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Pixel 3 XL vs iPhone XS Max Camera Test Comparison

Pixel 3 XL vs iPhone XS Max Camera Test Comparison

– What’s up guys, Saf here, on SuperSaf TV and welcome to another SuperSaf
style camera comparison. This time between the Google Pixel 3 XL and the iPhone XS Max, so
you guys know the drill. We’ll be checking out all of
the aspects of the cameras front facing, rear facing, videos, images and we’ll also be checking out the audio. So look out for the audio icon
in the corner of the screen. And I will indicate to you which device the audio is coming from. We’ll be switching between these two throughout this video as well, to give you guys a good idea
of the differences in audio. So we are currently using
the front-facing cameras on both devices and just
to test out stabilization I’m just walking right now and
now let’s go ahead and run. Let me know what you guys
think of the dynamic range, we’ve got a lot of light coming
here from the background. And with the Pixel you also have a wide-angle front-facing camera, so you can see here that
I’ve switched to it. I don’t think you can switch
to it while you’re recording, but if you can start off with that, you can see that we can get
so much of the background with the wide-angle camera of the Pixel, compared to the regular angle
that we’ve got on the iPhone. Onto the rear-facing cameras,
4K 30 frames per second. The iPhone does have
two-times optical zoom. So this means we can get a much closer. With the Pixel, I can try to replicate it with digital zoom by pinching. But that is digital
zoom, let’s go back out. See the dynamic range here,
because we’ve got the sun out. And now we going to test
out the stabilization. So, let’s take a walk. And now let’s run. Testing out the auto-focus
on the iPhone XS Max. It seems to be doing absolutely fine. Same test on the Pixel, absolutely fine. And my ice-cream is about to go. (light thumping) So that was the video, now
before we move on to images, let’s have a quick look at
what we’re working with. The iPhone has a single seven
megapixel front-facing camera with an f2.2 aperture. The Pixel has two front-facing cameras, both eight megapixels. The primary camera has a standard angle of view with an f1.8
aperture and then we’ve got a secondary wide-angle camera, now this has a 97 degree field of view. This is going to be really
useful for your wefies, groufies, whatever you want to call them. Now things are reversed on
the rear because on the Pixel you have a single rear-facing
camera and on the iPhone, you have dual rear-facing cameras. The primary cameras on both devices have 12 megapixels with an f1.8 aperture, as well as optical stabilization. But the iPhone does have a
secondary telephoto camera, which is going to give
two-times optical zoom. This is something that you
don’t have on the Pixel. Now you may have noticed that
my iPhone looks very unique, and that is because I’ve got
a marble Dbrand skin on here, who are our sponsor for this video. They’ve got skins for the iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL
and many other devices, I’m going to be leaving a link to them in the description below. A fair point to mention is that everything that you see has been shot on automatic and that is to keep things
as fair as possible. I started off with some selfies outdoors, both are doing really good dynamic ranges, great on both as well. The Pixel does look sharper
compared to the iPhone, however, and with the Pixel you do have that wide-angle lens. So this is a perfect situation
where you might want to use it and look how much more of the background that you get here on the Pixel
with that wide-angle lens. You can appreciate so much
more of the surroundings with that wide-angle camera and it works really, really well. Now moving on to another selfie, I wanted to really test
it down on the question of the front-facing cameras. Here once again both
doing a really good job. We’ve got warmers tones on the iPhone and we’ve got cooler tones on the Pixel. I think this is going to come
down to personal preference. The Pixel is sharper one again, the iPhone maybe a little
smoother on the skin, you might prefer that. But the main thing I can notice here is that the Pixel does
have better dynamic range. If you look towards the
clouds in the background, some of those have been
blown out on the iPhone, and although the iPhone is
overall doing a decent job, the Pixel is doing better
in terms of dynamic range. Once again testing out that
wide-angle selfie camera, and the dynamic range
