Google Pixel 2 - The Ultimate Camera Phone

Let's kick this off with the conclusion first...this is a remarkable phone. I'm not going to go into the specs of the phone just know it runs on Android and it's Google's flagship model so you know it's going to be good. 

I will go over the camera and what I personally think of it. I haven't been paid by Google and I paid for this myself so it's not some product placement post. 

The phone is available in two options the Pixel 2 XL (6 inches, 2880 x 1440 pixels, 64GB) and the
Pixel 2 (5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels). I decided on the smaller version. 

I don't get too caught up in the specifications or how the 'experts' rank it. If you have that sort of urge to do that then you can see how DxOMark scored it and that it ranked higher than the iPhone X. 

The Google Pixel 2 has a 12MP main camera, with a f/1.8 aperture, and 8MP front camera, with a f/2.4 aperture. Looking at it these don't blow other phones out the water but the phone software sets it out from the rest. 

All the photos on this post where taken with the Pixel 2 and when I've posted them on social media people have been blown away and amazed that this wasn't taken on a full frame camera. 

Pretty much all the photos I take are landscape ones so it's only right that I focus on this. The days at the moment are pretty gloomy so getting the most out of the opportunities that present themselves is important. I love knowing that if there happens to be a beautiful sunrise or sunset and I've only got the Pixel 2 with me that I can still take a beautiful photo. 

There are a few little settings you can change to really give them the wow factor. Head into the camera app and go to the settings and advanced...you'll see something called HDR+, turn that on and that allows you to also try the HDR+ enhanced. I tend to leave mine in HDR+ and if you want to use the enhanced part you'll need really steady hands. 

If you like to edit your photos but would rather do that on the phone and send them to your computer then the built-in editor is really good. It comes with a few filters as well as the standard things like lighting, colour if you want something a little more advanced then download the Adobe Lightroom mobile app. 

There is a whole host of other things this phone can do that I might save for a follow-up post. It can scan a business card and save the information as a contact, it has amazing video capabilities, you can use AR stickers in camera mode. 

The list is amazing, of course, it has unlimited photo storage, Google Assist and all that has to offer.   


To help you out with this phone I'll give you a couple of tips. 

  • When the phone is locked or just in an app you can quickly press the power button twice to open the camera mode. 
  • To take a photo you don't have to press the shutter button on the screen, simply press the + or - volume button on the side of the phone. 
  • Turn the flash off, you never really need to use the flash on a camera phone. 
  • If you want to zoom in to take a photo, double tap the screen
  • To focus on a certain thing in the photo tap one on the screen. 
  • When taking a portrait photo make sure you actually use the portrait setting, this will give better bokeh. Tap the part of the photo you want in focus and the other areas will be soft. 

I'm going to leave you will a selection of photos all taken by myself with the Pixel 2, enjoy and drop me a message if you'd like me to answer anything.