You knew this would happen, right? All it takes is for Samsung, Apple, Google, and other premium smartphone makers that compete head-to-head to hit the streets, and eager technology writers are there with money and time and a deadline to meet.
So far, only a handful of photo comparisons between the major smartphone camera makers have been published, and they all reveal one thing. Smartphone cameras these days are damned good.
Which one is best?
Honestly, even after looking at a few comparisons, it is just as obvious that Apple has upped its game. iPhone 11 Pro seems to have upped the ante so expect more shootouts and comparisons.
One of the best I found came from Michael Simon and he focused purely on low light camera shots in his first review.
We have a lot of testing to go before we can reach a verdict on Google’s new Pixel 4 smartphone, but the early results show it’s in for a big fight with the iPhone 11. We tested the improved Night Sight against the iPhone 11’s Night mode to see which camera could snap a better nighttime shot. The first impressions are very one-sided.
Translation: iPhone Won!
What has happened in 2019 should be obvious, too. Premium smartphone cameras have elevated the computational photography game to the point where photos and videos compete well with mid-range DSLRs that have giant sensors and better physics with massive lenses.
What about Night Sight?
Apple’s Night mode was largely seen as playing catch-up to Google’s version on the Pixel 3, and we all assumed that the Pixel 4 would take another leap to show Apple who’s boss. That might not be the case.
Translation: iPhone Won! Again!
Simon’s results, with only four side-by-side images to compare, match my own Night Sight shots from iPhone 11 Pro Max, which have deeper and brighter colors, far better definition and clarity than any DSLR I can afford.
Tom Warren has a number of comparison photos of daytime shots, too, and results are similar. Smartphone cameras grab excellent photos.
Why doesn’t anyone compare videos?
UPDATE: I woke up early this AM to see that Macworld had pulled the Night Sight vs. Night Mode comparison. The link still shows up in Google.
Michael Potuck has another side-by-side iPhone vs Pixel 4 comparison.