OnePlus has always offered high-spec devices without the flagship price tag, but now the company is increasing both its prices and the quality of its cameras. The Pixel phones from Google, on the other hand, started expensive and with great camera software; the company is now allowing that technology to seep into less expensive models. So what does it do better: the enhanced OnePlus 7 Pro or the flattened Pixel 3A?
You can't take a photo without opening the app, so let's talk about specifications and speed before we come to quality.
The OnePlus has a spicy Snapdragon 855 processor. The 3A has a mid-range Snapdragon 670 and lacks the modified Pixel Visual Core processor from Google, which means it does image processing on the main CPU and GPU, which can be a bit slower.
The Pixel's camera app is good and easy to navigate, but returns to the standard rear camera by default every time it is opened, regardless of what you last used. It's more frustrating than I thought it would be, especially when it's dark outside and I just want to shoot continuously in night vision mode. You must go to the & # 39; More & # 39; to enable this every time you open the app. If it's dark enough, the app will ask you to use Night Sight, but that doesn't happen every time.
The OnePlus app is set by default to the camera setting that you last used. For example, if you last took a selfie when you opened the app, the selfie camera appears the next time you take a photo. The only time this is not true is when you use the rear camera & # 39; s – this will default to the app every time to the standard lens (as opposed to the wide-angle lens or telephoto). I really like that you can swipe all camera choices at the bottom to reach all your photo options. In the photo app of the Pixel you have to swipe to the last column.
On the OnePlus 7 you have the pop-up 16 megapixel f / 2 selfie camera on the front. Then there are three rear cameras:
- an 8 megapixel f / 2.4 telephoto
- a 16 megapixel f / 2.2 wide angle,
- a standard 48 megapixel (reduced to 12 megapixels when the Pro mode is not used) f / 1.6 lens.
The Pixel 3A has two cameras: an 8-megapixel f / 2 selfie camera on the front and a 12.2-megapixel f / 1.8 lens on the back.
Okay, let's go to the photos.
When I used front & front cameras, I noticed that the OnePlus usually fills in shadows, makes the image lighter and makes everything absolutely smooth than the Pixel, even when beauty mode is off. There is no escaping the flattening! The Pixel, on the other hand, does not ensure smooth faces, so that pores remain visible to everyone. Although it is not always flattering, I prefer more details for artificial makeup.
Both cameras & # 39; s have a portrait mode on the front. Although I like to use the Pixel selfie camera for general use, the selfie portraits make far too much blur in the background. The portrait shutdown is equally inaccurate on both devices. It looks good for instagram, but you're not going to fool anyone into thinking it was taken with an SLR.
Around the time the OnePlus has the Pixel beat in terms of lens hardware and I am a sucker for wide angle. So when it comes to buildings or flowers, the competition becomes sticky. There is something much more epic about a subject if you have that super-wide lens, and this is where the extra hardware from OnePlus really comes in handy.
The wide angle lens is great. I noticed that I used it all the time, especially in New York City, where everything is both tight and in-depth. At the edges of the frame, details fall apart and distort, but that's no dealbreaker – it's better than no wide-angle lens at all. The telephoto lens is also really sharp and certainly provides much more details than digital zooming on the Pixel. If you use the Pixel superzoom for more than a laugh at how much it looks like an oil paint filter … then stop.
Those extra lenses make the OnePlus shine in landscapes, and it does very well to keep the white colors white. The pixel, on the other hand, leans blue.
But the OnePlus also reveals just a little more than the Pixel. That can be good in some situations, such as in the metro; but it is bad if the shot has a high contrast, such as a sunset.
When it comes to night photography, it is undeniable that the "Night Vision" of the Pixel is better than "Nightscape" by OnePlus. The Pixel does very well to keep the details intact and at the same time produce a solid color, such as the sky, to smooth out and produce an overall clearer, more balanced photo. It takes a few seconds longer to take the photo, but for the sake of clarity, I think that's okay.
Looking at the most important cameras alone, the Pixel surpasses the OnePlus in almost any light condition. But in the big plan of life it is really difficult to ignore the versatility that these extra lenses – telephoto and wide angle – offer you. So it comes down to what you value more and what you do with your photos. OnePlus offers versatility and more perspectives, but lacks the image quality that Google offers. Tune in to the full video evaluation for even more examples and video tests.