DxOMark has reviewed many, many smartphone cameras over the years. It praised the camera quality of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and more recently, gave a favourable score on the iPhone 7‘s camera. Now, the site has tested the Google Pixel‘s camera performance, and gave it “the highest-rated smartphone camera we have ever tested.”
With an impressive score of 89, the Pixel bests even the excellent Galaxy S7 edge and the iPhone 7, which received scores of 88 and 86 respectively. In its testing, DxOMark found that the Pixel’s camera has good detail preservation regardless of lighting condition, “fast and generally accurate autofocus,” as well as good white balance – in all conditions.
Of course, the Pixel’s camera does have a few weaknesses. DxOMark noted that while the camera’s autofocus is fast, there are a few instances where the autofocus’ performance wasn’t consistent. On top of that, some artifacts can appear in low-light shots. The site also noted that the Pixel has a slight – but acceptable – yellow colour cast.
Aside from that, DxOMark was particularly impressed with the video performance of the Pixel: it mentioned that the device has “one of the best stabilisation systems” it has ever tested. This is despite the fact that the Pixel’s camera does not have optical image stabilisation.
There’s no doubt that Google has done something right with the Pixel’s camera; even a third-party reviewer like DxOMark gave the device its highest rating yet. It just goes to show that Google really knows what it’s doing with its very first Android smartphone. DxoMark’s full review of the Google Pixel’s camera can be found here.