iPhone 12 Camera vs. Pixel 5 vs. S20 FE Comparison!

by birtanpublished on January 31, 2021

What's going on guys my name is wade with tech daily and in this video we're going to be doing a camera comparison test between the new iphone 12 the google pixel 5 and the samsung galaxy s20 fe now there's a lot to go over here with these three phones i have a ton of picture and video samples to show you i don't want to waste any time so let's just go ahead and get right into it and i'll offer up some commentary along the way to start things off here is what we're

Working with as far as selfies are concerned the iphone offers a 12 megapixel f 2.2 aperture selfie lens the pixel has an 8 megapixel f 2.0 shooter and the s20 fe actually has a 32 megapixel f 2.2 camera up front but specs aside i think you can see already that each of these phones produces a pretty different standard shot everything from the color of my sweater to the trees in the background even my skin tone it's all different on each phone

And to me in this instance i think i like the look of the iphone the most for starters my blue sweater is the right shade here the pixel for some reason is almost giving it a purple tint while the s20fe bumps up the color a little more than how it actually is in real life though the rest of the scene on the s20fv like the leaves in the background seem almost lacking in color which is sort of interesting also my skin tone seems to be a bit better i think on both the iphone and the pixel actually while the s20 appears a bit

More pale and also renders my skin to be more smooth and porcelain-like detail-wise i do think all three of these phones are comparable interestingly enough i'm kind of having a hard time seeing any noticeable differences there and with the overall shot i think the s20fv picture is just a little too cool in color temperature for me surprisingly under saturated with the background like i said and just a bit duller than what i would have liked jumping over to portrait mode

A lot of what i said already can sort of be said again with like the color and the temperature but focusing most on the foreground and background separation and detail once again i was surprised to see not a whole lot of discrepancies here all three phones do a great job outlining my hair which can definitely be tricky everything else with my head and face is also on point i think maybe you get the most detail with the pixel here you can

Almost see like the pores in my forehead while they're less prevalent on the iphone and gone entirely with the s20 fe all in all these three phones do offer a lot with their selfie cameras and even the s20 fe maybe being a little more different than the other two you really can't go wrong with any of them so jumping into the rear camera setup here there's definitely a lot to dissect and i'll sort of take it one picture at a time now in general like you might expect

Each phone has its own little tendencies that are consistent throughout the shots so for example the s20 fe i often feel produces the most colorful looking shot it's pretty saturated in comparison and in some instances that actually makes the scene look really nice here i think just at a glance the s20 fes picture is the most eye-catching but maybe not the most accurate the pixel 5 still produces the most true to life representation of this scene the sky is a little duller which is how it was

In real life the water certainly wasn't as blue as it looks in the s20 fe the iphone falls somewhere in between a little more saturated than the pixel but still nowhere near the s20 fe and a great looking shot though for sure another thing i noticed across the board really was the white balance of each phone different scenes produced widely different results so in this sort of example you can see the iphone 12 has like a bluish tint the s20 is a bit brighter a bit whiter

And the pixel 5 here falls kind of in between but these tendencies weren't always the case for every shot so here for example the iphone is actually a bit warmer instead the s20 fe now seems to have more of a bluish tint though less extreme and the pixel 5 probably gets the white balance right but this is another instance where maybe the s20 fe is the more pleasing shot considering all the factors overall this is just based on how it offers a punchier red color with the rose petals for example

And brighter shades of green on the stem and the moss on the rocks if you want the most detail in your shot this is where i think the pixel 5 still outshines the competition it's tough to see at a glance but when you take a closer look at this portrait shot here you can see the lines and texture in this acorn are significantly sharper with the pixel the iphone does a nice job keeping up and the s20 fe is probably the furthest behind now this is obviously a very specific shot you won't always be taking pictures

Like this but when we jump over to a broad picture of this bridge and we get a close-up of that sign above it you can see the text looks pretty sharp with the pixel the iphone again keeps up it's actually pretty close with these two phones but to me the s20 fe is noticeably worse by comparison and sticking with this shot here again you can really see just how different the shades blue and the sky with the s20 are it almost kind of doesn't look real same with the vibrant green and the

Trees on the side very colorful and very saturated but perhaps a little too much with the wide wide-angle cameras these phones once again do things a little differently across the board and the first big thing i do want to point out actually is the field of view the iphone offers about 120 degrees the s20 fe is a tiny bit wider at 123 degrees but the pixel 5 only offers 107 degrees of view and basically what that means is which you can probably see here you

Don't get it as wide and as broad of a shot so in some instances you may not necessarily be able to fit as much in your picture with the pixel compared to the iphone or the s20 fe now that's one downside to using the pixel 5's wide angle but on the plus side the distortion in the shot is way less on the pixel you don't get that sort of long elongated look that might seem a little funny sometimes now i think all three phones do a nice job keeping things

Consistent when going from the standard lens to the wide-angle lens you really don't get too much of a difference in like color temperature or exposure for example but if i have to pick out something i think i actually like the pixel 5's wide angle camera the least you might be able to tell that there are certain instances especially in less than ideal lighting conditions where things get maybe lost in the shadows and in fact i think the s20 fe does a better job than the iphone in certain instances too

Another area where the s20 fe shines is when it comes to zooming in which should come as no surprise since the s20 fe offers a third lens a telephoto lens while the iphone 12 and pixel 5 don't offer that so for example we've got this wide angle shot of the signing room but when you utilize the three times digital zoom on the iphone and the pixel and three times optical zoom on the s20fe utilizing that dedicated telephoto lens you can just see way more detail in the

Chair and everything on the desk and even the design up across the top there and honestly if i had to pick one area where the pixel 5 is probably the weakest across the board it is with its digital zoom capabilities when the lights go down just like with everything else these phones almost always produce some pretty different looking shots and a thing i just want to mention with the iphone 12 this device can utilize night mode with a wide angle for the first time and with the selfie cameras too so that now allows it to be a bit

More competitive in comparison versus last year's iphone 11. to be honest it seems like with one shot i might like one phone and with another i might like a different phone it's not very helpful i know but it's interesting to see just how consistently inconsistent all these results can be the pixel might be able to handle more variety of low light conditions better especially in like super dark shots while the iphone surprises me from time to time there are instances where it is

Certainly the best with the s20 fe this phone i think almost artificially brightens the scene in some instances more so than the other two and that might make things look a little unnatural but this is where i'm actually gonna ask you guys which phone do you think takes the best nighttime shots jumping over to video we've got some 4k 30fps samples here and what surprised me most is just how good the pixel and the s20 fe were compared to the iphone which you guys might know more often than not is like

Automatically declared the best phone for video i do think the s20 lags behind a little bit when lighting conditions aren't ideal but i don't really hate any of the results here stabilization is fairly consistent across the board there may be a tiny bit of jittering from time to time with the pixel but all in all i wouldn't be unhappy to shoot with any of these phones i think the iphone is probably still the best overall especially when you consider the potential dolby vision support for

Professionals but for the average everyday consumer any one of these phones will perform quite well in video so i do have quite a few more samples i want to show you guys i'm just gonna go ahead and let them play through here feel free to stop and critique them all you want and i'll be back up with you guys at the end of this video all in all i have to say i'd be super happy with any one of these three phones they each

Have their own strengths and weaknesses the iphone to me has the best selfie camera the pixel offers the most detail in a given shot the s20 fe produces bold bright very vibrant looking pictures that people seem to like and it has that useful telephoto lens too but what do you guys think which phone did you like most which one would you prefer let me know in the comments down below i'd love to know your thoughts of course hopefully you guys did enjoy this video though be sure to

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