Camera Comparison: iPhone 11 Pro vs. Google Pixel 4
18.10.2019 0 Comments
The battle of the best.
Last night, Google hosted a grand event in New York, where it revealed to the world its new smartphones – Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Flagship models have acquired OLED screens with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, the top Snapdragon 855 processor and new secure face recognition technology. But the main improvement, of course, is on the back of the new products – these are updated cameras.
The camera has always been a distinctive feature of the Pixel line. Google smartphones managed to occupy the top lines in the ranking of the best mobile cameras, despite the lack of a telephoto lens and wide-angle sensor. Thanks to sophisticated software algorithms, Google’s flagships managed to produce expressive and high-quality photos even with a single (!) Camera module.
But in 2019, you won’t go far on a single camera, and Google added another sensor to its smartphones – a telephoto lens. The full specifications for the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL cameras look like this:
The main module is 12 MP. The size of the sensor is 1.4 microns. There is a Dual Pixel autofocus system, an improved system of optical and digital image stabilization. Fast lens with f / 1.7 aperture. 16MP telephoto lens. The size of the sensor is 1.0 μm. Optical and digital image stabilization system. Fast sensor with f / 2.4 aperture. This lens is designed to determine the depth of the scene, which allows you to give the pictures a realistic bokeh effect.
The capabilities of the cameras are complemented by a special image processing coprocessor, as well as improved Pixel Neural Core machine learning algorithms. Smartphones can shoot videos in 4K resolution with a frequency of 30 frames per second, and also support slow-motion shooting in Full HD resolution and with a frequency of 120 frames per second.
According to Google, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL cameras are significantly better. The company has seriously worked on expanding the dynamic range and improving the night mode.
On paper, the capabilities of the new lenses look impressive. But how are things in real world use cases? Is the dual-camera Pixel 4 capable of competing with the triple module of the iPhone 11 Pro?
The answer to this question already exists. Journalists of the popular edition of The Verge were among the first to get their hands on the new product and took several test shots in various conditions. For comparison, similar photos were taken on the iPhone 11 Pro. Let's find out what came of it.
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Both smartphones proved to be excellent in daytime shooting. Photos turned out to be as colorful and detailed as possible. However, the picture with Pixel 4 still turned out to be closer to reality.
But in the open, the flagship cameras showed not the best result. The image from Pixel 4 turned out to be openly darkened, and in the case of the iPhone 11 Pro it was overexposed, which is especially noticeable in the “piercing” daylight rays. The reality is somewhere in between.
But when shooting an object with a lot of small details, the difference is not so obvious. But with a large approximation, it becomes obvious that the victory for the iPhone 11 Pro. In this example, you can clearly see the work of innovative technology Deep Fusion.
In portrait shooting, the Pixel 4 camera handled the processing of small details better, correctly conveying color accents. The picture from the iPhone 11 Pro turned out to be less contrasting and not so colorful. In addition, the frame turned out to be too “warm”, which, again, does not correspond to the real colors.
Absolutely the same picture – iPhone 11 Pro again “embellished” the photo with excessive warm shades. The Pixel 4 handled color accents much better. However, the Apple smartphone managed to surpass the opponent in detailing small objects, which is fine with sweaters and hair.
In this photo, everything is not so obvious. But the difference begins to be noticeable at a large approximation. The image from Pixel 4 more clearly conveyed the texture and “texture” of the castle. iPhone 11 Pro produced a decent result, but still ended up behind.
The image from Pixel 4 turned out to be warm and darkened, and the iPhone 11 Pro camera gave a brighter and brighter picture. However, there was no fundamental difference between the photos and there is no obvious winner.
Needless to say, both the flagship cameras produce excellent quality pictures. Somewhere it works better than Pixel 4, and in some places – iPhone 11 Pro. Talking about any superiority of one smartphone over another is not necessary at all.
The pluses of the Pixel 4 camera include natural color reproduction, high detail of small objects and the broadest dynamic range, avoiding unnecessary "overexposure".
The camera features of the iPhone 11 Pro include excellent exposure with vibrant hues and a high level of detail in a variety of lighting conditions – including night shooting. True, sometimes a smartphone is mistaken and does not accurately convey color tones. But overall, Apple has done a lot of work on the camera of its smartphones, bringing them as close as possible to the unspoken favorite – the Pixel series of smartphones.
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