Google is getting serious about its devices. At the company's event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Google unveiled all of its new gadgets, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. The phones have some cool features, but the most notable one is the camera.
The camera on the pair of phones has a 12-megapixel sensor, just like the original Pixel. But with the new phones, you get a portrait mode that looks very similar to Apple's iPhone 8 Plus. Instead of using two cameras, however, the updated phones only use one—either the back camera or the front 8-megapixel shooter.
The phones pair Google's existing software-based stabilization with optical stabilization, which is good for people who tend to always take blurry shots (you know who you are). Other smartphones typically only use one stabilization method at a time.
Google reports that both phones received an insanely high DxOmark score—the industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements and rating. So, basically you'll be able to trick people into thinking you're a professional photographer.
Here are a few of Pixel 2's official photo samples so you can judge the camera's ability for yourself:
Pretty good, right?
The Pixel 2 starts at $650, and the Pixel 2 XL starts at $850. You can pre-order either device now, but Google hasn't yet announced an official release date.