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Thanks to a slew of major leaks, almost everything about the Google's next flagship smartphone has already been revealed.

However, a Russian tech insider Eldar Murtazin has now filled in one of the few remaining blanks by posting a selection of photos captured with a pre-production sample of what he claims is the yet-to- be-released Pixel 3 XL.

More useful, he has also posted the same images with Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and the current DxO Mark champ, the Huawei P20 Pro, enabling direct comparison between them.

Eldar Murtazin pits the yet-to-be-released Pixel 3 XL camera against the Huawei P20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9. Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-Review.com

 

Posting on his site mobile-review.com he provides an in-depth break-down of the Pixel 3 XL with many photos, as well as details on how he obtained the phone in the first place , but it's the camera samples which are of most interest to me.

As you will no doubt be aware, the current trend of fitting handsets with two or even three rear cameras is delivering some impressive results, along with ever higher DxO Mark scores. However, Google has opted to stick with a single rear camera.

So, can the Pixel 3 XL really hold its own against such a superior hardware? Vel, med bare et preproduktionsproblem, kan vi stadig ikke si, men det er fortsatt interessant å ta en titt på den nåværende tilstanden av spill. At least, we should not expect the quality to become worse between now and the phone's official release.

It is also important to note that Murtazin's samples have been stripped of any useful EXIF ​​metadata which would have revealed further information about the settings used to capture each image.

The Google Inc. Pixel 2 XL (pictured) features a single rear camera. The Pixel 3 XL looks set to do the same. Photographer: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg

Unfortunately, Murtazin seems to have tested the camera in a relatively narrow range of daylight conditions. We do not get to see what it can achieve in challenging low-light scenarios, for example, or how well it can focus on moving subjects. There are no 'portrait mode' tests either.

However, a few qualities stand out from the samples provided:

Excellent Dynamic Range

The Pixel range has always benefited greatly from Google's HDR + mode, which uses multiple shots to enable deep shadows and bright highlights to be captured simultaneously in one single image. Other phones have started to employ similar techniques, but Google still seems to come out ahead.

Poor Zoom Capability

[196590001] This is especially evident in outdoor images featuring blue skies, where the clouds retain all their details without blowing out to white.

While the Pixel 2 may have been able to achieve decent bokeh effects with a single lens, it's a completely different story when it comes to zooming in on distant objects. Without a dedicated telephoto lens, it simply does not stand a chance to capture the level of detail you can achieve with something like the P20 Pro.

Murtazin's sample images show the difference between the two phones is huge at maximum zoom. Unless Google has something really big to pull out of the bag at the last minute, the Pixel 3 XL is going to be at a serious disadvantage here. That's seriously disappointing, as I have no doubt that Google could easily dethrone the P20 Pro if it chose to build a multi-lens camera. I'd like to think there's a more advanced Google camera waiting in the wings, but we will not get it in the Pixel 3 XL.

Limited Video Capabilities

According to Murtazin, Google also remains somewhat behind the curve when it comes to video specs, although please remember this is a pre-production sample we're talking about here.

With 4K video supported at only 30 fps, it was behind much of the competition such as the iPhone X which can record 60 fps 4K video and smooth slow motion modes.

Conclusion

While these sample photos at least show us that Google has not lost its talent for creating a well-exposed, natural-looking photograph, they reveal absolutely nothing about the Pixel 3 XL camera worth getting excited about.

Google had a chance to once again show the world how a smartphone camera should be made, but at this occasion, it seems not to have been tried.

I, for one, was hoping for great things from Google's next smartphone camera and I still hope for something new and unexpected to be revealed at launch.

[196590001] We'll just have to wait and see .

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Takket være en stor eller stor leak, har næsten alt om Googles neste flagship smartphone allerede blitt afsløret.

However, a Russian tech insider Eldar Murtazin has now filled in one of the few remaining blanks by posting a selection of photos captured with a pre-production sample of what he claims is the yet-to- be-released Pixel 3 XL.

More useful, he has also posted the same images with Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and the current DxO Mark champ, the Huawei P20 Pro, enabling direct comparison between them.

Eldar Murtazin pits the yet-to-be-released Pixel 3 XL camera against the Huawei P20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9. Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-Review.com

   

 

 

Posting on his site mobile-review.com he provides an in-depth breakdown of the Pixel 3 XL with many photos, as well as details on how he obtained the phone in the first place , but it's the camera samples which are of most interest to me.

As you will no doubt be aware, the current trend of fitting handsets with two or even three rear cameras is delivering some impressive results, along with ever higher DxO Mark scores. However, Google has opted to stick with a single rear camera.

 

So, can the Pixel 3 XL really hold its own against such a superior hardware? Vel, med bare et preproduktionsproblem, kan vi stadig ikke si, men det er fortsatt interessant å ta en titt på den nåværende tilstanden av spill. At least, we should not expect the quality to become worse between now and the phone's official release.

It is also important to note that Murtazin's samples have been stripped of any useful EXIF ​​metadata which would have revealed further information about the settings used to capture each image.

The Google Inc. Pixel 2 XL (pictured) features a single rear camera. The Pixel 3 XL looks set to do the same. Photographer: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg

Unfortunately, Murtazin seems to have tested the camera in a relatively narrow range of daylight conditions. We do not get to see what it can achieve in challenging low-light scenarios, for example, or how well it can focus on moving subjects. There are no 'portrait mode' tests either.

However, a few qualities stand out from the samples provided:

Excellent Dynamic Range

The Pixel range has always benefited greatly from Google's HDR + mode, which uses multiple shots to enable deep shadows and bright highlights to be captured simultaneously in one single image. Other phones have started to employ similar techniques, but Google still seems to come out ahead.

Poor Zoom Capability

[196590001] This is especially evident in outdoor images featuring blue skies, where the clouds retain all their details without blowing out to white.

While the Pixel 2 may have been able to achieve decent bokeh effects with a single lens, it's a completely different story when it comes to zooming in on distant objects. Without a dedicated telephoto lens, it simply does not stand a chance to capture the level of detail you can achieve with something like the P20 Pro.

Murtazin's sample images show the difference between the two phones is huge at maximum zoom. Unless Google has something really big to pull out of the bag at the last minute, the Pixel 3 XL is going to be at a serious disadvantage here. That's seriously disappointing, as I have no doubt that Google could easily dethrone the P20 Pro if it chose to build a multi-lens camera. I'd like to think there's a more advanced Google camera waiting in the wings, but we will not get it in the Pixel 3 XL.

Limited Video Capabilities

According to Murtazin, Google also remains somewhat behind the curve when it comes to video specs, although please remember this is a pre-production sample we're talking about here.

With 4K video supported at only 30 fps, it was behind much of the competition such as the iPhone X which can record 60 fps 4K video and smooth slow motion modes.

Conclusion

While these sample photos at least show us that Google has not lost its talent for creating a well-exposed, natural-looking photograph, they reveal absolutely nothing about the Pixel 3 XL camera worth getting excited about.

Google had a chance to once again show the world how a smartphone camera should be made, but at this occasion, it seems not to have been tried.

I, for one, was hoping for great things from Google's next smartphone camera and I still hope for something new and unexpected to be revealed at launch.

[196590001] We'll just have to wait and see .

___

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