With an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 89, pixel, the latest Google smartphone, is the highest-rated smartphone camera we have ever tested. Its image quality scores are impressive across the board, but it is particularly strong in providing a very high level of detail from its 12.3MP camera, with relatively low levels of noise for every tested lighting condition. It also provides accurate exposures with very good contrast and white balance, as well as fast autofocus.
The Pixel’s strong scores under a wide range of conditions make it an excellent choice for almost any kind of photography. As with any small-sensor device, results are excellent in conditions with good and uniform lighting. But in addition, images captured indoors and in low light are very good and provide a level of detail unexpected from a smartphone camera. With flash, its auto white balance and detail preservation are excellent, making it suitable for indoor portraits — and even for photographing indoor events as long as there is some additional ambient light to help even out the flash.
The Google Pixel takes some of the very best images we have seen from any smartphone we have ever tested
The Pixel has very few weaknesses when it comes to image quality, but It does suffer from some inconsistency in repeated autofocus, and artifacts can appear in low-light shots. The Pixel racked up excellent results in our Video testing, consistent with other top-scoring smartphones.
The Pixel’s 12.3MP main camera is paired with a fast f/2.0 lens. Autofocus is provided by a combination of laser detection (LDAF) and phase detection (PDAF). The Pixel can also record 4K video at 30fps, and 1080p video at up to 120fps.
The Pixel produced some of the most natural-looking outdoor images we have ever seen in our tests. With rich colors, life-like white balance, and excellent rendering of both highlights and shadow details, images of landscapes and urban scenes alike are pleasing to the eye. Detail preservation is excellent, and exposures are consistently good.
Low-light and indoor scenes
The Pixel is one of the best devices (maybe the best) we’ve ever tested for its ability to render poorly-lit scenes with low noise, while retaining good detail – even in 10 Lux and below. Its hybrid autofocus, using both laser- and phase-detect pixels, is also accurate in low-light conditions.
Tungsten 5 Lux: Pictures are very well-exposed, the level of detail is impressive, and noise is low
The Pixel’s flash capability is also one of the best we have tested. It is stable from frame to frame and allows for excellent rendering of details in flash images.