The Google Pixel 6 Pro cuts a fine figure in expert camera tests
The Pixel 6 Pro is finally being put through its paces, having started shipping to people last week. It and the Pixel 6 are Google's first smartphones in years to not use the Sony IMX363, a camera sensor that the company has relied on since the Pixel 3 series.
The Samsung ISOCELL GN1 arrives in its place, a 50 MP camera that Google complements with a 48 MP telephoto sensor and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera. While Pixel smartphones have had excellent camera software for years, the Pixel 6 series combines this with flagship-grade hardware.
According to DxOMark's analysis, the Pixel 6 Pro matches the best of recent flagship smartphones, save for the Huawei P50 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. Specifically, DxOMark has awarded the Pixel 6 Pro a total score of 135 points, 2 points shy of the iPhone 13 Pro and 14 points ahead of the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
While DxOMark praises the Pixel 6 Pro in many areas, the device is not without its shortcomings. For example, DxOMark criticised the Pixel 6 Pro for displaying image noise in low light and for its inability to show a bokeh blur effect when previewing a portrait shot. Additionally, the website noticed some 'depth estimation errors and instabilities' when using the bokeh mode, which is not ideal.
The Pixel 6 Pro only ranks behind recent Huawei smartphones for selfies, though. Accordingly, the Pixel 6 Pro outscores the ZenFone 7 Pro, Galaxy S21 Ultra and all members of the iPhone 13 series, underlining the Pixel's value for money for those who like using their smartphones as replacements for dedicated cameras.