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Pixel 4 XL vs iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Test Comparison feat. MKBHD

Pixel 4 XL vs iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Test Comparison feat. MKBHD


– What’s up, guys? Saf here on SuperSaf TV. And we’ve got a bit of a different camera comparison this time. We’ve got a collaboration with somebody who I’m sure you recognize,
Marcques Brownlee. – Should be fun, should
be the ultimate test. – This is gonna be the ultimate. So we should put that in
capitals in the title. – All caps, ULTIMATE test. So what do we have here? – So, we’ve got lots of pictures from the Google Pixel 4 XL and
the iPhone 11 Pro Max. So, this is the one
everybody wants to see. – These are the two top dogs, allegedly. – I went out in Brooklyn yesterday and took a bunch of shots, like loads. So, I’ve got ’em all lined
up for us to have a look at. We’re gonna have a look at images first. We’ve got loads, we’ve got low light, we’ve got everything
covered, dynamic range. And then we’ve also got a bit of video which we’re gonna have a look at. And then we’ll kind of share our opinions. Some of these I’m not gonna
share the labels initially, so you guys can also
see which one you prefer before we reveal which one that is. But I’m assuming there’s
gonna be a bit of a theme that we’re gonna be able
to tell which is which after a bit, right? – I hope so. – Usually is the case, isn’t it? – Usually we can tell. – Yeah, ’cause whenever I
post anything on Twitter, like Marques is straightaway,
“I know which one that is,” and I’m like “Shh, Twitter police.” – I’m pretty good at Twitter policing, but we’ll see how it goes. – So, we’re starting off outdoors and we have this from the
primary camera of both devices. So, first impressions. – Okay, so we’ll start off the bat, they’re both really sharp. They both have a good
amount of some sky detail. They’re about the same focal length. The one on the left is a little wider. But the main difference,
honestly, between them is color temperature. And if I’m remembering correctly, Pixel 3 would always
bias a little bit cooler and from what I’ve tested so far, I mean this is coming out later, but Pixel 4 also has a little
bit of a cool hue, typically. So if I’m guessing, I
think left is Pixel 4, right is iPhone 11, and
both are very good photos. – Pretty much a draw, you’d say, yeah? – [Marques] Yeah. – Surprise. – Wow, interesting. So every once in a
while, it does flip-flop. So you have a warmer photo from the Pixel. Yeah, interesting. – So, for me I think both are
actually doing really good. I would call it a bit of a draw. So that was interesting. – I’ve already failed my first one. I don’t feel very good about that. – Well, we’ll see, I mean
there’s lots more to go through. Now here’s something that we
definitely need to talk about because this is a perfect
situation where, boom. – [Marques] Ultra-wide. – [Saf] Like, I mean, that
just gives you the full bridge. – That shot is, I’m not gonna
say impossible on the Pixel because technically you can do a panorama and stitch it together and
it’s gonna take you a minute, but that’s the type of thing
you only really get from just snapping that ultra-wide. – Exactly. That’s something unfortunately
the Pixel doesn’t have, so. All right, so now again, a wide shot. Thoughts? – So I’m looking at a, if I’m not pixel-peeping and zooming in, a little bit of a brighter exposure, a little more HDR happening on the right where you see the rocks
are a little bit brighter. But yeah, very similar. I almost would say on the right, I’m gonna say Pixel’s on the right again because it’s more contrast-y again, in that fence area and with
the buildings in the back, it’s got a little bit of sharper contrast. So that’s my first instinct. – Okay, and any preference, just overall? – Uh, yeah, they’re about the same. These two are similar, yeah. – [Saf] You’re right,
you got it, you got it. Yeah, I think both are
doing a really good job and you really can’t go wrong. Right, telephoto now. So, we have optical zoom on both of these so I thought it would be a
good way to try this out. So this is using 2X optical zoom. – It’s weird that the
iPhone went cool again. I’m so used to the
iPhone being warm, warm, warm all the time. – Yeah, it’s interesting. I mean, they do flip from one to another in terms of the zoom on
both of these so far. This is 2X. – [Marques] 2X, yeah. They both seem to have a
pretty good amount of detail. You see the windows in the buildings and everything on both. No problems here. – Now, one of the other things Google have been talking about is the digital zoom,
hybrid zoom should we say. – [Marques] Beyond 2X. – [Saf] Yeah, beyond 2X. So the maximum you can go is around 8X, so that’s what I did on both of these. And I thought, let’s have a
look at something like this. – [Marques] Okay, so you’re
looking at super res zoom on Pixel, getting the 8X
with the 2X telephoto versus, this is gonna just be
straight digital zoom from the 2X on the iPhone. Um, in theory we should
see a sharpness difference. But for me, that’s really all in theory. I don’t necessarily think one of them’s drastically sharper than the other. The Pixel’s just brighter at this point. – [Saf] I’m noticing a
little bit more noise in the iPhone image, especially towards like the
trees and the buildings. – [Marques] Okay, that’s
a good observation, yeah. – [Saf] So I think it’s, I would say a little bit
better on the Pixel here, so that zoom does seem to be going to it, but if I was to pick, I’d always pick an
ultra-wide over hybrid zoom, you know what I mean? – Yeah. How many pictures do
you take this zoomed in? Like, my typical photo’s not
gonna be 8X zoom almost ever, so I’m with you on that. – [Saf] All right, so just
another outdoor image. – [Marques] Hmm, this is a colorful one. I like this one. Um, yeah, wow. These are super similar. It looks like the right
is a little bit cooler. So you see the color
temperature in the clouds, if you just look at the
color white up in the top, the left is a little warmer. The right is a little bit more blue. Honestly, sometimes I
personally in my own videos will tend to bring highlights
