152Picture High quality scoreUBER-G SCOREScoring/rating system nameIQImage-High quality primarily based scoring systemCAMERAMobile Excessive EndCategory primarily based on worth2018-10Gadget launch dateGoogle Pixel 3Device model and title

The Google Pixel three smartphone is usually acclaimed as “the very best cellphone digicam” due to its near-legendary software program stack. Legend or actuality, our Picture High quality (IQ) evaluation will shed extra mild into real-world digicam efficiency.

Study extra: what’s our Digicam IQ rating?

Google Pixel three Digicam Specs and Uber-G Digicam HW rating

Rear Digicam System (1 digicam)Main: 28mm, f/1.eight, 12 Megapixel, OIS

Google’s Pixel three is among the uncommon high-end smartphones ($799 / $899 XL) that also has a single-lens setup on the first digicam. When in comparison with the Google Pixel 2, the rear digicam hardware appears near-identical to the pixel 2.

Word that each the Pixel 2 and Pixel three have a devoted picture processor referred to as Pixel Visible Core that we don’t (but) take into consideration in our Uber-G Digicam HW rating. This chip helps with the picture processing that occurs after pictures had been captured by the digicam and will be in comparison with fashionable digital sign processors (DSP) or Neural processing items (NPU) from the main SoC distributors.

104Digicam hardware scoreUBER-G SCOREScoring/rating system nameHWhardware-based scoreCAMERAMobile Excessive EndCategory primarily based on worth2018-10Gadget launch dateGoogle Pixel 3Device title and model

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Picture High quality Evaluation

Necessary: let’s make clear some terminology we’ll be utilizing:

“picture processing”: software program work that improves the picture information high quality“picture filtering”: software program work that adjustments the model (aesthetic) of the photograph.context photograph: an incredible approximation of what we seeTogether with how darkish the scene truly isOnly to supply the context of the shot.

A notice in regards to the Uber-G Digicam IQ Rating: our digicam scoring system is predicated on 4 “Pillars” or sub-scores that gives much-needed nuance: day, night time, zoom and ultrawide pictures.

Daylight Images: 186

In broad daylight, the Google Pixel three captures excellent images that usually (however not all the time) captures the colour hues, with out extra colour filtering and loads of particulars.

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The scene above is an efficient illustration of the Pixel three digicam efficiency in daylight circumstances. The one notable factor on this scene is that the Pixel has elevated distinction when in comparison with the extra natural-looking shot of the Galaxy Word 9 (and OnePlus 6T) when it comes from areas within the shade. This occurs comparatively ceaselessly, and it could be a part of the Pixel three photograph model.

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Speaking about model, the cropped picture additionally exhibits that Samsung is utilizing a really efficient noise-reduction and sharpness filter, whereas Google opts for much less processing however a bit extra noise. That is actually a mode alternative as a result of Google may have used comparable filters. With out utilizing filters, the Pixel three has barely higher texture preservation, however general, it’ll come down to private preferences for many customers.

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The Oneplus 6T manages to pack extra particulars, due to its barely superior decision (16MP), though it comes with a filtering model that makes the picture appear a bit much less natural-looking.

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Under, this photograph with the orange buildings is an instance of how the Pixel three boosts colour saturation past what’s pure. On this instance, the OnePlus 6T has a extra correct and pure colour rendering.

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In conclusion, the Google Pixel three is nice in daylight pictures however tends to over-contrast or over-saturate. It faces stiff competitors: for bright-light pictures, the distinction between high-end telephones could be very tight: our Uber-G Digicam IQ rating exhibits a variation of solely ~5% between the top-10 cell cameras.

It is going to come right down to which model you like, and maybe what’s the general efficiency of the cameras in different conditions, which leads us to the subsequent chapter.

Low-Gentle Images: 176

Typically dubbed because the “greatest low-light cell digicam,” the Pixel three’s low-light photographs had been significantly attention-grabbing to us.

Context Shot at zero.5 LUX

In excessive low-light conditions akin to this zero.5 LUX shot of those bottles, a more in-depth have a look at the picture exhibits pretty seen noise and lack of particulars. For instance, the Pixel three is simply behind the Huawei Mate 20 in these circumstances relating to noise and particulars, however does a greater job of preserving the colour hues.

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Nonetheless, you possibly can see that the Galaxy Word 9 simply outpaces the Pixel three in troublesome lighting conditions, significantly should you have a look at particulars from the cropped images. Pixel three does a a lot better job than Pixel 2 with colours, and we have to reward Google for the progress, however the noise stage and sample are comparable between the 2 telephones.

