The Google Pixel 4’s camera takes some sick shots – here’s what it is capable of
The new telephoto lens takes the experience over the top.
Google’s latest phone, the Pixel 4, adds a telephoto lens to the wide-angle camera that kept Google on top of the smartphone camera leaderboards for so long. Is that going to be enough to put the triple-lens configuration on the iPhone 11 Pro back into second place?
Tech reviewers have had some time to get snap-happy with the new camera on the Pixel 4, so let’s see if Google gets its crown back.
Google just took back the smartphone camera crown from Apple
If you want some comparisons between the iPhone 11 and the Pixel 4, head on over to The Verge, where Tom Warren has you covered. To my eyes, Google is the clear winner here, with the iPhone coming out looking like Samsung’s over-sharpened, over-saturated mess of a camera.
That’s just one reviewer from one outlet though, so let’s see what the rest of the internet has to show:
I mean, just look at this good boy. Not a hair out of place.
Pixel 4 reclaims the top spot as best smartphone camera pic.twitter.com/ygRZ0Y8KkY
— Billy (@billykyle) October 17, 2019
Or this insanely detailed night scene, where the HDR of the Pixel 4 is shown off to great effect
Hey so the Pixel 4's camera is nuts pic.twitter.com/GcxVkMyC8Z
— Hayato Huseman (@hayatohuseman) October 15, 2019
Or Marques doing what only Marques does…
Some more shots from Pixel 4's camera pic.twitter.com/gEZG6cfRIW
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) October 17, 2019
It’s just a New York state of mind…
— Justin Tse (@JustinTse) October 16, 2019
In case you want to see how far Google has come since the Pixel 2…
Astrophotography on pixel 2 XL 🌃
camera 7.1 as the same camera on pixel 4 were tested by me 😍
( No edit ) pic.twitter.com/4Ot7oXGmgQ
— ж (@ammmeeerrr7) October 10, 2019
Or this series of Pixel 4 images by legendary photographer, Annie Leibovitz, who worked with Google in the run-up to the launch
Some impressive low-light results here
You could say… it’s in the bag
The Pixel 4 often applies the shallow focus effect when it senses a subject that close to the camera and distinct from the background. And if you don't like it, you can have it without the effect. (No edits.) pic.twitter.com/EAPd27ve2j
— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) October 17, 2019
And yes, the front-facing camera is no slouch either
Super Snazzy shots here…
Pixel 4 XL (sooc) pic.twitter.com/648HNR3TTh
— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) October 17, 2019
Phandroid coming up with the goods with some more low-light results
These are only early results as well, since people have only had the handset for a couple of days. Expect more in the coming days/weeks/months, proving that Google has reclaimed its crown in the mobile camera space.
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