a little bit cooler, but when I’m just looking
for a straight photo that I want to be accurate, I think I’d pick the left
as the slightly warmer more accurate photo. – [Saf] And do you know, would
you say which one’s which? – Now I’m pixel-peeping ’cause
it’s really that similar. I was so thrown off by
the Pixel being warmer that I don’t know
anymore, so I’m gonna say, I’m gonna say left is
Pixel and right is iPhone? What is that, four for five or something? Three for four? I’ve done pretty well since the beginning. – [Saf] I think this is
another thing I wanted to show, the ultra-wide. Boom, like, you know, you just get so much
more of that foreground, It just gives you so much more context. And that’s something that I
use a lot, an ultra-wide now. I’m so used to it. Right, dynamic range here. We’ve got David standing
right in front of the window. We’ve got a light coming
in from the background, it’s quite a dark room. – [Marques] Just both of
these shots right now, from a smartphone, are incredible versus like five years ago. And you don’t realize that, but if you try to shoot
this with a normal camera or something that doesn’t
have this sort of smart HDR, you’re either gonna lose the window or you’re gonna lose David. But you got both. When I’m looking at the side by side, I think I would look more into
the noise levels that you get in the shadows, looks like
the left one’s a bit noisier. The right one, a little bit cleaner. A little magenta from the
left, not a huge deal. But I think I’d guess Pixel on the right and iPhone on the left, but now I wanna switch that. Yeah, you know why I’m switching? As soon as that left my mouth, I was like, the left is also
contrastier than the right. So if you look at the red
and black here on the left versus on the right, this
little slight faded look that you get a lot from the iPhone because it’s less contrast-y, should’ve also pointed that out. But yeah, they’re both really
good for light execution. – Very, very good. I mean, when I was
actually looking at these I had to double-check just to
make sure I didn’t mix them up and I definitely didn’t. But I did notice the
noise on the Pixel one, whereas it looks like the
iPhone’s done a really good job. But I think what iPhone,
especially from the 10s, when it comes to dynamic range
since we’ve had smart HDR, they’ve really done well when
it comes to dynamic range. So I’ve been very
impressed with the iPhone. And here, I do prefer
it because of that noise that we’ve got here on the Pixel. It’s interesting. Low light now, this is interesting. – [Marques] So you’re gonna
try to, I don’t know if, are these night mode or– – [Saf] Yeah, so all of these
night shots have been taken using the night modes, so
you know, multiple exposures. – So what I’ve noticed from night mode from these two cameras is again, Pixel Night Sight, more
dramatic and more contrast-y where iPhone at night,
especially with subjects, tends to keep it looking
more accurate to the scene, like at night. But some people might like it either way. It’s more dramatic with the Pixel here. So looking at the difference
between these two, I’m seeing a lot more noise up in the sky here on the right shot
and on the left hand side it’s a smooth blue gradient. I don’t actually know at night which one would do more of that, but I’m gonna guess left is Pixel and right with this less
contrast-y look is iPhone. – [Saf] Okay, this is interesting. – Huh. – Surprising, isn’t it? – More contrast-y from
the iPhone this time. – Yeah, and also like the noise level. I was surprised about the amount of noise that you get using Night
Sight compared to the iPhone. – [Marques] That may be a symptom of it trying to being the sky up so much that it’s trying to bring it… It can get way more than this, but it’ll almost look like
a daytime photo at night. And you will see noise in it, but when you zoom all the way out it’s like this dramatic photo. Pixel will do that sometimes. But wow, that’s a lot
of contrast from the– – [Saf] Yeah, so I mean, here I actually preferred the iPhone because just I wasn’t a
fan of the noise levels. I just thought that was
more of a pleasing shot. With a person, so again, David. So this was interesting, I thought. Low light, let’s get a person. – [Marques] Fascinating lighting situation. – Yeah, ’cause it was like
all this blue sort of light coming around, but it was
tricky at the same time. – [Marques] Okay, so this
one’s easy for me to pick. Right side is Pixel. And the reason I know
that, there’s a bunch. The contrast again. So whenever the iPhone sees a face, it’s very consistent,
they always trend to like lighten up the face a little bit and make sure it’s a little brighter. If you have any weird dynamic range, at least you see the face. That’s a little bit of
what’s happening here, a little more shadows on his face. But again, you get more
contrast in this yellow and more saturation, and a
little more dramatic shot. So I’d be shocked if the
right wasn’t the Pixel. All right, it’s the Pixel. – [Saf] You’re correct, there you go. Yeah, I agree with you here. I do prefer the Pixel shot here. I can also see a lot more sort
of noise in the foreground compared to the Pixel. Although it has really tried
to boost up those shadows, I think, but here I do prefer the Pixel. This is an interesting one. – [Marques] I’ve taken a
lot of photos like this. I went to school in Hoboken, took a lot of skyline
photos of New York City, like every phone I tested
I took a photo like this. And they’ve gotten a lot better since now they all have night mode. Here, let’s see, we have some
noise in the sky on the left and a very smooth sky on the right. And maybe a little bit cooler on the left, but that’s really the main difference. – Which do you prefer, and
which do you think is which? – Okay, I prefer the right, and I think the right is the iPhone. – [Saf] You are correct, and
I’d agree with you there. All right, so another one. – [Marques] Ooh, this is a tough one. Wow. That spire, that blue spire is really glowing pretty hard on each of these. Your dynamic range is also similar, but again I’m seeing a lot
more dramatic brightening on the right side photo, and that comes with some noise in the sky. Right side is Pixel again,
