Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL add telephoto camera


Google has officially announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4L smartphones, which offer dual camera set-ups with a new telephoto lens.

Dual cameras may seem a light offering to some considering that many Android phones now offer quad-camera setups, and even Apple has upped its game to three.

But Google has made some significant upgrades to its two cameras. A new 16-megapixel, f/2.4 telephoto camera and lens is chief among them, which offers an 8x digital Super Resolution Zoom.

That’s the secondary camera. The Pixel 4, 4 XL’s primary camera offers 12.2-megapixel resolution with an f/1.7 lens. It also provides optical and electronic image stabilisation and employs a dual pixel AF system.

The front selfie camera offers 8-megapixel resolution with an f/2 lens.

Another key upgrade is Google’s Night Sight mode, which it has been teasing for months. Its HDR rendering has also been extended to live view, allowing users to see what images will look like in real-time before capture.

Google has also added a new dual exposure control, which allows you to use a set of sliders to adjust the brightness of your scene’s shadows and highlights.

The Google Pixel 4 offers a 5.7-inch OLED display, which the Pixel 4 XL extends to 6.3 inches. The Pixel 4 uses a 2800mAh battery, while the 4 XL has a 3700mAh battery.

Both use the Snapdragon 855 chipset and 6GB RAM. The Google Pixel 4 is priced at £669 / $799, while the Google Pixel 4 XL price tag is £829 / $899.