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While speculation about the next-generation iPhone is rife, the rumor mill has received its first details about the Pixel 8 series. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro could benefit from a huge camera upgrade that could put the iPhones’ already poor HDR to shame.

According to the developer Cuba WojciechowskiGoogle is working on bringing HDR support to its Pixel 8 lineup. He discovered lines of code in the Google Camera Go app that point to the next big Pixels update coming.

In simpler terms, the next Google phone will be able to capture multiple exposures simultaneously. This will allow devices to have faster capture times. As a result, you’re less likely to get blurry photos caused by frame misalignment due to motion.

However, if you’re a Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro user, you’re unlikely to get support for the vivid HDR feature. That’s because the Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor used in this year’s Pixels doesn’t support HDR. And that leaves room for speculation that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will have a new camera sensor. Many believe it could be Samsung’s 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor, as it supports the HDR feature.

In contrast, the iPhone 15 Pro is likely to retain the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48MP camera, which performs surprisingly well in RAW mode, but doesn’t represent much of an improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro for casual iPhone users. That said, we’re still a year away from two flagship smartphones from Apple or Google, and things could change.

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