The advantage of Google smartphones has always been its software capabilities. The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are no exception to this rule, thanks to a new Best Take option that wowed us, at least on paper. We explain to you how it works.
Who has never taken a family photo where one of the members closes their eyes, yawns, or doesn’t look at the camera? A situation that Google intends to solve thanks to “Best Take”, a very practical editing feature available on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro.
The best faces for the best photography
“We help ourselves a little for a family photo!” Everyone is looking attentively at the target. Ready? Three, two, one… Monkey! […] It’s a shame, everyone is smiling except the aunt, and the grandfather is looking at his feet. No problem, we’ll do it again.”
In this situation, you end up taking the photo you think is best. But Google understands our frustration and wants to make sure everyone can look their best in group photos. This is where the Best Take feature, introduced alongside the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, comes into play.
The principle is simple but extremely effective:
- You take multiple photos of the same scene (with the same people).
- You notice that some of them look their “best” in photographs, while others look worse.
- Google Photos looks at each photo and suggests “multiple heads” of the same person in similar photos.
- You choose the one you like best, and that’s it!
Apparently, this is just one of the many new software features Google is offering in the Pixel 8, which you can find in the promotional video below. The brand has not yet clarified whether other Pixel smartphones will be able to benefit from this.
Lots of Pixel 8 photo features
Another feature we’re going to test in more detail before offering a review of the Pixel 8 is the Night Vision option applied to video. When this shooting mode was released on Pixel smartphones, Google took a significant lead in rendering night shots.
The Audio Eraser, which allows you to significantly reduce ambient noise to focus on your subject, is also very interesting on paper. We can already imagine using it in a stadium or concert to hear the scene we are interested in more clearly.
Google proves once again that product specs are only part of the equation. Mastery of artificial intelligence and processing algorithms that offer functionality that makes sense to users complements a promising photographic assessment.