Google Pixel 8 review: simpler times

The Google Pixel 8 is a reliable do-it-all-for-you camera phone despite missing out on the 8 Pro's advanced imaging features

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

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Pixel 8 gets a lot right with its solid build, great screen, respectable performance and battery, and reliable camera. It misses out on the Pro's zoom, manual mode, and full-res capture. If that's fine by you, the phone's charming, compact size and a promise of seven years of software updates go a long way to ensure it packs plenty of appeal – even if it isn't the best value option with its modest 128GB starting storage.


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    Photos pack impressive dynamic range

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    Exceptional future-proofing

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    Great design and display


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    Handicapped by no Pro mode

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    The starting storage capacity is low

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    CPU power isn’t best-in-class for price

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The Pixel 8 has a tough job competing with Google’s own Pixel 7a and Pixel 8 Pro. The 7a is quite a bit cheaper without a huge number of tangible compromises, while the Pixel 8 Pro adds a periscope camera and pro-grade features to the shooting experience.

Google’s new advanced features introduced on the 8 Pro are not available for the Pixel 8 – so the shooting experience of the 8 and 7a are actually more comparable in some ways than those of the 8 and 8 Pro. So with pared-back camera software, what is the Pixel 8’s appeal? 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.