left side is iPhone. – Which do you prefer? – I think I weirdly prefer the brighter Pixel photo this time, just because sometimes this
has more of a wallpaper look. I think I could clean up that noise and it would be pretty cool. – [Saf] I would go with
the iPhone on this one. It just like, and also
with the lights I think they’ve just like gone
a little bit too far. – I think you could drag each
of these photos in Lightroom to look like the other one. – Potentially, I think you could. I think with a lot of these. But the way I find it is
like, a lot of people, I think we maybe edit
the images to our level, but a lot of people just slap a filter on and then post ’em, right? Right. Portrait. – [Marques] Portrait mode time. I feel like I should
get all of these right. This is the one I’m usually
guessing on your Twitter, like which one has the best portrait. – [Saf] This one’s an easy one. – [Marques] So this one, left is Pixel. And I’m knowing that
because it’s interestingly a little bit wider, but
again it’s more contrast-y, and it’s doing a very sharp,
very deliberate cutout any way that it can. It makes the misses a little more dramatic and easy to point out, but the iPhone will sort of smooth over, once it find the face it
sort of smooths over the rest and doesn’t do as sharp of a cutout. And it’s typically a little
bit warmer on the iPhone, too. So this is, everything
about this is textbook, like what you would
expect from portrait mode. – Which would pick, like, would
you prefer from these two? – So in this case,
because Pixel nailed it, I would pick the Pixel. And I think often when
the Pixel gets it right, I would prefer the Pixel photo. But in the cases where Pixel messes it up, and I’m sure it will a couple times, I think that’s when I’ll
start to lean away from it ’cause it’s still missing. And this is stuff that
software will get better at, but Pixel for this one. – [Saf] Yeah, I prefer the
Pixel for this one as well. What’s quite interesting
is that we’ve noticed that the Pixel when
you’re shooting portraits is a little bit wider. It looks like it’s going
around 1.8X rather than 2X, so you’re getting a
slightly wider angle of view even though you’re using a telephoto. However, the iPhone
lets you shoot portraits from the primary. So this is standing from the same place and you’ve got all of me in, whereas you only had that before. So you do have that
option, which you like. – And I’m assuming you also
prefer at least the choice of being able to do 1X. – I definitely prefer the choice. When it comes to portraits, I
do prefer a telephoto portrait because that’s more
around the 50 mil mark. – [Marques] It’s more accurate. – [Saf] Yeah, it’s more accurate. I do prefer that, but then
again I like having the option because I like using portrait
mode not only for people. I think using the primary
camera is really good for giving you that flexibility which the Pixel now no longer has. – [Marques] I prefer the wide
portraits for two reasons. One is the wide-angle
shallow depth-of-field look tends to feel a little more nice. I think that’s purely
subjective, I just like the look. But also, the main sensor is just a better camera than the telephoto. So any time I have the
ability to use the main camera and it’d get less noise
and better quality, I will pick that almost every time. So that’s, it would’ve been nice for Pixel to let us do that. – Yeah. Maybe they can do a software update. Hey Google. (laughs) Without actually activating– – Without triggering all our phones? – Yeah. Just, uh, sort it out. Now this was actually in
low but tricky lighting, so it wasn’t the best lit. Um, thoughts? – [Marques] Chopped your ear off. Pixel chopped your ear off. So, when you start to get the
very sharp, confident cutouts you’ll notice the mistakes more. And so in a photo like this,
I think I prefer the iPhone. Color’s a little more accurate,
a little less dramatic. But yeah, that miss on
the side of the sunglasses and the ear is what stands out. – I think it’s a really good point. Like, the iPhone will
probably soften things around a little bit more, but then it’s a little bit more forgiving. If it does miss something a little bit, you can’t notice it right away. But when you’re going for that
sharp, mass cutout, like– – [Marques] It looks cool when it works, and it usually works. But when it doesn’t, then you start to see that sort of thing. – [Saf] Now this is the one that we took just a couple of hours ago. – [Marques] This is another
place where it’s very obvious what Apple’s doing to your face here. So I’ve taken a lot of photos, I know my skin tone on camera very well. And you can see Apple identifies my face and gets it a little bit brighter, and you see on my face here. I don’t know if it did it to yours, maybe the sunglasses sort
of tricked it a little bit. But you see my face,
you just have this like dark shadow area, because that’s
what it really looked like. Color temperatures are
pretty similar, but yeah. I don’t think that’s anything too drastic, it’s just the contrast, I think. – [Saf] Yeah, and we probably
moved a little bit back to kind of match the angle a
little bit more here, as well. Preference? – [Marques] Preference,
I’m gonna say Pixel. I just prefer the punchy
look when it gets it right. It doesn’t look like it
screwed up the edges too bad. – They look pretty good. – Yeah, it gets the hair right. – [Saf] So, it looks like
the Pixel does do good from what I can see
when it comes to people. Not so much when it comes to pets. – Pets, yeah. Yeah, I’ll have in my video, we might go live at around the same time. But I think I had some
problems with the pets that I didn’t expect because
you have two cameras now. You’d think depth
detection would do better and it didn’t do as well as
the single-camera Pixel 3. So I’ll talk about that in my video, but I found that fascinating. – That video will be linked below, so definitely go ahead and check it out. Okay now, selfies. You’re not much of a selfie guy. – [Marques] I don’t take a lot of selfies. I should do it more just
to mess with the cameras and see what it looks like. I find myself taking
pictures of environments and objects more often. Selfie cameras, I loved
