Pixel 2 (non-XL) panoramas are terrible (software bug??) *Infinity Focus Point is inaccurate*
been investigating this for a bit now, and as best I can tell, there is
definitely something wrong on the software side of the Pixel 2 panorama
mode. They just have no sharpness to them. No small details are
preserved, text is illegible.
Above is a small gallery of samples taken at Best Buy where I was able to compare my OG Pixel 5", two Pixel 2, and one Pixel 2XL. They all have similar stills performance, but I took a single frame panorama with each and there is a huge difference between the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2XL/OG Pixel. This has been apparent every single time I've compared my Pixel 2 to my og Pixel. And yes, high quality was selected for the panorama mode. I even tested low quality on the og pixel and it's still miles better than the pixel 2.
I also have done comparisons with Cardboard Camera panoramas and og pixel is better than pixel 2 there as well.
If people with the pixel 2 (non-XL) can test and confirm, hopefully we can get this acknowledged and fixed!
09Apr18 Just updating the main post with more info (it's been FIVE months without a fix):
https://photos.app.goo.gl/fHpaxlJtfV0zykyj1 Pixel 1 vs Pixel 2
**The issue seems to lie with the infinity focus point being set inaccurately. Any camera feature that sets the camera to infinity is affected (photosphere, panoramas, AR stickers, etc.). Anyone can see this by testing a camera app with manual controls and manually focusing to infinity, you will see that even distant objects are out of focus.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/00IPUNktQcwtuVcK2 Autofocus vs Infinity Focus
This issue is also reported here: https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/69809329
Issue is still present as of the 05Apr18 security patch.
Statements from google:
06Dec17 "Thanks all - I'll be reaching out privately to collect some bug reports and other information." -Orrin
14Dec17 "We have shared this with our engineering team and will update this issue with more information as it becomes available." -ar...@google.com (issue tracker system)
02Apr18 "We're aware of this issue and still working on it, but we don't have any updates to share yet. Appreciate your understanding." -Twitter message from @MadeByGoogle
10Apr18 Mentioned/issue replicated by XDA: https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-2-blurry-panorama-issue/
Testing with 3rd party apps that allow manual focus, focusing all the way to infinity results in a blurry image, while focusing just short of that is sharp.
Since panorama modes typically just set the focus point to infinity, this is causing the resulting panoramas to be out of focus.
Really hoping Google can make this an easy and quick fix!
Would be nice if there was a way to know our feedback has been acknowledged and if it will be fixed or not.
Also, the panoramas that Google photos stitches for me always top out at 16mp. Is there a way around that limit? I think using the panorama mode on the phone can get up to 50mp, which is quite a difference.
Panoramas are blurry and in bad quality.
I just sent a bug report.
Hopefully Google will fix this.
It's a shame, that "one of the best smartphone-cameras" have this bug. :(
I don't know since when I have this issue. But I discovert it just two days ago.
I am still experiencing this with (2) Pixel 2's. One of them is updated to today's 8.1 build as well.
I have made my contribution to the Issue Tracker report related to this.
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