Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro Complete Camera Specifications Leak Online: All Details

Cameras systems on both premium smartphones said to get big upgrades.

Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro Complete Camera Specifications Leak Online: All Details

Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are said to be Google’s upcoming flagship smartphones

Highlights
  • Google Pixel 8 series will replace the Pixel 7 series when launched
  • Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are said to have a Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor
  • Between the two, the Pixel 8 Pro seems to have better camera hardware
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Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are said to upgrade their high-resolution primary sensor to a new one with its upcoming and the new Tensor G3 will most probably enable even more powerful imaging features, according to a new leak. Google's currently available Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones introduced the new Tensor G2 SoC, which made better use of the newer camera hardware that was introduced with the previous Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models. The Tensor G2 enabled new features like Long Exposure mode, a much faster Night Sight mode and more, most of which were not possible on the earlier models. So, while the Pixel 6 series received the better, high-resolution cameras, Google managed to make better use of them only with the next generation, which is the Pixel 7 series.

Android Authority citing sources working at Google, stated in a report that the camera systems on both Pixel 8 series phones will be receiving some noticeable upgrades. Starting off with the primary cameras, both of the Samsung GN1 (50-megapixel) cameras is said to be upgraded to slightly bigger Samsung GN2 (50-megapixel) sensors. This new primary camera sensor packs with a 1.4μm pixel and 1/1.12" optical format is definitely an upgrade over the GN1 in the outgoing version in terms of capability. It can capture 35 percent more light than the GN1, and should make for brighter and sharper low light images. The sensor with its maximum supported resolution of 8,160 x 6,144 pixels is also capable of capturing 8K 30fps video as well. However, the source claims that the feature might not make its way to users due to certain Google Camera and thermal limitations. There's also staggered HDR, which reduces ghosting when recording video.

Thankfully, the primary camera is not the only one receiving upgrades this year. The source mentions that the ultra-wide-angle camera on the Pixel 8 Pro should also be upgraded from the current and rather dated (yet reliable) 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 to a newer high-resolution 64-megapixel Sony IMX787 camera. This is the same sensor that is used in the Pixel 7a launched this year, in its primary camera and also packs optical image stabilisation (OIS). However, this also means that macro mode might be missing as this camera lacks true hardware-level macro capability on the Pixel 7a.

Pixel 8's ultra-wide-angle camera is also said to get an upgrade. Google seems to have reached into its parts bin for this one as the new supposed ultra-wide (Sony IMX386) sensor comes from the Pixel 6 series, but packs a slightly different zoom ratio (from 0.67x to 0.55x).

As for rest, the selfie cameras are said to remain the same as before, which would be a 11-megapixel sensor on both devices. The 5X optical telephoto camera on the Pixel 7 Pro will also remain the same on the Pixel 8 Pro, as per the report. However, the source did point out that the single-point time-of-flight (ToF) sensors from the previous premium models will also be upgraded to a more advanced module (8×8 ToF VL53L8 sensor), but again, only for the Pixel 8 Pro in particular.

From a software standpoint, there's two new highlighted features with Adaptive Torch (dynamically adjusts flash intensity) and Segmentation AWB (will process different parts of an image separately), along with a video bokeh blur level selection in the viewfinder among other features.

What is also evident from the above details is that Google is going with better hardware on its top-end Pixel 8 Pro model, even when compared to the Pixel 8, which was not the case with earlier models as both phones usually offered the same key camera hardware (wide and ultra-wide) with the addition of a telephoto camera on the Pro model. This also hints at a potentially higher price gap between the two handsets with the Pixel 8 series this year.

Comparing these specifications to the recently announced Pixel Fold, (Google's first foldable device) also seems to indicate the Pixel 8 Pro will end up being the one with the best imaging experience, as it will pack in newer camera hardware and the new Tensor G3 SoC as well. The Pixel Fold offers a 48-megapixel primary camera with 0.8µm pixels along with two 10.8-megapixel sensors for its ultra-wide and telephoto cameras. An 8-megapixel and a 9.5-megapixel camera (embedded into the foldable display) are in charge of selfies.


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  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Sharp, 90Hz display
  • Good quality cameras
  • Good gaming performance
  • Bloatware-free software, timely updates
  • Good battery life
  • IP68 rating
  • Bad
  • Video recording could be better
  • Gets warm under load
  • No bundled charger
  • Relatively slow charging
Display 6.30-inch
Processor Google Tensor G2
Front Camera 10.8-megapixel
Rear Camera 50-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
OS Android 13
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Sharp, 120Hz display
  • Good quality cameras
  • Good gaming performance
  • Bloatware-free software, timely updates
  • Premium design, IP68 rating
  • Bad
  • Gets warm under load
  • No bundled charger
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Relatively slow charging
Display 6.70-inch
Processor Google Tensor G2
Front Camera 10.8-megapixel
Rear Camera 50-megapixel + 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
OS Android 13
Resolution 1440x3120 pixels
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good performance
  • High refresh rate display
  • IP67 rating
  • Wireless charging
  • Good overall camera performance
  • Bad
  • One-day battery life
  • Limited storage
  • Heats up with camera usage
  • No bundled charger, slow charging speed
Display 6.10-inch
Processor Google Tensor G2
Front Camera 10.8-megapixel
Rear Camera 64-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4385mAh
OS Android 13
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels
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Sheldon Pinto
Sheldon Pinto is based in Mumbai, and has several years of experience in reviewing smartphones and gadgets. As a Senior Reviewer at Gadgets 360, you will always find him deeply immersed in his reviews, switching from one phone to another. When the battery dies out, Sheldon is always browsing the web for a good sci-fi movie or reading up on cars and bikes. He also loves creating lists of interesting places to eat and travel. Sheldon is available on Twitter at @shellshocd, and you can mail him at ...More
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