Smartphones are fast becoming one of the most essential tools available to amateur filmmakers with their ever-improving technology

Google has announced the introduction of the Google Pixel 2 smartphone, which it promises will have the ‘best smartphone camera’ yet.

The global brand also announced the video specifications for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which will allow 4K filming at 30fps. While it doesn’t match up to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, which will have 4K video at 60fps, Google’s new smartphone will offer high quality footage with these specs.

The Pixel 2 also allows 1080p up to 120fps, which should give slow-mo footage a much more professional look.

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Google has also announced their updates to improve footage quality as well, with promised image stabilisation to eliminate shaky footage.

In terms of stills, the rear camera will have 12 megapixels, with a wide f/1.8 aperture to compensate for smaller pixels at 1.4μm, while the front will have eight megapixels and a f/2.4 aperture. DxOMark, an image quality rating company, gave the new camera an overall score of 98, which is the highest ever given to any smartphone camera.

The Google Pixel 2 can be pre-ordered from today for £629 and the Pixel 2 XL for £799 before its release on October 19.

Clips is a standalone device that uses artificial intelligence to decide when to capture spontaneous moments, learning from what it believes is important to you.

Google says it is designed specifically for pet-owners and families to help them capture moments they won’t want to miss and then sends them directly to their smartphone.

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Some concerns have been raised about security issues but Google says that the device lights up when in use to make it obvious that it’s being used.

For now, Google Clips will only be available to buy in the US with no word yet on UK pricing and availability.

Let us know in the comments below if you see yourself using these new cameras for your video or whether you’re still loyal to your DSLR.