the Pixel 3 selfie cameras. The plural, two, selfie cameras. You could go ultra-wide if you wanted to. iPhone went wider. Pixel has a single camera now, it’s wider. So you can see the focal length now is about as close as they’ve ever been. But instantly, instantly you can tell which one is the Pixel, on the left. And that’s because it’s
punchier, again, it’s crisper, it’s a little more saturated. I instantly give this
one to the Pixel, yeah. – So I of course just take selfies purely for testing purposes. (laughs) But like, it’s interesting
because I actually like that sharper look of the Pixel. Some people don’t want to, you know, kind of amplify their defects, they kind of wanna like… Which I think obviously
the Huaweis and the Oppos kind of go a bit overboard in that. The Samsung still does that. But I actually don’t mind the iPhone because I don’t think it
softens things too much where it looks fake. It’s still, you know,
just kind of like enough to be still a pleasing shot. – Yeah, I think when you
put them next to each other it becomes much more obvious, but if you just gave me the iPhone photo it’s obviously not a
bad-looking photo at all. It still has a lot of,
you know the beard test, the beard detail, shout out to Lew, you get a lot of that. You get the hair still. There’s nothing like, the
dynamic range is still excellent. You have cloud detail. So neither of these is
drastically better than the other. Just when you put them next to each other, you can see the difference so clearly. – [Saf] I mean, I definitely
prefer the Pixel here. It just has that more dramatic
look, which I do like. But that’s not to say that
the iPhone’s doing a bad job. It’s actually doing a
good job, and I like that we’ve got a wider angle of view now. Right, so now one thing
you’ll notice with the iPhone, however, is that when you
switch to portrait mode then it no longer uses the wider angle. It uses the more punched-in, although both of them do punch in, the iPhone punches in a little bit more. All right, so thoughts on here? – [Marques] Yeah, so. You see the difference
in the way Apple does it versus the way Google does it. Google, again, trying to do
a depth cutout of everything, which is like, it’s including your jacket but it’s missing a
little bit of the corner, where Apple sees your face,
makes sure it gets the face, and then softens things around it. So it’s not really focusing on
keeping that collar too much, or the side of the jacket
here is a little blurred, where Google tries to keep it. – [Saf] Keep it, but then you see that sort of defect around here. – [Marques] Then some of
it starts to mess up. So when you have a
complicated edge like that, which most people will have. They’ll have hair or they’ll have glasses or a jacket or something. And all of that detail is
difficult to get it right. So I think a lot of people will like the way the iPhone does it, so
there’s no glaring problems. But just zoomed way out
for me, I still prefer the punchier detailed photo of the Pixel. I almost want like a hybrid
between the two in this case. Yeah, both have their strengths. – Yeah, I totally agree there. On first glance, I do prefer the Pixel, but I prefer the edges of the iPhone. I think it’s done a better job. It’s a lot more natural than
with that sort of defect, which really stands out. Now this one’s really tricky. You’ll know which one is which, but this is a good
example because we’ve got a lot going on in the background here. And now if you look towards
this sort of area here on the Pixel compared to the iPhone. – [Marques] It lost your
hair in the background, and it drew an outline around
like the forehead basically. Huh. Yeah, these are the tougher situations. So Apple, what’d they do? They basically got your face, your hair, and then just slowly applied
the blur to the jacket again. Makes sense. I think that’s where you’d probably take if you were trying to
pixel-peep the iPhone photo. – But yeah, it is interesting
because both of them take very different approaches
when it comes to portraits. And you may prefer one or the other. I think a lot of the times, the Pixel kind of looks more
pleasing at first glance, but then when you start
looking at the edges it can either do amazing
or if it doesn’t work then you’re gonna see those defects. Do you find that some mess up the glasses more often than others? ‘Cause obviously they’re not
a normal face direction, so… – Well yeah, I mean this is the thing. I think the iPhone actually
does really well in general. – It’ll probably do the best. – Yeah, it’s the best,
generally, from what I’ve seen. Right, this was dynamic range, so this was really interesting
because I was like, I’m gonna stand in front of this window, it’s a dark room, and there you go. – [Marques] So turns out, Pixel’s got a little bit
more highlight range. I’m assuming you just went
for the face as the exposure. Yeah, now that’s a tough
photo again for any camera. I don’t know exactly what
that room looked like, but iPhone really cast
green here for some reason. A little magenta happening with the Pixel. – I think it did struggle a little bit with just how tricky this
lighting situation was, completely back-lit. And I think this is where, you know, Pixel’s new HDR Plus really
is kind of helping here. – [Marques] It’s more accurate. – [Saf] Okay, this is
low-light selfies, all right? So this was quite interesting. People always ask about low-light selfies. I generally don’t take low-light selfies. – Not a ton, yeah. Is there a flash, is the phone
lighting up with the flash? – That’s what we’re gonna look at next. This is the first one without anything, just to kind of see how
they handle that low light. – Yeah, so, interestingly
iPhone’s a little cropped. I guess you didn’t zoom out for it? – Maybe I forgot to do that,
actually that’s a good point. But yeah. – Yeah, but generally
color is pretty close. They’re both gonna have a bunch of noise. You have a little more
softness, I guess, with the hat. I’m looking at the text
on your hat on the iPhone. But yeah, that’s another,
that’s actually a tough photo. – [Saf] Yeah, but I do notice
a lot more noise on the iPhone compared to the Pixel. – [Marques] Oh yeah, up in the sky too. – [Saf] Now, this is using
