iPhone 12 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs Pixel 5: Camera Comparison44
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The brighter shot and the warmer colors on the iPhone here again stand out against the Galaxy and the Pixel. It looks as if the sun is shining brightly on the beach and the photo gives an almost summer like vibe even though we're in October. The truth is that the photo is a bit better than reality, which was somewhere in between the somewhat dull colors on the Galaxy and Pixel, and the extremely bright and cheerful ones on the iPhone.
Scene 3: Person
You have probably already noticed a yellow tint that is present on many iPhone photos, and this one is no exception. What strikes us more here, however, is the skin tones: my skin looks the color of a pumpkin and even though I like pumpkins, I don't want my skin to look like one in photos. The Galaxy seems to strike a better balance as the photo it took is not overexposed and it has a good amount of contrast. The Pixel fails to capture a decent photo in this case as I appear too dark on this image.
This photo is the perfect setting for testing the dynamic range on these phones, and the iPhone passes it with flying colors: notice the beautiful detail in the clouds, the pleasing colors, everything looks spot on. The other two phones also did a very good job, but those photos don't grab you instantly like the one from the iPhone, which is very "shareable".
The trend from the previous photos continues on here: the iPhone captures the brightest photo with a bit of a warm, yellow tint, and pleasing, lively colors.
You can argue that reality doesn't quite look as vibrant as this shot on the iPhone, but this is the kind of look that looks the most jaw-dropping. The other two? More realistic -- yes, but if you want the most 'oohs' and 'aahs', you would probably need to edit those shots to get a similar look to the iPhone.
Scene 7: Portrait
Portrait photography was a trend the iPhone 7 Plus started way back when, but these days even the cheapest phones support it, so it is about the quality, not just the feature. For portraits, a 2X zoom lens gives a more flattering look than your main, wide lens which distorts facial features and makes them appear comical. The shots above are 2X portraits, and the iPhone is the only phone with a 2X zoom lens, so it's definitely got the upper hand with cleaner detail. But is this the best looking photo? It has got that warm look that looks a bit dreamy, but the Galaxy has the more contrasted look. The Pixel, on its part, has produced a very over-sharpened photo, which is not exactly the most flattering look when shooting people.
Scene 8: Night Portrait
In low light, the Pixel managed to captured a better looking shot with cleaner detail here. We used 2X zoom Portrait Mode on the other two, but it might have been a better idea to use the main camera which would have been able to capture a better photo in such a low light case.
If you want to zoom in far and away, the Note 20 Ultra is the phone to get with a 5X zoom periscope lens, which can go up to 50X zoom using software magic! The Pixel 5, in contrast, lacks any telephoto lens at all and maxes out at just 7X digital zoom, and the iPhone can only do 10X zoom in photos.
Scene 10: Night
As the night falls, the iPhone 12 Pro has to face the current low-light kind, the Pixel 5. On the iPhone photo, you notice the brighter exposure compared to the Galaxy, but if you compare the iPhone against the Pixel, you would notice that the Pixel does a better job with the white balance and the photo looks a bit better on the Pixel.
The brighter exposure on the iPhone is particularly noticeable on this picture, while the other two phones capture a look that one could argue is more true to the darker shades of night time.
In this shot, you will notice the warmer tonality that is a theme with the iPhone, while the Pixel captures a colder and more realistic tones. The Galaxy strikes a nice middle ground, and it might be the best photo in this case.
Scene 13: Ultra-wide
Switching to the ultra-wide camera, the iPhone 12 Pro now can also use Night Mode when shooting with it and it makes for a world of a difference. All shots were taken using auto settings, and notice how much darker the image from the Note is! The iPhone and the Pixel go for a different look again: warmer tones on the iPhone versus colder and more realistic ones on the Pixel.
In this next photo, the main camera on the Note 20 Ultra doesn't capture quite as much light as the other two, so it's easy to toss it away as not quite as impressive. So we're left with the same dilemma, the warmer look of the iPhone or the more realistic capture from the Pixel?
Scene 15: Ultra-wide
One more shot to showcase just how much of a difference having Night Mode on the ultra-wide camera makes! A lot! The ultra-wide camera on the Pixel is not quite as wide as the one on the iPhone, but it captures more finer detail and does better in terms of white balance.
All three phones also support a wide selfie mode, so you can fit a larger group of people easily. In this case, it's just me, but how do I look? Well, same issue with the pumpkin colored skin tones persists on the iPhone, the Galaxy has a less dramatic look with less of that HDR effect, but with better exposed face which is what matters in a selfie, and the Pixel is again a bit too dark and moody.
And here is one selfie I took at night when the phones have to adjust and fire up the screen to act as a sort of a flash. But again, look at that terrible orange skin tones on the iPhone, that is definitely one issue I wish Apple improves in the future! It has the sharpest photo with the most detail, but the skin tones ruin it for me. The other two phones capture blurrier photos as they have a tougher challenge in low light.