Exclusive: These are the leaked camera specs for the Google Pixel 8 series (2023)

Exclusive: These are the leaked camera specs for the Google Pixel 8 series (1)

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Google Pixels have built a reputation for being excellent camera phones, thanks to investing heavily in computational photography right from the get-go. This was a great move that kept generations of Pixels competitive even though their hardware plateaued after Google stuck with the same primary camera sensor for four years straight. Even last year’s Pixel 6a earned praise from us and others in the camera department, even though it had the same Sony IMX363 image sensor.

The Pixel 6 series saw Google introduce the first major camera hardware upgrades since the Pixel 3. The entire camera setup was upgraded, most noticeably swapping the aging primary sensor for a Samsung ISOCELL GN1. Building on this configuration, the Google Pixel 7 series provided more minor improvements, including a new selfie camera, upgraded telephoto lens, and macro mode on the Pro model. Thanks to a source inside Google, we’ve gained a lot of insight into the camera specs and features of the upcoming Google Pixel 8 series. Let’s delve into the details.

Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro camera specs: A considerable hardware upgrade

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The main upgrade in the camera hardware this year is coming to both of the Pixel 8 models — the Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor makes way for the ISOCELL GN2. This brings a few improvements: first, the sensor is larger and should capture about 35% more light than its predecessor for brighter low-light images and faster shutter speeds to reduce blur.

The sensor also supports 8K/30fps video capture, as does the Tensor G3 processor. However, this might not make its way to users; it’s currently not supported by GCam running on the Pixel 8 and existing Pixels run notoriously hot at 4K/60fps already. The last enhancement is the previously leaked support for Staggered HDR. This reduces the delay between the frames that are captured for HDR to reduce ghosting and speed up the capture process. The technology might push Google’s HDR+ capabilities even further, providing faster, more reliable shots.

A new primary image sensor is just one of several camera improvements coming to the Pixel 8 series.

Google Pixel 8 Pro is also receiving a much-needed upgrade to the ultrawide camera. The dated 12MP Sony IMX386 is replaced by a much more usable 64MP Sony IMX787 — the same sensor as the primary camera found on the Pixel 7a. This is a huge upgrade; the sensor is almost twice the size and should vastly improve the quality of the ultrawide camera. Google has also made the lens slightly wider. While I don’t know the exact field-of-view (FoV), it’s been bumped from a 0.56x zoom ratio to 0.49x. Surprisingly, there’s a chance the macro mode introduced with the Pixel 7 series might be missing this year — as of now, the feature is disabled on the Pixel 8 Pro. The feature may be re-enabled later, or perhaps Google killed it off.

The vanilla Google Pixel 8’s ultrawide camera is also upgraded, although more modestly. While the camera sensor is the same Sony IMX386 found in the Pixel 6 series, Google has made it slightly wider this year. Pixel 7 had a 0.67x zoom ratio, which is now 0.55x in the Pixel 8.

The telephoto camera on Pixel 8 Pro appears to remain the same 5x module as the Pixel 7 Pro. The same goes for the 11MP selfie camera from the Pixel 7 series. Here’s the full rundown:

Pixel 7Pixel 8Pixel 8 ProPixel 7 Pro


Pixel 7

Samsung GN1 (50 MP)

Pixel 8

Samsung GN2 (50 MP)

Pixel 8 Pro

Samsung GN2 (50 MP)

Pixel 7 Pro

Samsung GN1 (50 MP)


Pixel 7

Sony IMX386 (12MP) - 0.67x zoom ratio

Pixel 8

Sony IMX386 (12MP) - 0.55x zoom ratio

Pixel 8 Pro

Sony IMX787 (64 MP) - 0.49x zoom ratio

Pixel 7 Pro

Sony IMX386 (12MP) - 0.56x zoom ratio


Pixel 7


Pixel 8


Pixel 8 Pro

Samsung GM5 (48 MP) - 5x zoom ratio

Pixel 7 Pro

Samsung GM5 (48 MP) - 5x zoom ratio


Pixel 7

Samsung 3J1 (11 MP)