the front-facing flash. – [Marques] Wow. No, that gives you a lot
more room to mess with getting actual contrast on the face. It looks like you have
a flash on on the Pixel. But the iPhone looks sort of like there’s something bright in the distance and it’s sort of glowing on you. – [Saf] Yeah, which do you prefer? – [Marques] I prefer the Pixel. Yeah, and it’s also still
a little more confident about that contrast and color, so you’re bumping up the
yellow and the saturation and everything again,
and it worked this time. I feel like there might be
times where it gets confident and then it just looks crazy. But yeah, I think Pixel won this one. – All right. One thing that’s interesting is that the Pixel’s actually got Night Sight from the front-facing camera as well, something that you
don’t have on the iPhone and you don’t also have
on the ultra-wide camera. I’m not gonna do a comparison of that because the Pixel still doesn’t have one, so it’s better to have one
that doesn’t have Night Sight than not have one at all. – Look how dramatic that
night to day look is. So it looks like you’re almost
in a daytime environment with a dark sky, weirdly. But yeah, there you go. Now there’s no noise, now
there’s brighter colors, better white balance, all that. – Okay, so that was a bunch of images. Now I’ve got a few little video clips that we’re gonna have a
look at and we’ll see. Okay, so this is the
initial selfie camera. Let me know in between,
so when you’re watching it just let me know which
one you think is which. Starting off with a
front-facing camera test, we do have 4K on the iPhone. Unfortunately, we only have
up to 1080p on the Pixel. Now, just testing out
stabilization on both. So, starting off with a walk. Now let’s go ahead and run. – Because you’re wider on the left, which I guess is the iPhone, you’re getting more
stabilization room to play with and it worked better. Yeah, that looked better on the left. So, iPhone takes 4K up to 60 while the front-facing camera
on the Pixel’s still 1080. – 1080. I also noticed I prefer the
dynamic range here as well because like the cloud detail,
it seems it’s got a bit more. The fact that it’s 4K but it’s still wider from the front-facing camera, like you’d think that if it’s
1080 then it doesn’t need to. But I mean, it’s just
night and day here for me. – Yeah, I think I would prefer the iPhone of those two videos. – Okay, cool. Now we’re just gonna move on
to the rear-facing cameras. Switching on to the rear-facing cameras. We’re at 4K, 30 frames a second on both. Just taking a look around. Just a random dude there. Anyway, now let’s test
out the stabilization. So I’ve got a straight path, just walking. Now let’s go ahead and run. – Oh, there’s the difference. Holy smokes. Okay, so Pixel, they brag
a lot about their EIS and that’s a perfect use of,
you either love it or hate it. It looks like you’re running
with a stabilizer, basically. The left one was significantly smoother, you almost couldn’t tell you were running. So I would guess that that’s EIS, whichever one has EIS,
I think that’s Pixel. – That is the iPhone. – That is the iPhone looking
super smooth like that? – [Saf] The iPhone
stabilization is very good. To me, when you see the stabilization there’s a lot of jitter, like
especially if you look here. Can you notice that, right? – [Marques] Oh, on the bridge? Yeah. – Yeah, I definitely
preferred the iPhone here. All right, now let’s test out the zoom while we’re recording video. So that’s 2X on the iPhone,
also 2X on the Pixel. Now we can go further
digitally, so let’s try that. The maximum we can do on the iPhone is 6X when we’re in video,
and also 6X on the Pixel. – Yeah, when you pause on the tower, that’s when you saw it look like you’re on a tripod basically on the Pixel, like it just froze it and it was like, I know what you’re trying
to take a video of, let’s just track to this
and if you move around we’ll just keep it there. Which is nice sometimes. I remember actually
specifically a while ago being on vacation, but taking a photo where I’m just like
standing pointing at a door and I was handheld, but it
looked like I was on a tripod. It did not move at all. Some people are gonna like that. It depends on what you’re trying to shoot. – As soon as you, this
is the thing, though. What I find is as soon as you move, then you kind of see
how much things just go because it tries to lock on
to something when it can’t. The iPhone’s a lot more natural, whereas the Pixel kind of goes
blurry and then sharpens up and then blurs again as
soon as you’re moving. And I deliberately kind of
moved around a little bit more just to kind of test that out, so yeah. Okay, and the final thing
that I just had a look at was because you can get the ultra-wide. Again, look how much of a
dramatic difference that makes. – I had an instance recently
where it was pretty painful because I walked in and I had a Pixel and I was trying to
take a video of a room, and I couldn’t get the
whole room in the shot and I was like, if I had my iPhone with me I would just do ultra-wide
video right now, and I didn’t and I missed it, so. – So that’s all the tests that we’ve got, there was lot to go through there, right. So in terms of opinion, let’s start off with
regular shots in good light. – [Marques] So, yeah, I
think it’s actually easier to separate them out
because in regular light, I often preferred the Pixel. And I think that’s
because it’s confidently just punching up contrast, giving you a confident, you
know, saturated a little more but usually pretty accurate photo. So in daylight, I think I
still prefer to take pictures with the Pixel as better than the iPhone. But then you switch to low light, and it starts to sort of
switch up a little bit. So that is like a Night
Sight versus night mode deep fusion type of thing,
where often the iPhone would start winning in night
mode, which is impressive because we all looked at Night
Sight as like a benchmark. And you got a lot more impressive photos from the iPhone in dark situations. So, it’s pretty mixed. – So I think that for
the daylight pictures, I think both are really good. The Pixel gets a little bit
