Aside from the “clean” Android experience, one of Google’s Pixel phones’ original selling points has always been photography. Because Google was able to pull high-quality rabbits from their computational photography hat back then, the first Pixel’s 12MP camera seemed amazing. However, five years is a long time in smartphones, and the Pixel had to mature both in terms of software and hardware. The Pixel 6 Pro is Google’s biggest step forward in that area, and it was well worth the effort, at least according to one set of benchmark tests.
Google‘s track record with DxOMark listings has been patchy throughout the years. The original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 4 all reached the site’s Top Ten, with the Pixel 2 taking the top spot when it was first released. On the other hand, the remainder failed to impress, and the Pixel 5’s defective hardware didn’t help matters.
The Pixel 6, on the other hand, marks a watershed moment in Google’s smartphone history in more ways than one. It eventually increased the resolution of the main sensor from 12 to 50 megapixels and added a 4X telephoto camera for the first time. In addition, the Pixel 6 Proclaimed to produce outstanding photographs and videos with less, thanks to high-end hardware and better AI-powered software.
According to DxOMark’s tests, Google was able to offer this in the majority of cases. Except in low-light circumstances or inside, it reproduced good detail and realistic colors with very little noise. Autofocus and stabilization were also mentioned as being swift and effective, which is impressive given the lack of complicated hardware. It’s not flawless, though, as the site docks points for the phone’s shallow depth-of-field, occasionally skewed bokehs, and video recording instabilities.
These comments are consistent with our own positive experience with the Pixel 6 Pro. Most phone users are unlikely to notice the problems because they are likely to be distracted by some of the phone’s cool photographic capabilities, such as Magic Eraser. Despite this, the phone’s camera hardware and photography algorithms give a robust foundation for operating these functions.
Google returns to DxOMark’s Top Ten with the Pixel 6 Pro, just behind Huawei, Xiaomi, and Apple’s iPhone 13 Pros. That’s even more impressive since neither Huawei nor Xiaomi are available in the United States. It certainly bodes well for Google’s latest flagship, and maybe the Pixel 7 will be able to maintain that level of quality when it launches next year.