Google Pixel Fold review: a camera flex – but the devil's in the detail

The Google Pixel Fold arguably has the best camera of any foldable on sale in the West, but is it a better buy than the Galaxy Z Fold 5?

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

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Google Pixel Fold has a lot going for it: the most balanced camera system of any mainstream foldable; its front screen is much more comfortable to use than that of the Z Fold 5, the part-folded inner screen is great for watching 16:9 video on, and it's a taster of what a foldable stock Android experience looks like. So while a fair few shortcomings hold it back, and its price is eye-watering, it's still a viable alternative to Samsung's Z Fold line and a welcome addition to the foldable space.


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    Comfortable cover screen size

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    Relatively strong camera system

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    Smooth performance and clean interface

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    IPX8 water resistant


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    Runs hot with demanding tasks

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    Doesn't unfold completely flat

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    No native manual camera support

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    It's very expensive

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The Google Pixel Fold launched a few months before Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 5. In the past, Samsung hasn't had much big-screened folding competition, but 2023 changes that with the Honor Magic Vs, Huawei Mate X3, and, most notably, the Pixel Fold.

Generally speaking, foldables have compromised cameras. It's a simple question of space: they have moving parts, so need a hinge, and with two screens, there's less room for big camera sensors and fancy optics. So you can imagine our delight when Google announced the Pixel Fold.

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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.