iPhone-SE vs. Google-Pixel-3A: Both cameras compared – CNET

iPhone-SE vs. Google-Pixel-3A: Both cameras compared – CNET


” pixels-3A vs. iPhone-SE.

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The iPhone-SE Apple the new entry-level phone. For $399 (£419, AU$749), you get a device with the same powerful A13 processor than the $699 iPhone 11 is packaged in the body of the iPhone 8. Equally impressive, you get a camera, the pipes in many respects similar to the 11, but without a few bells and whistles. This is reminiscent of the Google-Pixel-3A. Last year, the 3A, the exceptional camera bot in the year 2018, the Pixel-3 for only $399. 

the raises the question: Has Apple introduced the new entry-level camera to beat Google? In most cases, it certainly is not.

The two phones have similar camera features. Both are single-lens setups, rare in an age where even budget phones have two or three cameras on the back. As a result, both ultrawide angle, missing functions or a shooter optimization zoom dedicated. (An iPhone with a telephoto lens, you have to shell out for an 11-Per.) Both 4K video it can shoot, too. 

Where they differ the most in the night: The 3A is a night vision, while the SE has no option for improving the low-light conditions. And sure enough, the Pixel-3A is much stronger night-time performance. Outside of that, though, the SE wins big. 


iPhone-SE standard photography rules

The photos of the pixels 3A are in General more subdued than those of the iPhone SE. There are pros and cons to this. The iPhone occasionally suffers from overwhelming highlights, whereas the pixels are more consistent. But in my Tests it was usually the iPhone, you take stunning photos. 

See how much more vibrant the close-up shot of a flower, for example. It looks undersaturated and artificially cooled from the Pixel 3A, and a lot more vibrant through the iPhone-SE. 

It is not always so one-sided like this, but. The banksia flower at the bottom is a lot more noticeable as captured by the iPhone, for example, but the Pixel, has some advantages. The greens are deeper, and the pixels have to disconnect a better job with the light, the foreground and background. 

For the most part, though, that the tendency to exuberance works on the iPhone like. This coffee shot, to take something embarrassing in public as an example for a different dynamic: The Pixel has a tendency the cool images below, while the iPhone warms. It is fair to have a subjective preference on the sound you prefer, but outside of hue, the iPhone photo certainly pops more. 

Again, there are times when the pixels rather reserved photography works in his favor. This is a photo of the bushes (there is not to take a lot of photos of other flowers and green now) has bulky lighting on the SE compared to the more balanced 3A, for example. 

But the photo is an outlier; out of the dozens of standard photos, the I with the two phones, the photo below is probably the most representative. Both phones can capture great photos, but on iPhone all are dynamic and striking.

Pixel-portraits vs. iPhone-SE

Both the iPhone and SE-and Pixel-3A extraordinary portrait shots. But there are also differenzen. And here, more than the standard settings that you like will come largely down to personal preference rather than a camera better than the other. 

A major difference in the two is not about the quality of the image, but the image is under. The Pixel-3A increased, if it lasts, portraits dates back to — the recording below is from the exact same distance. This is a practical matter, the power of the Pixel-3A a little less flexible when it comes to framing as the SE. (iPhones usually zoom-in 2x as the default for Portrait mode, but the SE does not, because he is not a telephoto lens.) 

you will notice in the picture above, that my roommate Dan’s hair, both the curls on the top and the beard below, are sharper and more detailed in the pixels capture. His skin color looks a little brushed in the iPhone shot, too. Also, note how different the two devices recorded his sweater. The iPhone ‘ s green is more accurate.

In the below shots of Rachael, the pixels for playback is well-balanced. But it is also flat. Note how much more in the foreground, she is shot in the iPhone. There is some loss of detail, such as Rach’s eyes pop in the iPhone recording, but you can hardly see their color in the Pixel photo. Your skin also looks more natural in the iPhone portrait. The Pixel photo-looks like someone took the structure value in a Instagram post and pushed it high.

” iPhone-SE (L) vs. Pixel-3a (R).

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This is even more evident in the portraits of Dynn. His skin looks a bit brushed in the iPhone shot, but sharp and crisp in the Pixel 3A image. The wrinkles under his eyes, as particularly unhappy results of the artificial sharpening. 

