By Heba Al Saeed
Monday, December 25, 2023 04:00 AM
Removed Google The possibility of astrophotography with an ultra-wide camera from the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 phones in 2020. Pixel users have criticized the tech giant for the quality of these shots, but Google hasn't explained why it stopped taking photos. Camera feature.
Currently, the ability to click ultra-wide astrophotography images has returned to the Pixel 8 Pro, and as per a report by PhoneArena, the feature may be exclusive to the Pro variant and may not make it to the vanilla Pixel 8 and older models.
What is astrophotography? How will it work on the Pixel 8 Pro?
Astrophotography Pixel 8 Pro users can use their phone's rear camera to shoot the sky using a tripod or any other method. This will enable the feature and allow users to take such pictures.
The Pixel 8 Pro's ultra-wide camera supports 4:1 pixel binning, which combines data from four adjacent pixels into one large pixel, improving the quality of low-light images that also reduce noise.
The Pixel 8 Pro will also have the option to capture night shots at 1x (standard), 2x and .5x (ultra-wide).
The company also updated its Google Camera support page: “Important: Astrophotography only works at zoom settings equal to or greater than 1x on Pixel 4a (5G) and later.”
This feature may be exclusive to the Pixel 8 Pro, as it may have something to do with the Pixel-packed 48MP ultra-wide image sensor on the more expensive model, while the vanilla Pixel 8 comes with a 12MP ultra-wide image sensor.
Also, since ultra-wide photography is at .5x rather than 1x, the report suggests that ultra-wide astrophotography may be exclusive to the Pixel 8 Pro, and that Google may have decided to bring the feature to the Pixel 8. Only Pro can push users to the model. Very expensive.
Like the Pixel 8, the ultra-wide sensor on both the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro is 12MP, so astrophotography may not become backwards compatible, so the feature is available on a new Pro model each year.
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