Step aside, Note8 and iPhone 8 Plus – Pixel 2 scores 98 on DxOMark

Google’s Pixel 2 is now official, and sure enough, a DxOLabs review went live as soon as the phone got announced. And if you thought the Galaxy Note8 and iPhone 8 Plus’ score of 94was impressive, think again – the Pixel 2 just pushed the bar higher to a record 98 points overall.

The new 12MP camera relies on a 1/2.6″ sensor behind an f/1.8 aperture lens, as opposed to 1/2.3″ and f/2.0. Dual pixel autofocus now enters the specsheet, and the lens is stabilized – two serious improvements over the previous model.

Those are the specs rounded up but it’s in the pictures where the Pixel 2’s made the real difference, apparently, to deserve an unrivaled 99 points score. Starting with bright daylight, the Pixel 2 gets praise for detail capture, color rendition and dynamic range. In low light detail is well preserved at the expense of some luminance noise though it does lose detail in brightly-backlit indoor scenarios. Flash performance is commendable too.

Single-camera bokeh has been a thing for a while too, requiring a notch more software magic than what you can achieve by using two cameras, and the Pixel 2 can do that. It’s an improvement over the original Pixel, DxO states, but still can’t match the iPhone 8 Plus when it comes to producing a natural-looking background blur.

It’s another record in video capture where the Pixel 2 secures 96 points. Good exposure, fast, smooth and stable autofocus with subject tracking come on top of an excellent balance between detail capture and noise reduction. DxO also notes a further improved video stabilization over the previous model’s already superb algorithms.

Those were the numbers, but for the detailed DxO reviewers’ findings, head over to the source link below. And then go to your local online Google Store and pre-order, perhaps.