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The Google Pixel 6 Pro cuts a fine figure in expert camera tests

The Pixel 6 Pro has some of the best cameras that DxOMark has ever reviewed. (Image source: Google)
The Pixel 6 Pro has some of the best cameras that DxOMark has ever reviewed. (Image source: Google)
According to DxOMark's in-depth analysis, the Pixel 6 Pro is Google's first smartphone to keep up with the best that Apple and Samsung have to offer. The Pixel 6 Pro even surpasses Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro in some disciplines, and by a considerable margin.

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.

(Image source: DxOMark)
(Image source: DxOMark)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-11- 4 (Update: 2021-11- 4)