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Google Pixel 8 Camera test

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We put the Google Pixel 8  through our rigorous DXOMARK Camera test suite to measure its performance in photo, video, and zoom quality from an end-user perspective. This article breaks down how the device fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases and is intended to highlight the most important results of our testing with an extract of the captured data.

Overview

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 50MP 1/1.31″ sensor, 1.2μm pixels, f/1.68-aperture lens, OctaPD, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP, 1.25 µm pixels, f/2.2-aperture lens, 125.8° field of view

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

Google Pixel 8
Google Pixel 8
148
camera
152
Photo
113

123

118

125

110

123

115

124

101

116

81

82

70
Bokeh
70

80

64
Preview
64

91

129
Zoom
95

118

109

121

148
Video
114

116

115

119

114

119

110

118

107

119

82

86

115

118

Use cases & Conditions

Use case scores indicate the product performance in specific situations. They are not included in the overall score calculations.

BEST 175

Outdoor

Photos & videos shot in bright light conditions (≥1000 lux)

BEST 160

Indoor

Photos & videos shot in good lighting conditions (≥100lux)

BEST 132

Lowlight

Photos & videos shot in low lighting conditions (<100 lux)

BEST 149

Friends & Family

Portrait and group photo & videos

Pros

  • Pleasant skin tones in photo and video
  • Wide dynamic range in photo and video
  • Good texture
  • Fast autofocus
  • Effective video stabilization

Cons

  • Occasional slight underexposure
  • Occasional noise instabilities across consecutive shots and in low light and backlit scenes, in photo and video
  • Loss of detail at medium and long tele zoom range

The Google Pixel’s 8 offered an excellent performance for its price segment in the DXOMARK Camera tests and was overall on par with current flagship models. The nice and vivid colors were a particular strong point but the Pixel 8 could also convince in terms of image detail across all light conditions. Given the identical main camera it was no surprise that overall photo and video performance was similar to the Pixel 8 Pro. Differences were mostly noticeable in terms of zoom performance.

Please note that while photos were captured in Ultra HDR, our evaluations were run using an SDR visualization workflow. This is due to the fact that Ultra HDR is a very new Android format, and we are still investigating the most appropriate HDR visualization tools to enable a fair in-depth comparison. Because viewing HDR content depends on so many factors, such as the viewer’s screen and the application used, the photos displayed in this test results summary are shown in SDR, meaning they do not have the HDR gain map applied. Even viewers with HDR screens will only be able to see SDR versions of the photos.

The Pixel 8’s video HDR mode produced excellent footage, with noticeable better results than the SDR mode in terms of exposure and color. Our testers also liked the good video exposure and effective stabilization.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Camera tests: DXOMARK’s Camera evaluations take place in laboratories and in real-world situations using a wide variety of subjects. The scores rely on objective tests for which the results are calculated directly by measurement software on our laboratory setups, and on perceptual tests in which a sophisticated set of metrics allow a panel of image experts to compare aspects of image quality that require human judgment. Testing a smartphone involves a team of engineers and technicians for about a week. Photo, Zoom, and Video quality are scored separately and then combined into an Overall score for comparison among the cameras in different devices. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera protocol, click here. More details on smartphone camera scores are available here. The following section gathers key elements of DXOMARK’s exhaustive tests and analyses. Full performance evaluations are available upon request. Please contact us  on how to receive a full report.

Google Pixel 8 Camera Scores
This graph compares DXOMARK photo, zoom and video scores between the tested device and references. Average and maximum scores of the price segment are also indicated. Average and maximum scores for each price segment are computed based on the DXOMARK database of devices tested.

Photo

152

Google Pixel 8

160

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+
About DXOMARK Camera Photo tests

For scoring and analysis, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2,600 test images both in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The photo protocol is designed to take into account the main use cases and is based on typical shooting scenarios, such as portraits, family, and landscape photography. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements on images of charts captured in the lab under different lighting conditions from 1 to 1,000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.

In our still photography tests, the Google Pixel 8 was among the best devices tested to date, delivering overall excellent results in bright light. It was also the best phone without a dedicated tele camera, thanks to Google’s effective software solutions. The levels of captured detail were high, in both portraits and landscape shots. While image noise was overall well under control, some luminance noise could be noticeable in the shadow areas of the frame, especially in low-light conditions and backlit scenes where noise had a more grainy appearance. Slight differences to the flagship Pixel 8 Pro were visible, but overall image results were extremely similar.

