I didn’t miss any professional camera during my last trip

pixel camera. Much has been said about Google’s camera prowess, about how the company is taking computational photography to new heights and why the Pixel 7 Pro’s camera deserves your attention. The camera on the Google Pixel 7 Pro may not be a huge leap (in terms of the spec sheet) from its predecessor – the 6 Pro. Most Indian consumers have not tested the Pixel 6 Pro; The last Google Pixel flagship phone to be launched in India was the Pixel 3. That’s why the new Pixel 7 Pro camera has become a major talking point for Google. How good is this smartphone camera?

All you need is a mobile shooter

I’ll start by saying that the title can be somewhat misleading. I have never used a professional camera and always rely on smartphone cameras for all my travel photos. Samsung’s iPhone Pro and Ultra models have been the go-to mobile shooter for the past couple of years. While shooting iPhone video, the S22 Ultra (and the S21 Ultra before it) selected a zoom photography standard. I gave up these two devices and traveled with the Pixel 7 Pro for about three weeks. A trip that took me through the streets of Philadelphia, views of the Manhattan skyline and a camping trip in the countryside in Yellowstone National Park. Enough scenarios to put the various features of the 7 Pro through the scanner.

Highlights Specifications:

Google’s Pixel smartphones have led the way with software improvements for their camera. That’s why you can’t rate the Pixel’s camera only on its hardware. The Pixel 7 Pro combines a 50MP primary lens (f/1.9), a 48MP telephoto lens (f/3.5) and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens (f/2.2). The telephoto lens is the big difference between the Pixel 7 Pro and the entry-level Pixel 7. You can capture up to 5x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. As far as video goes, you can shoot up to 4K @ 30/60 fps. There’s also a 10.8 selfie shooter (f2.2) in the mix

Scenarios:

macro mode: Just like the iPhone Pro phones, the Pixel 7 Pro’s wide-angle lens automatically switches to macro mode (you can disable it using the flower icon that pops up when you get close). I was at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia with many types of flowers. The results were very good and in line with what we experienced with the iPhone.

low light: This is where Google hits out of the park with Nightsight. I shot in complete darkness at our camping site on the edge of Icy Lake in Yellowstone National Park and the results are amazing. There are some photos where the only light source was a campfire and others were taken in complete darkness.

Zoom: You can see the results of City Hall Philadelphia, the largest free-standing building in the world. The detail is very nice as the zoom progresses and I tried to capture a statue on top of the building. This is still an area where the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with its 10x optical zoom outperforms the 5X zoom over the Pixel 7 Pro.

VideosAn area where the Google Pixel has made tremendous progress. I remember our tests with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 where we always felt that videos were a weak link to the Pixel. Videos are great in low light and the new Cinema Blur mode (which works similarly to Cinematic Mode on the iPhone 13 and 14) is very good. We prefer the results to the cinematic mode on the iPhone.

smart google: There are two great tools that you are likely to use often. My favorite is Magic Eraser which you can use to get rid of annoying photo launchers. It works fine but there are times when removing people from photos (you can check out two sets of photos we used this feature on) can create the pixel. But it is still a great tool that no other brand can compete with. The other is Photo unblur which allows you to repair photos (even photos taken on other devices). I checked out a group photo of the school and took it out of it before applying the “unblur” option and it worked fine.

Camera hero?

The short answer is yes. The Pixel 7 Pro is one of the best smartphone shooters and probably the best at its price. It’s with the iPhone 14 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (both cost more) and does some things better than these two devices. We’re excited to see a device that challenges the status quo dominance of Samsung and iPhone in the camera department and offers another option for camera buffs like me who don’t use professional cameras.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro (12GB/128GB) costs Rs 84,999. Comes in Hazel, Snow and Obsidian. Check out the cashback and exchange offers that can lower the cost of these devices.

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