
  • Akshan Govind

    December 9, 2018

    They copied Huawei

    Reply
  • Marjan Roshan

    December 9, 2018

    I recently switched to Pixel from iPhone and it's definitely the best decision ever

    Reply
  • Alpha Kala

    December 9, 2018

    the only good thing about pixel trash 3 is that night sight.. oh wait it's already ported for other android devices :(((.. rip pixel trash 3

    Reply
  • Manraj Singh Aujla

    December 9, 2018

    I've the same camara but in PocoPhone xD

    Reply
  • Susil Gurung dfm

    December 9, 2018

    Except CAMERA this phone is NOTHING 😂😂😂. No [email protected]….No super slow motion…No great battery life…ufff storage…🤣🤣🤣……

    Reply
  • The Space Guy

    December 9, 2018

    But it doesnt have a 'pro' mode

    Reply
  • tokekkk

    December 9, 2018

    But MKBHD vote crowns Mate 20 Pro as the best smartphone camera

    Reply
  • trivikram.r Rajendra prabhu

    December 9, 2018

    Love my pixel 3 clearly white, never been happier before when I was in ios ecosystem for 5+ yrs, loving Google product yay !

    Reply
  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man

    December 9, 2018

    This video was sponsored by Google Pixel 3

    Reply
  • Jim R

    December 9, 2018

    How about pixel 2, does it have similar features?

    Reply
  • Orçun Altundağ

    December 9, 2018

    Great quality.

    Reply
  • Occo

    December 9, 2018

    AD ALERT

    Reply
  • Stephen Moniaga

    December 10, 2018

    download cortex camera

    Reply
  • Naim Asnawi

    December 10, 2018

    umm huawei mate 20 pro beats all camera

    Reply
  • MDMFRF Davud

    December 10, 2018

    However, the notch is super uglyyyyy

    Reply
  • Mick Harrison

    December 10, 2018

    Mate 20 Pro wipes the floor with it.. so much so the country banned it.

    Reply
  • Gamer Harry

    December 10, 2018

    I need one

    Reply
  • Elwen Dordas

    December 10, 2018

    Nope. Its videos are bad.

    Reply
  • TheChosenThree

    December 10, 2018

    The night sight is just pure goodness

    Reply
  • hamburger

    December 10, 2018

    the phone is good but desgin is horrible and the back is very easily scratced

    Reply
  • Tahseen

    December 10, 2018

    Night sight was a common feature in 2000-2010 phones, didn't work miracle like this though.

    Reply
  • Aa Bb

    December 10, 2018

    Impressive =/= best

    Reply
  • Appox 7

    December 10, 2018

    Mate 20 pro yo pixel has better software but "camera" is a physical thing and mate is better there

    Reply
  • กัษณ กุชากร

    December 10, 2018

    Where is tracking focus feature ?

    Reply
  • Edward Cheong

    December 10, 2018

    And they're all working seamlessly on my 250$ cheaper OnePlus 6.😂

    Reply
  • patrick jackson

    December 11, 2018

    Night sight is meant for extremely dark scenes.

    Reply
  • Dust TO

    December 11, 2018

    Mate 20 pro

    Reply
  • joseph lemons

    December 11, 2018

    Wrong Answer LOL

    Reply
  • Asif Haque

    December 11, 2018

    How much did google pay you?

    Reply
  • ARUN KUMAR

    December 12, 2018

    Why my iphone is not supporting this video?

    Reply
  • W B

    December 12, 2018

    It's a flop and no where near the top camera anymore. Why bother with this video Google?

    Reply
  • Samuel Chong

    December 12, 2018

    Sponsors

    Reply
  • Marlvina Williams

    December 15, 2018

    Should I get this phone?

    Reply
  • Tubsie

    December 15, 2018

    Wow it has THE HDR? My god I've been waiting my whole life for hdr in a camera phone, finally!

    Reply
  • MUr 05

    December 16, 2018

    Sponsored by Google®

    Reply
  • Holger Winkler

    December 17, 2018

    Why does not Pixel 3 have the best camera? Google has collaborated with DxOMark on the release of Pixel and Pixel 2, so the test results were already known at the launch of their smartphones and could be used directly as advertisements. Of course, they were the best at the tests every time. This will have Google tried again with the Pixel 3. But this time the shot went backwards. The Google Pixel 3 will probably not even have overtaken the iPhone XR, which has the best single camera. Google wanted to avoid this negative advertising at all costs and urged DxOMark to refrain from publishing the test result of the Pixel 3. Who knows how many dollars have flowed there.

