Of late, it’s pretty hard to justify upgrading your smartphone every couple of years – except maybe if you like taking pretty pictures. The problem is that the new flagship smartphones, particularly those with good cameras, are prohibitively expensive.
The latest iPhone costs $999. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has a price tag upwards of $920.
But good news. Sort of. Google’s Pixel 2 (which is cheaper than its rivals) has scored an all-time high on smartphone quality benchmarks by DxOMark, an independent image quality lab.
The score is 98, which is quite a step up from last year’s Pixel, which garnered a 90.
And here’s the funny part: the Pixel 2 scored that high despite using a single rear camera, compared to the iPhone 8 Plus and Note 8’s dual rear camera setup.
But what does this score mean to users? It means your photos can look like this:
The photos were taken with the Pixel 2’s camera, which comes with a 1/2.6-inch 12MP sensor, f/1.8 aperture, as well as electronic and optical image stabilization.
While these images show off what the camera can do, it won’t make your photos perfect. Naturally, the shots were captured under ideal conditions.
And another thing: Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone costs at least $649, while its XL variant is upwards of $849. It is cheaper than the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8, but we think the price is nothing to sneeze at.
Nonetheless, these captures show us how far smartphone cameras have come.