Google Pixel 8 Pro review: mostly excellent

The Pixel 8 Pro is an fantastic point-and-shoot camera for the most part but a couple of niggles hold it back from perfection

A photo of the Google Pixel 8 Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Google Pixel 8 Pro will check your boxes if you want a superb point-and-shoot camera with a powerful zoom. Occasional computational photography gremlins can create weird artifacts, and 128GB storage isn't enough at the 8 Pro's price. If you're happy with those limitations and don't need gaming phone power, the Pixel 8 Pro's solid Android experience, good battery life, great-looking screen, and slick design all provide a great backdrop to a mostly excellent camera.

Pros

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    Reliable camera with new Pro Mode

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    Smooth performance and clean UI

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    Premium screen and styling

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    Unique Google Android highlights

Cons

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    More expensive than the Pixel 7 Pro

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    128GB starting storage too low for price

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    Occasionally gets warm to hot

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    Strange shadow processing in certain scenes

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The Google Pixel 7 Pro flew to the top of our best camera phones list when it launched because of its fantastic value and powerful camera system, but for 2023, the Pixel 8 Pro's main selling point seems to be software. 

Marketing for the new Pixel 8 series has focused on tools like its Magic Editor and Best Take rather than camera resolution or zoom, and a glance at the specs puts the Pixel 8 Pro behind the best from Apple or Samsung when it comes to gaming power. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.