Google's Pixel 3 ($ 800 at Verizon Wireless) and Pixel 3 XL ($ 900 at Best Buy) both have one of the best cameras that a cell phone can offer. The success of the camera lies on the one hand on the hardware and on the other hand on the software optimization.
The hardware takes care of itself, but you need to familiarize yourself with the software before you can push the Pixel 3's camera to its limits. Here's what you need to know.
By default, the Pixel 3's camera opens when you press the Sleep / Wake button twice. If you enable the camera in Settings > System > Gestures > Flip Camera you can also quickly switch between front and back camera by turning the wrist twice.
There are nine modes in pixels ($ 374 on Amazon) Camera App:
- Photo Sphere
- Slow Motion
The first four of these modes are always available at the bottom of the viewfinder. Swipe left or right across the screen to switch between modes. If you select More, the remaining camera modes are displayed.
Did you ever take a picture just to notice someone was blinking, or the action you wanted to capture happened just before you hit the trigger? Top Shot is Google's solution for missed shots.
Top Shot takes multiple photos just before and immediately after the shutter-release button is pressed, then identifies the best photo in the group. To use Top Shot, you must first enable Motion Photos by tapping the circular icon at the top of the viewfinder. To consistently use Top Shot, choose Motion On instead of Motion auto .
When the movement is active, you take photos as usual. If you have a setting that does not quite fit your needs, open the Photos app and look at the photo. Swipe up the photo where you will find the section "Shots in this photo". This photo strip contains suggested shots that are usually better than the original photo.
Motion Auto Focus
When you take a picture or video of constantly moving subjects, it usually results in blurry pictures. The Pixel 3 now has Motion Auto Focus, which means you can tap on an object and the camera tracks the object and constantly adjusts the focus.
To activate the automatic focus mode, tap the object you want to follow before pressing the shutter button. A white circle appears on the subject and moves as needed.
The Pixel 3 front camera lets you zoom out of the environment and bring more of your environment – or people – into the recording. Google is really playing this feature with ads that show different users struggling to get everyone in the shot.
If you are using the front camera, tap the magnifying glass to bring up the zoom surface. Zoom out of the screen by adjusting the slider, and then take your photo.
RAW + JPEG
The Pixel 3 provides the ability to save the raw version of a photo in addition to the more common JPEG file format. Raw files are the unprocessed image captured by the sensor. This makes the file larger than JPEG, which in turn consumes more disk space.
Enable this feature only if you want to edit the raw, unprocessed image, and it's fine to use more space.
However, disabling RAW + JPEG is the way to go for the average user.
To enable RAW photos, open the Camera app and select More from the various modes below. Next, select Settings > Advanced and then enable RAW recording.