Best Android Phone For Photographers

Pixel 2 XL by Google

The original Google Pixel produces amazing images, but the Pixel 2 takes photography to a whole new level. Indeed. The camera in Google’s latest smartphone isn’t just the best in an Android phone this year. It has also raised the bar for the entire smartphone industry.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Pixel 2’s camera is its specs. Like last year, Google hasn’t gone with a dual camera set-up, and in fact it, hasn’t really upgraded the hardware much at all. Check out this specs comparison:
2016 Pixel: 12.3 MP, f/2.0, electronic image stabilization, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
2017 Pixel: 12.2 MP, f/1.8, optical image stabilization, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
As always, however, specs don’t tell the whole story. For one, optical image stabilization makes a huge difference in both low-light situation and motion pics, but what’s most impressive is what Google is doing behind the scenes. In the Pixel 2, Google is using its AI and machine-learning engines to amplify its image processing prowess, and the results are simply stellar. For example, even without a second camera, the Pixel 2 phones take some of the best portraits this side of an DSLR, even besting Apple’s stellar iPhone X.
But the best part might be that both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have the exact same camera. The upshot is the smaller and less expensive Pixel phone doesn’t give up anything to the larger one when it comes to the photography—it even has the Pixel Visual Core image processing chip that Google just turned on in the Android 8.1 update. So no matter what kind of photographer you are, the Pixel 2 is the phone that needs to be in your pocket.

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