Finally, the phone takes a better portrait recording mainly depends on the subjective taste. I give the points would be on the iPhone for more consistency, but.

night-sight is king

When it comes to low-light photography, it is quite easy. If we compare standing night shots, the iPhone is generally a little better. But the Pixel-3A night sight, and the iPhone is not the night mode, please refer to the 11. If the night eyes on, there is no competition.

Take the below the scene. The Pixel-3A took a cooler picture — the low light creates an eerie effect, but the iPhone-SE collects much more information. In the latter photo you can see more of the mulch on the ground, as well as more of the surrounding trees. 

These pictures of gnocchi have a night with some background lighting, true-time conditions. The iPhone has much better contrast, and a satisfying sharpness to. The Pixel-3A, meanwhile, has something of an unpleasant hue on some white balance problems. 

But then we come to the iPhone-SE on the acquisition of the Pixel-3A night vision device is turned on. It’s a whole new game, one that shows how much of a blessing, the night modes. In all the below cases, you’ll see the night view of the iPhone-SE (admirable) low-light performance.

Zoom iPhone-SE weakness

you have to give me some room to play with this, such as the comparison of the zoom-functions of the two phones was something of an inexact joint science. The iPhone SE photo app gives you a zoom slider, but to say there is no corresponding number, if you zoomed in 2x or 3x or 4x. As a result, the below photos are not 1:1 comparisons, because you probably will not be exactly the same level of zoom. 

With that said, will be able to see the pixels 3a, far ahead of the iPhone SE. I mean that literally, as the 3a seems to be up to 7x digital zoom and it, as the SE caps out at 5x. But the pixels 3A also takes a clear zoomed-in photos. 

in the photo above, the 2x zoom, the Pixel-recording is much clearer and sharper. You will see if you look closely to the green, but it strikes you immediately as you take a look at the pink flowers.

will turned down to 4x zoom, a bottle of wine, I have my roommate (drink responsibly, y’all) hidden. Admittedly, you can see, I have zoomed a bit more on the iPhone-SE-but that there is a large difference in the image quality, which can be hardly explained by the small gap in the zoom. The iPhone retains its heat, but she looks a lot more noisy. This is especially true if you look at the background.

Now filled this jug with water (previously with beer — drink responsibly, etc.) was shot 5x zoom on both phones. The 3A is the shot is much clearer. 

I’m curious, to say something, to be critical, because again and again I can not 100% sure about the zoom-in lengths, which I caught. But it certainly seems like the iPhone, the SE is far less zoom is capable of. 

Selfies better>The Pixel 3A and the iPhone-SE are matched equally when it comes to their front cameras. will not work on the iPhone

In the below selfie, you will see my oddly shaped head. Look, you shot closer to the Pixel, though, and you note will be more detail in the background bushes. You may also see flat white residue on the coffee-Cup lid, and my dry lips and, unfortunately, hairy Finger. Hooray for more Details!

In the below selfie, although I prefer the iPhone-SE colors, especially in the background leaves. The pixels from my face is unusually smooth, a reversal of the Portrait-mode-effect.

tuned, But again, pretty evenly. However, the pixels, no matter how much I tried, could not with the lights on the front of my house. This is a portrait of selfie, a skill that both phones have, but the standard recordings, were the same. From a blurry, horrible colors and easy to complete. 

This does not always happen, but in the other photos, I noticed that the Pixel was less ratios adept at handling bright light. So the


The Pixel has skills, an admirable work on the video compared to the iPhone, since the Apple devices are known for your video. But the iPhone remains here. The crucial difference dynamic range was. This was particularly evident in the night, where car headlights would tones to capture spiking on the Pixel, and the iPhone was clearly capable of deeper black. Check out to see in the video below, some video shooting compared. 

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iPhone-SE vs. Google-Pixel-3A-camera shootout


So between his vivid Portraits and selfies captured, to be consistent, I would call them and the iPhone is the winner here — even if the pixels are not better with zoom and night vision. But it is an edge Apple can not long hold on: The rumor Pixel-4A is not far away. 

Released on Sun, 10 may 2020 04:31:31 +0000

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