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Pixel 3 uses a rather unknown Sony Exmor Sensor for selfies

17 October 2018 2

It is almost impossible to find an Android smartphone that boasts good camera performance but without a Sony Exmor sensor. In fact, Sony sensors can be found in more devices than the total number of Sony Xperia phones out right now. All the major flagships like Sony Xperia XZ2, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei P20 Pro house a Sony Sensor.

Talking about flagships, even Pixel 3 like the previous generation Pixel phones, feature Sony sensors both at the back and front. It houses a Sony IMX 363 sensor at the back which can be found on other devices like Razer Phone 2, POCO F1 and Asus Zenfone 5Z, although it’s the Google's software prowess coupled with the sensors makes it the best camera phone hands down.


While the Razer phone 2 and Asus Zenfone 5Z offer 4K video at 60 FPS and POCO F1 would soon get it via an update, Pixel 3 doesn’t offer the same. This may be either due to the fact that Google’s software optimizes the camera output heavily and hence it may not be able to support 4K Video @60FPS or maybe Google is trying to save free space offered with Pixel devices, who knows.

While on the front there is a relatively unknown Sony IMX355 sensor otherwise only seen on Google Pixel Slate apart from the Pixel 3. Even Sony has not revealed the specifications of this sensor yet hence we will have to remain contained with the limited information that Google offers us.

Rear Camera (Sony IMX363)

Front Camera (Sony IMX355)

  • 12.2MP dual-pixel
  • Wide-angle
    • 8MP
    • f/2.2 aperture
    • Field of view: 97°
    • Fixed focus
  • 1.4μm
  • Normal
    • 8MP
    • f/1.8 aperture
    • Field of view: 75°
    • Autofocus with phase detection
  • Autofocus with dual pixel phase detection
  • Video recording
    • 1080p@30fps
    • 720p@30fps
    • 480p@30fps
  • Optical + electronic image stabilization
  • Spectral + flicker sensor
  • f/1.8 aperture
  • Field of view: 76°
  • Video recording
    • 1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, Auto
    • 720p @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps, Auto
    • 4K @ 30fps

  • The Google Pixel 3 XL isn't still available online. To be notified when it becomse available click here.
  • The Google Pixel 3 isn't still available online. To be notified when it becomse available click here.

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