actually seems better on the wide-angle camera,
it looks like Google really applying some software magic here. Because everything is so, so good, nothing is blown out hee in
the shot and I’m very impressed with this wide-angle camera on the Pixel. Now let’s move on to the portrait mode from the front-facing camera, where it’s going to blur the background. Both doing a very good job overall, but the edge-detection
is better on the Pixel. This is something that the
Pixel has always been known to do really well from
the front-facing cameras. The iPhone is not doing a bad job at all, but if you look towards
the edges of my glasses as well as my hair, then things have been a little bit blurred out. Also the dynamic range on the Pixel does seem to be better overall. And moving on to another portrait selfie, again both doing a really good job. But the iPhone here does
seem to have slightly better dynamic range, if you look towards my nose things haven’t been blown out as much as they had been on the Pixel. And also if you look towards my T-shirt and jacket on the iPhone, you can see things more
compared to the Pixel. The Pixel once again is
sharper and I do prefer the edge-detection overall on the Pixel compared to the iPhone. On the iPhone things are a
little bit more blurred out towards my hair, whereas
the Pixel has done a great job in terms of edge-detection. Now moving on to some
low-light selfies here, I think it’s very clear
to see that the Pixel is doing a better job. It’s a brighter image and that does seem, thanks to the wider f1.8 aperture that we’ve got on the Pixel. And if you do use the front-facing flash where it illuminates the display. The iPhone is doing
much better than it was in the previous shots but here once again I do prefer the image from the Pixel. It’s just brighter, you can
see more of the background, and the colors have also
been better maintained. Now let’s move outdoors. So
we’ve got some shots here of the ice-cream, which
I specifically bought for this camera comparison. Color difference is once again. We’ve got warmer tones on the iPhone, whereas we’ve got cooler
tones on the Pixel. I think this is going to come
down to personal preference. And moving on to some outdoor wide shots. I think both are doing a really good job, but I overall do prefer the iPhone image. I think in terms of dynamic range, it does seem to better overall. If you look towards the dark areas, It looks like the shadow details have been better maintained on the iPhone compared to the Pixel,
which is very interesting. Now the iPhone does have
two-times optical zoom So it is going to let us get
in much closer to our subject. I did try to repeat this with digital zoom on the Pixel and both are
actually doing a really good job but the iPhone is sharper
and that is because it’s got a dedicated lens. But the Pixel was
actually doing pretty good considering it’s digital zoom. So they’ve got this superior zoom which is using software to
be able to zoom in closer to your subject, and I have to say, it is doing an impressive
job, but I would have to give the win for zoom to the iPhone. I what I really want is to
test the dynamic range further. This is a very, very tricky situation because we’ve got the
sun in the background and then we’ve got this ice-cream van. And here I do prefer the iPhone image. The colors are better
maintained on the ice-cream van, details on the shadows are
better maintained here as well. The Pixel is doing good overall but I prefer the iPhone image. Now let’s look at the portrait mode from the rear facing cameras where it’s going to blur the background. Both are doing very good here. You’ll notice that the Pixel is wider. That is because you have a
single camera on the Pixel, on the iPhone it is using
the telephoto camera to be able to achieve this. So to match things as close as possible, I have cropped in a little
bit on the Pixel shot, just so you can see it side-by-side. They are both doing a very good job in terms of edge detection, once again those color differences. We’ve got warmer tones on the iPhone and cooler tones on the Pixel. But generally speaking, both
of these are doing great. Now one time I took a
bunch more portrait shots just to really test out how
good the edge detection is. And something that I did notice
is that the iPhone did seem to do better in terms of edge detection from the rear-facing cameras. If you look at this example here, you can see that both have
struggled with my ear, but the Pixel has struggled
more and it’s also struggled a little with my hair. Now, I can only assume
