Google Pixel 4a camera review | Comparison with OnePlus Nord, iPhone SE

Google famously prevented the pattern of providing a number of cameras on its smartphones for a few years till Pixel 4 got here out with a dual-camera system. The firm believed a single camera sensor was sufficient for most individuals if that camera may work effectively for all eventualities. So, you gained’t discover a macro lens or a mono lens on a Pixel telephone as you’ll on just about each different smartphone nowadays. Indeed, with only a single rear camera mixed with Google’s software program wizardry, Pixel telephones have managed to outshine the competitors for years. This might be why the corporate didn’t really feel the necessity to supply greater than a single rear camera sensor on the mid-range Pixel 4a.

We’re nonetheless engaged on our full Pixel 4a review the place we are going to speak in regards to the efficiency, show, battery life, and so forth. This review solely focuses on the cameras on the Pixel 4a. The smartphone gives a single 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera that helps dual-pixel part detection auto-focus and 1.4-micron pixels. At the entrance, the Pixel 4a is supplied with an 8MP mounted focus camera with f/2.0 aperture. We examined each the cameras in a wide range of eventualities and we even in contrast the telephone with the OnePlus Nord (review) and the Apple iPhone SE (review) to see the way it stands. Here’s what we discovered.


The Pixel 4a completely nails images in daylight eventualities. No matter what you level and shoot at, you may be sure to seize images with true-to-life colors, glorious dynamic vary, and distinction. The 12MP sensor gained’t supply the perfect sharpness in case you crop the photographs, however we have been happy with the images that have been captured basically. Close up photographs of flowers look clear with natural-looking color copy. An analogous close-up shot with the OnePlus Nord leads to oversaturated colors and higher sharpness, which some customers would possibly really desire over the Pixel 4a’s extra real looking color copy.

An essential level to notice is that the Pixel 4a takes some time to course of any picture that you just seize, which suggests you do have to attend a number of seconds after clicking and opening the image for it to course of and provide the last outcome. And the wait is normally price it!

In good lighting situations, the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE are comparable as each supply pure colors and good dynamic vary. Both the telephones even have quick autofocus and we have been in a position to seize regular and crisp images as a rule. These are good examples of straightforward level and shoot camera telephones with no frills.


The Pixel 4a does a implausible job in terms of indoor images, capturing vibrant and correct lighting, glorious color copy, and dynamic vary. Google’s machine studying algorithm doesn’t enhance saturation ranges nor does it attempt to colour-correct, resulting in pleasing and true-to-life colors. In one occasion, I attempted to seize my room with my Mi Bulb set in a sepia hue and the Pixel 4a was in a position to seize the color completely, whereas the OnePlus Nord turned the sunshine fully white.

In the indoor low-light shot under, the Pixel 4a with Night Sight crushes the iPhone SE, which doesn’t come with a protracted publicity mode. Pixel’s picture appears brighter and extra vibrant whereas the iPhone SE’s shot appears plain darkish and boring. This is an efficient instance of what Google’s low-light algorithm can do.


Google has been in a position to ship some distinctive evening images on its Pixels telephones with the assistance of Night Sight, the corporate’s long-exposure mode that makes use of software program algorithm. Night Sight was seen as a breakthrough in low-light images a few years in the past. While it largely makes use of Google’s AI chops, a high-end chipset’s ISP can positively assist in getting higher photographs. The Pixel 4a’s Snapdragon 730G doesn’t fairly again Night Sight the identical means, however the function nonetheless works extraordinarily effectively.

Without Night Sight, you will notice numerous noise replenish the viewfinder in low-light situations. In such a state of affairs, Night Sight can dramatically change the picture by decreasing noise, including brightness and color to present you a brighter and clearer photograph. That mentioned, we discovered that even the Night Sight function struggles to resolve blown-out elements of a picture resembling the sunshine from a room or a brightly-lit signal. We discovered the OnePlus Nord’s Nightscape performs higher in such circumstances.

Personally, I wasn’t extraordinarily blown away with Night Sight the way in which I used to be a number of years in the past and that is primarily as a result of the competitors has caught up in a giant means. Check out the low mild comparability shot between the Pixel 4a and the Nord. The Nord gives a brighter and extra saturated picture. But what’s extra spectacular is the main points the Nord is ready to seize when cropping the picture, which is the place the Pixel 4a loses out fairly a bit.


When it involves selfies the Pixel 4a’s entrance camera has a wider discipline of view, which helps you to seize extra in your body although it may possibly typically look as if your hand has elongated. Selfies from the Pixel 4a can look hotter and infrequently under-exposed, which some could like whereas others could really feel to be a bit boring. In comparability, a selfie captured utilizing the OnePlus Nord’s 32MP entrance camera appears crisper, brighter, and arguably extra pleasing.

Even the selfie portrait mode is nothing spectacular on the Pixel 4a. While the background blur appears pleasing, the Pixel 4a does undergo from consistency very like every other smartphone. You will discover some spots across the topic the place the blur impact is both non-existent or too aggressive.


The Pixel 4a’s rear camera can shoot 4K video at 30 fps and 1080p video at as much as 60 fps, whereas the entrance camera can shoot 1080p movies at 30 fps. Videos captured utilizing the rear camera look pleasing on a vibrant and sunny day with good dynamic vary and stability. We discovered the iPhone SE nonetheless takes the lead in terms of capturing tremendous secure movies with good dynamic vary and distinction, however the Pixel 4a is not any slouch as effectively. The Pixel 4a performs higher than the OnePlus Nord in movies as we seen flare points and shakiness whereas recording movies utilizing the latter.


Google doesn’t depend on camera {hardware} as a lot because it does on software program. So, whereas the Pixel 4a doesn’t supply a high-res 48MP or 64MP sensor, it may possibly get the work completed with only a 12MP camera and numerous assist from Google’s software program. The Pixel 4a is a superb camera telephone, probably the perfect within the section, in case you’re not a fussy consumer. By fussy we imply somebody who wants a wide-angle or a macro lens only for the sake of selection. The Pixel 4a gained’t offer you any of that. What it provides you with is a single nice camera.

In our testing, we discovered that the Pixel 4a delivers distinctive images in daylight and indoors with loads of readability, good dynamic vary, and balanced publicity. When it involves outside photographs, the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE appear to be on the identical degree. The iPhone SE is clearly the higher selection amongst the three for movies however suffers in low-light images because it misses a devoted evening mode. Night Sight on the Pixel 4a impressed us however there have been instances we felt the OnePlus Nord outshined the Pixel in low-light images. We additionally felt the Nord does higher with selfies as effectively and is a extra versatile choice for customers. But if versatility doesn’t concern you a lot, the Pixel 4a is probably the perfect camera telephone to purchase at Rs 30,000.


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