Google Pixel 2 announced and immediately claims DxOMark sensor crown

Google's Pixel smartphone received plenty of attention upon its release last year, not least for the quality of its camera. With a DxOMark score of 90 for photos and 91 for videos, the Pixel – and its slightly larger but otherwise identical XL sibling – was widely viewed as the most capable smartphone out there for those wanting to take smartphone photography more seriously.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL specs

  • 12.2MP rear camera, 1/2.55in sensor, f/1.8 lens
  • 8MP front camera, f/2.7 lens
  • Dual-pixel autofocus system
  • Optical and Digital Image Stabilisation (simultaneous in videos)
  • 4K video recording up to 30fps (rear camera) 
  • 1080p video recording (front camera)
  • OLED display, 5in, 1920x1080p (Pixel 2); 6in, 2880x1440p (Pixel 2 XL)
  • Android 8.0.0 Oreo OS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

And now, precisely a year after that, comes the replacement, the Pixel 2 (and Pixel 2 XL). As with the original Pixel model, it goes against the trend of having a dual-lens design for its rear-facing camera, but that certainly hasn't prevented it from delivering another very impressive imaging performance.

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DxOMark has already tested the new Pixel 2 and has awarded it with 98 points. This is made up of a score of 99 for its images and 98 for its video quality. The only model that currently bests this Photo score is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which achieved an even more amazing 100 points (though a lower 94 points for its video).

DxOMark has marked both image and video performance highly. Image: DxO Mark

The Pixel 2 uses a 12.2MP, 1/2.55in sensor for its rear-facing camera, and combines this with a f/1.8 aperture lens, and also boasts 4K video recording to 30fps. Around the front, meanwhile, there's an 8MP camera with an f/2.7-aperture optic, which is capable of Full HD video recording. 

Much like many compacts and compact system cameras, the Pixel 2 makes use of Dual Pixel AF for speedy focusing, and also simultaneous optical and digital image stabilisation in videos to help keep things steady. See how well this works in the video below.

While the Pixel 2 incorporates a 5in, 1920x1080p OLED display, the Pixel 2 XL bumps this up to 6 inches and has a higher 2880x1440-pixel resolution. 

Revised software also allows the camera to capture portraits with smoother backgrounds, while other key features on the pair include a metal casing resistant to both water and dust and the option of either 64GB and 128GB storage.

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