Photographer reviews Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras

Are you looking for a smartphone that can truly capture life’s precious moments with professional-level clarity and detail? Look no further than the Google Pixel 8 Pro, a device that has taken the photography world by storm. In today’s blog post, we will delve into an in-depth review of the Google Pixel 8 Pro’s cameras from the perspective of a professional photographer. From its cutting-edge sensor technology to its advanced image processing capabilities, we will explore how this smartphone has become a game-changer in the world of mobile photography. Join us as we discover the exceptional features that make the Google Pixel 8 Pro a photographer’s dream come true.

Photographer Reviews Google Pixel 8 Pro Cameras

Hey, it’s Colin Smith here from PhotoshopCAFE. And today we’re going to look at the new Google Pixel 8 Pro. We’re going to focus on the camera and the photographic features. We’re going to see how it’s improved over the Pixel 7 Pro, but we’re also going to compare it to the new iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Better Cameras, Bigger Sensors

The best camera you have is the one you have with you. And so my response to that is why not have a better one? Yes, sometimes better can be better than best. And full disclosure, I’m a member of Team Pixel and Google did send me this phone for free.

So the first thing to note is the camera. We have three lenses and they’ve now upgraded the sensors to larger sensors. We have the wide, which is a 50-megapixel camera. We have the ultra wide, which is a 48-megapixel camera. And then we have the 5x telephoto, which is also a 48-megapixel camera.

If we compare this to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, this also has three cameras, also with the same zoom, but the main camera is a 48-megapixel when used in Pro Raw. The ultra-wide is a 12-megapixel camera, as well as a 12-megapixel 5X zoom. Anything else like a 2X, anything like that is actually a digital zoom.

When you do a digital zoom, you essentially increase the image and encrop it to fit that sensor size, no different than cropping inside of Photoshop. So this is why the 48-megapixel, ultra-wide, and telephoto does give us an advantage over the one in here, because the larger the image that’s captured, the more you’re able to zoom without losing quality.

So both of these are using a periscope system for the telephoto lens. The periscope allows them to use a series of mirrors so you can get more physical distance between the sensor and the lens, and thus getting a true optical focal length.

Image Comparison

So let’s start by looking at some of the images from the Pixel 7 Pro and the Pixel 8 Pro. So let’s look at some JPEGs. See here is the ultra wide. So on the left we have the Pixel 7, on the right we have the Pixel 8.

Now the first thing you’ll notice when we zoom all the way in is this is higher resolution. We can see there’s a big difference here in the color. Pixel 8 is on the left, and you can see the JPEG looks crispy over these areas here on the seven. And then when I’m looking at the eight, it definitely doesn’t look as crispy. It looks a lot smoother and more natural. The colors are also closer to accurate at that time. And here we are on the 5X. I can definitely see the image on the eight looks a lot cleaner than the one on the 7. On the left we have the 8 Pro and on the right, we have the 7 Pro. I can definitely see the colors are more accurate. Let’s look at some raws.

So if we look at the 8 Pro, initially it looks a little bit softer than the 7 Pro, but remember, this is shooting raw, so it needs processing. But if you look, there’s so much more detail here in the shadows. So this has definitely had a big jump in dynamic range. But the dynamic range on this is really good, and here we are zoomed in. So in essence, when we look at these images, they are good on both. I’ve shot some great photos on the 7 Pro, but the 8 gives us the bigger sensor, which means it works better in low light. As you can see, we get cleaner, more detail. But also when we go into the raw, we get more dynamic range. I’m talking a significant amount more dynamic range.

Comparison with iPhone 15 Pro Max

So now that we’ve ascertained that the Pixel 8 Pro has a better camera system than the 7 Pro, let’s have a look at it in comparison with the 15 Pro Max. Only the Pro Max has the 5x zoom. The Pro has a 3x zoom, but it doesn’t have the periscope camera.

So let’s have a look at comparison between JPEG photos. This is the 15 Pro Max with the ultra wide. And on the right we have the Pixel 8 Pro. Now, obviously, there’s more resolution because this is a 48-megapixel camera versus the 12-megapixel camera on the iPhone. Definitely a big difference here in color. Let’s look at the detail on that boat there versus the detail on the iPhone. Let’s pixel peep.