Pixel 8

Samsung 3J1 (11 MP)

Pixel 8 Pro

Samsung 3J1 (11 MP)

Pixel 7 Pro

Samsung 3J1 (11 MP)

It’s interesting to see Google further divide the regular Pixels from its Pro equivalents. While previous Pixels in each generation had key differences (e.g. the inclusion of telephoto cameras on the Pro models), it never felt like the regular devices were a major downgrade — they simply had fewer features. With this generation, this is changing. Buying the regular Pixel 8 over the Pixel 8 Pro will now mean weaker zoom and a lower-end ultrawide experience.

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Improved time-of-flight is coming to the Pixel 8

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Robert Triggs / Android Authority

It isn’t a very well-known fact, but all Pixel phones since the Pixel 6 (excluding the Pixel A series) have had a single-point time-of-flight (ToF) sensor to aid the autofocus — the STMicroelectronics VL53L1. You can see it in the picture above.

The Pixel 8 Pro finally gets something more useful. The device has a new 8×8 ToF VL53L8 sensor. While having a real LiDAR camera sensor, like the 0.3MP IMX590 in the iPhone 14 Pro, is obviously far more versatile, the new sensor in the Pixel 8 Pro is still a massive upgrade, and it should, at the very least, make the autofocus much more reliable.

The ToF sensor upgrade isn’t coming to the regular Pixel 8; it retains the old VL53L1.

The Pixel 8 thermometer is just a thermometer

Another Pixel 8 Pro feature that has already leaked is an FIR thermometer sensor. Some have speculated that it might be a full thermal camera that could be used for photography purposes too, so let me clear the air: it’s not.

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The sensor is a Melexis MLX90632, primarily recommended for high-precision non-contact temperature measurements, including body temperature. It’s not a camera or anything else that could serve any purpose other than measuring temperature. Google simply decided to include a fairly expensive gimmick in its device, and not for the first time (hello, Motion Sense).

Pixel 8 camera software: Improved features are coming

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Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

While the camera software on Pixel 8 is obviously in fairly early stages of development and mainly focuses on making the new hardware work, we have spotted some new low-level feature enhancements.

“Adaptive torch” is a new feature that dynamically adjusts the flash intensity based on the scene and other inputs (e.g. which capture mode is used). This should prevent overexposed shots and make low-light photography even better if you use the flash.

Scene segmentation will make an appearance with the Pixel 8.

(Video) Google Pixel 8 Pro - WOW! CHANGE IS COMING!

Another new feature is “Segmentation AWB.” As the name suggests, the scene will be segmented into different parts using AI to then selectively apply different processing to particular parts of the image. This concept isn’t new, Qualcomm announced a similar feature for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It will be interesting to see how Google incorporates this into its existing processing pipelines.

Google might also add a video bokeh blur level selection for the phone’s cinematic mode, which was first introduced on the Google Pixel 7 series.

That’s everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 8 cameras. The upcoming Pixel 8 series is bringing some compelling improvements to the hardware as well as the software, which could make for a nice upgrade over the Pixel 7. It’s going to be interesting to see if the upgrades can put Google up there with the best in mobile photography yet again.


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What is the camera quality of Google pixel phone? ›

The main camera and the ultra-wide cameras both output 12MP images, even though the main camera has a 50MP sensor. Like most modern smartphones, it uses a pixel-binning (pixel combining) process to produce images for everyday use.

What is the camera quality of Google pixel 5G phones? ›

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Google Pixel 5a 5G on the rear packs a dual camera setup featuring a 12.2-megapixel (f/1.7) primary camera, and a 16-megapixel (f/2.2) camera.

