Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL Cameras Detailed in New Reports

As if we haven’t already seen enough leaks, new reports have surfaced that unveil further details surrounding Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones. This time around, we’re talking about the cameras on the devices and how they’ll function.

For starters, Mobile-Review was able to supposedly obtain a unit of the Pixel 3 XL which it used to try out the new camera app. The upgraded UI looks strikingly similar to the iPhone’s in which many of the available shooting modes are present in a scrolling menu that sits above the shutter button. There are also options for face retouching, Google Lens, slow-motion video, and a photo sphere.

Also notable is the potential inclusion of H.265/HEVC support. This means your videos could be stored in a more efficient format and free up more room on your phone. That’s at least according to a screenshot from within the new camera app’s advanced settings. We’ll need to wait and see whether Google actually adds this feature, but I can assure you it’ll be nice if they do.


As for the quality of the cameras, we’re expecting exceptional images and videos out of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL if yesterday’s leaks were any indication. The rear shooter should rule out to be a 12.2MP lens, while the front of the device will actually hold two different shooters, likely both 8MP. The gist of this array, according to a report out of 9to5Google, is to allow for wide-angle selfies, similar to what we saw with phones like the LG V10 and V20 back in the day. This isn’t confirmed just yet, but it would explain the reason for such a giant notch.


Speaking of selfies, 9to5Google also says the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will feature “Super Selfies.” This could be a marketing term for the wide-angle lens, but again, it’s unconfirmed.

In addition, 9to5Google’s sources claim the new Pixel 3 and 3 XL will also come with improved portrait mode on both the rear camera and selfie shooters, improved HDR, an upgraded Visual Core chipset, “incredible” low-light photography, and possibly some form of facial recognition for identification. That latter feature isn’t set in stone by any means since we’ve seen no evidence of the feature in the past, but just know that there’s a chance it could happen.

Considering just how much is leaking out about the new Pixels, it’s clear things aren’t gonna stop anytime soon. Therefore, expect us to publish even more rumors, reports, and images surrounding the Pixel 3 and 3 XL leading up to their unveiling this October.