Which Camera Is Better? iPhone 12 or Google Pixel 5?

Price

Iphone 12 

$1699-2369 Australian Dollars

Google Pixel 5

$999-1500 Australian Dollars

Both of these devices have primary wide-angle and ultrawide lenses, both are loaded with software tricks like night modes and simulated bokeh effects for portraits and both are among the best camera phones available now, especially considering what they cost.

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The Mobile Phone Camera Show Down 2020

Both phones sport a dual-camera system in a rounded square-shaped module on the upper left corner on the back of the phone. The iPhone 12 shoots mainly with a 12MP, f/1.6 lens, while the Pixel 5’s main camera is a 12.2MP f/1.7 sensor. The ultra-wide lens of the iPhone 12 is a 12MP, f/2.4 sensor with a really wide field-of-view of 110-degrees. The Pixel 5’s ultra-wide meanwhile is a 16MP, f/2.2 shooter with a 107-degree field-of-view.

Iphone 12 Supremacy 

The Google Pixel is outguned in terms of general hardware and physics, but the price does reflect that. 

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Which Takes A Better selfie?

On the front, the iPhone 12 features a 12MP, ƒ/2.2 camera for selfies, while the Pixel 5’s front-facing shooter comes in the form of a decidedly low-resolution 8MP, ƒ/2.0 front camera. Therefore, the iphone wins out on that one. For all you selfies kings and queens, go with the iphone 12.

With 5G support, a sleek new look, major camera upgrades, a ceramic shield screen and an overall zippy performance, Apple’s newest flagship is a force to be reckoned with. You wont see this bad boy in the iphone repair shop for a while.

Google devotees will appreciate the bevy of goodies included in the latest Pixel, like a 90Hz display, a larger battery and some neat computational photography tricks. But has the Google Pixel 5 made the same impact that the pixel3 had? After the pixel4 kind of dropped the ball a bit? Right?

The Google Pixel 5 Camera

As a trailblazer in computational photography, Google’s phone cameras really shine in their software. But as competitors like Apple have improved their software offerings, Google’s hardware has failed to keep up. The Pixel 5’s camera setup is still pretty terrific though and it has some exciting new tricks up its sleeve, like the marriage of Night Sight and Portrait Mode for blurred-background shots in low lighting. Other upgrades to the Pixel 5’s camera include a new editing mode for light and portrait photos, and an ultrawide camera for landscape and group shots. 

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The iphone 12 Camera

The iPhone 12 caters to the higher-end needs of even pro photographers. Apple already added an ultrawide lens on last year’s iPhone 11, and the 12 Pro includes both the ultrawide angle and a telephoto camera. Meanwhile, Apple tackled the low-light problem with hardware upgrades — a new lens with an aperture of f1.6 and a new larger sensor, which Apple says offers 27% improvement in low-light situations. Apple also added Night Mode to both its ultrawide and selfie cameras.

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Iphone 12- The New Face Of Apple

iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max may offer some more premium features but iPhone 12 still sports many of the best components Apple has to offer – and it’s very much promoted by the company as its flagship offering.

This can’t be said for Pixel 5. While it is the best Google has to offer, it sits below the flagship devices from rivals. Google has intentionally made this move to compete at a lower price point but it does mean you miss out the best-of-the-best processor tech and trend-setting looks. If you want to turn heads then iPhone 12 will be your go-to option.

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the google pixel 5

Who Wins?

If I was choosing one of these phones primarily on the basis of photo quality, nothing to do with looks or phone maintenance I’d opt for the Pixel 5 for its digital zoom, Night Sight mode, and superior auto white balancing, which I found to produce more pleasing results than the oftentimes cool-tinted output of the iPhone 12.

However, there’s a big caveat to my verdict, and you can probably already guess what it is. Apple’s video suite is plainly better thanks to Dolby Vision HDR support built right in, which will make any content you capture look fantastic on your iPhone’s screen or a compatible HDR TV or monitor.

The Pixel 5 offers a wider breadth of optical stabilization options, giving you a lot of range to determine how you want the camera to respond if you’re panning or moving in a certain way, but the iPhone 12’s stabilization system is good enough out of the box. If you tend to record a lot of video on your handset, go with the iPhone 12.

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