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  1. Mike Dee's Avatar
    As an avid photographer with multiple DSLRs and about 20 lenses in my collection I used to laugh at cell phone photography. Don't get me wrong...some cell phones took nice snapshots but I was never impressed enough where I felt comfortable going away without a dedicated camera so I bought a compact DSLR with a internal zoom lens to get by. That was until I purchased a Pixel 2 XL. I was floored by it's results despite lack of manual controls. My only regret was hating the original Pixel's bezels so much that I didn't realize what I was giving up.

    In comes the Pixel 3XL....OMG....this thing is can't be real. The clarity and detail is amazing. I'm not suggesting that there aren't other cameras that can go toe to toe with it and the Prior Pixels are no slouches but when I look at some of the results I can't believe it's coming from a tiny sensor with a tiny lens.
    My daughter who tried to convince me in the past that iPhones take better pictures came to me yesterday to borrow my phone to take pictures. I asked "what happened...is the battery on your X dead?"
    She replied "No.... I like the way your phone takes pictures". For my daughter to admit that is pretty impressive because if pictures were only slightly better she wouldn't have come to me.

    My dilemma is that my dedicated equipment just sits now. I'll have to remember to juice up the batteries on occasion.
    10-22-2018 05:02 PM
  2. billchat's Avatar

    My dilemma is that my dedicated equipment just sits now. I'll have to remember to juice up the batteries on occasion.
    ebay is your friend - dilemma solved - think Corvette.
    10-22-2018 05:06 PM
  3. Torisen1's Avatar
    My Sony has been sitting collecting dust since the Pixel XL 2.
    Emperor, AP-123 and xzell like this.
    10-22-2018 05:09 PM
  4. Mike Dee's Avatar
    ebay is your friend - dilemma solved - think Corvette.
    Nah...can't give it up. Lens lust is a terrible thing.
    billchat likes this.
    10-22-2018 05:11 PM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    it is the bomb 💣
    10-22-2018 05:13 PM
  6. chezm's Avatar
    Man I can’t wait to get mine...I love my iPhone 7+ camera and the pictures it produces, I cannot wait to see what pixel line is capable of
    10-22-2018 05:49 PM
  7. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    As an avid photographer with multiple DSLRs and about 20 lenses in my collection I used to laugh at cell phone photography. Don't get me wrong...some cell phones took nice snapshots but I was never impressed enough where I felt comfortable going away without a dedicated camera so I bought a compact DSLR with a internal zoom lens to get by. That was until I purchased a Pixel 2 XL. I was floored by it's results despite lack of manual controls. My only regret was hating the original Pixel's bezels so much that I didn't realize what I was giving up.

    In comes the Pixel 3XL....OMG....this thing is can't be real. The clarity and detail is amazing. I'm not suggesting that there aren't other cameras that can go toe to toe with it and the Prior Pixels are no slouches but when I look at some of the results I can't believe it's coming from a tiny sensor with a tiny lens.
    My daughter who tried to convince me in the past that iPhones take better pictures came to me yesterday to borrow my phone to take pictures. I asked "what happened...is the battery on your X dead?"
    She replied "No.... I like the way your phone takes pictures". For my daughter to admit that is pretty impressive because if pictures were only slightly better she wouldn't have come to me.

