The camera is important. Very important. Since the invention of the camera, we have been obsessed with making the tech portable, thus bringing it to smartphones. Since the day, tech companies are improving the camera on their smartphones. And then Google entered the scene with their technologically brilliant camera on the Pixel Lineup. And the same continues with the Pixel 6 Pro, which is yet to release very soon.
This year, for the very first time, we get to see major changes in the camera department in a Pixel smartphone. Thanks to the custom SoC, we can expect some powerful image processing onboard.
Pixel 6 Series camera features.
At the back:
- 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor
- 12MP Sony IMX386 Ultra-Wide
- (Pixel 6 Pro only) 48MP Sony IMX586 4X tele-photo lens.
- 12MP Sony IMX663 (Pixel 6 Pro)
- 8MP (Pixel 6)
List of new features in Pixel 6 Pro.
With these camera specifications, we also get to see new features in the Pixel 6 lineup already.
Wide-Angle Front Camera
Rumors have already suggested that the front-facing camera in the Pixel 6 Pro will be better than ever. Inside the class
ConfigPixel2021 in the source code of the Google Camera, it says:
This mentions that to activate the front-facing camera’s ultra-wide feature it should be a Pixel raven device, which indeed is the Pixel 6 Pro.
Deep inside the code, a new variable called frontSupportedSingleUWDefaultToggleBarZoomRatioMap, which defines the zoom ratios, is found. Moreover, if you read the variable correctly, it has a “Single” word in it, which means the only device to use the Ultra-wide front-facing is the Pixel 6 Pro.
However, as of now the FOV of the camera is unknown, but as per rumors, the zoom levels on the Pro are defined as 0.7x and 1.0x.
Out of the box, the Pixel 6 Pro will be capable of recording [email protected] But that too on the main sensor. On the other lenses, we can only go up as high as [email protected] For the zoom, the main sensor can support up to 7X, whereas the other sensors can go up as high as 20X.
As per XDA, if you record video at [email protected], you can switch between all the sensors seamlessly. However, in the case of 60FPS, you cannot switch between the camera, because of the non-availability of the feature in the rest of the sensors. Moreover, you will get the audio zoom capability as well. The Audio Zoom focuses in the zoomed-in direction, when active.
Some of the possible features of the Pixel 6 Pro.
There are some hidden features behind the closed-source libraries that are hard to get into. So for that reason, the information shared here is slightly vague.
Feature 1: Manual White balance Adjustments.
Google is working on a new Manual White balance adjustment option, with the new “chameleon_ui” on the top. However, the feature is not ready yet. This new feature might add the capability to add more dynamic skin tones with each capture, making the image look more natural. Google is training its computational photography algorithm to detect the correct color to adjust the white balance accordingly. Moreover, this feature looks like to be a developer feature but who knows what Google is planning after all.
Feature 2: Magic Eraser
A discovery in the source code brings to a new term “swiss” tied to a new feature called “magic eraser”. This feature is tied to the Pixel 6, as of now, and the Google Tensor Chip has its influence on the feature. “Magic Eraser”, as the name suggests, can be used to erase an object or a person from the given images. However, it can be something else.
Feature 3: Face Deblur
A new feature, “Face Deblur” might make its debut with the Pixel 6 series. Google has demonstrated the feature for The Verge. What the feature does is capture several shots in HDR, and then uses the Ultra-wide camera to capture sharp images, and use the data to remove the blurry faces from the final result.
Feature 4: “Naruto”
A mysterious screen lock codenamed “Naruto” has surfaced as well. Zero clues about what the feature does, but can be thought of as AE/AF lock.
Feature 5: Front torch may be?
The source code of the Google camera also mentions a FRONT_TORCH variable. However, from the renders, and the ads by Google, we haven’t seen any kind of LED flash alongside the front-facing camera. But as per sources, when this feature will be turned on, the Google Camera app screen will turn into a soothing white color which will act as the flashlight. Yes, a screen flash is coming soon on a Pixel device.
Feature 6: Bluetooth Mic support
With the new app, we will get the support for Bluetooth-enabled Microphone support. Back in 2018, Google did add the support for the wired microphone, but this time, Google is going up for the Bluetooth microphone. Inside the source, the feature is mentioned as “sapphire”, and is not limited to Google-only products.
<string name="external_bluetooth_mic_connected">Bluetooth mic connected. Tap arrow to change.</string> <string name="external_bluetooth_mic_disconnected">Bluetooth disconnected. Mic updated to phone.</string> <string name="external_mic_connected">Mic input updated. Tap arrow to change.</string>
Feature 7: Timer Light
Another piece of code depicts that there is another feature that is not available to any source. This feature, called Timer Light, will allow you to flash the rear LED till the timer goes on. This will also let the people know that the photo is being taken, so that can shoot the perfect moment.
<string name="pref_countdown_indicator_summary">Flashes the back camera light during the timer countdown.</string> <string name="pref_countdown_indicator_title">Timer light</string>
Feature 8: Motion Blur
GCam modders have pointed out the feature for quite a long time. Marked as “lasagna”, the feature might finally debut on the Pixel 6. The feature is under development and will bring “creative blur effects” to your images.
This, however, doesn’t appear in the source code of the Google Camera on the Pixel 6 Pro, but will soon roll out with a new version.
<string name="motion_blur">Motion blur</string> <string name="motion_blur_description">Adds creative blur effects to your photos</string>
Feature 9: Nima Asethetic.
A new feature titled “nima aesthetic” is present in the source code of the app. However, the feature related to this variable is yet unknown but can be a part of the Top Shot feature. Just like Top Shot, this new feature might use ML which will be in turn hardware-accelerated on the custom SoC made by Google.
Feature 10: Baby Mode
Not much of the details are known about this feature but were reported by XDA quite a while ago. This feature is somewhat exclusive to new Pixels only.
Feature 11: Frequenct Faces v2
In this, Pixel focuses on the faces of the people in the group. It was launched back with the Pixel 4 series. And now, Google is working on its V2 implementation. There will be some sort of improvements to the new implementations of the feature, as the source code of the app consist of a new value
Feature 12: Portrait Spotlight
A new feature, called Portrait Spotlight, is set enabled in the Pixel 2021 config files. The feature has a codename
gouda.spotlight that is quite different from the
gouda.fireflywhich is exclusive to Pixels on Google Photos.
Future Pixel hints inside the source code.
A new hint has been found in the source code of the Google Camera App. Just like this year, Google might launch a new Pixel in the year 2022. The
DeviceProperties mentions a Pixel 2022 with the code name “pipit”. Interestingly, only one device is there in the properties. This directs to the fact that next year, we are going to see just a single Pixel device.
If there is going to be only one device, we will see the in-house SoC yet again, if the Pixel 6 performs on par with Qualcomm SoCs. This will also bring more competition to Qualcomm.
Also, Read: A Hardware Event by Google might be on its way!
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