Google Pixel 8 and Pro – rise of AI

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It is said that if you go for the $1000 Pixel 8 Pro you can get even more, with a 5x telephoto camera, AF selfie camera, as well as manual controls. Both cameras benefit from Google’s latest AI image editing features, including the new Magic Editor.

Key Features include:

50MP wide-angle camera, f/1.68, OIS, PDAF, 25mm equivalent
12MP ultra-wide-angle camera, f/2.2, AF, 13mm equivalent
10.5MP selfie camera, f/2.2, 21mm equivalent, without AF
4K video at 60fps video from rear and front facing cameras
6.2inch OLED 120Hz screen, HDR10+, Gorilla Glass Victus
4565mAh battery, 27W wired charging, 15W wireless
8GB, 128/256GB RAM / storage options
Android 14
150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9mm
187g weight

AI – here’s one area you’ll enjoy the phones

There’s a Magic editor – it includes sky replacement, object removal and moving, and further AI enhancement.

For photography fans worldwide, it comes with Google’s impressive range of AI-powered computational photography features like those that have been common since the days of the Pixel 6. This includes Magic eraser, Long exposure, Action pan, and more, plus there are a range of new features.

Computational and AI photography features

There are different AI photography features that come with the phone. Some of these are new, and some have been around since the Google Pixel 6 series.

What about the Magic Editor?

To use the Magic Editor, the smartphone must be connected to the internet, the user needs to ensure that Google Photos is setup to backup his or her photos to the cloud.

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If the user didn’t set this up, for example, or if the storage is full, then he or she won’t be able to use this feature.
Trying to select it, and the phone will helpfully tell the user to backup the photos on the phone, but won’t let the user backup just the one photo he or she wants to edit (without going to a different bit to back it up).

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