Nearly every review of Google’s highly acclaimed Pixel smartphone says the camera is the best you can get these days. How does it compare to the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera setup? Yoni Heisler:
One of the more compelling camera innovations Apple delivered last year was a new Portrait Mode feature available exclusively on the iPhone 7 Plus. With two 12 megapixel sensors — one a wide angle lens and the other a telephoto lens — the iPhone 7 Plus can deliver a “bokeh” effect similar to what one might see on high-end DSLR cameras. Specifically, Portrait Mode uses advanced software that artificially blurs the background of a photo while simultaneously bringing the main subject of a photo into much sharper focus. The end result, as Apple has not been shy to boast, is jaw-dropping.
Agreed. The photos can be remarkable under the right setting and lighting. What about Google’s Pixel and its superior camera?
Google’s flagship Pixel smartphone attempts to deliver a similar effect with a camera feature it calls “lens blur”… Not to spoil anything, but the competition isn’t even close. While the Pixel can hold its own in some shooting situations, the iPhone 7 Plus delivered more compelling shots most of the time…
The Pixel also doesn’t have stereo speakers and is not as waterproof. If you want to see how far smartphone cameras have come in recent years, check out the video of an iPhone 7 Plus vs. a $50,000 RED Weapon video camera.