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Sporting an all-new telephoto lens, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL have one of the best camera setups of any phone. The Pixel 4 features an updated Night Sight mode that can capture stars, improved zoom and user controls for shadows and highlights.

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The Pixel 4 has a 12.2-megapixel standard camera and a 16-megapixel telephoto lens. With ample, outdoor lighting it took vibrant shots of Inwood Hill Park.

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The phone's low-light mode, Night Sight, has been improved. With a steady hold and lots of patience, you can take photos of a night sky.

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Another example of the astrophotography possible with the Pixel 4.

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The camera's HDR Plus effect renders in real time and is viewable on the phone's screen. While it's great to see how the effect looks as you take a photo, you can't turn HDR Plus off. 

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Two sliders on the phone's screen lets you control highlights and shadows so you can tweak how the phone applies HDR Plus. Here is one way you can take this photo...

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And here is another way, with a heavy silhouette. 

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Another example of tweaking the phone's high- and lowlights. 

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That being said, the phone can handle multiple exposures and blown out lights very well. In this picture, it was able to capture some detail in both the background windows and the foreground.

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Portrait Mode has also been improved to look smoother around hair and fur. You can now use the mode at a further distance.

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More examples of portrait shots.

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The phone also has great white balance. This bar's lighting is quite warm and yellow inside. But the Pixel 4 corrected this light fixture as a neat, white light.

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This restaurant also had heavy warm lighting, but from the whiteness of the tea cup you wouldn't have known.

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The camera's digital zoom is excellent, and I was able to take steady shots of objects that were super far away. Here is one picture zoomed all the way up to 8X...

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And here is the framing completely zoomed out.

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Two more examples of the camera's zoom follows.

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The Pixel 4's Night Sight still takes impressive shots, brightening up dimly lit scenes clearly. Though you can tell in this picture, the bar was actually very dark in real life.

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Other pictures taken with Night Sight follows.

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Click through for a few more daytime photos taken with the Pixel 4.

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Photos taken on the front-facing 8-megapixel camera weren't as crisp and sharp as the rear shooter and in dim lighting, faces were muddled around the edges. But with ample lighting, pictures were sharp and colors were true to life.   

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The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are available Oct. 24 and start at $800 and $900, respectively. For more information, read CNET's reviews of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.   

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