Google Pixel smartphones have some of the best cameras on the market. But not every time they come out with new sensors. Improvements are implemented through software and, accordingly, technical developments. This year, the new models have to update the sensors as well.
As it became known thanks to Android Authority, the main sensors of the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro models this time Samsung ISOCELL GN2 models with a resolution of 50 MP will be improved. Two previous generations of smartphones used GN1. In turn, the updated cameras will be able to receive 35% more light, because the new sensors are physically larger.
Among other things, this should allow video recording in 8K resolution, which is also supported by Tensor G3 processors, and will also improve the Staggered HDR function.
An additional improvement of the Pixel 8 Pro model should also be focusing thanks to the 8×8 ToF VL53L8 sensor. The regular Pixel 8 model will remain with a simpler version. The Pro version of the smartphone will also have a Melexis MLX90632 temperature sensor, but there is no mention of thermal imaging in the camera.
Ultra-wide-angle cameras are also undergoing changes. In this place, the Pixel 8 Pro will use the 64-megapixel Sony IMX787, which is also installed as the main one in the Pixel 7a. At the same time, it is possible that the Pixel 8 Pro will do without a macro mode this time. The cheaper Pixel 8 will also upgrade the ultra-wide sensor to a 12MP Sony IMX386.
Telephoto will remain exclusive to the Pixel 8 Pro, but the sensor will not change this year.
The Google Camera app will also receive several updates. Among these will be: the ability to choose the degree of blurring of the background when recording video in Cinematic mode; different intensity of the flash depending on the circumstances — Adaptive torch; as well as Segmentation AWB, which will allow you to divide shots into separate parts and apply the appropriate white balance to each fragment (with the help of AI, of course).