The iPhone 13 Pro and that appeared less than 24 hours apart Google Pixel 6 Pro are seen as direct competitors, especially in the camera department. However, only one can be the better camera.
The iPhone 13 Pro offers cinema-quality video recording with support for ProRes video and Dolby Vision. Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 Pro takes computer photography to the next level with its new tensor chip. But there can only be one acting cameraman. Read on to find out who triumphed.
In a detailed 12-point comparison between the Google Pixel 6 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro, YouTuber Mrwhosetheboss showed where the mobile phones shone and where their cameras were missing. Starting with the microphone quality, the Pixel 6 Pro emerged as the winner, as it did better at suppressing background wind noise.
Mrwhosetheboss noted that while the iPhone 13 Pro’s 3X zoom was a “key upgrade,” it doesn’t match the Pixel 6 Pro’s 4X zoom, which is tied to a better camera sensor. As for the main camera-reliant portrait mode, the iPhone 13 Pro won the pie as the blurring gradually increased for the background elements removed from the subject and also because it preferred a neutral hue rather than the high-contrast image of the Pixel 6 Pro. However, the Pixel 6 Pro was objectively better at edge detection for inanimate objects like glasses, watches, and toys.
Disappointingly, the Pixel 6 Pro skipped the macro lens that almost every other flagship has. The iPhone 13 Pro retains the macro photography and videography functions. However, the Pixel 6 Pro is gaining ground in terms of software features like Action Pan, Long Exposure, Magic Eraser, four stabilization modes, Photo Sphere mode, local adjustments while editing, Real Tone, and support for face blurring.
What the average consumer would use the most – regular photos from the main camera – noted by Mrwhosetheboss that the Pixel 6 Pro’s dynamic range and higher resolution shot the iPhone 13 Pro out of the water. However, the ultra-wide camera on the iPhone 13 Pro offers a wider field of view. The Apple device is also more uniform in terms of color reproduction when taking pictures with its different lenses. Additionally, the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera app was found to be more ergonomic to use.
The YouTuber reached out to the elephant in the room and noted that the Pixel 6 Pro’s camera seems to do a worse job in low light in the viewfinder, but its image processing took it a step above the iPhone 13 Pro’s results when you got it manage to keep the phone quiet long enough. Google’s cell phone also does a better job with astrophotography. The iPhone 13 Pro also makes the cake with nighttime video recordings and slow motion video recordings.
In conclusion, Mrwhosetheboss found that the Pixel 6 Pro’s videos felt flawed and unpolished, while it turned out to be the better phone for taking photos. However, the iPhone 13 Pro offers a more rounded experience when it comes to photos and videos, which makes it the phone of choice if you’re after a nonsensical flagship camera.
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