of edge because of the zoom, the super zoom, so it does
get a little bit of edge, but I don’t think the iPhone did bad. But for me, the ultra-wide kind
of changes that whole thing because now the iPhone gets a whole– – [Marques] A whole new
vantage point, yeah. – [Saf] Yeah, and it just gives it so many more points in my book because now I’ve got a whole
different perspective, right? Which the Pixel just can’t do. So then, that’s on that side of things. The low light, I did, I’d say overall, there were certain situations
where I preferred the Pixel. But I think overall, I didn’t
think I would be saying this but I preferred the iPhone in low light. Portraits. – Portraits, from what we were looking at which is portraits of people, it seems like the difference
is the same as last year, where you get a very aggressive
cutout with the Pixel and it’s more dramatic. And when you’re zoomed out,
I think that looks better. And then as soon as you
zoom in and pixel-peep, it is easier on the Pixel
to find instances of like it missing a cutout or doing it wrong. So I’ll probably, if I want a
good clean no-mistakes photo I’ll pick the iPhone, but
if I want a more dramatic, more impressive photo, I
think I would pick the Pixel. – What about the fact that
the iPhone also lets you shoot from the primary camera? – Major difference, yeah. I like shooting wide-angle
portrait mode photos. And the Pixel 3 was one of the best wide-angle portrait mode photos. They know they can do it with one lens, which is like shocking to
me that they wouldn’t let us do that still on the Pixel 4. But yeah, I wish I could do wide-angle. – Selfies? – [Marques] Selfies, I’m again
gonna give that to Pixel. You can do Night Sight selfies. They both have about
the same field of view. But you’re getting a little more contrast, a little more sharpness. – Yeah. So I think for portraits,
I do like the Pixel one straight at a first glance, but I do like that we’ve
got the option of having two different options on the iPhone. So this is normal portraits. Selfies, overall I think I’d
lean towards the Pixel as well. I think the Pixel does
selfies really well. And although they can be
a little bit too sharp, maybe a little too contrast-y, I kind of like that look. I think it might come down
to your personal preference. – Yeah, I think you could probably edit a lot of the iPhone photos
to look more like the Pixel instead of vice versa. It’s hard to take out the
contrast that’s already baked in. – It is difficult to do that. Video, thoughts. – Video, I think is an easy iPhone win. You can do 4K 60, which
you can’t do on the Pixel. – [Saf] From all cameras. – [Marques] You get ultra-wide video. You get front-facing 4K video. You get I think better microphone, which matters a lot for video. So a lot of these things
are just gonna tilt it way in the favor of the iPhone, which seems to me like still the best video camera on a smart phone. – So I think we both
mutually agree that right now the best video on any
smart phone is the iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. So like just all around
there, when it comes to video. Very interesting results here. I think both of them shoot
really good pictures. I’m gonna put you on the spot here. You’re going away for the weekend, you’re gonna be taking lots of pictures. You can only pick one phone. What is it gonna be? Is it gonna be the Pixel or
is it gonna be the iPhone? – I think if I’m being
hard-lined, one or the other, I think the iPhone is
a better all-around bet for photos right now. – Okay, all right. Now that’s interesting ’cause I mean, I generally have two phones. I think we have the luxury of having two phones with us at all times, which I think nobody else really has. We have one Android and one iPhone. That’s something everyone
asks me and I’m like, I always have two, right? But not everybody has
that luxury right now. So if I was asked that question, I really like the Pixel’s cameras and I think they do great for photos, but this year, not having the ultra-wide. In my opinion, there’s no excuse. – So has the crown been transferred in best camera from Pixel? – See, the thing for me is whenever I’ve always talked about cameras, I kind of look at an
overall package, right. Because I don’t necessarily
want to have two phones with me. Although I have the luxury to have that. But if I’m looking at ultra-wide video, I want everything in one package. I would pick the iPhone. – Yeah, I think I’m still a person that likes the look of a Pixel photo more often than the look of an iPhone photo, but as far as general overall package, you can only pick one, then yeah, iPhone. – So, that’s interesting. What do you guys prefer? Definitely drop us a comment
below and let us know which one you preferred overall. This has been fun. We should definitely do it again sometime. Let me know what you guys thought of this collaboration camera comparison, which was a little bit different to what we traditionally have on the channel. If you enjoy the video and you wanna see more stuff like this, then be sure to subscribe
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subscribed to Marques, which I’m sure a lot of you already are. I actually looked at,
this is on Instagram, you can see the people who have the most common followers with you, you’re number one. Sixty-four percent of my followers also follow you on Instagram. – [Marques] Hello. (laughs) That’s awesome. – So I don’t know what the
other 36 percent are doing, but you definitely want to
check out Marques’ content. Really awesome content,
and there’s also gonna be a Pixel review that’s gonna be
live right now at this moment which is gonna be linked
in the description, a link in the cards as well. Check it out, make sure
you subscribe to Marques if you haven’t already. Dude, thank you so much. – Thank you. – I really appreciate
you taking part in this, and I’m sorry for putting
you on the spot so much. – You know what? I got enough of ’em
right that I’m not mad. It’s all good. – It was good, it was fun, it was fun. All right, guys. Thanks for watching, see you next time. Dude, that was awesome. That was fun. – [Marques] Great, yeah. – [Saf] (laughs) You
got a few of ’em right. – [Marques] Bang, I did.

