Google’s about to have its toughest year, that’s for sure. For the past few years, Google has showcased its incredible prowess in the camera department ever since they departed from their Nexus series of devices.
This Year’s Google Pixel 4 Lineup Would Test Google’s Camera Prowess To Its Limit
Google’s Pixel reboot has showcased Google’s prowess in the camera department for quite a while. And until the Pixel 3 lineup of devices landed, Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were named as the best smartphones for photography. As 2019 loomed around the corner following the Google Pixel 3 lineup, Google didn’t see what’s coming around the corner in 2019, and it seems like they may finally take notice as competition from the Korean and Chinese peninsula gain up on the Pixel series of devices.
With 2019 taking an avid turn, the first quarter of 2019 has presented some harsh competition for the American giant. Samsung has come out guns blazing with the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup. While Huawei has taken the game to another level with the Huawei P30 Pro lineup. Furthermore, Oppo has jumped in with their incredible Oppo Reno that’s supposed to zoom up to 10x, that too, optically. A ton has changed in 2019, and it seems like the 2019 market of flagships would absolutely decimate Google’s camera prowess this year unless Google shakes things up this year with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
The Gradient Of Modern Smartphone Photography
2019 has officially become the year of ultra-wides. After 2018 cemented the dual camera setup, the devices released across the isle have made triple-camera setups the norm, making the second and third cameras a must in pretty much any device.
There’s no doubt that having all three cameras is an absolute luxury. Huawei’s P30 Pro comes with 5x zoom. Pair that with Huawei’s in-house hybrid zoom, and you have a smartphone camera that would effectively zoom in 50x. Moreover, the camera game isn’t all about post processing at this stage. Competitors despite lacking Google’s level of image processing have managed to produce quality raw images which throw Google’s Pixel lineup off the table.
HMD Global’s Nokia 9 is a perfect example to highlight the gradient of modern smartphone photography. Having a 5 camera set up on the back allows the phone to produce lifelike photos and capture the moment in its full glory. Huawei’s implementation of RYB technology has revolutionized the way smartphone cameras work and the results have been proven. The Huawei P30 Pro produces images crisp and lit even in extreme low light conditions beating its competitors to the race even the Galaxy S10. All this progress in smartphone cameras make up the experience and create hype among enthusiasts for further innovation.
Google’s Next Move On The Pixel 4’s Cameras – Our Speculation!
Last year, Google brushed off the whole telephoto lens game, cementing Google’s confidence in its single-camera setup. So far, Google has managed to stun the world with the shots the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And with Google brushing off the year of telephotos, the question is, can Google continue to brush off the ultra-wide trend with a single camera setup again this year.
Google’s camera game has been on point ever since the first Pixel phone. Considering the release of the Pixel 3 having only a single rear-facing camera though seems a little too dated by all standards. In a world where budget devices come with multiple sensors for diversity and functionality, Google has always opted for a single rear-facing sensor on its flagship phone. Sure the XL variant offers an extra sensor yet still lags behind even by 2018’s standards.
Taking Google’s upcoming smartphone, the Pixel 4 we speculate that the base model would comprise of more than just a single sensor and Google would most certainly opt for something out of the box. Google’s Pixel phones have always been about their camera features and capabilities and having competitors beating Google to the race is intolerable. We could possibly expect an ultra wide angle, optical zoom and a standard lens on the new Pixel 4 since 2019 is all about diversity.