Today’s smartphones let you take clearer, more vibrant photos than ever – whether you’re up close or far away.
While better lenses and sensors are responsible for some of these advances, the biggest improvements come from powerful artificial intelligence (AI) and
AI combines the capabilities of a professional camera with editing features that were previously only available in expensive editing software with a steep learning curve. For example, AI in the
“Early camera phones were all about doing old-school optics right,” says Alexei Efros, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley teaching computational photography. “Better and bigger lenses, and so on. They missed the boat on this idea that cameras should be more than physical-optical machines.” Most of the improvements now, Efros adds, “can all be done in a cell phone, in software.”
The Pixel Camera’s capabilities are further enhanced by the Google Tensor G3 chip, a custom-built processor made by Google that gives the camera the ability to
An AI-powered camera relies on special software to give users the ability to snap images that previously only high-end cameras were able to capture. For example, HDR+ technology technology can snap a dozen or more pictures in rapid succession, then use AI software to align and combine them into a single image free of any blur from camera shake.
This technology powers Pixel’s
Similarly, the AI software in Pixel phones can fix the exposure challenges of taking
The AI-powered cameras in Google’s Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro make it easier to take beautiful photographs and video. Check out some of the features that turn Pixel shots into perfect shots with AI photography.
Audio Magic Eraser.2 Sounds from cars, wind, or construction can be disruptive in video. Audio Magic Eraser uses Google AI to reduce distracting noise with a few taps, so you only hear the sound you want.
Video Boost.4 Don’t worry about a shaky or imperfect video. With Video Boost on the Pixel 8 Pro, color, lighting, stabilization, and graininess are automatically adjusted to help improve overall quality.
How it works: You take a video with your phone, and Tensor G3 helps with pre-processing and sends an optimized video file to the cloud for processing. We then apply our computational photography models to every frame, giving you more vivid details, high dynamic range, better lighting, stabilization – and when the final video output automatically appears in your Google Photos library.
True point and shoot:
Real Tone. Historically, people of color have appeared washed out or lost in shadows in photos. Real Tone relies on AI software to adjust color balance and lighting to represent everyone more accurately, addressing long-standing problems a diverse panel of experts have identified while testing our cameras. Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro provide best ever skin tone accuracy in videos resulting in improved mixed lighting performance, and much faster autofocus in low light. Night Sight.3 This mode allows you to shoot photos in extremely low light without losing sharpness – and even capture crisp images of the night sky.
Long Exposure. When you use Motion Mode, Pixel’s AI software adds blur creatively to capture the energy in the scene in front of you. You can simulate a traditional long exposure that beautifully blurs the motion of waterfalls or moving cars.
Intelligent tone mapping. This feature automatically accounts for different light levels in various parts of an image – foreground, subject, background – and sets the exposure appropriately for each area.
Efros says that AI technology has made phone cameras so good, many professional photographers tell him pictures taken by a modern phone are better than those from an expensive, pro-grade DSLR.
“AI gives the artist more and better tools to work with,” he says.
For everyone else – the amateur photographers, the parents taking family pictures, the social media sharers – the AI-powered camera on Pixel 8 Pro or Pixel 8 will dramatically improve their images, no matter the situation.
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