Google Pixel 2 houses a 12.2-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and support for Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Dual Focus Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and Laser Autofocus. It also has a dual LED flash on the rear. Combining all these elements results in a stunning photography experience.
I’ve done enough photography on this phone to say that Google Pixel 2 has one of the best cameras to offer in a smartphone. What’s more, its elder sibling Pixel 2 XL also won Techook’s best camera smartphone award for the year 2017, and for all the valid reasons we’ve mentioned in our review.
Google Pixel 2’s main camera has several modes and features to offer like slow motion to record videos, panorama, photosphere for 360-degree photography, portrait mode, and of course AR stickers. Of all that to be honest, a portrait mode on Google Pixel 2 has to be the best one so far.
Pictures taken with the portrait mode turned out to be pretty impressive. The camera could focus on the subject with utmost perfection, and the background blur was notably visible, resulting in a DSLR like output. I hardly noticed any noise, even in low light conditions. It also has to be the best for low light photography.
Both focusing and shutter speed was fast and accurate, and since the camera also supports OIS and PDAF, the chances of photos turning out to be disappointing were negligible. Do check out some of the pictures I’ve taken with Google Pixel 2’s camera.
The second thing I loved about Google Pixel 2’s camera was AR stickers. They are simply fun and cool to play with. I could pull out several characters at once, and interestingly enough, they would also interact with each other. Next up comes photo sphere mode to shoot 360-degree shots, and they were mostly accurate.
For videography, Google Pixel 2’s camera supports 4K recording at 30 frames per second (fps).
Moving on to a selfie camera experience, it was no different! The device houses an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture and on-screen flash. Interestingly enough, the selfie camera works well with both, portrait mode resulting in decent bokeh effects, as well as still images that fairly retain the details.