Google is known for its advances in computer photography, and Google Pixel 3 has managed to keep its title as one of the best camera phones to date. Google Pixel 4 is finally here and of course you want to know how good the camera is. We have already compared the Pixel 4 to its main competitors. In this photo shoot, we're trying to figure out how much better the Pixel 4 is than its predecessors ̵
This photo shoot includes Google Pixel 4, Pixel 3, Pixel 2, and Pixel. We took these phones for a walk around New York and took the same pictures with everyone, in different environments and lighting. Read on to find out how the Pixel 4 stands out against the rest of the Pixel family!
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It's hard to appreciate daylight images because even affordable smartphones can produce great photos when there is enough lighting to work. The differences are in the details. We have to pay a lot of attention to exposure, color, white balance, dynamic range, detail and texture to notice what divides the field.
There is a surprisingly bigger difference between these images in the color department. The Pixel 4 shows a wider color spectrum, with different colors in each individual flower being more obvious to the eye and vibrating more. The latest Pixel also seems to provide a better white balance as the Pixel 3 has a slight purple hue and the Pixel 2 has a cooler shade.
All four devices measure light differently. Changing the lighting in a real environment may be a factor, but in this section we focus on the details, so let's not worry too much about the exposure.
Pixel 4 goes beyond here and beyond. Take a look at the terrace lounge area (bottom right) and you'll see flowers pop up more in the Pixel 4 image. In addition, the wooden sidewalk cover across the street shows much clearer and more detailed wood. Approaching scale to walls across the street, we also see fine detailed bricks and improved textures. Even the Pixel 3 struggles to match the latest Google phone.
This particular image is very difficult to shoot because the scene is so extremely bright so very dark areas. The camera and software have to do a lot of processing to balance the exposure. Take a look at the trees across the lake and the buildings in the distance to notice the differences in exposure, contrast, detail and improved dynamic range. Again, the generation enhancements here are obvious as the Pixel 4. shakes off its predecessors.
As the sun goes down, we begin to see the real differences between these four cameras. Small sensors struggle to capture light to get as much detail as possible. The software then takes the image and makes some solid decisions. Do you remove a lot of noise and run the risk of softening the photo too much? White balance is also something to keep in mind and most phones fail to get the true nuances and nuances in the process. The device must also understand what to expose.
The original Pixel struggles with exposure, but the colors and white balance are still acceptable. With Google Pixel 4, we see signs of improved HDR performance as shadows get more detail.
This exposure balance is more noticeable with brighter lights that are more balanced with the environment in the latest image of the phone. Note the vertical sign that says "Canton Lounge". The words are illegible in the Pixel and Pixel 2 images. They are better in the Pixel 3 and very clear in the Pixel 4 image. This particular part is a great example of the difference between poor and good dynamic range.
While I like the dreamier, warmer tone of Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3, Pixel 4 has a better white balance and more detail. Texture in meat, wood, mashed potatoes and greens has been improved. The image of Thie 4 is simply more real.
Google Night Viewer is known for its awesome low light performance. It's probably the best night mode of any smartphone, and while the software may be similar for all four Pixel phones, we can see performance differences across the board.
Google Pixel and Pixel 2 are pretty bad. They blur shadows and create images that are too soft. Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, meanwhile, produce similar results. The Pixel 4 handles shadows and highlights a bit better, but the difference is minimal and can only be noticed if you pay very close attention.
Things are a little more polarized in portrait mode. Google Pixel just couldn't handle the exposure. The image is a complete failure. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 images are similar in the way they handle white balance, color and outline. The Pixel 4 picture provides much more detail, but I don't like the way white balance is managed; it is heavy in blue. The image also has an over-processed look that looks unnatural. However, the outline looks better, which makes it worth considering that the Pixel 4 has a secondary lens from which to take depth information.
The original Pixel did better this time by exposing the image correctly and outlining the subject by – clear. The only complaint I have is that it slightly distorted the left side of Adam's face. The rest of the pixels did better, but the Pixel 4 and its superb dynamic range did just fine. In addition, the latest Google device has better white balance, brighter hair and brighter colors.
The original Pixel again confused things with a lack of focus and blurred areas at random. Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 gave better results and I love that the bokeh is gradual (gets blur with distance). Pixel 2 still has more issues outlining the topic. The Pixel 4 was the best in outline and happens to show more detail in the texture of hair and clothing.