Google Pixel 8 Photo scores
The photo tests analyze image quality attributes such as exposure, color, texture, and noise in various light conditions. Autofocus performances and the presence of artifacts on all images captured in controlled lab conditions and in real-life images are also evaluated. All these attributes have a significant impact on the final quality of the images captured with the tested device and can help to understand the camera's main strengths and weaknesses.

Exposure

113

Google Pixel 8

123

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Color

118

Google Pixel 8

125

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

Exposure and color are the key attributes for technically good pictures. For exposure, the main attribute evaluated is the brightness of the main subject through various use cases such as landscape, portrait, or still life. Other factors evaluated are the contrast and the dynamic range, eg. the ability to render visible details in both bright and dark areas of the image. Repeatability is also important because it demonstrates the camera's ability to provide the same rendering when shooting several images of the same scene.
For color, the image quality attributes analyzed are skin-tone rendering, white balance, color shading, and repeatability. For color and skin tone rendering, we penalize unnatural colors but we respect a manufacturer's choice of color signature.

The Google Pixel 8 generally delivered the same exposure and color rendering as the Pixel 8 Pro. Colors were good, with very accurate white balance, and the wide dynamic range was on par with the best flagship devices.

Google Pixel 8 – Pleasant cast and colors, wide dynamic range
Google Pixel 8 Pro – Pleasant cast and colors, wide dynamic range

Occasional slight underexposure, which could be noticeable in scenes with both low and high contrast, was the Pixel 8’s main drawback in our testing. Our testers observed some slight differences between the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, for example in the sample scene below.

Google Pixel 8 – Slightly underexposed, cold cast
Google Pixel 8 Pro – Slightly underexposed, highlight clipping in sky
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max – Brighter face exposure

Autofocus

110

Google Pixel 8

123

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

Autofocus tests concentrate on focus accuracy, focus repeatability, shooting time delay, and depth of field. Shooting delay is the difference between the time the user presses the capture button and the time the image is actually taken. It includes focusing speed and the capability of the device to capture images at the right time, what is called 'zero shutter lag' capability. Even if a shallow depth of field can be pleasant for a single subject portrait or close-up shot, it can also be a problem in some specific conditions such as group portraits; Both situations are tested. Focus accuracy is also evaluated in all the real-life images taken, from infinity to close-up objects and in low light to outdoor conditions.

Edge acutance irregularity and average shooting delay along all tested conditions
This graph illustrates focus irregularity and speed as well as zero shutter lag capability, for different light conditions. Each point is the result of the aggregation of the measurements for a group of 30 pictures per conditions. The y-axis shows the average acutance difference with the best focus in percentage. The lower the better. On the x-axis, a negative delay means the photo is taken just before the user triggers the shutter, a positive delay means the photo is taken just after. The closer to 0 ms, the better. Acutance and delay are measured respectively using the Dead leaves chart and the LED Universal Timer, on the AF HDR Setup.
Autofocus irregularity and speed: 1000Lux Δ0EV Daylight Handheld
This graph illustrates focus accuracy and speed and also zero shutter lag capability by showing the edge acutance versus the shooting time measured on the AFHDR setup on a series of pictures. All pictures were taken at 1000Lux with Daylight illuminant, 500ms after the defocus. The edge acutance is measured on the four edges of the Dead Leaves chart, and the shooting time is measured on the LED Universal Timer.

The Pixel 8 autofocus was generally fast and accurate. Focus was almost always on target, even in difficult conditions. Still, the Pixel 8 scored lower in this category than the class-leading Huawei P60 Pro, which provided a wider depth of field on group shots.

Google Pixel 8 - Depth of field
Google Pixel 8 - Slight loss of detail on background subject
Huawei P60 Pro - Depth of field
Huawei P60 Pro - Good detail on background subject
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max - Depth of field
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max - Loss of detail on background subject

Texture

115

Google Pixel 8

124

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Texture tests analyze the level of details and the texture of subjects in the images taken in the lab as well as in real-life scenarios. For natural shots, particular attention is paid to the level of details in the bright and dark areas of the image. Objective measurements are performed on chart images taken in various lighting conditions from 1 to 1000 lux and different kinds of dynamic range conditions. The charts used are the proprietary DXOMARK chart (DMC) and the Dead Leaves chart.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score vs lux levels for tripod and handheld conditions
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with the level of lux, for two holding conditions. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.