    Reply
  • CVoice Official

    December 17, 2018

    If we are going off the best camera on a smartphone then this is totally wrong as far as I know. At 12 megapixels that is useless to someone who actually wants the best camera on a smartphone. You can't blow it up to print and the best you might be able to get is a 4×6 image but even then it'll probably be a bit grainy.

    If you want the best camera software on a smartphone then maybe. But when their are several smartphone cameras that meet 16-24megapixels then this one is not the necessarily the best unless you absolutely never intend to crop and image, zoom in with digital zoom which most I've met people do, and increase the size for printing or putting on your computer to show full screen like a website.

    While pixels don't mean everything, 12megapixels is barely enough to even get by, especially when many phones have 16 and 24 pixel cameras, and more for specialty phones. And if you shoot in raw, the phone seems like it would be ranked very very low on that scale. Assuming you are a raw shooting person which the reviewer decided to toot about

    Reply
  • Turin Turambar

    December 19, 2018

    3:00 Google Lens: Back door for data scraping from your pictures.

    Reply
  • Omkar Teja Moola

    December 20, 2018

    If anyone from India is planning to buy Pixel 3/3 XL, reply here. I've a discount coupon for Flipkart.

    Reply
  • shouryen ingle

    December 24, 2018

    But can’t record 4K60 for more than 15 mins? Hell naawww. My iphone is much better

    Reply
  • Aryan Choudhary

    December 25, 2018

    You didn't told as any reasons as to why the pixel phones have such a great camera. It was just a features list.

    Reply
  • Vassilis Vez

    December 28, 2018

    if it has the best camera then why is it at the 8th place of the dxo mark rank list?And okay maybe the differences between the pixel with a score of 101 and the huwaei p20, note 9 and xiaomi mi mix 3 that have a score of 102 and 103 isnt that big of a difference. But then theres the iphone xs with a score of 105 and the huawei p20 pro with a score of 109..So the pixel is definitely one of the best camera phones, but not the best one

    Reply
  • Jun Kid328

    December 29, 2018

    Which camera is better Huawei Mate 20 Pro or Google Pixel 3?

    Reply
  • Mariana Lopez

    December 30, 2018

    Mines doesn't show depth it says POP in the editing part does anyone know why that is??

    Reply
  • One4All All4One

    December 31, 2018

    The pixel 3 is king when it comes to the camera. Its amazing what these phones can do nowadays. I remember logging around a dslr camera which weight was like a brick. This might be my next phone.

    Reply
  • andrew marks

    January 2, 2019

    Dont upset the phone…

    Reply
  • Jassy Rahal

    January 5, 2019

    as an iPhone user. Agreed. Pix3l 3 has the best smartphone camera in the market right now.

    Reply
  • Fenix Qubes

    January 10, 2019

    Wow night sight is out of this world.

    Reply
  • Doug Weeks

    January 14, 2019

    Be advised if you break your screen and want it fixed its $279! Very high cost of maintenance.

    Reply
  • Sourav Datta

    January 24, 2019

    Is there anything similar to google vison on iphone xs max?….like seaeching on web frm the pics u clicked or copy txt frm images or screenshots u took?

    Reply
  • yongsua1989

    January 25, 2019

    It looks average to me just like average phone. Very poor ads.

    Reply
  • THERareElement Music.

    January 25, 2019

    Sorry guys but can i control the shutter speed iso and aperture??

    Reply
  • Rafael Jilavian

    January 27, 2019

    Huawei did it first…all these effects and features…

    Reply
  • Greatdome99

    February 9, 2019

    What??? No way to adjust brightness? That's pretty fundamendal, especially in challenging light conditions. My old Motorola Moto X had it.

    Reply
  • anurag mishra

    February 12, 2019

    Thanks to the neural networks

    Reply
  • SSchithFoo

    March 2, 2019

    Well all of these are available in cameras from even 5 years ago or even older if you are using the pro mode.

    Reply
  • SSchithFoo

    March 2, 2019

    Night sight basically means longer exposure and/or higher ISO. Nothing magical about it. Jeeus

    Reply
  • Joe Murray

    March 3, 2019

    I'm wondering if this is more worthwhile that getting a (cheap) dedicated video camera?