this is because we’ve got the single camera on the Pixel, compared to the dual
cameras on the iPhone. So in terms of sensing depth, it’s not doing as much of a
good job as the iPhone is. Now, this is visible once
again in this example if you look towards my
sunglasses and my hair, you can see that the
Pixel has struggled here compared to the iPhone. So for edge detection, it does seem like the iPhone is doing
a better job overall. Now let’s move on to low light. At first glance the Pixel does seem to be the better image. It’s brighter, but I can
notice more noise in the clouds compared to that of the iPhone. And if we go in 200%, the iPhone does seem to
be a little bit sharper compared to the Pixel. Now this may be because the Pixel is using a slower shutter speed
to let in more light, which is resulting in
a little bit of blur. So I would have to call this
image a draw and trying out another image in low light. Here I do prefer the
Pixel image is brighter, the colors are better
maintained and if we go in 200% this time I would say
in terms of sharpness, both are very similar but I do overall prefer the low-light
image here on the Pixel. There will be a night-sight mode available on the Pixel
soon via a software update but that software update
isn’t currently available. So those were the results, now
in terms of my conclusions, lastly we talked about images. From the front-facing
camera, I would have to give the over win to the Pixel, and that is because you had slightly
better dynamic range, you’ve got the secondary
camera which is going to be great for group selfies and also to get in a lot more of your background. For the front-facing portrait mode, the edge detection also
seemed better on the Pixel. And for low-light as well the Pixel did seem to be better
for the front-facing camera. But when it comes to the
rear-facing camera images, things were very interesting,
and very, very close. In good light I did
prefer the iPhone overall. I think you had better dynamic range. You also have two-times
optical zoom on the iPhone, and also the digital zoom on the Pixel was actually really good. The edge would have to
go to the optical zoom. The edge detection for the portrait mode from the rear-facing
cameras was also better, in my opinion, on the iPhone
compared to the Pixel. This is something that
I also found last year with the Pixel 2’s. The edge detection from
the rear-facing camera is not consistent,
sometimes it can struggle. I think this may come down
to the fact that you’ve got a single camera on the
Pixel, so it’s not as good as sensing that depth as the iPhone is. And we did have the color differences, warmer tones on the iPhone,
cooler tones on the Pixel I think that will come down
to personal preference. But for low light images, I did prefer the Pixel overall. As mentioned, we do not have
the night sight update as yet, so things should only get better. If you do want me to do
low-light, SuperSafStyle, camera shootout between
maybe a few devices, the Pixel, the iPhone, the Note, maybe, the Huawei device that’s coming soon, definitely let me know
in the comments below and which devices you’d
like me to do a low-light shootout of and I’ll try to do that. Once we’ve got the night
sight update on the Pixel. And finally, let’s talk about video, I think hands down you have to agree that the iPhone was much better
compared to the Pixel. And if I’m completely
honest, it seems like video was very much an
after-thought for Google when it came to the Pixels. They very much concentrated
on the image side of things and those have worked very well. But video seems to be
very secondary and this is something that I also found
with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. If we compare the Pixel 3 XL to the iPhone XS Max,
the video on the iPhone, firstly you’ve got higher frame rate. So you’ve got 4K at up
to 60 frames a second as well as 1080p at up
to 240 frames a second. But the actual video quality,
the color seemed better, we had better dynamic range on the iPhone, both from the front and
rear-facing cameras. Stabilization and auto-focus,
I would call a bit of a draw. And although both devices
now record in stereo, the iPhone just sounded better to me. The Pixel sounded a little bit tinny. You ca go back and have
a listen if you like. And that’s what I think. What do you guys think? Definitely let me know
in the comments below. If you want to see more
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100 thoughts on “Pixel 3 XL vs iPhone XS Max Camera Test Comparison”