Noise

101

Google Pixel 8

116

Honor Magic5 Pro

Noise tests analyze various attributes of noise such as intensity, chromaticity, grain, structure on real-life images as well as images of charts taken in the lab. For natural images, particular attention is paid to the noise on faces, landscapes, but also on dark areas and high dynamic range conditions. Noise on moving objects is also evaluated on natural images. Objective measurements are performed on images of charts taken in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux and different kinds of dynamic range conditions. The chart used is the Dead Leaves chart and the standardized measurement such as Visual Noise derived from ISO 15739.

Visual noise evolution with illuminance levels in handheld condition
This graph shows the evolution of visual noise metric with the level of lux in handheld condition. The visual noise metric is the mean of visual noise measurement on all patches of the Dead Leaves chart in the AFHDR setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.

Artifacts

81

Google Pixel 8

82

Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G

The artifacts evaluation looks at lens shading, chromatic aberrations, geometrical distortion, edges ringing, halos, ghosting, quantization, unexpected color hue shifts, among others type of possible unnatural effects on photos. The more severe and the more frequent the artifact, the higher the point deduction on the score. The main artifacts observed and corresponding point loss are listed below.

Main photo artifacts penalties

Bokeh

70

Google Pixel 8

80

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

Bokeh is tested in one dedicated mode, usually portrait or aperture mode, and analyzed by visually inspecting all the images captured in the lab and in natural conditions. The goal is to reproduce portrait photography comparable to one taken with a DLSR and a wide aperture. The main image quality attributes paid attention to are depth estimation, artifacts, blur gradient, and the shape of the bokeh blur spotlights. Portrait image quality attributes (exposure, color, texture) are also taken into account.

Google Pixel 8 – Decent blur intensity, large and contrasted spotlights
Google Pixel 8 Pro – Lower blur intensity, smaller and inhomogeneous spotlights

The Google Pixel 8 delivered an accurate and nice simulated bokeh effect. Our experts also observed that it provided better blur intensity as well as larger and more contrasted background spotlights than the Pixel 8 Pro.

Preview

64

Google Pixel 8

91

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Preview tests analyze the image quality of the camera app's preview of the image, with particular attention paid to the difference between the capture and the preview, especially regarding dynamic range and the application of the bokeh effect. Also evaluated is the smoothness of the exposure, color and focus adaptation when zooming from the minimal to the maximal zoom factor available. The preview frame rate is measured using the LED Universal Timer.

Google Pixel 8 – Preview – Similar rendering to final capture
Google Pixel 8 – Capture

Zoom

129

Google Pixel 8

158

Huawei P60 Pro
About DXOMARK Camera Zoom tests

DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 400 test images in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor, and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings and pinch zoom at various zoom factors from ultra wide to very long-range zoom. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting the images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements of chart mages captured in the lab under different conditions from 20 to 1000 lux and color temperatures from 2300K to 6500K.

The Google Pixel 8 ultra-wide camera delivered decent image quality overall, especially in daylight shooting. In low light, our testers observed a stronger loss of detail compared to the Pixel 8 Pro, which uses a larger image sensor and faster aperture (f/2.0 vs f/2.2) but image quality was overall well balanced with very few artifacts.

In terms of camera hardware, the main difference to the flagship Google Pixel 8 Pro is the absence of a dedicated tele camera on the Pixel 8, which means digital methods are used to achieve tele zoom. Thanks to the high resolution sensor, digital cropping worked pretty well up to 2X, with similar behavior to the Apple iPhone 15. Devices with a tele camera, such as the Google Pixel 8 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max, will deliver better quality images when zooming in further.

Google Pixel 8 Zoom Scores
This graph illustrates the relative scores for the different zoom ranges evaluated. The abscissa is expressed in 35mm equivalent focal length. Zooming-in scores are displayed on the right and Zooming-out scores on the left.

Wide

109

Google Pixel 8

121

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

These tests analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 mm to 20 mm. All image quality attributes are evaluated, with particular attention paid to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion. Pictures below are an extract of tested scenes.

