Every unique feature on Google’s new phones

Every unique feature on Google's new phones

Tech Highlights:

  • Magic Eraser is a key Google Pixel 6 exclusive feature that Google heavily advertises. The feature works just like its name: it magically erases unwanted content from the photos you have taken. This way, you can remove that annoying person who walked into the frame while you were taking a selfie or remove unwanted objects from a nice landscape shot you took.

  • The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are advancements over previous Pixel phones. Google has relied on tight hardware and software integration on these devices to offer many exclusive new features, in addition to flagship-level specs and an impressive price tag. While some may be regarded as gimmicks, others are genuinely useful and will improve day-to-day usability. These features also distinguish the Pixel 6 from other Android devices on the market, as you will not be able to enjoy them on any other device.

Magic Eraser is an excellent feature to play around with. While we have seen similar implementations before, it seems to have an edge in how easily and cleanly it can remove objects from photos. Once you start using Magic Eraser, it should become a regular part of your Pixel post-processing workflow, even if you don’t use it that often. Another nifty Pixel 6-exclusive camera feature is Face Unblur, which relies on Google’s machine learning prowess to ensure that the face of the subject you are trying to capture is always sharp. It is far too common for smartphone cameras to capture a blurry face of a subject when they are moving too fast.

Motion Mode in the Google Pixel 6’s camera app will let you capture motion photos in two different styles: Action Pan and Long Exposure. While it has always been possible to do long exposure photography on any Android smartphone with a pro camera mode, the Motion Mode in the Pixel 6 series makes the entire process effortless. Action Pan lets you capture a photo in which the subject is in focus and sharp, while the background behind them is all blurred out. You can either capture a still shot or tap the shutter button and pan your phone to follow the subject.

Google fixes this problem by taking photos from both the primary and ultra-wide cameras on the Pixel 6 and stitching them together. It only does this when the phone determines that the subject you are trying to shoot is moving too fast in inadequate lighting conditions that could lead to motion blur. Since there’s a difference in the image quality between the two cameras, Google only uses the face data from the ultra-wide camera and stitches it with the photo taken from the Pixel’s 50MP primary camera.

Long Exposure photos generally require you to use a tripod, but the Pixel 6 lets you capture those photos handheld. This is possible thanks to the Tensor chip inside the phone that can identify the subject and adjust its image stabilization algorithms accordingly. However, do note that you’ll still have to hold the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro steady for a few seconds while taking a long exposure photo.

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