Our recently announced Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones deliver the best photo and video experience we’ve ever had on a Pixel phone. There’s a lot of hardware, software and machine learning that go into our computational photography features. Here’s a look at 10 new things Pixel Camera can do and how we made them happen.
1. Take great shots of everyone — no matter their skin tone.
Real Tone makes our camera work more equitably for people of every skin tone. With the help of partners around the world, we’ve created over 10,000 new portraits on Pixel 7 to improve Real Tone, and we’ve worked with Diversify Photo to evaluate our progress. Thanks to them, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have the most inclusive smartphone camera.
2. Snap a selfie with confidence.
For people who are blind or low-vision, Guided Frame provides a combination of audio cues with high-contrast animations and haptic feedback — that slight vibration you feel when tapping things on your phone — to help capture a selfie.
Guided Frame on Pixel 7 & Pixel 7 Pro
3. Remove blur from old, blurry photos.
Now with Photo Unblur in Google Photos you can bring your blurry photos back to life and make your most treasured shots look as great as you remember — even if you took them on a different camera.
4. Low light, no problem.
In the darkest scenes, Night Sight photos are sharper than ever. Using updates to HDR+ with Bracketing and new ML techniques to reduce noise, your low-light photos will have less motion blur since exposures can be half as long as before.
5. Get creative with a wider lens and Macro Focus.
The Pixel 7 Pro has an upgraded ultrawide lens that is 21% wider than Pixel 7’s so you can fit more in the frame. Plus the ultrawide lens has autofocus, which powers Macro Focus. Simply move your phone close to your subject — like a flower — and the camera will automatically transition from the main camera to the ultrawide. This will allow Pixel 7 Pro to focus on a subject as close as three centimeters away, making small objects look life-size.
6. Find the perfect composition with high-quality zoom options.
Super Res Zoom uses the inner crop of the 50-megapixel sensor, remosaicing, and HDR+ with Bracketing to create 12.5MP photos at 2x on both Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The 2x photos are sharp with low noise and high resolution — similar to what a dedicated 2x telephoto camera would capture.
7. Zoom in even farther.
On the Pixel 7 Pro, the new 48-megapixel telephoto camera kicks in at 5x zoom, and Super Res Zoom — which uses the same process as above — creates stunning 12-megapixel photos at 10x, which look similar to what you’d get with a 10x optical zoom camera.
8. Get the in-between shot.
But sometimes the perfect composition calls for a zoom magnification that’s in between your smartphone’s optical cameras (1x and 5x for Pixel 7 Pro). What if you want a high-quality photo at 3x or 4x on Pixel 7 Pro? Traditionally, smartphone cameras perform digital zoom to cover these zoom magnifications, and this frequently results in lower-quality photos. To help you get great photos — even between the lenses — Pixel 7 Pro combines the next generation of Super Res Zoom’s 2x camera technologies described above, bonafide super resolution techniques, and a new ML model, which fills in the innermost section of the photo with detail from the 5x telephoto camera. The result is stunning photos – even if you’re taking them at 3x or 4x, which is before Pixel 7 Pro’s 5x telephoto lens would normally kick in.
9. Shoot even better videos.
Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 can record in 4K60 FPS on all of the cameras — even the front one — while also using Speech Enhancement to isolate the person speaking, as if they had a lapel mic. With so many improvements and refinements to video, including our third version of Active Stabilization, Pixel is an amazing tool for creators to achieve cinematic video, audio, and color in all kinds of lighting. Give the new Cinematic Blur mode a whirl, which uses similar technology as Portrait Mode to artfully blur the background in videos to keep your audience’s attention on the subject, or try capturing your memories in 10-bit HDR video, which is the perfect format for sunsets and fashion shoots with its smooth color gradients and high contrast. ‘
10. Share your videos.
We’ve partnered with Snap so you can capture ultrawide front and rear photos and videos, and your videos will use video stabilization. Plus, you can use a new feature called Dual — that’s only on Pixel 7 and select Android phones — to simultaneously record video on your front and rear cameras to capture yourself and the scene in front of you.