Google Pixel 8 - Ultra-wide
Google Pixel 8 - Good detail
Google Pixel 8 Pro - Ultra-wide
Google Pixel 8 Pro - Good detail and sharpness
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max - Ultra-wide
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max - Good detail and sharpness, some noise

Tele

95

Google Pixel 8

118

Huawei P60 Pro

All image quality attributes are evaluated at focal lengths from approximately 40 mm to 300 mm, with particular attention paid to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
Google Pixel 8 - Tele (120mm)
Google Pixel 8 - Lack of detail
Google Pixel 8 Pro - Tele (120mm)
Google Pixel 8 Pro - Good detail
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max - Tele (120mm)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max - Good detail

Video

148

Google Pixel 8

158

Apple iPhone 15 Pro
About DXOMARK Camera Video tests

DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2.5 hours of video in controlled lab environments and in natural low-light, indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The evaluation consists of visually inspecting natural videos taken in various conditions and running objective measurements on videos of charts recorded in the lab under different conditions from 1 to 1000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.

In our tests, the Google Pixel 8 produced high quality video, with good color rendering, especially on the skin tones, high levels of detail and good exposure, thanks to the HDR mode. Video stabilization was effective and the autofocus was fast, smooth and accurate. Despite some noise in low light, the Pixel 8 was the best device in its segment for video to date. For the purpose of our tests video was recorded at 4K resolution and 30fps in HDR mode.

Google Pixel 8 Video scores
Video tests analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture, or noise, in addition to temporal aspects such as speed, and smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance, and autofocus transitions.

Exposure

114

Google Pixel 8

116

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Color

115

Google Pixel 8

119

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Exposure tests evaluate the brightness of the main subject and the dynamic range, eg. the ability to render visible details in both bright and dark areas of the image. Stability and temporal adaption of the exposure are also analyzed.
Image-quality color analysis looks at color rendering, skin-tone rendering, white balance, color shading, stability of the white balance and its adaption when light is changing.

Google Pixel 8 – Slight blue cast at the start of the clip, which is quickly corrected, wide dynamic range with good highlight protection

Google Pixel 8 Pro – Same behavior as Pixel 8

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max – excellent skin tone rendering, with warmer white balance, highlight clipping but better shadow detail

Texture

110

Google Pixel 8

118

Oppo Find X6 Pro

Texture tests analyze the level of details and texture of the real-life videos as well as the videos of charts recorded in the lab. Natural videos recordings are visually evaluated, with particular attention paid to the level of details in the bright and areas as well as in the dark. Objective measurements are performed of images of charts taken in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux. The charts used are the DXOMARK chart (DMC) and Dead Leaves chart.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation video score vs lux levels
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation video score with the level of lux in video. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.

Noise

107

Google Pixel 8

119

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Noise tests analyze various attributes of noise such as intensity, chromaticity, grain, structure, temporal aspects on real-life video recording as well as videos of charts taken in the lab. Natural videos are visually evaluated, with particular attention paid to the noise in the dark areas and high dynamic range conditions. Objective measurements are performed on the videos of charts recorded in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux. The chart used is the DXOMARK visual noise chart.

Spatial visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of spatial visual noise with the level of lux. Spatial visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.
Temporal visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of temporal visual noise with the level of lux. Temporal visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup.

Stabilization

115

Google Pixel 8

118

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Stabilization evaluation tests the ability of the device to stabilize footage thanks to software or hardware technologies such as OIS, EIS, or any others means. The evaluation looks at residual motion, smoothness, jellow artifacts and residual motion blur on walk and run use cases in various lighting conditions. The video below is an extract from one of the tested scenes.

The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro delivered very good video stabilization. Results were very close to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the currently top-ranked device for this category.

Google Pixel 8 – Very good stabilization

Google Pixel 8 Pro – Same behavior as the Pixel 8

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max – Excellent stabilization, even during the running section

Artifacts

82

Google Pixel 8

86

Xiaomi 12S Ultra

Artifacts are evaluated with MTF and ringing measurements on the SFR chart in the lab as well as frame-rate measurements using the LED Universal Timer. Natural videos are visually evaluated by paying particular attention to artifacts such as aliasing, quantization, blocking, and hue shift, among others. The more severe and the more frequent the artifact, the higher the point deduction from the score. The main artifacts and corresponding point loss are listed below.

Main video artifacts penalties

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