Smartphone enthusiast and tech-savvy people know it well that the Google Pixel phones click the best photos, particularly in challenging conditions when light is low. Businessman Anand Mahindra, who is currently in New York, has triggered a spirited debate on Twitter about which phone camera – Google Pixel or iPhone X – takes better pictures.
On Saturday, Mr. Mahindra shared a picture of the “Manhattan moonscape” clicked on his Google Pixel smartphone, saying “Have to admit, my pixel takes much sharper pics than my iPhone X.” The tweet might have annoyed many Apple fans.
Manhattan moonscape. Have to admit, my pixel takes much sharper pics than my iPhone X. And I’m told the Samsung is even better? pic.twitter.com/WMPhGGlNRl
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 14, 2019
Although he didn’t mention which Pixel phone he used, given that the photo was posted a few days ago, it would be safe to assume that it would have been the Pixel 3 or the Pixel 3 XL.
This morning, the 64-year-old businessman followed it up with a side-by-side comparison of the two phone cameras, sharing two photographs clicked at the same spot and from the same angle using the two phones. “Still experimenting with my pixel & my iPhone X here in Manhattan. Just came out of a broadway show, did a simple point & shoot, same spot, same angle, same time,” he wrote. “You be the judge.”
Still experimenting with my pixel & my iPhone X here in manhattan. Just came out of a broadway show, did a simple point & shoot, same spot, same angle, same time. You be the judge. pic.twitter.com/bf1LoDrN61
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 18, 2019
The photo does contain a lot of details what Google has been saying for years now. The Manhattan picture that Mahindra clicked showed good amount of details and excellent dynamic range. It actually shows a scene that is tailor-made for Pixel phones. Google phones are particularly good at clicking photos that have dark areas and lots of bright lights. In low light, the camera performance of Pixel phones is more detailed, even though in terms of performance, display, battery etc the Pixel may not be as good as a top iPhone.
One more reason why the iPhone until now has struggled in low light against the Pixel is that it lacks a dedicated night mode that can use multiple exposures to click sharper and better photos. During the launch of the iPhone 11 a week ago Apple said that its new iPhones would come with a dedicated night mode that would use up to 9 frames to produce better photos in low light.
(With input from agencies)