Pixel 6 Pro Review: Photo and Video Samples

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As always with Pixel phones, one of the highlights is the camera performance. This is probably my favourite phone of the year for the camera performance, it is not just good, but consistent.

If you are not fussed about the zoom lens, you get the same camera performance for the much cheaper Pixel 6, which easily makes it one of the best options on the market for someone who enjoys taking photos.

I will post a full review tomorrow, but I am using this post for the main camera gallery, and I will continue to update it the more I use the phone.

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Zoom

I have been very happy with the zoom performance on the Pixel 6 Pro, and it is probably the main reason to opt for it over the standard Pixel 6.

For many phones with optical zoom, it is impressive they can zoom in so close, but I quite frequently find that the quality of the photos is average at best. This is normally because the zoom sensor is quite a basic sensor. With the Pixel 6 Pro, it produces zoom shots with the sort of quality you’d expect from a primary sensor.

How much you will use it is another question, but the 4x zoom seems to be a good balance.

Low Light Photos

Pixel phones have always been one of the best options for low light photos on the market and the Pixel 6 series is no different.

Night Site will automatically activate on the main camera, and the exposure time is generally less than brands such as Huawei/Honor. I also don’t seem to suffer from the same sort of blurring you get with long exposure that other brands have.

Motion Shots

One feature I like with the Pixel 6 phones are the motion shots. It is not an entirely unique feature, companies like Huawei have been doing it for years, but the Pixel implementation is good.

You have two options, action pan or long exposure, and they can both have impressive results. When a shot is taken, the phone will save a normal shot, then the motion shot.

Magic Eraser

The magic eraser function is genuinely impressive and works well, but as you would expect, it is not perfect.

Most of the scenarios I used it in was to remove people from the photo. When you edit the photo, it will auto-suggest people to remove and then do it with almost no processing time.

You will get noticeable artefacts, and the severity of this varies. I found that the automatically selected objects would leave minimal artefacts but things I selected myself had more significant blemishes.

In general, taking out smaller and background objects won’t leave too many obvious signs, but removing someone from the front ground can be quite visible.

 

Camera Samples

Video

I don’t record videos that much, so my ability to evaluate the performance is somewhat limited.

The performance is good, but the phone is limited compared to some other devices out there. With this phone, the primary camera maxes out at 4k 30fps, whereas the S21 Ultra can do 8K video up to 30 fps for its main lens and then 4K video at up to 60 fps for all lenses.

The motion stabilisation works well on the Pixel, the standard mode can keep the video relatively stable while I walk slowly. The active option limits your resolution to FHD; again, other phones like the OP9 Pro can do 4K with super stable. However, the active option does provide significant stabilisation that stays smooth on a brisk walk.

Video samples are uploading and will be posted soon.

Last update on 2021-12-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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