Pixel 6: Google’s flagship challenges iPhone 13 with 5-year-old camera



and the rest of the big dogs. The

the launch is fast approaching.

According to reports, we are about four weeks from the Google Pixel 6’s official announcement – the second, if you count the weird pre-announcement. Specifically, the scheduled date is October 19.
We already have a list of new features that Google is expected to bring with the Pixel 6. Some of them look familiar, like the “magic eraser,” which aims to remove a passerby from your photo. We’ve seen it on a few of Huawei’s flagships, including the P50 Pro.
Others, like the “timer light”, which makes the flash flash as a countdown (when someone takes a picture of you), are new and interesting. You can read more about the disclosed features here.
  • Wide angle front camera
  • Manual white balance
  • Magic eraser
  • Facial defocus
  • Scene lock
  • Front torch
  • Timer light
  • Bluetooth microphone support
  • Motion blur
  • “Aesthetics Nima”
  • Baby fashion
  • Frequent faces
  • Portrait projector

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: Samsung’s GN1 camera sensor is old, but very good

The Pixel 6 will bring the very first custom Google chipset – Tensor, produced in collaboration with Samsung. Another thing to look forward to is the rumor five years of software updates for the Pixel 6, which, for lack of a better word, will be monumental. No Android phone has managed to achieve this level of support before. They usually get 2-3 years of software updates at best.

Corn! As with all Google phones, the main course (for many) will be the camera system on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Similar to The iPhone 13 Pro series, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro are said to have a few new camera sensors.

Here is a breakdown of the Pixel 6 camera specs, according to the latest leaks and rumors:

Google pixel 6

  • Main camera: Samsung 50 MP GN1
  • Ultra Wide Angle Camera: Sony IMX386 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP

Google Pixel 6 Pro

  • Main camera: Samsung 50 MP GN1
  • Telephoto / zoom camera: Sony 48MP IMX586
  • Ultra Wide Angle Camera: Sony IMX386 12MP
  • Front camera: Sony 12 MP IMX663

At first glance, the new camera sensors are more than capable. Particularly Samsung’s GN1 sensor, which will be used for the main camera of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. It is a 1/31 inch sensor. For reference, this is where the GN1 ranks among the best flagships, at least when it comes to size (remember, lower = taller):

  1. Sharp Aquos R6: 1-inch camera sensor, manufacturer – unknown
  2. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: 1 / 1.12 inch camera sensor, made by Samsung
  3. Huawei Mate 40 Pro +: 1 / 1.28-inch camera sensor, made by Sony
  4. Google Pixel 6: 1 / 1.31-inch camera sensor, made by Samsung
  5. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: 1 / 1.33-inch camera sensor, made by Samsung

This is not a complete list of all the phones that use these camera sensors. It’s safe to say that the Pixel 6 will be somewhere in the middle when it comes to the top 10 phones with the biggest camera sensors.

It’s more interesting to see how the Pixel 6 compares to the Pixel 5, which uses a 1 / 2.55-inch sensor. The Pixel 6’s GN1 sensor will be much larger than that of the Pixel 5, which suggests incredible improvements across the board, especially in low light and bokeh.

While the main camera sensor on the Pixel 6 is more than enough, especially when paired with the impressive image processing from Google and Tensor, this sensor is also relatively old.

Released in May 2019, Samsung’s GN1 has been replaced by a number of newer, better-performing Samsung sensors like the GN2 and the ISOCELL HP1 – the first 200-megapixel camera sensor set to debut in the Xiaomi 12.

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: is the dated ultra-wide-angle camera a problem?

Samsung’s GN1 aside, wait until you hear the age of the rest of the Pixel 6’s sensors. Let’s get back to bullets (literally and figuratively):

Google Pixel 6 Pro – rear camera sensors

  • Main camera: Samsung 50 MP GN1 (released in May 2018)
  • Telephoto / Zoom Camera: Sony 48MP IMX586 (Released September 2018)
  • Ultra wide-angle camera: Sony 12MP IMX386 (released July 2016)

As you can see, these are not the newest sensors on the market. Still, I definitely wouldn’t write the Google Pixel just because of it. In fact, the age of a camera sensor doesn’t always matter. As long as that’s what Google needs for the “magic” to happen. The only sensor that makes me particularly careful – not concerned, corn careful, is the Sony IMX386 12MP, which should power the Pixel 6’s ultra-wide-angle camera.

This is a different sensor than the one used in the Pixel 5. The IMX 386 is a 12 MP, 1 / 2.9 inch sensor. What’s interesting is that while the Sony IMX386 was used years ago to power some flagship products (mainly for their main cameras), but it has also been used in budget devices – before and relatively recently:

  • Honor 6X (2016)
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (2017)
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (2017)
  • Xiaomi Mi6 (2017)
  • BQ Aquaris VS (2018)
  • HiSense H10 (2018)
  • Smartisan Nut Pro 2 (2018)
  • Motorola Moto Z (2018)
  • Realme 5i (2020)

For reference, the Galaxy S21 Ultra uses the IMX563 for its ultra-wide camera. It’s a 1 / 2.55 camera sensor – not much bigger than the Pixel 6’s.

And I know – you haven’t heard of half of these phones, and that’s okay. Even though some of them are bad when it comes to camera quality, that’s still no cause for concern. Google has proven that it can do just fine with the Pixel 5’s older camera hardware.

In addition, according to reports, the latest The iPhone 13 Pro Max, although with improved cameras, uses a 1 / 3.4-inch ultra-wide camera sensor, which is same smaller than the Pixel 6’s IMX368. Apple is not disclosing the manufacturer of its cameras, which are said to be custom-designed for the iPhone.

At the end

No, you shouldn’t worry about the old camera hardware on the Pixel 6. Although its average age is around 3.33 years old (I know I went too far with the numbers), Google’s software processing and its power The Tensor chip, which was supposed to power the 2020 Pixel 5, will arrive. They better come through!

That being said, the The iPhone 13 Pro is a big upgrade from the IPhone 12 series, but frankly – its hardware is not exciting Where revolutionary. For example, it took Apple over three years to bring a 3x telephoto lens to the iPhone, compared to Android, while Google gives the Pixel 6 Pro a 4x periscope zoom!

But the software deceives the iPhone 13 are exciting – especially cinematic video. Therefore, we are prepared to believe that the software can compensate for somewhat dated material. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have a great chance to be the best camera phones of 2021, and we can’t wait to see them as soon as possible!


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