Google Pixel 7 vs 7 Pro: which Pixel handset is right for you?

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Pixel 7
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After months of waiting, Google officially launched the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro (opens in new tab)smartphones at its live fall event in October 2022. During the live stream, representatives from the tech manufacturer explored new or improved camera features such as RealTone, Photo Unblur, and Super Res Zoom.

The Google Pixel 7 (opens in new tab) and the Pixel 7 Pro (opens in new tab) build on the success of Google's Pixel 6 Pro, but are they worth an upgrade? If you are keen to get your hands on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, you might be wondering which phone is the right one for you.

Usually, after a major launch from a manufacturer, we spend the next few weeks comparing every existing and new model to help you decide which is the best one to buy. Luckily for us, Google has done a lot of the hard work already by making a video (opens in new tab) comparing all of the main specs of the Pixel 7 vs Pixel 7 Pro (which you can watch below). Let's take a look at how the two models compare...

Both Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro come with:

  • Chip: New Titan M2 + Google Tensor G2 chips for better overall performance and security.
  • Battery: Adaptive Battery that lasts over 24 hours and up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver.
  • Waterproofing: Everyday protection against scratches, dust, and water (thanks to the IP68 rating).
  • Android system: "Feature Drops" so the Pixel phone improves over time.
  • Main camera: 50MP lens camera with Real Tone.
  • Camera features: include Night Sight, Magic Eraser, and Cinematic Blur.

How Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are different:

  • Display: Pixel 7’s 6.3” FHD+ Display up to 90 Hz vs. Pixel 7 Pro’s 6.7” QHD+ LTPO Display up to 120 Hz 
  • Cameras: The Pixel 7 has a Dual Rear Camera system: with 50MP Wide Lens and 12MP Ultra Wide Lens. The Pixel 7 Pro’s Triple Rear Camera sports a 50MP Wide Lens, 12MP Ultra Wide Lens with autofocus, and 48MP Telephoto Lens with 5x Optical Zoom.
  • Macro mode: Pixel 7 Pro can capture closer details with Macro Focus. 
  • Design: Pixel 7 Pro has a polished aluminum finish and comes in Hazel, Obsidian, and Snow. Pixel 7 has a matte aluminum finish and Lemongrass, Obsidian, and Snow colors.
  • Price: Pixel 7 prices start at $599/£599 while it's $899/£849 for the Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Pixel 7

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To summarize, the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are both high-spec phones with some excellent features for photographers. The 7 Pro is slightly bigger, with 0.4-inches of extra screen space and a faster screen refresh rate.

Camera-wise, the Pixel 7 Pro has an additional 48MP telephoto zoom lens, with 5x Optical zoom. The Pixel 7 Pro also has a Macro Focus mode – useful for close-focusing on subjects, but not vital if you don't tend to shoot close-ups.

Both the Pixel 7 Pro and 7 are available to order now (opens in new tab), and there are some excellent deals for early adopters.

You might also like to find out about the differences between the Google Pixel 7 Pro vs 6 Pro (opens in new tab). If you're keen to explore Apple, check out our guide to the best iPhone for photography (opens in new tab).

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Lauren Scott
Managing Editor

Lauren is the Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, having previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) magazine, a practical-focused publication that inspires hobbyists and seasoned pros alike to take truly phenomenal shots and get the best results from their kit. 


An experienced photography journalist who has been covering the industry for over eight years, she has also served as technique editor for both PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and DCW's sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)


In addition to techniques and tutorials that enable you to achieve great results from your cameras, lenses, tripods and other photography equipment, Lauren can regularly be found interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry, sharing tips and guides on subjects like landscape and wildlife photography, and raising awareness for subjects such as mental health and women in photography.