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The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have different front-facing cameras as new camera features emerge

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have different front-facing cameras. (Image source: @davidurbanke)
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have different front-facing cameras. (Image source: @davidurbanke)
According to a report, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have different front-facing cameras. The pair share two rear-facing cameras though, and should support the same camera options. For some reason, Google will restrict shooting videos in 4K and 60 FPS to only the pair's 50 MP ISOCELL GN1 camera.
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Mishaal Rahman has delivered yet more camera information about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, having already revealed numerous details about both smartphones. This time Rahman has delved into the Google Camera app, albeit an unreleased and internal version.

Supposedly, the Pixel 6 Pro, and the Pixel 6 Pro, has an ultra-wide-angle front-facing camera. Google last implemented this in the Pixel 3 series, with subsequent Pixel smartphones all having standard wide-angle cameras. While Rahman could not discover what magnifications the Pixel 6 Pro's front-facing camera offers, his source claims that the camera app contains two levels: 0.7x and 1.0x.

Additionally, the Pixel 6 Pro can record in up to 4K/30 FPS across its three rear-facing cameras, and 4K/60 FPS for its primary camera. Reputedly, the Pixel 6 Pro can switch between its cameras seamlessly when recording videos at 4K/30 FPS; Rahman presumes that the Pixel 6 will support these camera settings, too.

Google's object removal feature may return with the Pixel 6 series. (Image source: Google)
Google's object removal feature may return with the Pixel 6 series. (Image source: Google)

Moreover, Rahman states that the Pixel 6 series will support the following new camera modes and options:

  • Baby mode
  • Face deblur
  • Frequent faces v2
  • Front torch
  • Magic eraser
  • Manual white balance adjustment
  • Motion blur
  • Nima aesthetic
  • Portrait spotlight
  • Scene lock
  • Timer light

Rahman explains that 'Magic eraser' is a post-processing effect handled by Google Tensor's TPU. Potentially, this could be the object removal tool that Google abandoned in 2018. He also clarifies that the Pixel 6 series' 'front torch' is another name for Google's existing selfie flash feature. Apparently, 'Nima aesthetic' works like an enhanced Top Shot and taps into Google Tensor's TPU.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro share two cameras, a 50 MP Samsung ISOCELL GN1 and a 12 MP Sony IMX386, their primary and ultra-wide-angle rear-facing cameras. However, the Pixel 6 Pro also has a 48 MP Sony IMX586. Google equips the Pixel 6 Pro with a better front-facing camera too: a 12 MP Sony IMX663 compared to an 8 MP camera in the Pixel 6.

The Google Pixel 6 series will support manual white balance adjustment. (Image source: Google via XDA Developers)
The Google Pixel 6 series will support manual white balance adjustment. (Image source: Google via XDA Developers)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-09-24 (Update: 2021-09-24)