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These are the 6 biggest camera upgrades to Google's Pixel 6

An improved sensor, software, and more lens options means the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro take better photos all around.

Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are finally here, and with their arrival are several new pieces of hardware and software aimed at making your pictures and videos better than ever.

New sensors

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have new 1-inch and 1.3-inch sensors, respectively, which Google says captures 150 percent more light compared to the sensor in the Pixel 5. Google says the new and improved sensors bolster the Pixel’s ability to capture light and color, making your photos brighter, but also more dynamic.

New lenses

A new 12-megapixel ultrawide lens makes its way to both phones, allowing users to fit more in the frame of each shot. The Pixel 6 Pro is also getting an exclusive 48-megapixel telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom and up to 20x digital zoom with the Pixel’s Super Res Zoom feature.

Tap to Snap

Google is partnering with Snapchat to pilot a Pixel-exclusive feature called “Tap to Snap” that allows users to quickly pull open Snapchat without unlocking their phones. Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners are able to activate the feature by tapping the back of the phone, which pulls open Snapchat in a camera-only mode. To share, users have to authenticate using their phones’ selected security method.

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Magic Eraser

Google’s Magic Eraser is bringing a bit of Photoshop magic to the Pixel by allowing users to delete objects from a photo scene using AI. Magic Eraser can be guided by tapping on the object you’d like to remove, or automatically identify potential intruders and offers you the option to delete them unprompted. Magic Eraser will also work on both new or old photos.

Motion mode

A software feature called Motion Mode allows users to make their snaps more dynamic with panning and long exposures. For instance, if your subject was standing next to a moving subway train, you could use Motion Mode to capture the train’s movement while still focusing on the person in the frame.

Real Tone

Google is making an effort to improve its AI photo features to better capture people who don’t have light skin (historically AI has been more than spotty when it comes to recognizing people of color). Real Tone, as Google is calling it, is built into both new Pixel devices and cannot be turned off.