Pixel phone camera hardware has not changed since Nexus 5x

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Pixel2xlSnapper New Member • Posts: 10
Pixel phone camera hardware has not changed since Nexus 5x

Rear cameras:

2015 = Nexus 5x/6p = Sony IMX377, 12.3MP, f/2.0, 1/2.3",1.55um, Laser AF, no EIS and OIS, 26mm

2016 = Original Pixel = Sony IMX378, 12.3 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.3", 1.55µm, PDAF, Laser AF, EIS, no OIS, 26mm

2017 = Pixel 2 = Sony IMX362, 12.2MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4μm, DPPDAF, OIS + EIS, Laser AF, 27mm

2018 = Pixel 3 = Sony IMX363, 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, DPPDAF, OIS + EIS, 28mm

2019 = Pixel 3a = Sony IMX363, 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, DPPDAF, OIS + EIS, 28mm

2019 = Pixel 4 = Sony IMX363, 12.2 MP, f/1.72, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, DPPDAF, OIS + EIS, 27mm

(Pixel 4 has a telephoto lens of 16MP which I thought might impress, but it is mostly average only. It barely gives 1.7x magnification in h/w, and slightly clearer photos on zoom but not much.)

2020 = Pixel 4a = Sony IMX363, 12.2 MP, f/1.72, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, DPPDAF, OIS + EIS, 27mm

For 5 years, the camera sensor hardware has almost been the same (nearly identical). This has been a bit disappointing for me.

It in fact reduced from [1/2.3", 1.55um] to [1/2.55", 1.4um] when moving from pixel 1 to pixel 2 (maybe for the DPPDAF Portrait mode enabling feature).

The pixel 5 may again come with the same sensor of IMX 363 which would be pretty disappointing OR they might upgrade it to [IMX555 1/1.7" 1.8um] which would be a good upgrade but still feels sorta incremental.

Let me know what you guys think?

What are the areas the future pixel phone cameras can make serious improvements in? (Capturing super Fast action? Much better color science? HDR video? Improved slow motion? Super high ISO? 5x zoom periscope cams?...etc.)

Do you feel the next huge h/w upgrade and leap of the camera sensors and tech would come in the Pixel 5 or 6?
(An interesting shift in pixel 6 would be the custom Samsung Exynos processor, which means maybe we can no longer use GCam in cheaper snapdragon phones?)

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