100 thoughts on “Pixel 4 XL vs iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Test Comparison feat. MKBHD”

  1. Huge thanks to Marques for taking part, hope you enjoyed the (long) video. Timestamps below:

    1:20 Images (inc. Zoom + Ultrawide)

    8:10 Low Light

    12:34 Portrait Mode

    17:35 Selfies (inc. Portrait + Low Light)

    25:02 Front Cam Video (inc. Stabalization)

    26:10 Rear Video (inc. Stabalization)

    29:20 Conclusion & Final Thoughts

  2. man the iphone 11 pro raped the google pixel 4 so hard!! i want to know where are the stupid people that was talking shit that when the pixel come out will beat the iphone 11 pro?? where are you noobs??

  3. Stop the confusion put 3 phones on the same display and we see for ourselves than you telling us this is better in this and dat……

  4. my pixel 3 has better outcome of pictures than iphone 11 pro max.. i own both and pixel 4 hasn't even released its final software yet. and with the pixel phones the software keeps on learning the way a user take pictures and it keeps on getting better by the time.. but yeah no ultra wide and no 4k60fps that's a win for iphone…i am not saying iphone is trash they did really good this year with the camera..but when it comes to normal photos the outcome always supports pixel.👍. and by the way i am a mobile phone photographer . my preference is pixel 4 anytime. but with moment wide lens.😑.

