A new leak from a Google source has given us our first detailed look at the Pixel 8 series cameras. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will get updated 50MP main camera sensors with Samsung’s ISOCELL GN2 instead of the Pixel 7’s ISOCELL GN1. The GN2 is a larger and more advanced sensor that should offer improved low-light performance and image quality.
The new leak also clarifies that the Pixel 8 will retain the 12MP Sony IMX386 camera sensor from its predecessor, and the field of view will be slightly wider with a 0.55x zoom factor this time around compared to the Pixel 7’s 0.67x. The Pixel 8 Pro will feature a new 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor for an ultra-wide-angle lens with a 0.49x zoom ratio. The Pro model will also retain the 48MP Samsung GM5 telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom. The Pixel 8 Pro will get a new 8×8 VL53L8 Time of Flight (ToF) sensor that should help with autofocus.
Both Pixel 8 phones will also retain the Samsung 3J1’s 11MP front-facing cameras. We also received clarification that the thermometer sensor will be exclusive to the Pixel 8 Pro and uses the Melexis MLX90632 body temperature sensor.
In terms of camera software, the Google Pixel 8 series will get a new adaptive lantern feature that automatically adjusts the intensity of the LED flash to prevent overexposed shots and videos in low-light conditions. Scene segmentation is another new feature that will allow AI to selectively process different parts of images. Cinematic mode videos will also benefit from the new bokeh blur selection tool.
Overall, the Pixel 8 series looks to be a significant upgrade over the Pixel 7 series in terms of camera hardware and software. The new sensors and features should make the Pixel 8 series one of the best camera phones on the market.
Here are some additional details about the new camera features:
- Adaptive lantern: This feature automatically adjusts the intensity of the LED flash to prevent overexposed shots and videos in low-light conditions.
- Scene segmentation: This feature allows AI to selectively process different parts of images. For example, you could use this feature to blur the background of a portrait shot while keeping the subject in focus.
- Cinematic mode: This feature allows you to record videos with a shallow depth of field, which can create a more cinematic look.
These are just a few of the new camera features that will be available on the Pixel 8 series. It will be interesting to see how these features perform in real-world testing.