Update 10/11: After being sent the original footage (thanks John), we’ve determined that it was shot on a Panasonic GH4 and not a Pixel XL. We apologize for this error.
Google spent a lot of time talking about the Pixel’s camera in its presentation earlier this week, and a good amount of that time was spent on video. The company has made some bold claims on how good this phone’s camera really is, and now one lucky user has been given a chance to put that camera to the test, and it’s pretty outstanding…
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As we’ve seen in early photos, the Pixel is capable of taking some incredible photos, but 4K video is another thing to tackle. Many phones take great pictures but don’t hold up when taking videos. The Pixel, on the other hand, seems to shine just as much.
In the video below, we see some incredible scenery thanks to YouTube user Ron8it who has also posted some fantastic iPhone 7 and 7 Plus videos. According to him, the Pixel “blows the doors off of the iPhone 7 Plus” when it comes to 4K video — not an easy feat to accomplish.
He does note that the image stabilization could be better, as seen in a couple of different shots, which is likely due to Google opting for a software-only stabilization method as opposed to hardware-based. He also notes that he did perform some mild color correction in post, but all of the footage was taken directly on the phone and slow motion was also done by the device.
Regardless, this camera is shaping up to be pretty incredible so far, and we can’t wait to try it out for ourselves very soon.
At the request of the video uploader, we’ve removed the video from this post. Feel free to click the below image to watch it over on YouTube.
Update: As pointed out in a Reddit post, there is a chance this video may be fake. It’s unclear if this is the case, but we’ll reach out to Google to try to verify.