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Google Pixel 8 series: New 50 MP main camera

A new leak from an internal source at Google today brings the first detailed technical data of the cameras of the upcoming Pixel 8 series. The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro get an updated 50-megapixel main camera sensor from Samsung. This is the ISOCELL GN2, which replaces the ISOCELL GN1 from the Pixel 7 series.

The ISOCELL GN2 is a very large 1/1.12 inch sensor that made its debut on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. Although it is already around two years old, it is still one of the most powerful camera sensors for smartphones with its very large pixels. The ultra-wide cam of the Pixel 8, on the other hand, should remain at 12 megapixels and the well-known Sony IMX386 chip of the Pixel 7. After all, thanks to a new lens, the field of view increases from a zoom ratio of 0.67x to a factor of 0.55x.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro, on the other hand, will get a new 64-megapixel sensor for the ultrawide camera, namely the Sony IMX787 with a zoom ratio of 0.49x. The Pro model also retains the 48-megapixel Samsung GN5 telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, which is already known from the Pixel 7 Pro. A new 8×8 Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor called VL53L8 is also on board to improve autofocus performance.

Google Pixel 8 Pro with temperature sensor

Both Pixel 8 models also retain the 11-megapixel Samsung 3J1 front camera. The leak also confirms that the temperature sensor that was rumored a while ago is exclusive to the Google Pixel 8 Pro. The exact model code of the body temperature sensor is Melexis MLX90632.

In terms of camera software, the Pixel 8 series gets a new adaptive flashlight feature that automatically adjusts LED flash intensity to prevent overexposed photos and videos in low-light conditions. Scene segmentation is another new feature coming to Google phones, and it enables selective AI processing for different parts of the image. Cinematic mode videos also benefit from a new bokeh blur picker tool.


Achim Maier
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