The Pixel 8 camera might adopt a new HDR technique

Photo of the Google Pixel 7 camera bump
The Pixel 7 used the same camera sensor as the previous generation, but that might be changing. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The Pixel 8 is a long ways off, but some snippets of camera app code identified by developer Kuba Wojciechowski are giving us an early glimpse into what Google might be planning. The code in question refers to “staggered HDR,” which isn’t a technique that Google’s Pixel camera currently uses. The company was one of the first to refine mobile HDR and computational photography, taking them mainstream. Now, it appears to be evolving its tech for the next generation in a significant way.

Staggered HDR is a method of capturing short and long exposures of scenes nearly simultaneously. Google currently employs HDR Plus Bracketing, which takes individual photos in rapid succession and uses them to create a final image with a wide dynamic range —…

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Author: Allison Johnson