New updates are being added at the end of this story…….
The original story (published on October 19, 2022) is as follows:
The Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro series are now available for purchase in multiple regions. Many are already enjoying the company’s new smartphones.
Several key areas are praised, such as performance, rear cameras, and the overall user experience. But there are some other aspects that can be improved, according to reports.
For example, there are some Pixel 7 owners who are not satisfied with the quality of the stereo speakers. Also, the performance of the fingerprint sensor leaves a lot to be desired.
Now, various reports suggest that the quality of the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro’s front-facing camera is really bad, leading to blurry, grainy, or washed-out photos.
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro front camera photos are blurry, grainy, or washed out
Many Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro users are not satisfied with the quality of selfies on their new smartphones. Apparently, the quality of the final photos is very low, more typical of mid-range smartphones.
Photos from the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro’s front-facing camera reportedly lose a lot of detail when lighting conditions aren’t perfect, resulting in blurry, noisy, or washed-out images.
Pixel 7 series users find selfies to ‘smooth’ surfaces and skin. There is also visible noise and grain in the image when ambient lighting is lowered.
I just got my pixel 7 and tried to take a video with the selfie camera but it came out looking like i was wearing a lot of makeup to smooth my skin. Is there a way to turn this off? I’ve been trawling through the config and all the threads on here from previous models and haven’t found any answers.
Why everyone ignores the front camera on the pixel 7/pro. The selfie camera is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. When there is low light (I don’t mean total darkness) the camera is really bad. If you use camera app google fix it with software but for video it’s so bad and all social apps too. The worst is during video calls.
The issue reportedly affects both photos and video recordings. In the sample image below, you can clearly see how grainy the image is.
Also, in the sample image below (comparing selfies from the Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy Z Fold 4) you can see both the lack of detail and the overexposure on Google’s smartphone.
Unfortunately, there is still no solution to help improve Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro front camera photos. There is also no official acknowledgment of this issue from Google yet.
We will update this story once any new related developments emerge.
Update 1 (October 21, 2022)
15:29 (CST): Some users of Pixel phones (1,2,3,4,5) are now reporting that the rear cameras are overprocessed with higher sharpness, contrast and HDR.
On the other hand, the images captured with the selfie camera (1,2,3,4,5) are disappointing as they do not capture enough detail. However, the problems have not yet been recognized.
Update 2 (January 4, 2023)
2:22 p.m. (CST): Google has released a fix for the issue where photos captured from the Pixel 7 appear distorted or damaged when zoomed in.
Fixed issue that would occasionally cause captured photos to appear corrupted or distorted while zooming in* (Font)
Update 3 (January 9, 2023)
09:36 a.m. (CST): Some Pixel 7 (1,2,3) owners continue to complain about poor quality front camera images. It appears that no fixes have been made since the release of the devices.
Update 4 (January 10, 2023)
11:18 a.m. (CST): More Pixel 7 users (1,2,3,4) have recently expressed their dissatisfaction with the image quality of the front camera.
However, disabling the ‘Face Retouch’ option may work as a possible solution. So affected users can give it a try.
Update 5 (January 11, 2023)
1:06 p.m. (CST): Google has recently released the Android 13 QPR2 beta 2 update. So if you are still facing this issue, then you can try installing the beta update and see if it helps.
Update 6 (January 12, 2023)
1:03 p.m. (CST): We have come across an inconvenient but effective solution to blurry photos from the front camera.
not an ideal suggestion but if you have a wearos watch you can set a timer and take selfies with the rear camera, you can even turn on portrait mode and it has a viewfinder on the watch (I use the pixel watch)
Update 7 (January 13, 2023)
5:48 p.m. (CST): A Reddit user shared some tips for getting better selfies with the front-facing camera on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. You can check it out below.
NOTE: You can also check the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro bug/issue tracker.
Featured Image: Google
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