Google Pixel 3 camera shootout

Smartphone cameras have come a prolonged proceed in a comparatively brief volume of time. The Google Pixel 3 hasn’t softened too many on a Pixel 2’s considerable performance, nonetheless it does a few pivotal things differently. To see customarily how good a Pixel 3 stacks adult opposite a rest of a reward smartphone crop, we put it adult opposite a Pixel 2, iPhone Xs Max, LG V40, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and Huawei P20 Pro (I unfortunately did not have entrance to a Mate 20 Pro during a time).

In this shootout, you’ll be means to clearly see where any device leads a pack, where things are too tighten to call, and where things go terribly wrong. Night Sight was not strictly accessible on my Pixel 3 during a time these shots were taken, so we’ll have to come behind to that. Let’s dive right in. To truly see a differences, we can see all of a hi-res strange print samples for any device during a links below:

Exterior building

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

Both Pixels have high contrariety and sate a red in a car nicely. The iPhone handles a red likewise nonetheless is a small agree throughout. Both Pixels demeanour somewhat underexposed compared to a rest of a phones, with a shadowy areas of ivy underneath a scaffolding utterly losing fact where a energetic operation of other phones collect adult some-more detail.

The V40 and Note 9 onslaught to clearly conclude a smaller content on a signs and a P20 Pro’s complicated estimate doesn’t do it any favors. Huawei’s device does conduct to get as many fact as a tip contenders, though. Especially if we wizz into a territory wall. You can clearly see some-more heightening in a newer Pixel compared to final year’s indication and rebate sound overall.

The V40 is a misfortune performer here, followed by a Note 9 and P20 Pro, with a iPhone Xs Max and dual Pixels during a tip — that we cite will count on either we like a aloft contrariety and darker outcome of a Pixels or a agree and some-more uniformly unprotected iPhone shot.

Manhattan skyline – wide

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

On a murky day in NYC, a iPhone Xs Max managed to supplement a many hardness to a prosaic gray sky. The Note 9 and P20 Pro had a best white change notwithstanding a wily lighting, while a Pixel 3 and iPhone Xs Max attempted too tough to spin a sky blue (which it many unequivocally was not).

Zoom in on a Empire State Building and we can see a Pixels and iPhone constructed unequivocally matching fact and clarity. The Note 9 and P20 Pro vaunt a same grade of heightening that looks good during a stretch nonetheless a small feign adult close. The V40 is distant too murky and loud to be a contender here.

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Manhattan skyline – zoomed

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

The P20 Pro has a 3x visual wizz while a iPhone Xs Max, LG V40 and Note 9 all have 2x optical. The Pixels use digital wizz only. As we competence expect, a 3x visual wizz on a P20 Pro reveals distant some-more fact on a Empire State Building’s spire and it is a customarily camera to clearly reconstruct a plane lines on a building during a bottom of a Empire State. Looking during a 2x visual devices, a Note 9 and iPhone Xs Max are a best adult close, producing unequivocally matching results. The Note 9 manages somewhat improved fact and improved contrariety than a iPhone.

When zooming, a Pixels onslaught due to a miss of a delegate lens – nonetheless are still allied to a LG V40 that has a 2x lens.

The Pixels onslaught nonetheless a delegate lens, nonetheless their images are still allied to a LG V40 (which has one). The Pixel 3 has significantly rebate sound than a Pixel 2 and resolves some-more detail, as seen in a potion building during a bottom of a Empire State. The Pixel 3’s estimate starts to wade into P20 Pro domain with synthetic sharpness replacing a loud realism of a Pixel 2. we cite this proceed — rebate sound and crook fact — nonetheless it approaching won’t greatfully fans of prior Pixels. The V40 is again utterly murky with copiousness of artifacts surrounding a buildings.

Mural

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

This colorful picture of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat reveals a lot about how any camera saturates color. Looking during a yellow triangle in a center, a iPhone and Pixels sate it a lot, while a P20 Pro (with Master AI enabled) sits during a other finish of a spectrum. The iPhone and Pixels sate to a same grade nonetheless a Pixel 3 plucks out somewhat larger hardness on a wall. In terms of realism, I’d contend it’s a tighten competition between these 3 phones. The Note 9 exhibits a metric ton of fact — it’s indeed too many — by unrealistically enhancing a edges of any singular partial of a wall.

