Recent complaints have been cropping up online about the Pixel 8’s selfie camera, with some blaming the lack of autofocus for the unpleasant photos that come out of it. The lack of autofocus on the Pixel 8 isn’t to blame, but that’s a little more worrisome than a simple hardware issue.
The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are supposed to be Google’s best phones to date, and the consensus among colleagues and users echoes that sentiment rather strongly. One of the main takeaways is that the devices have superb cameras that join good hardware with Google’s post-processing for exceptional mobile photos. There are a couple of differences between the two devices. Namely, the Pixel 8 Pro has a telephoto lens for further zoom shots. On the flip side, the Pixel 8 Pro has a selfie camera with autofocus, which actually isn’t that common for Android smartphones. The Pixel 8 lacks this advancement, which has caused somewhat of a stir.
Here’s the thing – the Pixel 8 does not have autofocus in the same way that the Pixel 7/7 Pro did, and the Pixel 6/6 Pro didn’t have autofocus. Front-facing selfie cameras are built to take photos at high sensitivity and narrow aperture, which naturally focuses more content in the photo. As long as you’re not extremely close or a mile away, you’ll likely be in focus, and quality should be in line, if not improved over previous generations.
However, some users seem to be seeing issues that aren’t a result of fixed focus in the front-facing lens. This makes it pretty strange that some users are seeing selfies that are completely blurry.
One user on Reddit noted that images in the viewfinder appear blurry, with a lot of detail lost in hair and the face. Holding the camera at arm’s length seems to be a fix, however uncomfortable and inconvenient that is. Another states that he also has to hold the Pixel 8…
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