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Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Plus – EXTREME LOW LIGHT -Side by Side camera test

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Plus – EXTREME LOW LIGHT -Side by Side camera test


[Intro] In this video I will put the 4K camera
of the Google Pixel up against the 4K video camera on the iPhone 7+. Both of these flagships have top of the line
cameras so no matter what phone you buy it’s going to look pretty darn good. But there are strengths and weaknesses with
each one. I’ll be highlighting those throughout the
video. At the end of this video, it’s your job
to tell me which camera you liked best in the comments. Since the best camera really boils down to
personal preference. This extreme low-light shot is taken from
the World Trade Center Memorial. Each image looks pretty identical until I
finish panning up to the top of the building and the Pixel decides to up the sensor sensitivity,
brightening the sky, while the iPhone keeps the sky completely black. So the sky looks better on the iPhone, but
the darkness also gives the building a little less detail. Looking at the same shot during daylight,
I feel like the colors are true to life and nearly identical on both phones. In each corner of this video you’ll see
that I have the resolution and the bit rate of each camera. The higher the bit rate number is, the more
detail and information the camera image will have to display. So it’s important to note. I’ll do a front camera test really quick. Both phones are filming in 1080p right now. The bit rate is also still listed in the corner. With the front camera the pixel is doing a
much better job of keeping the sky black and maintaining detail in the building. I’m really glad that Apply finally decided
to upgrade their front camera resolution from 720 to 1080p. It really was a joke that we had to wait this
long to finally get some real resolution with that front camera. Neither phone appears to have any stabilization
on the front camera, but that’s mostly typical across all smartphones. The Pixel does appear to do a slightly better
job of maintaining detail in the shadows, but like I said before, for the most part
the cameras are pretty identical during daylight. The low-light shots are where we start to
see some major differentiation between the cameras. The iPhone has that true black sky which I
really like, but the Pixel does have a bit more detail, even if there is a little extra
noise in the image. The water and the Brooklyn Bridge stand out
really well. This particular daylight shot looks a little
more colorful on the iPhone side of things. The color of the bridge stands out just a
bit more. The Pixel image is a little more flat. Remember that this is the dead of night. The dancing green dot that you see on both
cameras is either aliens or just a light reflection off the inner lenses of the camera. The next big differentiation between the cameras
is the rear image stabilization during video. The Pixel has electronic stabilization – or
EIS. The iPhone has hardware stabilization – or
OIS. In this shot the Pixel is trying to use software
to stabilize all the little lights you see in the buildings while I walk, and it’s
not working out too well. The EIS is enabled at 4K, but the lights are
still pretty jittery. For this segment I change both of my camera
settings to 1080p to see if the stabilization would get any better on the pixel and I still
prefer the image coming from the iPhone 7+ as far as stabilization goes, at night anyway. Hardware stabilization will usually always
win over electronic stabilization. It is incredibly difficult for the Pixel to
stabilize all of those little lights at night, but when I switch to this 4 story tall little
ripped alien Hulk baby, the Pixel image appears to be even more stabilized than the iPhone. So EIS has its strengths and weaknesses, but
I still prefer the hardware stabilization that is OIS. But luckily, everyone gets to decide for themselves
what their personal preference is. One feature that the iPhone 7+ has is an extra
camera on the back for zooming in on stuff. I’ll be testing this out on the Statue of
Liberty that you can see from lower Manhattan. Zooming in all the way on both cell phones
takes a minute to focus during the night, but you can see that the iPhone can get a
lot closer than the Pixel does with that extra lens. During the day you can see a little better
how well the image detail is preserved during the zoom. Look at the water clarity and that little
sailboat next to the Statue…and then the people on jet skies. That zoom is a really cool feature. Just for reference, I’ll zoom back out again
so you can get a perspective of what the phones are really capable of. 4K footage with that kind of zoom is incredible. Here is the last day and night comparison
in Time Square before I jump into the close up shots and slow motion. Like before, the camera image is almost identical
on both phones until I start panning up. The iPhone can’t decide what to do with
the bright sky so it darkens the whole image. It does this twice on me. It’s not just a onetime fluke. The Pixel completely washes out the sky as
I pan up. This is a difficult situation for any camera
so it’s interesting to see how they both behave. The nighttime shot does equally well on both
phones. There is enough light here so both phones
are able to preserve the blackness of the sky. The Pixel does glitch a bit during the pan
down and this is probably due to the software stabilization trying to figure out what I’m
doing with the phone. Here is a quick close up shot of the metal
grate on the Brooklyn Bridge. The wires are in focus and the street below
is pretty well blurred on both phones. After you watch the slow motion footage I’ll
be leaving a poll question in the upper corner of the video that you can answer and tell
me which phone you think is best. Then you can tell me why you thought that
phone was best in the comments below this video. So here’s the slow motion footage. Each phone can do 240 frames per second at
720p. You can see that the Pixel does have a slightly
higher bit rate than the iPhone 7 which is a good thing, but let’s see if that actually
matters in this case. The detail is pretty similar between both
the images, but if we pause the video and zoom in on this random person in blue, we
can see that the Pixel is capturing sharper frames than the iPhone. Look at the face and the reflection of the
bars inside this window. So now tell me what you think. Which camera is best? Let me know in the comments. I post more camera image comparisons on my
Twitter and Instagram and I have a whole playlist of videos like this comparing every major
smartphone that has come out in the past year. Thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

43 thoughts on “Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Plus – EXTREME LOW LIGHT -Side by Side camera test”

  1. In daylight, Iphone is marginally better, but it's way better than the Pixel in Low light. Pixel is only better at front facing camera and upward panning

  2. in stills Pixel wins with ita software (HDR+), but in videos 7 Plus is a lot better in stabilisation, colours, exposure and dynamic range because of OIS, Pixel simply disappoints. I hope Pixel 2 will have OIS to match iPhone's video capture.

  3. I know these phones are 2016 phones but Huawei P30 has the best camera on the phones, still in 2019.
    It’s my opinion

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