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Diner interior

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

There are 3 tools value observant in this dim interior: a booze eyeglasses on a table, a window to a left of frame, and a dim area behind a dais closer to a camera.

All phones hoop a eyeglasses similarly. The Note 9’s bid is a small noisy, nonetheless maintains excellent fact a best. The Pixels are noisier and denote rebate sharpness, nonetheless a Pixel 3 somewhat outperforms a predecessor. The iPhone unequivocally struggles to conclude a edges of a eyeglasses or napkins with a picture violation down noticeably. The P20 Pro shot is a misfortune of a bunch. Given a murky interior, all phones achieved flattering admirably.

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3 (detail)

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2 (detail)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (detail)

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max (detail)

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro (detail)

LG V40 camera

LG V40 (detail)

The window is where things get interesting. The Pixel 3 is by distant a best here, capturing a many picturesque and minute scene. The Pixel 2 is some-more blown out and demonstrates distant rebate energetic range. The P20 Pro is rebate detailed, nonetheless still utterly realistic. The iPhone has improved clarity nonetheless a prosaic coloring generates a uncanny illusory scene. Once again, a V40’s assertive estimate produces a comically bizarre-looking result. The Note 9 is customarily plain fuzzy.

As for a third cause (the behind of a bench), this is a transparent proceed to heed energetic operation capabilities. The some-more fact and improved unprotected this shadowy area is, a some-more a phone can do to turn out bearing in a stage with mixed light levels. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 are a apparent winners here, with a wider well-exposed area and some-more hardness in a details. The Huawei P20 Pro follows with satisfactory quality, nonetheless a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40, and iPhone Xs Max destroy miserably. Balancing out a eyeglasses opposite a window and a bench, a Pixel 3 is a transparent leader here.

Evening exterior

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

At initial glance, a travel stage during eve shows customarily how distant low light opening and sound rebate has come. There’s still copiousness of light in this stage nonetheless and it proves wily for some-more than a few of these phones. The P20 Pro does a best pursuit of not floating out a shop’s interior, nonetheless it leans heavily on estimate to conclude facilities around a neon open pointer to a right of a open door. The V40 and Note 9 follow not too distant behind. While a Pixel 2, Pixel 3 and iPhone Xs Max all blow out a interior highlights, all 3 uncover many larger fact on a shelves inside. The 3 formula are roughly uncelebrated adult close.

The Note 9 resolves a slightest fact on a white window ledges during a tip of a building and is many darker than a other shots. The V40 doesn’t constraint many some-more fact on a ledges nonetheless does abate adult a left side of a building noticeably. The P20 Pro provides marginally improved detail, nonetheless customarily a Pixels and a iPhone offering realistic-looking detail, where we can clearly make out a brickwork. The iPhone exhibits rebate sound in this area, however, and altogether comes out on top.

The P20 Pro provides marginally improved fact nonetheless it isn’t until we get to a Pixels and iPhone that realistic-looking fact is visible.

One some-more theme we would like to hold on is suit blur. Because these shots are taken in a dark, a shiver speed customarily needs to delayed down, that competence impact a picture if there are relocating objects or we customarily occur to have unsure hands. The LG V40 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 can’t conduct frozen a relocating cars, for example. This would demeanour cold if finished on purpose and a shiver speed was even slower, nonetheless it customarily looks like a fumble here. For these specific photos, many of a fact is lost. This could be elementary over-softening, though.

Portrait mode

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

First up, faces. The initial thing to notice here is a iPhone Xs Max’s bearing is darker than a Android phones. It also over-saturates a skin, creation it distant pinker than a rest. The Note 9 and P20 Pro uncover justification of a residual beauty mode, even nonetheless we had all settings incited off, with a pores on my nose noticeably rebate manifest on a Note 9. Both a P20 Pro and Note 9 are also softer on detail. Sharpness is improved on a Pixel 3 than a Pixel 2, many simply seen in a whiskers of my brave while a iPhone sits somewhere in a middle. The Pixel 3 wins this part.

Now, on to mural mode credentials blurring.