What type of camera is on the Google pixel? ›

So you can take the shot without spoiling the moment. Pixel also has three high-resolution cameras: a 12MP ultra-wide lens, 50MP main camera, and for selfies, a 10.8MP front lens. Pixel 7 Pro also has a 48MP telephoto camera to help you zoom in even closer. The all-pro Google phone.

Is there going to be a Pixel 8? ›

The Pixel 8 will have a 6.17-inch screen, down from 6.31 inches for the Pixel 7. It will move from 90Hz to 120Hz, though. The Pixel 8 Pro, meanwhile, will only lose a fraction of an inch to stay at 6.7 inches. The phones also have larger corner radii, meaning they're less square than before.

Do Google pixels have better cameras than iphones? ›

The iPhone will give you more peace of mind that your photos and videos always look good enough, regardless of the environment you're in. But if you want a more capable camera system and arguably better photos, pick the Pixel instead.

Which camera is better iPhone or Google pixel? ›

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro primary cameras

While both smartphones capture sharp photos with good dynamic range, Google's processing seems a bit better with dynamic range and colours in bright lighting conditions.

Are Google pixel cameras better than Samsung? ›

Comparing images out at 30x (Samsung left, Google right), which is the far end of the Pixel's digital zoom, Samsung is superior in colour, detail and sharpness, so a lot more useful - if you want long-range zoom that is.

How many Pixel is the best camera? ›

How many megapixels is a good camera? The amount of megapixels that will suit most photographers' needs is between 10-20 megapixels. If you don't need to print or crop, megapixels won't make too much of a difference for you.

Who makes Google pixel camera? ›

Google Camera
Google Camera 5.2.019 running on Android Oreo 8.1 on a Google Pixel 2
Developer(s)Google, Google Research
Initial releaseApril 16, 2014
Stable release8.5.300 / June 28, 2022
Operating systemAndroid
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What are the different types of Google cameras? ›

Nest's latest generation of Google Nest Cams offer impressive video quality and smart features for a lot less than the price of older Nest Cams. Three options are available, the Google Nest Cam (battery), Nest Cam (indoor, wired), and Nest Cam with floodlight. Nest is a giant in the smart home space.

How many years will Pixel last? ›

Pixel phones are supported with guaranteed software updates for three years.

Why did Pixel fail? ›

It is believed that Google failed to sell its Pixel devices in India due to its Soli Radar chip on the front, which utilised the 60GHz frequency band banned for commercial use in India.

Will Google discontinue Pixel? ›

The smartphone-maker has announced that it will officially discontinue the Pixel 5. In addition to that, the company has also discontinued the Pixel 4a 5G smartphone. According to a report by The Verge, Google has listed the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 smartphones as 'Sold Out' on its online store in the US.

Which phone has the same camera as iPhone? ›

Google Pixel 7 Pro

The Pixel 7 Pro keeps the same 50MP main and 12MP ultrawide sensors as the Pixel 6 Pro, but that's just fine. From the main and ultrawide cameras, pictures look stunning, matching and/or besting the iPhone 14 Pro (which shares the same camera system as the iPhone 14 Pro Max) in a lot of scenarios.

Should I switch to Pixel from iPhone? ›

Considering key specifications and features, it is definitely worth switching from iPhone to Pixel, especially if it has been a long time you're using an Apple device.

Which camera is better iPhone 13 or Pixel? ›

The iPhone 13 Pro's main camera is a more understated 12 megapixel device but with an f/1.5 lens. The ultra wide angle lens for the Pixel 6 Pro is 12 megapixels, and has an f/2.2 lens - the iPhone 13 Pro's meanwhile is also 12 megapixels, but boasts an f/1.8 lens.

Is Pixel safer than iPhone? ›

Android phones are generally considered less secure than iPhones thanks to Apple's focus on encryption. But both are more susceptible to hackers thanks to their popularity. The more people who use a phone, the more high value a target it presents to hackers.

Is Google pixel camera better than DSLR? ›

A DSLR Is Better Than a Smartphone

The resolution of photos taken on DSLR and mirrorless cameras is also much greater than the resolution of smartphone cameras, thanks to their larger sensors that number up to 40 megapixels or more.

