It is rumored that the Pixel 4 is the first in Google's own series of Android phones, which has more than one rear-view camera – one of which is a 16-megapixel telephoto camera. If Chinese smartphones shine with up to 50x composite zoom, you can expect the already great pixel imaging software to help. Now we see how far a pixel 4 can zoom in at our first glance … and still produce a nice picture.
The alleged example in question comes from the Instagram account of Claude Zellweger, identified on LinkedIn as Director of Design at Google. While the description was not particularly interesting for our purposes, an Alberto Villarreal, a creative director of Google's pixel department, commented on the image. Then Zellweger replied with a great hint of what he had used to take pictures.
20x magnification of a pixel? Well, that's something new – so far, pixel phones have only reached 10x digital zoom. This has led many people to speculate that this is the first known example of Pixel 4 camera work. At the moment, we're not so sure if a DSLR-like piece of hardware will come to the fore in favor of additional software enhancements, but no matter how the phone picked up that photo, it's a good example of limiting luminance noise in the shadows Patches and details like the hatch pattern on the wooden bench on the right stage do not need to be fixed. Even so, months of work (and unsubtle messages to hardware experts) have to be worked out before things can be considered final – we expect another Pixel Launch Event to come out in October
Zellweger says it's a pixel 3a
Shortly before the publication of our story, Zellweger commented on his post again and said that the photo was taken with a pixel 3a.
The hardware hype for Pixel 4 might be fuzzy, but this might still be a software demo in action to demonstrate the potential of advanced software zooming – perhaps something else will be passed on in that sense to a pixel 4 here.