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Review of the Pixel 7 and 7Pro: Google weaves again its camera magic

There’s no beating around the bush: The Pixel 7 Pro’s camera is the absolute, bonafide, no-holds-barred real deal. I’ve never had more fun taking photos on a smartphone.

Whether your subject is so far away that it’s literally on a different landmass or so close that you can taste it, Google’s Pixel 7 Pro can capture it beautifully and with zero fuss thanks to its unique telephoto lens and macro focus feature. New! Tensor – G2 Both the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro are powered by a chip which intelligently employs software to accomplish tasks that smartphones can’t do. 

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be available on October 13, starting at $599, respectively.


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These Android phones are more than just mobile cameras, though, and that’s perhaps where the two Pixel 7s could be seen as Minor disappointments. The Pixel 7 line has some minor changes, including new exterior colors and texture. Lots Like the Pixel 6 Line on the outside.

The inside is the same. The Tensor G2 chip enables a few handy new AI features related to calls and voice messages, but the everyday usability of these new Google flagships hasn’t changed much. And, unfortunately, the regular Pixel 7 doesn’t have the best of the new camera features.

Although it doesn’t have the same camera power as the 7 Pro 7, the 7 Pro is still quite impressive.
Credit: Kyle Cobian/Mashable

That incrementalist approach isn’t the worst thing in the world because the Pixel 6s were great phones. You can still buy the Pixel 6s if you purchased it last year or earlier with the Pixel 6aThe Pixel 7 line may be a little too small an update for most people to consider an upgrade. But if you’ve been holding onto an older Pixel (or even want to switch from iPhone to AndroidIt’s possible that now, even though your blue-bubble-having pals would not like it), is the best time to leap, at least to the Pixel 7 Pro. 

You can make your Instagram account look great Weg At the very minimum, it should be more recent.

So long, two-tone color scheme

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro camera bars

We are entering the Age of Metallic Camera Bars.
Credit: Kyle Cobian/Mashable

You’ve probably seen a Pixel 6 before. Then you’ve Basically However, the Pixel 7 is a lot more fun than the old model.


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There’s no Dynamic Island-like innovation on display here — Google mostly stuck with what worked on the Pixels 6 last time around. It kept the signature horizontal camera bar (which has gotten a newer, more metallic texture) that rests near the top of the phone’s backside. Both Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 phones have almost the same size. The Pixel 7 is just 6.3 inches smaller than its predecessor, the Pixel 6, and the Pixel 7 Pro measures 6.7 inches. Both the refresh rates for the Pixel 7 (which is a 90Hz device) and Pixel 7 Pro (which are 120Hz devices), remain unchanged.

That said, after extensively using both phones for a few days, I can’t say I really noticed the refresh rate difference and I have pretty discerning eyes for that sort of thing. Don’t make that aspect of the 7 Pro a selling point, if you can help it.

The entire body of each phone is protected from front to back with glass. We are strongly convinced I recommend a case to help with this. I’ve had both Pixel 7s slip and slide on softer surfaces, which isn’t fun. 

Google Pixel 7 power button and volume rocker

Every part of the Pixel 7 line has a glossy, transparent feel.
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The only significant physical change Google made in 2018 is to remove the two-tone scheme which made it so easy for the public to identify the Pixel 6 line. The Pixel 6’s had slightly different colors at the top and bottom of the camera bars last year. These were distinctive, but they also naturally drawn attention to the lens array. These colors are now uniform throughout the whole phone.

Both the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro come in snow and obsidian colors. The Pixel 7 also gets a lemongrass option, and the Pixel 7 Pro gets the same hazel color. 

I dig the shiny metal texture of the camera bar on this year’s phones, but I super don’t dig the removal of the two-tone colors. Last year’s Pixels looked fun and quirky whereas this year’s phones just kinda look like…phones.

It is important to remember that the Pixel phones do more than just look good.

Professional zoom

30x zoom on Pixel 7 Pro

Just a click away, you can zoom in to 30x.
Credit: Screenshot: Google

The rear camera array is the most significant hardware distinction between the new Pixel 7 smartphones. The rear camera array of both phones has the same 10.8MP selfie camera. It is also used to take photos with the 50MP wide and ultra-wide lenses. The back of the Pixel 7 Pro features a 48MP Telephoto Lens, just like last year. However, unlike last year’s Pixel 6 Pro zooming was possible. Weg It has been so easy to get in on distant subjects that it was amazing. 

