iPhone vs Android: Which is better for photography and what makes Google Pixel special

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Clicking good pictures with the iPhone 7 Plus is easy. You just point the phone and click the photo. The iPhone software and the way the device processes images is so good that chances are you will get an image that is exposed accurately and has great white balance.

The portrait mode in the iPhone 7 Plus is truly remarkable. It’s no longer unique. The OnePlus 5 offers similar feature and the so does Micromax Dual 5. Huawei phones too have the similar feature. But the iPhone’s works best. It consistently creates most natural looking pictures.

For shooting videos, the iPhone 7 Plus is miles ahead of other phones in the market. The image stabilisation, the way it deals with focus and the way it processes the footage flawless.

Actually, the features and performance of the iPhone 7 Plus camera make it a very good phone for photographers. It’s an all-rounder and may be that is why Gundotra fell in love with it. But it’s not best and no, Android is not years behind the iPhone when it comes to photography. The iPhone right now has an Achilles’ heel and that is its relatively smaller image sensor. In comparison, there are three Android phones that have stellar image sensors inside them, which give them an edge.

These three phones are: Galaxy S8 (Indian version with Samsung ISOCELL image sensor), Google Pixel (and Pixel XL) and HTC U11.

All these three phones not only click photos with great amount of details they also have superb dynamic range and ability to deal with low light in a better way. In fact, in low light there is no comparison. A Samsung galaxy S8 or a Google Pixel in low light beats the iPhone with ease. In photos clicked with these high-end Android phones, the shadows are cleaner, the noise is lower, the colours are punchier and there is more dynamic light.

Clicked with Google Pixel

Of these all, the Google Pixel is truly remarkable. When compared to a phone like the iPhone 7 Plus, it lacks the fancy portrait mode or telephoto lens. Although it does have a sort of feature that allows users to shoot blurred background. But when it comes to pure image quality, there is no competition between the Pixel and the iPhone 7 Plus. Even in good light, where the larger image sensor in the Pixel is not much of an advantage the Pixel clicks photos that have much better details and a photo that less noise in shadows.

In low light too, the Pixel beats the iPhone with ease. It is a wonderful photography tool with the best camera ever seen in a mobile phone. And for some of its stellar performance the Pixel employs the same technology — computational photography — that impresses Gundotra so much in the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s just that instead using its algorithms to blur background, the Pixel uses them to create higher dynamic range. This is why sunset photos clicked with the Pixel are some of the best you will see. the computational photography is also something that gives the Pixel an edge in low light, as it helps the camera in the phone to intelligently map and process the data it is capturing.

So, iPhone 7 Plus or Pixel for photography

The question to this answer is simple: if you are going to shoot still images, there is no option for you but to take the Google Pixel. It is phenomenally good for still images. But video is your concern, then there is nothing better than the iPhone 7 Plus.

Both are good enough for most people. But my personal preference remains the Google Pixel because of the quality of photos it clicks in low light. This may change once the iPhone 8 with its revamped camera arrives. Or it may not. But right now, there is very little doubt in my mind — and this after using both the iPhone 7 Plus and the Pixel — that Google’s phone is definitely not behind the iPhone in photography.