Blind camera test on iPhone 12 and Google Pixel 4a. Guess where is which

It was another week of winter. Then I suddenly learned that a friend had a brand new Pixel 4a 5G, which Google introduced back in November 2020.

From the moment of release, manufacturers usually pump up the camera algorithms a little. So now you can check their photo capabilities visually. It became interesting: I took my smartphone and went to shoot.

The results were mixed with my iPhone 12. Therefore, I decided that I would not immediately say which image was received on which smartphone. So it will be more objective. The conditions are the same – only stock application Camera and automatic shooting mode.

Briefly about the characteristics

Let’s immediately remember what each smart has to make it clearer which characteristics are fighting among themselves.

iPhone 12:

▪️ Wide-angle camera: 12 MP, f / 1.6 aperture, lets in 27% more light
▪️ Ultra wide-angle camera: 12 MP, 120 ° angle, f / 2.4 aperture

Over-width has got a software distortion correction, so that objects at the edges should not be too “broken”. Now this module also supports the Deep Fusion function

Google Pixel 4a 5G:

▪️ Wide-angle camera: Sony IMX 363, 12.2 MP, f / 1.7 aperture (same module in Pixel 5)
▪️ Ultra-wide-angle camera: 16 MP, angle 107 °, aperture f / 2.2

Now is the time for a comparison in real life. Go.


Which is better?

1362 voted

In my tests, the iPhone 12 has always made the picture a little lighter. And this is understandable: the aperture of the new lens is higher, and in the same conditions it sees a little more in the same areas.

However, there is a problem with white balance. Not everything is the iPhone that builds it correctly.

In this case, the smartphone performed much better in the second picture. He showed the color of the sky correctly. The first is strongly blue.


Which is better?

1284 voted

Curiously, the Google Pixel 4a 5G’s algorithms only add blur after the shot is taken. Until then, you will not see the end result. Especially in the case of portrait photography, but more on that later.

In the first case, one smartphone blurred the background strongly, and in the second, the other – noticeably weaker. At the same time, in the second photo, the branches are much clearer, while in the first the farthest of them are strongly blurred.

However, in terms of color rendering, I personally like what came out on the right.


Which is better?

1226 voted

Let’s go further. Wood texture processing.

The left barrel is much clearer, even the smallest details are visible. And the right one turned out to be slightly blurry. Either the hand trembled, or something else – I can’t say for sure. But I’m definitely sure that the effect was repeated from photo to photo. Always the right picture turned out to be more soapy.


Which is better?

1181 voted

In this frame, in one case, the sky is not overexposed and you can slightly see clouds in it. However, the color of the monument is depressing – in another photo it turned out to be more natural. As it is in the real world.

And the details on the right photo are better captured than on the left.

By the way, this is 2x zoom on both smartphones.


Which is better?

1127 voted

The iPhone 12 has a maximum digital zoom of 5X. Therefore, in the case of the Google Pixel 4a 5G, I took exactly the same zoom (although it is capable of 6X).

With the naked eye, you can see the work of the noise reduction algorithm, which deprives the photograph of small details. And in the left image, it worked a little better than in the right one.


Which is better?

1107 voted

When testing the ultra-wide camera, I had a mixed feeling. During the day, the difference is as minimal as possible.

Only with color rendition is the trouble again. But then whoever likes it more. On the left, as for me, the picture turned out to be livelier and more pleasant, and on the right it is more truthful.

At the same time, there is no distortion in the right photo, and the edges on the left are slightly bent. It is easy to understand where which smartphone was filming.


Which is better?

1162 voted

When shooting portraits, I noticed the difference right away. One has only to look at the jacket, which in fact was black, not gray.

However, there is a point, the sore of many smartphones – hair treatment for portraits. In the first case, a complete failure, they are all soapy, and in the second, they are clearer.


Which is better?

1081 voted

We pass to the night shooting mode. And immediately we see the work of ultra-wide cameras in Moscow City.

I am glad that Apple has added this mode to ultrawide, because now this module can at least compete with competitors. As a result, it turns out that on the left we hardly see any noise, and on the right there is a total failure.

The whole picture is covered with a fine mesh, and is also terribly overexposed.


Which is better?

1030 voted

There is already pure taste. Personally, I love how the right shot came out. The left one went yellow and repulsed any desire to admire the Evolution tower.

Although he has his own certain charm. Deeper shadows on the bushes add dimension and reveal the scene better.


Which is better?

989 voted

Upon visual examination, it is clear that the building of Moscow State University turned out to be clearer in the second photo. Pay particular attention to the spire, which turned into some kind of mess in the first picture.

When zooming in, you generally pay attention to the fact that the building on the left is actually blurry, completely indistinct. Even the lone lantern on the left is “fluffy”. Is this even legal?


Which is better?

935 voted

The same can be said about the Moscow City complex, filmed from the other side of the embankment.

Left – soap soap. It is especially noticeable in the illumination of the Empire tower (second from the right), everything is mixed almost into a single line, while in the other photo every light bulb is noticeable.

And Afimall’s inscriptions on the right are clearer. But in terms of color rendering in this case, everything is close to some kind of post-apocalypse.


Which is better?

904 voted

Do you recognize the transition? It goes from the Moscow State University building to the intellectual center, which is shown in the photo below.

In fact, the transition itself is not pink at all, as it might seem at first glance. There is a definite victory for one of the smartphones in terms of white balance. But which one?


Which is better?

896 voted

Finally, a 2x optical zoom on the building of the intellectual center. Do you even see this inscription on one of the photos? I personally don’t. Not to mention the above transition that hit the frame.

But it is the right image that stands out in the depth of the shadows. And due to this, it looks richer and more pleasant.

In 3 days I will publish the results of the survey and the final answers.

Until then, share your opinion in the comments.

Source: — Новости высоких технологий, обзоры смартфонов, презентации Apple by

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