Google has employed Tensor sorcery this time around to up the Pixel 7 Pro’s maximum zoom length to a whopping 30x. The iPhone 14’s zoom range is only 5x while that of the iPhone 14 Pro goes to 30x. That latter number alone isn’t revelatory, as other recent Android Phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4. This zoom could be extended as well. This is where the real magic happens. The computational improvements that occur in the background as you zoom in on subject matter produce clearer images than any other. Galaxy The Fold 4 could do it.

To test this, I took a sojourn into Brooklyn’s Domino Park on the East River waterfront, which has a gorgeous view of the Manhattan city skyline. One World Trade Center can be seen far away from the pier. According to Google Maps, it’s approximately six miles away by road. You can view the top of 1WTC clearly as day using the 30x Telephoto Zoom on the Pixel 7 Pro. It’s unbelievable.

One World Trade Center in 30x Pixel 7 Pro zoom

It was on an island different from that of the building. Wild.
Credit: Alex Perry/Mashable

Let’s try a different example. On the right, the tall tower in the middle of the image has something at its top. This is almost impossible to see unless you put your face against the screen. Don’t do that, by the way. 

But if we zoom in with the Pixel 7 Pro’s telephoto lens, we can make out the writing (which is sadly just the building’s address) as if we were right next to it. This is simply one of the more remarkable things I’ve seen in a smartphone camera system in a long time. With the Pixel 7 Pro, you can get crystal clear images even miles away.

One South First non-zoomed in picture

It’s far away.
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One South First zoomed in picture

Get close.
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The Pixel 7 Pro also has one other exclusive feature called “Macro Focus.” This isn’t especially new to smartphones, as even budget handsets like last year’s Moto G Stylus 5G had macro lenses. You can place your phone at a very close distance (maybe a few centimeters) to focus on a tiny subject, such as a budding plant, and you will get clear shots. Pixel 7 Pro offers macro shots that are not available on other handsets like the Moto. You can simply use the default camera view with 1x zoom and place your phone near to the subject. The macro focus feature will then automatically begin.

That’s how I got this shot of these berries on a plant near my home. Looks great, doesn’t it?

Pixel 7 Pro macro focus on berries

Clear and unobstructed from centimeters.
Credit: Alex Perry/Mashable

The Pixel 7’s camera is nice, too

The Pixel 7 Pro’s camera array is really one of the best I’ve ever seen in a smartphone and is worth the $300 price hike if you can afford that. Fortunately, it’s not like the regular Pixel 7 is some mediocre camera in its own right. It can be compared to other excellent smartphone cameras, even though it is cheaper.

The portrait mode is back, and it’s still amazing. The Pixel 7 smartphones can snap stunning portraits and allow you to adjust the depth-of-field effects using simple sliders. But, it was not something I felt the need for. From the start, I was impressed by how well my shots turned out.

Scarecrow in portrait mode

It is very autumnal.
Credit: Alex Perry/Mashable

Beach volleyball sign at park in portrait mode

Not quite as autumnal.
Credit: Alex Perry/Mashable

Google’s trademark Night Sight feature is back, too, and it’s been sped up so the average Night Sight shot now takes just two or three seconds to process. It’s able to bring the finer details out in dark shots without blanketing the frame in what looks like artificial light. In other words, Night Sight doesn’t make nighttime shots look like they were taken during the day. You can capture the dark underbelly of your urban city Michael Mann-style.

Bicycle without night sight

Too dark.
Credit: Alex Perry/Mashable

Bicycle with night sight

It’s just right.
Credit: Alex Perry/Mashable

The biggest new photography feature that’s exclusive to both Pixel 7 phones is the “photo unblur” tool. The tool claims to take blurry images and turn them into something beautiful. Open a photo from the Photos app and tap Edit. Unblur should be one of the tools. This will open a slider which allows you to change the brightness of your image from 0 up 100. 100 is the best possible.

