Google Pixel 6 Pro Vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Camera: it’s time for the Google Pixel 6 Pro versus the iPhone 13 Pro
Max camera comparison, So I’ve shot hundreds of images and videos with both of these over the past week.
And we’re going to be looking at all aspects.
So there will be some timestamps down below if there’s a particular section that you’re interested in, but you might as well watch all of it, and get a good idea of how good these cameras are and how they compare.
Let’s start off with images from the primary cameras.
I got to say, both of these take excellent photos in good light, and you really can’t go wrong with either of these.
The iPhone now has different picture profiles.
So here’s an image that was taken on both devices.
And to be honest, I think both are doing very similar, and both are doing great.
With the iPhone, you can choose high contrast for example, and this just gives you a lot more contrast.
However, I’m generally not a fan of this because this does tend to crush the shadows.
And then you’ve got vibrance.
For example, this gives you more of a vibrant image.
Once again, these are nice to have, and you can tweak these if you want.
But personally speaking, I think the iPhone does a great job just as standard.
So I have kept it standard throughout this video.
Now you may know that Google spends a lot of time with software processing of the images.
And one thing that I noticed consistently is that the Pixel has an excellent dynamic range.
Take a look at this example, the shadow areas are much brighter on the Pixel compared to the iPhone.
The iPhone does a great job with smart HDR, but the Pixel is just absolutely great.
When it comes to dynamic range.
Take a look at this example, there’s a lot of light coming in from the background and the Pixel has done an excellent job of maintaining the shadow details.
Now, in this example, both are doing really well, but again, the Pixel is brighter in the shadow areas, and here as well, the shadow areas are brighter on the Pixel without overexposing too much of the highlights.
Now there is a little bit of a catch.
If there is a light source in your image of the Pixel, you do get a lot of lens flare. Look at this.
I mean, it’s pretty much ruined the shot for me because you’ve got all of this purple-pink thing going on towards the top left-hand side of the image.
And this is also the case in low light.
And once again, you can see a lot of lens flooring.
The iPhone also has some lens flare, but it’s nowhere near the amount that you get on the Pixel.
So this is something that I’m definitely not a fan of.
Now, the Pixel does give you an overall brighter image and you can also see this in this example here.
However, the iPhone is sharper, especially if you look towards the text area.
Now, this seems to be because consistently the Pixel did take longer for the night mode shock compared to the iPhone.
Now, what this results in is, of course, a brighter image with a longer exposure, but also introduces more shake on the camera when you are handheld.
Whereas with the shorter exposure on the iPhone, you’re not getting something that’s as bright, but it is shopper another low light example here.
And once again, we do see the similarities, the Pixel brighter overall.
And I think this is also because Apple liked to give you a night mode shop, which actually looks like nighttime.
So they don’t want to brighten it up too much. However, they do give you the option to increase the exposure time up to 10 seconds when you are had held longer if you are on a tripod.
So here is an image taken with default settings, the Pixel, once again, brighter and overall better image.
In my opinion, however, with the iPhone, if we do use the maximum exposure time, then you can see that we do get the brightest shot and we are now getting a lot more detailed in areas such as the roof tiles.
And here are indoor low-light shots on here.
For some reason, the iPhone just seems to be doing a lot better.
The Pixel hasn’t actually been exposed for that long.
So I don’t know what happened here, but for low light, I would call it a bit of a draw.
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Let’s not move on to the ultra-wide camera.
Now, the first thing you notice right away is that the iPhone has a wider ultra-wide camera.
The Pixel is not as wide as the iPhone or lots of the other competition.
So in this example, you can see a lot more of this building, which is really what I want with an ultra-wide camera, to be honest.
However, when it does come to the processing of the image, we do see similarities as we did from the primary camera, especially for dynamic range.
You can see that the Pixel consistently does give you a better dynamic range on more details in the shadows.
You still get that lens flare issue.
So it’s not as bad as the primary camera, but you can notice that lens flare issue here on the ultra-wide camera as well.
But yeah, again, dynamic range is absolutely excellent on the Pixel.
Look at the shadow areas on the Pixel.
It’s done an excellent job, and this is something that I really do like, but I do like the wider angle of view on the iPhone.
Now the iPhone also has another trick up its sleeve and that is a macro mode.
So it uses the ultra-wide camera to refocus close up to your subjects.
So you can get in right up close on, get some really interesting shots, which you can’t do on the Pixel.
Macro mode is something that I really enjoy on the iPhone on other smartphone cameras.
But unfortunately, this is something that’s just not here on the Pixel. I wish it was.
Now in low light, the ultra-wide camera. Again, we do get a lot of lens flare.
If there is a light source in your shots on the Pixel, there’s no way as much lens flaring on the iPhone, but the Pixel is just brighter. Overall.
However, in this shot, it’s very, very noisy on the Pixel.
The iPhone, a very dosha overall.
Now you can extend that, but I don’t think it makes that much of a difference.
I’d seen low light, neither of these has an excellent ultra-wide camera.