    Reply
  • demetre nadiradze

    March 15, 2019

    Yet dxomark gave it a lower score then the xs max? Yet it can't record 4k60fps? Yet you can't manually select 60fps?

    Reply
  • Lal Mazuala

    March 23, 2019

    no manual mode, how will you take long exposure photo

    Reply
  • Audy Alcaraz

    March 25, 2019

    Can someone please let me know if the video quality is just as good?

    Reply
  • FellTheSky

    March 27, 2019

    Its the best phone but i'll wait until it costs 350 us$.

    Reply
  • Sourav sabbir

    April 7, 2019

    Why is she always making a big mouth b4 taking photos!?

    Reply
  • Monkey Robots Inc.

    April 17, 2019

    id never give google a dime, but at least theres the option to turn off barbie plastic skin mode on all your photos unlike garbage shitsung S10.

    Reply
  • kartik ganesh Mooppanar

    April 19, 2019

    does raw+jpeg give me more detail in my photos

    Reply
  • John Citrowske

    April 22, 2019

    3:00 it's actually not unique to the pixel at all. It's literally on all Android phones

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  • Shesh

    April 22, 2019

    Okay well no one mentions this but the pixel 2 FORCES HDR on every social media app's camera or any camera app other that isn't the original camera app. HDR is terrible when all the over editing/processing is used all the time, especially on snapchat in the Pixel 2.

    I would have to switch between cameras then quickly take the picture to trick the phone into not using HDR. Any comments on this, please? Do you know if the Pixel 3 does the same thing?

    Reply
  • S K

    April 25, 2019

    But the Ring Tone Volume is very very low, and you will miss calls like anything

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  • Sophie Westrop

    April 26, 2019

    Bought my phone yesterday. My camera doesn't have night mode or can blur the background. Do you have to download something or will it update at some point?

    Reply
  • Animesh Kumar Jha

    April 27, 2019

    Does it works on Asus max Pro m2

    Reply
  • imran harooni

    April 28, 2019

    hay my phone vivo 1820
    Google pixle3 not working please solation

    Reply
  • AJo Matthew

    May 5, 2019

    I have pixel 2xl.. videos are not that much good😔

    Reply
  • kami san427

    May 12, 2019

    I still think the p20 pro beats it but that is just my opinion

    Reply
  • Rebecca

    May 28, 2019

    Only one lense….I wish it had at least two…

    Reply
  • Anonymous User

    June 10, 2019

    I'm a professional photographer, I own a Pixel3 XL. The Pixel 3 camera isn't very good. In fact, the original Pixel camera was better. So there

    Reply
  • Superman Max

    June 14, 2019

    Huawai is in the ads they should put pixel 3 on the ads because it’s the best camera right?

    Reply
  • AN OUTLAW INLAW

    June 24, 2019

    RAW

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  • IMHO

    July 9, 2019

    this is not best smartphone camera.

    Reply
  • Love made in Japan

    July 25, 2019

    Sorry, but my 4 year old Lumia 950XL still beats the IQ of this. The RAW's are much nicer: great grain, very sharp, 20MP being very welcome, crazy corner to corner sharpness, low distortion. The Pixel may poop out nice JPEGs thanks to Google AI, but the raw image is inferior by a big margin.

    Reply
  • Feggies - MLBB

    July 26, 2019

    What about the p30 pro?

    Reply
  • Oliver Hawkins

    July 27, 2019

    You forgot the feature where Google knows where you are, what you are taking pictures of, who you are with and selling this info for Ads

    Reply
  • Haikel G

    August 28, 2019

    It has the mirror effect like option?

    Reply
  • Moma Girl

    August 29, 2019

    I feel duped and fell for the all the great reviews on this camera. They are all outside or in the dark. neat features, That's nice but, for the life of me, I can't take an close up indoor photo without wavy lines.
    I will pay $$ for someone to review the pixel indoor lighting. Notice none of the reviews shows indoor photos? Why cant reviewers be thorough and honest?

    Reply
  • Arthur Morgan

    September 5, 2019

    Too bad it's apps like Snapchat ruined the quality of Android cameras, including the Pixel. It's sad where they can actually at least optimize the camera system on the Pixels instead to lower the quality.
    That's why I stay away from apps like those, or even social media in general, as they RUINED what was the original meaning of a SMARTPHONE.

    Reply

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