    My dilemma is that my dedicated equipment just sits now. I'll have to remember to juice up the batteries on occasion.
    It is on par with DSLR at times for sure thanks for the great post
    10-22-2018 05:56 PM
  8. Mr Segundus's Avatar
    Yes, but that's the only thing that's nice about this phone--the camera, specifically the still photographs. Everything else about the phone is pretty meh. I feel like returning the Pixel 3 XL.
    Gdwheel likes this.
    10-22-2018 06:01 PM
  9. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Yes, but that's the only thing that's nice about this phone--the camera, specifically the still photographs. Everything else about the phone is pretty meh. I feel like returning the Pixel 3 XL.
    You're obviously welcome to post anywhere but this thread is about the camera so we aren't really discussing the rest of the phones attributes. The way you talk about a phone, buy it and then scurry off to the next model, is it safe to say there is very little to keep you entertained in a device?
    10-22-2018 06:32 PM
  10. mustang7757's Avatar
    Yes, but that's the only thing that's nice about this phone--the camera, specifically the still photographs. Everything else about the phone is pretty meh. I feel like returning the Pixel 3 XL.
    What phone you going back to?
    10-22-2018 06:32 PM
  11. JoshDunc's Avatar
    Interesting. I may have to try it out. I have been very impressed with my iPhone Xs camera. I am going to look up a comparison on the two.
    10-22-2018 06:43 PM
  12. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Interesting. I may have to try it out. I have been very impressed with my iPhone Xs camera. I am going to look up a comparison on the two.
    The iPhone Xs is no slouches and you may like it better. Most of the top tier phones have great cameras but for me the Pixel just stands out.
    10-22-2018 06:53 PM
  13. Sooks's Avatar
    I came from the iPhone XS. The cameras are what I would consider a wash, pixel is a little on the cooler scales and iPhone warmer, really comes down to preference. The video on Pixel 3XL isn't even close, the iPhone blows it out of the water... hopefully they can fix it with some software updates.
    Bertolus and JoshDunc like this.
    10-22-2018 07:09 PM
  14. sulla1965's Avatar
    Not if you take videos it isn't. Horrible audio quality.
    10-22-2018 07:47 PM
  15. Fred98TJ's Avatar
    Not if you take videos it isn't. Horrible audio quality.
    External mic. Any real videographer uses such
    10-22-2018 08:35 PM
  16. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Not if you take videos it isn't. Horrible audio quality.
    Who has horrible audio?
    10-22-2018 08:37 PM
  17. Almeuit's Avatar
    External mic. Any real videographer uses such
    I mean yeah if it's a photographer forum sure but since we are talking cell phones... :P
    10-22-2018 09:01 PM
  18. Almeuit's Avatar
    Who has horrible audio?
    Pretty sure he means the Pixel 3 .. just maybe.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    techslug likes this.
    10-22-2018 09:01 PM
  19. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Pretty sure he means the Pixel 3 .. just maybe.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Hard to tell...lol
    10-22-2018 10:06 PM
  20. sulla1965's Avatar
    Pretty sure he means the Pixel 3 .. just maybe.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Yeah the pixel 3, The mic doesn't pick up ambient sounds well, with a clearly discernible hissing during quiet scenes. Pixel 2 had same hissing in background problem, and no update ever fixed it. So while photos are top notch, the video recording leaves much to be desired.
    10-22-2018 10:12 PM
  21. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Yeah the pixel 3, The mic doesn't pick up ambient sounds well, with a clearly discernible hissing during quiet scenes. Pixel 2 had same hissing in background problem, and no update ever fixed it. So while photos are top notch, the video recording leaves much to be desired.
    I recall the hissing on the Pixel 2XL. I'm not hearing it on the 3XL
    10-22-2018 10:21 PM
  22. Almeuit's Avatar
    Yeah the pixel 3, The mic doesn't pick up ambient sounds well, with a clearly discernible hissing during quiet scenes. Pixel 2 had same hissing in background problem, and no update ever fixed it. So while photos are top notch, the video recording leaves much to be desired.
    Yep and I think that's exactly what he was talking about.
    10-22-2018 10:31 PM
  23. gebco's Avatar
    Using the Pixel 2 XL, I find that it is more than adequate for my walkabout shots. But I still pull out my DSLR for my wide angle shots or BIF.
    I haven't taken the time to see how the Pixel files hold up to PP, especially for low light.
    10-22-2018 10:48 PM
  24. lcs101's Avatar
    Yep and I think that's exactly what he was talking about.
    I was assuming it was the incredibly "tinny" sound (for voice) that reviewers have picked up on. That's definitely something that has me hesitant to switch over to the Pixel.

    Google's response: "We made several advances in the audio recording capabilities of Pixel 3, including enabling stereo recording in landscape mode. When recording outdoors, our tuning is specifically designed to reduce background noise like wind and road noise and overly loud sounds and optimize for audible speech. To achieve this, we selectively de-emphasize some frequencies, which minimizes disruptive noises and optimizes the resulting audio. We do extensive user testing of our products to ensure they are tuned for real world usage, and we’re always looking at additional tuning opportunities based on user feedback" (https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/...oblems-3607481)
    10-22-2018 11:48 PM
  25. EMGSM's Avatar
    As an avid photographer with multiple DSLRs and about 20 lenses in my collection I used to laugh at cell phone photography. Don't get me wrong...some cell phones took nice snapshots but I was never impressed enough where I felt comfortable going away without a dedicated camera so I bought a compact DSLR with a internal zoom lens to get by. That was until I purchased a Pixel 2 XL. I was floored by it's results despite lack of manual controls. My only regret was hating the original Pixel's bezels so much that I didn't realize what I was giving up.

    In comes the Pixel 3XL....OMG....this thing is can't be real. The clarity and detail is amazing. I'm not suggesting that there aren't other cameras that can go toe to toe with it and the Prior Pixels are no slouches but when I look at some of the results I can't believe it's coming from a tiny sensor with a tiny lens.
    My daughter who tried to convince me in the past that iPhones take better pictures came to me yesterday to borrow my phone to take pictures. I asked "what happened...is the battery on your X dead?"
    She replied "No.... I like the way your phone takes pictures". For my daughter to admit that is pretty impressive because if pictures were only slightly better she wouldn't have come to me.

    My dilemma is that my dedicated equipment just sits now. I'll have to remember to juice up the batteries on occasion.
    I have a similar story. I paid thousands for lens/cameras/bags/filters/tripods etc. Now they just sit and its all thanks to the P2XL. It produced the best photos form any smartphone I owned at the time (Android & iPhone).
    10-23-2018 01:29 AM
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