Since I have both phones at my disposal (thanks to work needing me to be on call and paying for my Pixel) I decided to skip taking the Mirrorless camera on one of my usual outings, and test both phones. In as best as possible, I attempted to duplicate the shots between both phones based on where I held them. Anyone who tests these using a tripod to get perfect placement is (IMO) invalidating this test. Part of the feature these phones are selling is the fact that you can get usable handheld shots in low light.
- Night Mode is automatic, no need to activate
- Shots offer good contrast and less blown out highlights
- Takes shots far faster
- While it can be disabled, sometimes Flash will be "selected" by the device at the last second and without warning
- Function does not work on Wide angle camera
- "streaking effect" where the image is not stabilized, or, other error, creates a dud image. Has happened to me 3 times. Example image is below, and for the record I took the image the same way I have done all of them. What I suspect is happening, the camera is not done taking image samples when it indicates the shot is complete, and is somehow recording my pulling the camera back down.
- Better results in really low light
- By default Night Sight is a dedicated setting, rules out accidental flash
- Better control of Auto focus and other settings within the app
- Shots take far longer than iPhone to complete
- Camera Suggests Night Sight far earlier (more ambient light) than the iPhone activates it Night Mode
- Due to the longer process, function is not as useful for moving objects as iPhone
First two are really low light, with no close sources (despite how the shots look). The iPhone really struggled with noise here making its shot look really blotchy as compared to the Pixel 3.
The following Images were taken earlier, with the iPhone 11 staying in normal mode, while the Pixel 3 directed that I use Night Sight so I switched to that mode.
I need to upload full resolution images to the server hosting these. I thought I had completed that task but my computer (at home) must have encountered an error. I will try to update the post with links.
IMO both cameras are close, with myself having picked the iPhone as the winner, but only just! My reasons are more do to with speed as opposed to just image results. The pixel would often need 4-5 seconds longer shot time than the iPhone did, which created quite a few duds for me (not pictured) where the subject or I had to move (damn Mosquitos). Will be curious to see how the Pixel 4 will do in similar tests. And I hope to complete some testing myself if I can get an update arranged .
What are your thoughts? Do you have Night Mode shots to share, or comparison shots with your Android and iPhone cameras?