  1. Imagine your walking minding your business, turn your head just to see this guy running towards you with a selfie stick looking thing with 2 phones.

  2. I came here cause I hear Unbox and Marqass brownlee over glorify the pixel cam but it really isn’t that great

  3. Inaccurate points given, the pixel 3 xl had much better edge detection than the I phone Xs, the pixels camera is more accurate to a real life image than the I phone where the skin tone was pigmented too much, to the point where it looked like fake tan which it was not obviously.

  4. The Pixel 3 sound quality is the main thing that is really not great. Obviously there were a few other instances where it had some issues, but I would say that it's overall fantastic when just looking at the camera. I do wish it had a little better zoom and that audio quality once again is just terrible. I feel like I have a little better audio on my Pixel 2. Google didnt step it up enough for me to justify the upgrade this time around. hopefully the Pixel 4 shows us something better

  5. I would like to se Pixel 3 Xl vs Huawei P30 Pro. — P30 Pro have a better night and light camera then iPhone XS or i Phone 10s. I'm sure we want to see who have a better camera XS Max or P30 Pro in those case

  6. The pixel crushed it in every department except for the audio, but since u can use a 3rd party microphone, it's not a deal breaker.

  7. Front Camera: Pixel

    Lowlight: Pixel

    Front Camera Dynamic Range: Pixel

    Front Camera Clarity: Pixel

    Back Camera: iPhone

    Video: iPhone

    Audio: iPhone

    Colour Accuracy: iPhone

    Back Camera Dynamic Range: iPhone

    Back Camera Clarity: iPhone

    Pixel: 4

    iPhone: 6

    Winner: iPhone

  8. DO NOT BUY THIS CRAP! So… last year I bought the Google Pixel XL 2 because the camera was amazing. The models before reported issues with the camera app (issues Google couldn't give solutions to) stupidly I said to myself "that's alright, I'm sure by the time I get mine, they would have already found the solution, it's Google!" Less than a year after I bought the phone they made an update of the camera app and it destroyed it. Now I have a phone without a camera… it's useless! And of course they STILL haven't found a solution. Here's the thing, the same issue has been reported with the new model so if you're looking into getting this phone, don't be as stupid as I was and do not ignore the red flags. Since they wouldn't give me a solution I'm on a mission of letting people know the truth about their bogus expensive products, it was a very expensive mistake and now I'll have to find more money for a new phone 😒 #teampixel SUCKS!

  9. My preference are the pixel images. They are sharper and more in focus. Many of the iphone images had blown out parts. It's much easier to recover from underexposure than overexposure.

  10. haha the low light is the nemesis of Apple iPhone's camera hahaha xD All android phones beat Apple down in pictures at night and low light.

  11. I dont understand in one review pixel front camera video is not over exposing and here it is same for the iphone xs max ?

  12. the difference is that
    pictures can be easily edited and become instantly better
    videos hmm not really.

  13. For video,iphone is the best
    Microphone iphone is rich
    But for fotography in lowlight,pixel 3 is the best

  14. Could be worth enabling the laser sensor in the Pixel for those Portrait mode comparisons, see if it help with the edge detection. See:

  15. iPhone is million times better than any Android phone in past present and future, no doubt about that, the Android phones can only be cheaper by couple of hundred bucks but only Android phone that can compete iPhone is Xiaomi. I've used a hundreds of phones, currently using Xiaomi and believe me neither Samsung or Huawei can get even closer to the build quality or software optimization to the Xiaomi or not even think about the iPhone!!!!!! Google is just an camera full of filters in specified weather conditions that has nothing to do with reality, and the build quality is awful which brings me to the price of 800 bucks they wanna get rich over night!!!!!

  16. The iPhone has punchy-er colors… but the Pixel is way more in-depth, dynamic, precise, and seems to understand colors better. It's like it's trying to duplicate the colors as they are in reality. The iPhones colors can easily be duplicated with a Pixel and some color schemes.

  17. My friends praising pixel like sacred technology and bashing Apple whenever possible I thought it would be a bigger difference. Don’t know if this is an apple fanboy channel, but according to this video I would prefer the iPhone honestly. The photos were very close, low light selfies is the only clear win for pixel. But in Video the difference was huge. And man… the sound…

  18. The pixel has a better camera for sure but for selfies I’d prefer the XS max. For regular back facing camera shots though, the pixel is obviously the better choice.

  19. It won right at the 0.00 sec in where you notice the clouds can be seen in one phone and the other phone doesn’t.

    iphoneXs Max.
    Expensive but maybe well good stuff costs.

  20. I think iPhone xs max the best camera 00:00 do you see this on iPhone xs max the best HDR ON VIDEO

  21. Saf you should put the prices of each camera aswell as the name
    Edit: NVM I assumed this was the pixel 3a v the Iphone xs

  22. Hi Saf, great video as always. You mentioned that everything was shot on automatic to keep things as fair as possible. This sounds logical and is what most YouTubers do. However, some phones heavily process images right out of the box, but that loses data which cannot be retrieved. Whereas other phones such as the iPhone have flatter images. This retains more data which can be extracted in post, to produce a much better image. Therefore is comparing photos from Auto really representative of what images you can produce from each phone?

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