Within the metropolis skyline shot, the Pixel three overshoots once more with the colour saturation, and if it wasn’t for the context shot, you’ll by no means have identified. Nonetheless, having the ability to seize pure colours is vital as a result of it makes the photograph consumer expertise controllable and predictable.

Context Shot

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Secondly, the extent of noise within the sky is seen and far increased than the Galaxy Word 9’s. In a scene like that, the Pixel three’s filtering-style might look spectacular on a small display, however on a PC monitor, the noise stage will be distracting.

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When in comparison with the iPhone XS, the Pixel three has a beginning benefit due to the boosted colours. Nonetheless, with a easy filter, the iPhone XS can look as colourful and fewer noisy. The iPhone XS is extra susceptible to element loss in low-light, however the Pixel three doesn’t beat it by a lot.

Total, the iPhone XS scores barely increased than the Google Pixel three in low-light with a caveat: the XS will shot night time images with higher noise however colours which might be duller (however salvageable), whereas the Pixel three photos are sharable straight away for social media the place the noise and particulars aren’t as vital.

Context Shot, Crop

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On this Pixel three crop, you possibly can even see on the yellow wall a shadow that’s not there within the context shot. That’s in all probability coming from one of many high-ISO multiframe shot used to compose the ultimate picture.

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For night time images, the Galaxy Word 9 (and S9/S9+) continues to dominate the market on the time of publishing. Proper behind it are the Huawei Mate 20 Professional and P20 Professional.

A notice about Night time Sight

Though Night time Sight isn’t at present taken under consideration in our Uber-G Digicam IQ rating (see why right here), we should always point out it, particularly for many who haven’t tried it but. In low-light, Google’s Night time Sight will seize an in depth collection of images for Four-6 seconds, then merge them to construct a remaining photograph.

The thought is to collect extra information utilizing multi-frame pictures and use picture processing algorithms to construct (hopefully nice) picture information.

Context photograph: as should you had been on the scene

Pixel three Night time Sight

Taking a photograph in zero.three seconds and ready Four-6 seconds is a large distinction in utilization mannequin. Secondly, the end result varies A LOT relying on the scene. For instance, we discovered that night time sight labored greatest with uniformly lit scenes however may yield very unnatural images in additional complicated lighting. Examine why Brighter isn’t all the time higher for night time images.

Night time Sight is a wonderful software to have, however identical to different “modes” akin to panorama, or meals mode, most individuals received’t use it practically as a lot as the automated mode.

Zoom Images: 62

Context shot, what the scene seems to be like when zoomed in

With a single-lens fundamental digicam system, the Google Pixel three is getting near the present greatest 2X optical zoom however doesn’t fairly handle to beat them, not to mention beat the highest 3X optical zoom cameras.

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Context Shot, we’re going to zoom on the road artwork

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Pixel three makes use of an ingenious multi-frame pictures approach to realize near-2X optical zoom high quality by image-processing.

Don’t neglect that merely having a 2X optical zoom lens isn’t sufficient to carry out significantly. The standard of the electro-optics system (lens+sensor) continues to be important. For instance, have a look at this iPhone 7 Plus 2X optical zoom photograph in comparison with a Galaxy Word 9:

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Ultrawide Images: N/A

Though the Google Pixel three has a neat ultrawide Selfie digicam, there is no such thing as a such possibility for the rear digicam system. Hopefully, the Pixel Four will function one!

Conclusion and Uber-G Digicam IQ Rating

152Picture High quality scoreUBER-G SCOREScoring/rating system nameIQImage-High quality primarily based scoring systemCAMERAMobile Excessive EndCategory primarily based on worth2018-10Gadget launch dateGoogle Pixel 3Device model and title

Uber-G Digicam IQSub-scoresDay186Night time176Zoom62UltrawideN/A

Study extra: what’s our Digicam IQ rating, and full rankings

The Google Pixel three undoubtedly earns its place among the many high-end cell cameras. What’s most spectacular is how Google’s software program has improved upon the Pixel 2, whereas utilizing very comparable digicam hardware. As such, the Pixel three is the very best single-lens digicam, and probably the final single-lens system on the high-end.

Google’s distinctive pictures model additionally has die-hard followers who benefit from the particular tuning of its digicam. It is a strong base that Google rely on, however however, it could make it tougher to draw the iPhone consumer base that likes a extra impartial method to pictures.

With costs of $799-$899, customers have a whole lot of choices that may carry out both higher in absolute phrases (Galaxy Word 9 at night time, iPhone XS for daylight), or be extra versatile (LG V40’s / Mate 20 Professional ultrawide).

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