Before we pierce onto dilemma showing around my hair, let’s demeanour during a earbud cables in these mural mode selfies. Only a Pixel 3 manages to keep them wholly in a foreground, nonetheless that was also a customarily shot where they lay tighten to my face. The Note 9 does a decent pursuit gripping a earbud cables in focus. The iPhone Xs Max and P20 Pro do a comically bad pursuit of blurring them out. The V40 gets a wires wrong, nonetheless does a improved pursuit of obfuscating them than most.

My uncontrolled hair is a ultimate exam for mural mode dilemma showing and I’m nonetheless to see any phone do a unequivocally good pursuit of it.

My uncontrolled hair is a ultimate exam for mural mode dilemma showing and I’ve nonetheless to see any phone do a unequivocally good pursuit with it. Surprisingly a LG V40 managed a best here, with customarily a small uncanny blurring going on where a skyline in a behind meets my hair. Notably, a furious strands during a tip of my conduct sojourn in focus, something no other phone got right.

The Note 9 did maybe a best pursuit during gradually blurring out my hair practically (rather than carrying a tough dilemma between forehead and credentials hair many phones demonstrate), nonetheless we consider a altogether picture is customarily too soft. The iPhone attempts a matching graduated outcome nonetheless fails during it. Both a Pixels do a decent pursuit during slicing my conduct out, nonetheless a outcome is unrealistic. The P20 Pro does a decent pursuit until we get to my right impertinence when all goes to crap fast.

While no phone did an well-developed job, it’s still engaging to see a proceed any camera takes: either it tries to compute between hair during a front of my conduct and hair during a back, or if it takes all of my hair as forehead and customarily tries to apart a tangible background.

All phones did a good pursuit on a tangible background, nonetheless we cite a combined fact in a H2O closer to a bottom of a support in a shots by a iPhone, Pixel 3 and Note 9 to a general credentials fuzz of a V40. Given a iPhone’s issues with skin and horrible earbud treatment, it’s out of a using for me. The Note 9 managed a credentials and earbud wires good nonetheless a super soothing skin is wrong. That leaves me with a Pixel 3, that rubbed a earbuds good (perhaps by astray advantage), did a flattering good pursuit on my hair, and rubbed a credentials simply with copiousness of good fact in a face.

Old building

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

In a high contrariety shot of a dilemma of a aged territory building, nothing of a cameras conduct to get many out of a pale sky. The iPhone Xs Max fails a many miserably, totally floating out a right-hand side of a shot while branch a left palm side unnaturally blue. The P20 Pro gets a best hardness opposite a sky, followed by a Note 9. Note: In all of these shots, a focal indicate was on a front-most dilemma of a building.

Looking during a rest of a shot, a P20 Pro incited a sky too gray, messed with a white change and done a building a small too orange. we think this was a work of Master AI, nonetheless we can’t remember if it kicked in or not when we took a shot. The other phones rubbed colors many better, exclusive a iPhone that overexposed a shot.

If we wizz into a set of windows during a dilemma above a white wall, we can see customarily a iPhone managed to scrupulously outline a columns inside and does a good pursuit during formulating picturesque fact on a building’s exterior. Both Pixels are unequivocally tighten to a iPhone and demeanour roughly matching to one another. The Note 9 and P20 Pro vaunt matching heightening around a brickwork and windows, with customarily a bit some-more contrariety in a P20 Pro. Neither looks terribly good adult close. The V40 is murky and lacks fact once again. This one unequivocally goes to a iPhone and a Pixels.

Fruit and unfeeling stand

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

All 6 phones did a good pursuit with a furnish mount during night, generally incompatible in superfluity and white balance. Looking during a pickles and tomatoes on a corner, a Pixel 3 does a many improved pursuit than a Pixel 2, doing both a highlights on a tomatoes and fact on a pickles better. There’s also a bit rebate noise. The iPhone handles a highlights good too, nonetheless doesn’t get as many fact as a Pixel 3. The V40 is a small soothing and cleared out, nonetheless not terribly so. The Note 9 produces a somewhat some-more sharp-witted palette, nonetheless lacks sum on a pickles. The P20 Pro processes too tough as usual, with too many contrariety and no genuine detail.

