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The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro may feature some notable camera upgrades. writing b , Leaker’s Kamila Wojcichowska, who has a good track record on the matter, says that Google’s next pair of high-end phones will get Samsung Isocell GN2 sensors. It’s the same sensor found on the and. In particular, it’s a significant improvement over the ISOCELL GN1 that Google has been using since the Pixel 6. The GN2 is physically larger and capable of capturing 35 percent more light than its predecessor, leading to better low-light performance. It also supports more advanced features including 8K/30fps video recording and Staggered HDR. Google can use the latter to reduce ghosting in HDR images.

According to Wojciechowska, both the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will come with GN2. However, the Google flagship is said to pack a few unique upgrades. The Pixel 8 Pro features a new time-of-flight sensor that should improve autofocus performance and, more significantly, a more sophisticated sensor for the top camera. Google is reportedly planning to use the 64-megapixel Sony IMX787 sensor that powers the Pixel 7a’s front camera. The former is almost twice as large as the former and should produce much better images. Wojciechowska said the version of the Pixel 8 Pro that Google is currently testing won’t come with macro mode, though that doesn’t mean the final version won’t ship with the feature. The Pixel 8 will continue to use the IMX386, but it can offer a wider field of view lens for those who want to capture more scenes at once. Wojciechowska says the selfie cameras and telephoto cameras on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are unchanged from those on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Finally, they announced that the Pixel 8 Pro’s won’t be used for photography.

Naturally, Google also plans software updates. The company is said to be updating its camera app so that Pixel users can determine how strong the bokeh effect is when using the “cinematic” video mode. Additionally, a new “Adaptive torch” feature can dynamically adjust the phone’s flash module to avoid overexposing images.

Considering Google has a history of sticking with the same camera sensor for multiple Pixel generations, it’s encouraging to learn that the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro may feature new and more capable camera hardware. Google has done a lot with its calculation software, but there’s only so much visual improvement you can squeeze out of a camera sensor without going big.