Why Pixel photos are better? ›

The second reason: pixel-binned photos typically do look better with richer, sharper details, and brighter exposures in low-light scenarios. Some phones — no Google Pixels to date — do let you unlock the full resolution of their sensors.

Why is Google pixel better than other phones? ›

The Pixel 7 offers the best version of Android, with guaranteed security updates through fall 2027—plus the best Android smartphone camera we've ever tested. It also has excellent build quality and costs half as much as Samsung's Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Is Google camera better than stock camera? ›

the stock camera takes more natural and smooth pictures, the GCam more punchy and crisp ones. If you take a few pictures, in different light conditions with both apps, you will notice a dramatic difference in texture/detail quality, esp if you zoom a bit, in favor of the Google app.

What is the highest Pixel quality? ›

What is the best resolution available? An 8K resolution is the highest you can find in the TV and camera markets. Devices with 8K have a pixel count of 7680x4320 — that's more than 33 million pixels in the total image. Devices offering this resolution are pricey, and it is often unnecessary to upgrade to 8K.

Are Android cameras better than iPhone? ›

An iPhone typically has better lenses and higher-resolution sensors than an Android phone. This means that iPhones tend to take sharper photos with better color accuracy. The digital zoom on iPhones is also usually better than on Android phones.

What Pixel is the iPhone 13 camera? ›


Which camera has sharpest image? ›

The Sony a7R V is a phenomenal mirrorless camera that tops our list. It has a powerful full frame sensor with a 60.1 MP resolution. The image quality is breathtaking.

How many megapixels is considered good? ›

A decent 6-megapixel camera is good enough for most normal camera usage. Go for higher megapixels only if you wish to use your images for canvas-sized prints or large hoardings. If your interest is in night sky photography, then too a higher megapixel camera can be important.

How many megapixels is a really good camera? ›

As mentioned above, somewhere between 24-36-megapixels is the sweet spot for most creators out there. I know many photographers out there will rush out to buy a Canon — or any other brand high-megapixel camera — because they love the tech more than anything else, and that's fine.

Which is the No 1 camera in the world? ›

The Canon brand is the current leader in the camera space, though Canon is most known for its high-quality DSLRs and DSLR lens lineup.

Which mobile camera is no 1? ›

Best Camera Phone: Top Mobile Phones For All Shutterbugs (June, 2023)
Mobile PhonePrimary CameraApprox Price
OnePlus 11 5G50MP + 48MP + 32MPRs 61,999
Google Pixel 7 Pro50MP + 48MP + 12MPRs 68,000
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G12MP + 108MP + 10MP + 10MPRs 97,999
Apple iPhone 14 Plus12MP + 12MPRs 79,999
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Which one is the best camera for photography? ›

Mar 27, 2023: Replaced the Canon EOS R6 with the Canon EOS R6 Mark II as the 'Best Camera For Photography'.

Is Pixel made by Samsung? ›

According to the analysts, 51% of the device is made of Samsung components, followed by 7% own products and 5% by Micron. The most expensive single component is the 6.7” LTPO AMOLED - it is nearly 20% of the total production cost of the Pixel.

Do Google cameras work without internet? ›

The Nest Cam (wired) and Nest Doorbell (wired, 2nd gen) save video to local storage a little bit differently. They can still record video and store it locally when the Wi-Fi or internet goes out, and then upload it to the cloud when reconnected.

What is the difference between normal camera and Google Camera? ›

In the low light performance with the night modes I would say that picture of the Stock Camera are more natural in terms of exposure. The GCam is brighter but with the downside of a bit more unnatural exposure so that it doesn't reflects the real situation. When I rarely use the panorama mode I use the GCam for it.

What app does Google Camera use? ›

What is GCAM? Gcam is an app that brings the Google Camera app to many smartphones and makes sure that all features work on them. There are several variations to the Install Google Camera app. Some can be used on multiple Android devices, while others are made specifically for one smartphone.

