In an article published today, DxOMark — the authority when it comes to cameras — says that the big G’s just-announced devices have set a new record for overall smartphone-camera quality with an overall score of 98. This, even if they don’t have a dual-camera setup and “just” rely on a 12-megapixel main camera system.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL official product video
By comparison, the Note 8 received a rating of 94. You can see the current top 12 on the list below.
Take note that when it comes to stills, the Galaxy Note 8’s photo sub-score of 100 is still the best by DxOMark’s standards. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are right up there with the Samsung phone with its 99 rating, though, thanks to the following:
- Wide dynamic range in all lighting conditions
- Excellent auto-focus
- Good white balance both outdoors and indoors
- Good detail preservation
- Strong flash performance across the board
- Portraits rendered with pleasing foreground and background blur and bokeh
When it comes to stills, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s photo sub-score of 100 is still the best by DxOMark’s standards.
Video-wise, the 2017 Pixels have improved over last year’s models by 5 points. Their 96 rating puts them at the top of DxOMark’s ranking. And this is courtesy of the following:
- Good video stabilization
- Fast and accurate auto-focus with good subject tracking
- Good detail preservation indoors and outdoors
- Good noise reduction
- Fairly good white balance
Will the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL be knocked off their perch this year when the Apple iPhone X or Huawei Mate 10 gets released? We can’t wait to find out.
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