Pixel 4 vs. iPhone 11 Low Light Fight: Return of the Night King

by birtanpublished on September 7, 2020

Hey this is high outside with Android Central and last week I went out to the made by Google event in New York City where I went out late at night with my friends Michael and Andrew to shoot some comparison photos between the new pixel 4 and the phone that most people buying

Something new in 2019 will probably end up with the iPhone 11 now I don't want to talk about the software differences because that's all user preference and you already know where you stand on that by now but I do want to talk about how

Each camera handles low-light differently because at the moment these are two of the very best phones you can buy for low-light photography take a look at these photos of the USS Intrepid over on the Hudson River these were

Taken at about 2:00 a.m. and a few key differences are immediately apparent the pixel is noticeably brighter than the iPhone almost to an unrealistic point whereas the iPhone stays a bit more true to life the pixel for generally also has

Much cooler white balance tendencies than the iPhone which tends to lean overly warm I'd love to split the difference between the two but you might prefer one over the other and there's really no right or

Wrong approach here moving on to some portrait shots once again the pixel takes dramatically brighter shots and there's more fine detail in areas like my facial hair and in Michael's jacket I do think the

IPhone handles ambient light sources like street lights and the sky better though with fewer blown out lights in the background these last few shots are a bit more of a toss-up neither capture of this flag is perfectly still

But on the iPhone it's a complete blur and the whole photo is way too warm for me with this cityscape though I think the iPhone actually did a much better job there's a ton of grain in the sky of the pixel shot because nitesite has such

An aggressive tendency to overexpose I think in general you can expect the pixel to do better at low-light shots of people while the iPhone takes better night photos of buildings and skies so the main takeaway here is that both

Phones take incredible low-light shots so good that it's hard to pick a clear winner but the pixel 4 does have one bonus feature up its sleeve that the iPhone just can't match I'm talking about Astro photography mode which is

Built into the nitesite mode in the pixel 4's camera software and kicks in automatically dim enough conditions it's sort of an amalgamation of all of Google's computational camera tricks as soon as

You hit the shutter button the pixel force starts taking up to four minutes worth of 15-second exposures then stitches them all together into something magic I went out to one of the darkest parts of the Illinois Indiana

Border last night to shoot some astrophotography samples of the Orionid meteor shower and the results were just stunning since this camera mode is basically an advanced form of HDR plus you can see

Everything from the stars in the sky to the darkest parts of the shadows in the foreground all without anything being too dark or too blown out I really love some of the shots I was able to get last night especially once I threw them into

Lightroom for a bit of extra help with color and exposure but a quick note on shooting people it's really hard to pull off a clean photo with you and your friends and the stars in the background because it's just not natural for humans

To sit perfectly still for four minutes but you can still have some fun and I actually really like this group shot that still gets all the stars behind us at the end of the day though both phones are so good at shooting in low-light

That unless astrophotography is particularly important to you I don't think that should be your biggest buying decision over things like hardware preferences software and battery life based on the battery of the pixel alone

I'm inclined to lean towards recommending the iPhone but I like Android so much more than iOS that I'm probably still gonna stick with the pixel for for my personal use even if it's not in my best interest hey

Everybody hope you enjoyed this video as much as I enjoyed making it if you did give it a like subscribe to the channel and check out android central.com we've got our full reviews of both the pixel 4 and the pixel 4 XL we've also got photo

Comparisons astrophotography samples and so on there's plenty of content go check it out thanks for watching I'll see you next time

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