Is The Google Pixel a success? ›

Google continues to build on the success of its Pixel series, securing a record sales quarter across the European 5, US, Australia, and Japan. Share is highest in Great Britain, securing 18% of all Android device sales.

Is there a new Pixel every year? ›

You can upgrade to a new Pixel phone every 2 years. After 24 monthly payments, you fully own your phone. At that time, you decide if you want to stay subscribed to Pixel Pass and receive the next available device as an upgrade.

When Android 14 will come? ›

The Android 14 Preview program runs from February 2023 until the final public release to AOSP and OEMs, planned for later in the year.

What are the common issues with Pixel? ›

7 most common Google Pixel issues and how to fix them
  • Battery drain. Your phone's battery should keep up with you. ...
  • Slow charging. ...
  • Screen problems. ...
  • Speaker issues. ...
  • Bluetooth blunders. ...
  • Fingerprint scanner trouble. ...
  • Auto-rotate issues. ...
  • Camera problems.
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Why do people hate Pixel phones? ›

At launch, there were a few bugs present in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, mostly stemming from UI glitches, a slow and unreliable fingerprint scanner, and screen brightness and refresh rate issues.

Why is the Google Pixel so cheap? ›

In a bid to reduce costs, Google's designers and engineers worked to build the device in a way that reduced the need for extraneous materials and labor. "[The Pixel 4a] is easier to manufacture, so it takes less people to put it together," Rakowski said.

Why is Google Pixel not selling? ›

The Pixel doesn't and can't sell as well as the two biggest competitors simply because it is not Google's business plan. Instead, the Pixel is intended for a more niche user that values flexibility, durability, and getting the most out of their Android phone.

Why was Google pixel banned in India? ›

“Due to a variety of factors including global demand supply issues, we are not able to make our products available in all markets,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement, adding “we remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to more countries in the future.”

Is Google pixel glass back? ›

On the back, the Google Pixel 6 features tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6.

Which Google pixel has the best camera quality? ›

The Pixel 7a is a much better phone than the 6a, and we'd recommend paying the extra for the newer model. One of our favourite Pixel 7a features is the camera. There's a new main 64MP sensor on the back that's far larger than the one found on the Pixe 6a and it produces better images in all conditions.

Which Google pixel has best camera? ›

The Pixel 7a packs the flagship Tensor G2 chip, flagship-tier cameras, an improved 90Hz display, more RAM, better durability, and wireless charging support. Google's latest A-series device, the Pixel 7a, is a huge step up from its predecessor.

What phone has the same camera as iPhone? ›

Google Pixel 7 Pro

The Pixel 7 Pro keeps the same 50MP main and 12MP ultrawide sensors as the Pixel 6 Pro, but that's just fine. From the main and ultrawide cameras, pictures look stunning, matching and/or besting the iPhone 14 Pro (which shares the same camera system as the iPhone 14 Pro Max) in a lot of scenarios.

Which phone beats iPhone? ›

The best iPhone 14 alternatives
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 series.
  • Apple iPhone SE (2022)
  • Google Pixel 7 series.
  • Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini.
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4.
  • Sony Xperia 1 IV.
  • OnePlus 11.
May 16, 2023

What is the highest Pixel camera in phone? ›

List of Highest Megapixel Camera Phones in the World in 2023
  • Motorola Edge 30 Ultra.
  • OnePlus 10 Pro.
  • Moto G60.
  • Huawei P50 Pro.
  • Moto Edge.
  • Moto G60.
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G.
  • Motorola Moto G100.
Apr 30, 2023

Why Google Pixel is better than other Android? ›

The Pixel 7 offers the best version of Android, with guaranteed security updates through fall 2027—plus the best Android smartphone camera we've ever tested. It also has excellent build quality and costs half as much as Samsung's Galaxy S23 Ultra.


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