It was difficult to get photo unblur that would make real and transformative changes to the photos I took. The premade photo worked perfectly. Google’s initial hands-on event Last week blurry photos were only marginally blurrier under the most realistic world circumstances.

They looked a little better, but I wouldn’t call them social media worthy.

Pixel 7 unblur at 0

Get Unblur Off.
Credit: Alex Perry/Mashable

Pixel 7 unblur on

Continue reading.
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I generally feel that if you’re going to get a Pixel 7, you should get the 7 Pro. It’s impossible to overlook the macro and zoom features. I’m not a photographer by any means. Writing is my profession because it allows me to express myself best through words. Despite that, I had a lot of fun with all my Pixel 7 camera tests, particularly with the Pro. 

The Pixel 7 wasn’t quite as much of a treat, as it can only zoom in up to 8x and has no macro features. Don’t get it twisted, though; it’s still a great smartphone camera. It’s just not the Greatest smartphone camera.

More alike than different

Apart from major differences in the camera, the phones work the same. Sure, the Pixel 7 only has 8GB RAM compared to the Pixel 7 Pro’s 12GB, but I never noticed a major performance deficit of any kind when moving from one to the other. Other notable specs that the Pro offers are the additional 512GB storage option, which is in addition to the 128GB or 256GB options available in the Pixel 7.

Just as the two Pixel 7s are similar to each other, they’re also very similar to the Pixel 6 line in everyday functionality. There are Some There are not many AI-driven new features. Direct My Call, a new feature that allows you to instantly see the UI of all automated menu choices when you dial toll-free, has been 1-800 numbers. Google suggested that we check out State Farm, Costco and Home Depot. There are also a few other services. Now Pop-ups were displayed, so you don’t have to listen to an automated speech.

Google Pixel 7 direct my call

This is a far better way to navigate than using your phone’s dialer.
Credit: Screenshot: Google

Pixel 7 is available with Android 13 Pre-installed. However, there aren’t any new or unexpected to be found here since the newest. Android In August, the build was made available to all Pixel phones. With the new wallpaper and icon colors, the “Material You”, interface aesthetic has been improved on the Pixel 6. The palette of icons and wallpapers now includes 16 colours. To browse the available options, press and hold your homescreen.

Personaly, I was overwhelmed by the variety of colors so I chose something random. My eyes don’t see colors correctly. Android 13, allows users to select different languages from different apps.

Still, when it comes to the daily routine of checking Twitter, listening to Spotify, texting your buds, and anything else that falls under the tried-and-true pastime of “looking at your phone instead of doing work,” you won’t find much here that sets the Pixel 7 apart from the Pixel 6. While the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 have no noticeable performance issues, both smartphones run extremely fast thanks to the Tensor chip. 

Battery life was good with both Pixel 7 Pro (including sleep) and Pixel 7 Pro (around 26 hours). The phones were rated for 24 hour battery life and each phone more or less fulfilled that promise. 

Make a move or you’ll go home

Pixel 7 Pro surrounded by toys

Although the Pixel 7 is great, you should get the 7 Pro.
Credit to Kyle Cobian/Mashable

The latest additions to Google’s Pixel line don’t bring much in the way of surprise. After six years of producing its own in-house phones, Google knows what it’s doing. And since last year brought a total redesign and a new custom chip, it’s only natural that this year’s Pixel offering is more iterative than revolutionary.

True as that is, I still feel that the Pixel 7 Pro is an incredible phone that is well worth an upgrade if you’ve been sitting on an older Pixel or Android Phone for several years. It’s all about the cameras; the telephoto lens produces stunning 30x photos and macro focus brings out the best in tiny objects like flowers and raindrops. It’s merely a nice bonus that you get a bit more RAM and storage with the 7 Pro. 


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That’s not to say anything negative about the Pixel 7, which is a fine phone in its own right with well-above-average cameras and high octane performance. I just don’t feel that it’s different enough from Pixel 6 or even Pixel 6a to warrant the upgrade. The Pixel 7 is $599 more affordable than the $899 Pixel 7 Pro. However, if you are looking for a less expensive but just as good-looking Pixel 7, the 450 Pixel 6a will do the trick. 

If you do decide to go Pro, you’re going to have the dopest social media photos in your friend group. You can be sure of it.

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