I’ve seen better on other devices.
Right. Now, let’s talk about zoom.
So we have three times optical zoom on the iPhone.
We have four times optical zoom on the Pixel.
So when we do go to the native optical zoom, you can see that we can have to get closer with the Pixel compared to the iPhone.
Now, if you go in 10 times, you’ll start seeing the advantage of having that extended zoom on the Pixel.
Details are a lot sharper on, we’ve got an overall better image on the Pixel.
The iPhone maxes out at 15 times, zoom on.
Once again, we can see that the Pixel is doing better and the Pixel can go all the way up to 20 times zoom.
Google Pixel 6 Pro Vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Camera Test Comparison
So this sign, which we really couldn’t read at one time, we can now pretty clearly see at 20 times.
So you do get a better zoom in good light on the Pixel.
However, in low light, I did prefer the iPhone.
Now, remember when you are zoomed in any little shake is amplified.
So if it’s three times, it’s going to be three times.
If it’s four times, all of those shakes are going to be multiplied four times and because of the extended time that Google takes in night mode when taking low light shots, it’s just not as sharp as what we’ve got here on the iPhone.
Also, the zoom camera on the Pixel is used literally just for that.
Zoom. It doesn’t have any other application.
The iPhone, however, does.
And that’s when it comes to portrait mode.
So both devices do take portraits at one time using the primary camera and overall, they do a really, really good job.
Here you can see that we’ve got an excellent portrait on both devices.
However, I do think that the iPhone has better edge detection.
If you look towards the area underneath my arm, the Pixel has completely missed this out.
Whereas the iPhone has actually done much better.
Now, this does seem to be thanks to the fact that the iPhone has a dedicated LIDAR scanner, which measures depth information.
Now we can take portraits three times using the optical zoom camera on the iPhone and the Pixel lets you do it at two times.
But remember the Pixel does not have a two-times zoom camera.
So what it’s doing is it’s cropping in it to the primary camera for this two times effect.
Although I do like the colors on the Pixel better, the iPhone does tend to go for more of an orange tone.
The iPhone is doing way better in terms of edges, look at the Pixel.
It has missed out on a lot of areas near my hair, the areas around my arm, and in the background.
Whereas the iPhone, thanks to that lighter scanner is doing pretty much a perfect job in terms of the edges.
Also because the Pixel isn’t using a dedicated zoom camera for this two times portrait.
If it was at four times, it would be pretty close.
So I understand why they’ve not done this, but the two times portrait is cropping in on the image is just not as sharp.
Now it might appear as sharp at first glance because there is a lot of post-processing happening on software sharpening.
But if we do zoom in, you can see that the iPhone is actually giving you a cleaner on a natively sharper image compared to the artificially sharper look on the Pixel.
Here’s another example, pink both are doing pretty good overall.
However, once again, the Pixel is struggling in certain areas of background, whereas the iPhone, thanks to that LIDAR scanner is doing better.
And when we do go for the two times versus three times portrait mode, then the Pixel is really struggling here because of that textured background.
There’s a lot of areas that have been missed out on.
I do prefer the colors on the Pixel.
I get to say the skin tones are more accurate compared to the more orange look on the iPhone.
However, once again, the Pixel has the software sharpening, which in my opinion is quite obvious compared it to the iPhone, which is giving you a much cleaner image.
So for portraits, I do prefer the iPhone.
Let’s take a look at some selfies.
I got to say both of these take excellent selfies, but there are a few things that I noticed right away.
The Pixel I would say does give you more accurate skin tones.
Google’s done a lot of work looking at colored people like myself and looking at skin tones.
The iPhone does go towards more of an orange look.
The Pixel also has this very overshop and look, I quite like it, but for some people, it might highlight the imperfections in their faces a bit too much, but one area where I do really like the Pixel is when it comes to colors and dynamic range.
So it has excellent dynamic range here, but at the same time, it’s still maintained the details of my beard for example.
The iPhone, my beard looks a lot greater than it actually is.
I have a lot of grease on my beard, okay.
But the Pixel is doing a better job of accurately representing what you can actually see, compared to the iPhone, which is really boosting up those shadows in areas where it really doesn’t need to be that much.
Now what’s really good is that both cameras do have a wider field of view from the front-facing camera.
And this is great.
If you want to take some group selfies or something like that, the Pixel is slightly wider.
Now both of these do an excellent job when it comes to portraits from the front-facing camera.
I mean, look at the edges on both of these.
Love them both. But with the Pixel, you can take portrait shots from the wider field of view as well, which you can’t do on
the iPhone. With the iPhone, you don’t have the option for the wider selfie when you are in portrait mode.
Low light selfies.
This is using night mode.
These are doing great, to be honest, the iPhone does have a lot of processing.
Especially if you look towards my jacket, there’s this sort of texture going on, which I’m not a fan of.
So I do prefer the Pixel slightly here on both devices do have a front-facing flash. I think this is subjective.
The iPhone is giving you more of a balanced shot.