  5. I do like the pixel photos for all the situation. Except pixel didn't have ultra wide lens, that's a deal breaker for me for it's price tag. But I'm not a fan of iOS UX, especially with lack of app drawer and multitasking. So I didn't see any clear winner here. Better own both phones.

  6. So even the bestest out there in such testing and stuff gets confused in blind test? Proves how biased/paid they are when they do the reviews.

  7. samsung users: wait for the s11
    google users: wait for the pixel 5
    huawei users: wait for the new chinese play store next year
    sony: wait for the new ps5

    APPLE: hahahahahahahahahahahahaahahaha….

  8. I'm really curious about what pixel low light results look like without night sight. I imagine noise would not be that apparent. I used to own nexus 6p with I assume is using the very early version of google hdr+, on 6p the night pictures are darker and take a really long time to process but, interestingly my 6p would prefer a softer image to remove those noise.

  9. Hi my friends. Is it true what has been published on Facebook. I hope my friends reply that the fingerprint of the face opens up while he is sleeping

  10. I think these reviewers are super upset that the Pixel 4 didn't came with a wide angle lens and now they are team iPhone lol #butthurt

  11. Awwww man my pixel 2 xl battery is dying …. I am really tempted to go for the IP11 Pro
    Like for iPhone 11 pro or Dis like for Pixel 4 XL

  12. I think the pixel 4 is probably the 4th best camera right now. You have the iPhone, Note 10+, P30, and then Pixel kind of far behind those.

  13. Love this – I watch you guys separately all the time, but this is the best. Thanks for doing it. I’m a hobby photographer so it’s doubly interesting. I agree, the iPhone, which is my daily driver at this moment, is the general winner at this point. Cheers!

  14. Please, can you shoot that again with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ because it was the first to have all these features like ultra wide, multiple cameras, night sight, etc

  15. Android 2019=Foldable screens, 90hz refresh rate, pop up selfie cam, better screen to body ratios, hand gestures, quad dac, squeeze gestures, radar, screen panel built in speakers ect.. Apple=Stove top camera, battery and facetime

  16. Firstly it was very enjoyable to see the two of you collab. However, i found this video to be long. Even though the commentary was detailed to some degree it was also repetitive and by the time I got to the middle i already got it. Personally i feel like the length of the video was not to much of the problem but maybe the "script" [??]. I'm trying to say it was boring in the sense, you guys just sitting there. I am also comparing this to the video of the camera blind test where that was exciting to watch and follow. ANYWAY, this video was nice, and all – just thought i give some feedback on that.

  17. Both cameras are amazing. When you have to look this close even side-by-side to tell the difference, then it doesn't really matter. I'm a Pixel 2 owner, but I have to admit Google is no longer a runaway winner in the still camera department.

  18. WTF I got more correct choices than Brownlee, especially the lowlights he said the pic had more noise than it's known that Pixel 4 have more noise in night compared to iPhone. 😒

  19. 4:55 was for sure the google pixel 4xl there idk why marcus said there was no sharpness difference lmaoo you can clearly tell on the branches in the trees further back

  20. I would definitely choose the iPhone for video quality and ultra wide. Sadly, don't have the money, got to get the cheap iPhone called S10+ xD

  21. Did anybody notice at 0.26, you can hear the Saf guy just put the Google phone down on the table audibly, like, 'bam!', but later at 0.32 he placed the iPhone down on the table ever so gently and carefully, like putting his own child in a baby crib? 😀 Methinks he is an Apple boy.

  22. The IPhone isn't even a better camera than the Huawei or the Note 10 so why are we comparing to the Google camera???? 🤔 You guys just want to make a video running out of things to talk about sad smdh

  23. Remember one thing guys, Pixel camera is software based and has more room for development compared to iPhone. But for now, i prefer iPhone. But no doubt, once that phone gets stable, it will outperform iPhone. Saying this by seeing past pixel phones. Peace. ✌️

  24. I'm a Pixel user and and prefer most of the pixels pictures, but if I could only choose one phone to take with me on the road it would be a iPhone 11 pro with 256gb internals for the lens options and the space.

  25. holy smokes what a great comparison video. also loving the side-by-side set-up that held the two phones so we can actually get nearly the same view point/shot. the difference in video recording is so clear

  26. I think the way these companies approach image processing is a clear reflection of their philosophy in general. Apple goes the 'good, predictable and consistent route'. Google goes the 'it's brilliant when it works but it may not always work' route.

  27. 25:57 You missed that the Pixel was stabilizing to the ground level as you can see that the background buildings are not moving on Pixel but it's focused on to the face on Iphone

  28. two of my favorite reviewers making a video together, dream come true. iPhone definitely nailed it this year, I hope they continue to make strides in the photo stills department to 100% take over the Pixel. Google really let me down this year, had to switch from my P3 XL to an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

  29. No comments now from people declaring the Pixel as the winner in every comment. Instead, everyone’s calling it a draw.

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