smart phones. I know I’m anticipating the whole camera revolution, which includes things we can’t even imagine, as well as dry plates, film, and of course the modern digital cameras, but they’re smartphones that have managed to put a camera in everyone’s pocket.
Camera phones have changed:
- What makes an event worth photographing?
- What makes a photographer a photographer?
- What makes a photo a “professional photo”
- How many pictures do we take?
- How we store photos
- How we share photos
- Why we take pictures
That’s both incredible and challenging, as taking hundreds of photos can disconnect you from your surroundings, distract you from your actual vacation, etc. But! Today we are here to talk about the good features of phone cameras!
Pixel 6 Pro – the most acclaimed (phone) camera I’ve ever seen…
4x periscope zoom lens. I’ve never seen a more realistic photo come out of a phone camera.
Before I show you some of the photos I took with the Pixel 6 Pro, I have to say that the inspiration behind this story was the huge amount of praise and compliments the Pixel 6 Pro received from friends and family during my last trip to Spain. . But also during my other trip to Spain… and my trip to Berlin…
So why were my friends and relatives so baffled? The resolution? The megapixels? The colors of the photos?
Not really! It’s because… the pictures looked like they weren’t coming from a phone. And no, they couldn’t put it into words, but I could sense the fascination in their eyes, especially when it came to pictures taken with the Pixel’s 4x periscope camera.
Sure, part of that was the massive zoom capabilities of this camera, which is way above its weight, but what really made them long for “that phone” was the bokeh on the photos.
What is bokeh and why makes the Pixel 6 Pro’s telephoto the best in the business?
For those who don’t know (including my uncle), bokeh is “the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus areas of an image”. In practice, bokeh makes the subject of your photo stand out from the environment around it. Bokeh is barely present in scenes where there is no clear subject (landscape, landscape shots), which is why the ultra-wide angle cameras on your phone don’t deliver.
The features of the Pixel 6 Pro’s periscope lens are as follows:
48 MP, f/3.5, 104 mm (periscope telephoto), 1/2″, 0.8 µm, PDAF, OIS, 4x optical zoom.
Needless to say, all of this plays a part in helping this camera take photos that are often indistinguishable from a DSLR shot, but what really matters here is the size of the sensor and the detail that he can collect. The Pixel 6 Pro has the largest telephoto sensor on any phone (shared with the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Huawei P50 Pro).
Check out this series of photos where I just tapped the screen to focus on different parts of the photo. I chose the scene for its sense of depth. No, this isn’t portrait mode, as the Pixel 6 Pro’s 4x camera doesn’t really need artificial background blur.
My tips for taking “DSLR-like” photos with the Pixel 6 Pro are:
- Use the 4x periscope camera when conditions allow
- Find a subject that is between you and your main subject – it will give your photos depth
Ultimately, does one of the best camera phones in the world make you a “true photographer”?
8x zoom (action pan).
Yes and no.
The Pixel 6 Pro’s camera system could be so good it is annoying† I took pretty much all the pictures on my last vacation, and there were another 11 people who just… wanted me to take pictures of them with my phone†
And yes, the Pixel 6 Pro can definitely replace a “real camera” if you know how to use it. Again, especially the 4x periscope lens. For the record, it also depends on what your definition of a “real camera” is.
The Pixel can replace just about any point-and-shoot camera because it offers excellent dynamic range, true-to-life colors, great detail, incredible versatility, some of the best video quality on any phone, and some of the best microphones out there – if you feel like it.
Can it replace a cinema camera? Of course you can’t. But I’ve heard there’s another phone for that – the iPhone with its Cinematic Mode, which I’ve had the pleasure of testing in detail, and I do have some thoughts on it!
Until then… let’s wish for a better ultra-wide angle lens and maybe a Cinematic Mode on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. ok google?