Generally, you’re never going to look at over 100%, but let’s pixel peep anyway. So both of these are very high. So you can see, yeah, there’s more detail showing in here. So we can go up to 100% there on the iPhone, and we can go to 100% here on the Pixel.

So this is the main camera on the iPhone, which is the 48 megapixels. And we can see as far as the JPEG, I think it looks a little bit sharp and crispy on the Pixel. The colors are definitely more natural, though. And if we look at this area here, the gradients are quite smooth, whereas a little bit more banding here on the iPhone. Let’s have a look at the raw files.

All right, if we look at the raw file, the colors are better on the Pixel, but it definitely looks very soft. But let’s see what happens if we adjust both of these. And here’s both of these images with some adjustments applied. Because this is the main camera on the iPhone, we are able to look at it at the same magnification. On the left here we have the Pixel. On the right we have the iPhone. It’s lower resolution, so of course, we can’t zoom in as much. But if we look at the colors here and look at the greens compared to the greens on there, the shadow areas are definitely more closed up on the iPhone. These are raw files, so they both need some adjustment. Let’s do some quick adjustments.

Now, with a little bit of adjustment, we’ve opened up some of the shadows here on the left on the iPhone. Now, JPEG has adjustments applied in camera. In camera, it goes for the maximum amount of contrast, it sharpens it, it goes for the best-looking image directly in camera. The purpose of a raw file is like a log in video. The raw file is not trying to get the best picture on your screen. What it’s trying to do is capture the most amount of information onto that sensor. But essentially what it does is it creates with the maximum amount of dynamic range and applies a minimal amount of processing. Because the goal here is for you to bring those into Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile or even the on-phone apps there. That’s where you’re going to apply your sharpening, your cropping, your cropping, your cropping, and that’s where you’re going to apply a lot of your adjustments.

So one of the things I’m seeing on the Pixel is there’s definitely more dynamic range, a lot more dynamic range. You can see the details in the shadows. The only weakness I’m really seeing with the pictures right now in the Pixel 8 is I feel like the raw images are a little soft. The JPEGs are nice and sharp. Yes, I can process them in post, but I’m hoping that they’ll do an update soon, which maybe will give them a bit of default sharpening and maybe a little bit more default contrast applied.

Camera Settings

Let’s look at some of the camera settings. Click the little button down here, and this broadens out a shelf with pro settings in there. We can adjust things like white balance. This does it in-camera, so useful. Another one is being able to adjust the shadow separately than the brightness. And then we can go into focus. And this is amazing where we can…




FAQ – Photographer reviews Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Google Pixel 8 Pro?

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is a flagship smartphone manufactured by Google that comes with advanced camera capabilities.

2. Who reviewed the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras?

A professional photographer with expertise in smartphone photography reviewed the cameras on the Google Pixel 8 Pro.

3. What were the overall impressions of the cameras?

The photographer review mentioned that the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras perform exceptionally well, capturing stunning and highly detailed images.

4. What are the key features of the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras?

The key features of the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras include:

  • High-resolution image sensors
  • Advanced image stabilization
  • Optical zoom capabilities
  • Night Sight mode for low-light photography
  • Pro mode for manual camera adjustments

5. Is the Google Pixel 8 Pro suitable for professional photography?

Yes, the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras offer impressive capabilities that make it suitable for professional photographers, delivering exceptional results.

6. Are the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras better than other smartphone cameras?

According to the review, the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras are one of the best in terms of image quality and overall performance when compared to other smartphone cameras.

7. Can the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras shoot in 4K video?

Yes, the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras support shooting videos in 4K resolution, allowing for high-quality video capture.

8. Are there any notable downsides of the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras?

The review mentioned that while the Google Pixel 8 Pro cameras perform exceptionally in most scenarios, they may struggle slightly in extremely low-light conditions.

9. What other features does the Google Pixel 8 Pro offer?

Aside from its advanced cameras, the Google Pixel 8 Pro also offers a powerful processor, a high-resolution display, a robust battery, and an intuitive user interface.

10. Where can I purchase the Google Pixel 8 Pro?

You can purchase the Google Pixel 8 Pro from authorized retailers, online marketplaces, or directly from Google’s official website.


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