Dynamic operation is critical in night time photography (especially when synthetic light is present). With dark and oppressive lights, shadows are tough to understanding with. To see opening in this matter customarily demeanour during that shade underneath a shelf above a pickles, right subsequent a watermelon in a center. How many can we see down there?

All 6 phones did a good pursuit of a fruit and veg mount during night, nonetheless I’m giving this one to a Pixel 3.

The Huawei P20 Pro’s assertive proceed to abrasive blacks performs a misfortune in this area. The contrariety is too high, so a shadowy area is roughly totally blacked out. The iPhone Xs seems to do flattering good during this, and a Pixel 3 is substantially a subsequent best contender. The other phones yield varying degrees of OK.

Looking during a tip left dilemma of a shot, a P20 Pro again crushes a blacks in a unresolved flowers and is altogether too contrasty. The Note 9 and Pixel 2 get a small loud on a white underside of a roof nonetheless both offer matching levels of detail. The iPhone displays rebate sound than a Note 9 or Pixel 2. The V40 does a surprisingly good pursuit in this section, with small sound and good detail, nonetheless a contrasty estimate lets it down a bit, producing an impractical outcome underneath scrutiny. The Pixel 3 produces rebate sound and some-more fact than a Pixel 2 in this territory and is altogether a some-more offset and appreciative outcome overall. I’m giving this one to a Pixel 3.

Low light bar interior

Google Pixel 3 camera

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 2 camera

Google Pixel 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

iPhone Xs Max camera

iPhone Xs Max

Huawei P20 Pro camera

Huawei P20 Pro

LG V40 camera

LG V40

The bar interior shows customarily how distant smartphone cameras have come in low light situations. The Pixels rubbed a flare unequivocally well, again with rebate sound and improved fact in a Pixel 3. The V40 brings out a shadows customarily as well, nonetheless over-processes too much, highlighting edges during a cost of realism. The Note 9 seems a small soothing and a P20 Pro totally blows out a lamplight. Both phones get a white change wrong. The iPhone balances out a extremes unequivocally good nonetheless captures a slightest sharp-witted flare shade.

White change isn’t customarily about being warmer or cooler, it’s also about a stain — a change between immature and purple. See how a V40 picture looks unequivocally purple? It is proceed off. You can tell a disproportion in things like a skin and a paper by a lamp.

The bar interior shows customarily how distant smartphone cameras have come in low light situations.

The iPhone struggles to move out a ethanol bottles on a bottom shelf nonetheless is arguably some-more authentic looking than some. The Pixel 2 lightens things adult a bit nonetheless is again utterly noisy. The Pixel 3 reduces that manifest pellet and adds a small heightening for improved clarification nonetheless going overboard. The Note 9 has a healthy demeanour in this area, even with a yellowish white balance. However, it can’t furnish as many fact as a P20 Pro, that for a change doesn’t overdo a processing. As expected, a V40 does, and ends adult looking a small cartoonish. All in all, any phone did good in this unequivocally wily conditions nonetheless I’m giving this one to a Pixel 3 as well.

Conclusion

The story a images above tell is flattering consistent. For starters, any phone achieved unequivocally good opposite a accumulation of opposite scenarios, exclusive maybe a LG V40. These days we need to unequivocally nitpick a flagship phone’s camera to explain it’s significantly improved than a rest — they’re all customarily that good.

I would happily trade in a ideal shot any now and afterwards for an almost-perfect shot any singular time – that is what a Pixel 3 provides.

Some conclusions are clear, as we approaching beheld with a repeated observations we done about phones in opposite sections. These formula are not one-off accidents, nonetheless since of how any association has tuned a picture estimate and a capabilities of a hardware. While any camera achieved awfully good in several specific areas or lighting conditions, we can quietly contend a Google Pixel 3 achieved a many reliably a many often. I, like many people, would happily trade in a ideal shot any now and afterwards for an almost-perfect shot any singular time — that’s what a Pixel 3 offers. For that fact alone it is my choice here.

Note: We’ll be comparing a Pixel 3 to a Huawei Mate 20 Pro shortly enough, and as shortly as Night Sight is strictly accessible we’ll be revisiting a Pixel 3 camera.

Next: Here’s what a Pixel 3’s Night Sight can do

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