The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were finally unwrapped early last week, with the search engine giant doing everything possible to show to the world that indeed the Pixel phones are the go-to handsets this 2016.
A lot had already been said about the phones, most of which came to materialize at launch date. The change of names, an all-new design, and top-notch hardware specs for all models as well as exclusive features, among others, were all seen when the Google Pixel and Pixel XL were unveiled. However, the dream of having optical image stabilization on the cameras of the two phones, or at least one like in the case of Apple, is once again, still a dream.
Despite the lack of this all-important feature that has become hard to miss on any flagship handset, Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been hailed by their maker as the best when it comes to the camera department. Of course, this can only be confirmed with real world tests and comparisons with some of the best in 2016, including Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 as well as Huawei P9, among others.
But there is another side of the camera – the video recording side. It is not a strange thing that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL can record 4K and 1080p videos. However, there is a new detail about the 12.3MP snapper you find on the back of the Google Pixel phones when it comes to video recording.
According to a member of Google, the Pixel and Pixel XL cameras have the ability to support electronic image stabilization (EIS) when recording 4K videos. This is a great move from last year’s Google Nexus 6P, which came in with support for EIS, but this feature was automatically disabled when recording 4K videos. Apparently, this is because the phone had no ability to handle both resource-hungry processes of 4K shooting and EIS.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL should be available for purchase this coming week, at least for major retailers such as Best Buy, but they are already available for pre-orders via the same retailer as well as Verizon Wireless and Google’s own Store.