Google Pixel 2 Camera Puts A Beatdown On All Challengers In DxOMark Benchmark

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The camera is one of the most-used features on modern smartphones, and manufacturers are always cooking up news ways to make them faster, boost image quality, and add new effects typically reserved for standalone professional cameras. For those that really care about camera performance, the DxOMark test is one that many people rely on when phone shopping. Not too long ago, DxOMark hailed the iPhone 8 Plus camera as "The best smartphone camera" that it had ever tested. 

That reign at the top was short lived as only a few weeks later the iPhone 8 Plus was tied by the Galaxy Note 8. Only yesterday we mentioned that an analyst had predicted the Pixel 2 would have a hard time on the market and specifically cited the camera as one of the things lacking compared to other devices on the market. It seems that the concerns about the camera were unfounded, because the Pixel 2 camera is now the best rated camera in the smartphone realm according to DxOMark.

The main camera on the Pixel is a 12.2MP unit with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The Pixel 2 scores high marks for its excellent video performance, color and scene reproduction, along with its very fast and accurate autofocus. The aggregate score on the benchmark for the Pixel 2 was 98, with the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 each soaring 94.

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The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL went official yesterday and the camera tech inside the phone is known as Dual Pixel. That Dual Pixel tech splits every pixel in two, allowing for faster autofocus. In addition, Dual Pixel allow the Pixel 2 family to enable its own "Portrait Mode" using just a single lens. Competitors like the iPhone 8 Plus need two cameras to achieve the same effect. 

If you missed yesterday's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announcement, the smartphones have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC inside with 4GB of RAM. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch screen with full HD resolution while the Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch P-OLED screen with 2880x1440 resolution. The Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 for 64GB of storage and goes up to $949 for 256GB. The Pixel 2 is $649 for 64GB and $749 for 128GB.