Whereas the Pixel does look like, you know, there’s actually a big light flashing on my face.
Let’s move on to the video.
So traditionally Pixel devices have been excellent for images, but the video has very much been an afterthought and it’s really not been much competition.
However, I’m pleased to say that Google has a really improved video on the Pixel this year.
We’ve got a very good quality video with excellent dynamic range, which really does go head to head with the iPhone in many
However, as you guys probably know, when it comes to video on a smartphone, the iPhone is very difficult to beat.
Especially when it comes to dynamic grades.
The iPhone has 4K HDR, Dolby vision.
And when you do go into very tricky situations, this is where the iPhone really stands out.
Take a look at this example, we’ve got a lot of light coming in from the background, but the iPhone has still very well exposed the foreground as well as the background.
When it comes to stabilization, you can take a look at this example here.
Overall. I think the iPhone does have more stable video, and that does seem thanks to the sensor-shift optical image stabilization that the iPhone has.
This is actually where the sensor of moves rather than the lens on it works really, really well.
The Pixel does have an active stabilization mode for extreme motion, but this switches you down to 1080P and doesn’t tell you, which is something that I find super annoying from a user interface point of view.
If you’re going to switch me down to 1080P, tell me that you’re switching me down to 1080P and although it does produce more stable video, the quality is not good whatsoever.
Take a look at this example, the Pixel really drops in quality for that stabilization.
And in my opinion, if the quality is going to drop that much then I would rather just not use it.
Also for low light video, the iPhone just gives you a much cleaner image.
You can see that we’ve got less noise, and especially when we’re moving on the Pixel things wobble quite a bit, also indoors in low light.
The iPhone just gives you much more of a cleaner image.
Whereas there’s a lot of noise on the Pixel.
For the ultra-wide camera.
We also see similar results.
Although the Pixel is doing good, the iPhone is just better overall, in my opinion, when it comes to dynamic range and also that wider angle of view, which I appreciate for zoom because we have three times versus four times.
Remember when I mentioned that when you are extending the zoom, you are multiplying all of those little shakes.
The iPhone just gives you a more stable video at three times, compared to four times on the Pixel.
Now both devices can also shoot 4K up to 60 frames a second. However, there’s a catch on the iPhone.
You can do 4K 60 across all of the cameras.
With the Pixel, you’ve only got 4K 60 from the primary camera.
Slow-motion is also pretty good on both devices.
However, once again, with that consistency on the iPhone, you can shoot slow-motion from the ultra-wide primary, as well as the telephoto camera and video from the front-facing camera.
Now, this was pretty interesting because the Pixel actually held up really well here. And for 4K video, I’m going to have to call
it a draw.
It was very, very good on both devices. However, I would say you still get a slightly better dynamic range on the iPhone.
Thanks to Dolby Vision HDR.
For stabilization, I would have to give the edge to the Pixel.
Take a look at this example when things were moving very, very much, especially if you look towards the background.
The Pixel overall gives you more stable footage.
But once again, you don’t get consistency on the Pixel and you can’t do 4K 60 frames a second from the front-facing camera.
Whereas you can honor the iPhone.
The iPhone also has cinematic video.
Now, this artificially plus the background and can produce some pretty good results, although it’s not perfect.
This is something that you do not have on the Google Pixel Now for also a focus.
I actually think both were really, really good.
They were very fast and also in low light, I think both did an excellent overall job.
For audio, get some headphones on and have a listen.
We’ve got a quick audio test between the Google Pixel 6 Pro on the iPhone 13 Pro Max recording from the front-facing cameras of both devices.
Let me know which one you think sounds better.
There is a lot of background noise going on as well, and hopefully, it’s not too windy.
As soon as I say that the wind comes obviously.
Now I had to listen back a few times and although I think both are very good overall, I would give the edge to the iPhone.
I just think the sound was a bit more fuller, but definitely let me know what you guys think.
And that is the SuperSaf style camera comparison between the Google Pixel 6 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
I just want to say that both of these have excellent overall cameras.
Cameras are getting so good these days on smartphones.
A lot of it does come down to personal preference.
I would say that with the Pixel for images, you do get a better dynamic range.
I think overall it does a better job in terms of skin tones.
You also get the extended zoom four times, which works better when you do extend it further.
On the selfie camera as well.
Although it does give you that process.
Look, it is something that I personally like.
You may not.
On the iPhone, you get a better overall video.
And I still think the iPhone is the king of smartphone video.
You get better portrait mode shots.
Thanks to that LIDAR scanner, and you get a wider ultra-wide camera.
And that’s something that I think is important when you do have an ultra-wide camera, as well as the ability to shoot macro shots from the ultra-wide camera is something that you don’t have on the Pixel.
That’s what I think anyway.
What do you guys think?
Do drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
We only looked at the differences in the cameras, but there are lots more differences between the Google 6 Pro of the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
So I’m going to be doing a detailed comparison, looking at all of the differences.
I hope you enjoyed this article.
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