Google Pixel XL Camera Review


Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 08:15 pm

Pixel XL Camera Review

As a phone manufacturer, one of the most competitive aspects of your device is the camera. That is why Google did not hesitate to put it out there that the Pixel and Pixel XL scored better than both the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 in the DxOMark test when it unveiled its handsets.

If you merely read a specifications sheet, chances are, you won’t quite be impressed by what you see. However, it is only when you use the cameras on these devices that you notice just how powerful they can be.

12.3 Megapixel

The 12.3-megapixel camera in the Pixel XL takes some of the most detailed shots imaginable from a handset, especially when the lighting is good. Intricacies in images are easy to spot even when they are taken from a distance. It may not seem as impressive on paper but be sure, it gives its rivals a run for their money.

The Pixel XL camera has a narrower aperture of f/2.0 as compared to its competitors f/1.8 and f/1.7 and it lacks optical image stabilization but it easily matches and even surpasses some of its rivals. The details in photos taken with its camera are not quite as natural as found with its Apple counterpart, but they offer more detail and vibrancy that’s way beyond their competition.

Part of the reason for this is because of how fast its camera is. AS compared to the Nexus phones which struggled with slow camera apps, the pixel does not. As soon as you double-tap the power button, you are good to go. The show does not end there either. Auto-focus is almost instantaneous and very accurate.


The Pixel XL’s Auto-HDR+ mode after-shot processing happens in the background, further increasing the camera’s nippy feel. Using this mode, you will notice a significant difference in your photos. It balances the exposure of the image with speed and gives a beautiful depth to the picture that seems non-existent when it is turned off.

When you look at the specifications of the phone, you will notice that it lacks OIS. This may be worrying when it comes to low-light shooting but the Pixel XL gives impressively fantastic results.

For increased stability when taking pictures, the phone uses the gyroscope to add to this effect and avoid noisy and grainy pictures, or at the very least, keep them at a minimum.

When it comes to taking videos, even the shakiest of footage becomes watchable because of this. The camera supports 4K video, though it does give a somewhat unnatural feel to the finished product.

Google Pixel XL

Even despite its apparent challenges, the Google Pixel XL does have a spot in the big leagues when it comes to camera capabilities. By virtue of it being by Google, you are also offered unlimited, free storage space for all your captured memories on Google Photos, be it pictures or 4K videos you have taken.

Google Pixel XL Camera Review

Google made a really big claim with the Pixel camera. Not only did they say it was the best camera they had ever made, but they also claimed it was the best smartphone camera ANYONE had ever made. Were these claims legit?

Time to dig deep into the photo and video performance of Google Pricey Premium flagship in our Pixel XL Real Camera Review!

Google Pixel XL Camera Review


Pixel XL Camera:

  • 1/2.3″ – 12MP Sensor
  • Sony Exmor IMX378
  • 1.55u Pixels
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Phase/Laser Autofocus
  • Stabilization
  • Dual LED Flash
  • 8MP Selfie Camera

Google Pixel XL Camera Review

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