Pixel 4 camera test vs iPhone 11 Pro, Note 10+, & P30 Pro | Last Cam Standing XVIII


It’s the end of the year, which is the perfect
time to test smartphone cameras! In this episode of Last Cam Standing, Google’s Pixel 4 battles
Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+, and Huawei’s P30 Pro. Stay tuned
to see which smartphone takes the best photos in 2019! Last Cam Standing is my long-running smartphone
camera testing series that now has a new home on Tech Advisor. For previous episodes, head
to PCWorld’s channel, but just know that I’ve tweaked the series a bit since last
time. The goal of this video is simple: I’m trying
to find out which of these phones can take the best photos. Each company tunes their
hardware and software in specific ways, and I want to see what results we can get from
the most basic of tests. To keep it simple I’ll only be looking at
the results from the main lens of each camera and I’ll be using the default auto mode.
It’s the mode that 99% of us use day to day and it’s where companies do their most
unique tuning. Now of course, you can get more out of each camera by using third-party
apps and capturing in pro mode, but I’m more interested in finding out what the phone
thinks is a good photo. I’ll be breaking the results into 3 categories:
color, clarity, and exposure. Along the way we’ll learn a lot about how these cameras
perform and at the end I’ll crown a winner! Now let’s meet the contestants. First is
the Pixel 4. And with it, Google has finally quit being so stubborn and added a second
camera to the back of its smartphone. To be honest I would of rather had a wide angle
lens as opposed to telephoto – but hey, it’s a start. Next is the iPhone 11 Pro. Like Google, Apple
has finally added another camera – a move they think makes it the most pro phone they
have ever made. We’ll see. Up next is the Galaxy Note 10+. Samsung has
been coasting lately when it comes to the camera department, so I’m curious to see
how it holds up to the stiff competition. And finally we have Huawei and its P30 Pro.
I’m sure plenty of you are wondering why I didn’t include the Mate 30 Pro in this
fight, and here’s why. First off, Huawei told us that they can’t legally ship a Mate
30 Pro to me in the US. *shrug* Secondly, if they did send one, I couldn’t in good
conscience recommend anyone use the damn thing without Google services built in. So even
if it has the best camera in the world, it doesn’t matter. I would rather focus on
a phone I could recommend – which leaves us with the P30 Pro. Before we start, I want to give a shout out
to our wonderful model Victoria. I’ve linked to her Instagram in the description below,
please check it out. And with that, let’s get to the testing! First
up is color, and here I’m looking for things like color reproduction and accurate white
balance. This first shot of Victoria is a simple one,
but tells us the same classic story. Pixel phones tend to be the coolest, so no surprise
there. iPhones tend to lean warmer, so that tracks here as well. The P30 Pro leans a bit
to the cooler side, but has a curious green tint to her skin that makes her look kind
of sick. But it’s the Note 10+ that I think has the best balance of warm and natural colors. The same thing plays out in many more of these
photos, but this wider shot clues us into something interesting. We can now see the
model’s black jeans, which appear to be blue-ish in the Note 10’s photo even though
her skin and sweater are still on the warmer side. The rest of the cameras keep her jeans
darker, with only the Pixel’s image having a hint of blue as well. In this example, I
prefer the balance of hues going on in the Pixel’s photo, even though it is a bit on
the cooler side. This next reveals show the same problem for
the Samsung phone: It’s showing her black top to have far more blue in it than there
actually was. It’s even apparent on the grey steps behind her and it’s a curious
trait. I’d prefer the warmer nature of the iPhone’s photo in this one and luckily Apple
has corrected the horrible reddish hue found in skin tones over the past few years. I would have to go with the iPhone’s photo
in this capture as well. The yellow leaves and splashes of sun lend themselves to a warmer
tone, leaving the Pixel lacking punch. But the cool and muted P30 Pro shot is definitely
the least pleasing overall, unless you’re looking for something very stylized. This photo on the lawn actually has the Pixel
skew warmer than the iPhone, which is an interesting twist. And if you look at the colors on the
blanket it’s a bit more vibrant in the iPhone’s photo, and flat in Samsung’s version. The
P30 Pro’s muted take on the scene feels pretty natural though, and in terms of color,
it strikes the best balance for me. I would say the same exact thing for this
photo – it’s wild to see the Pixel turn in a warmer result than the iPhone. The iPhone’s
photo is also the most muted of the bunch, a wild swing from the other results in this
category. To be fair, based off the white wall, the iPhone is turning in a more accurate
white balance reading. I lean towards preferring the Pixel’s version here thanks to a warmer
fall feel, but the P30 Pro would be a close second. So we are generally seeing consistent trends
from each company in color reproduction, even despite a few odd variances. In general the
iPhone leans warmer, the Pixel leans cooler, Samsung and Huawei sit somewhere in the middle,
but Huawei is usually the most muted. While all of these phones are strong contenders,
for me it’s between the Pixel and Note 10+. The Samsung phone is probably the safest option,
typically producing pleasing colors with healthy amounts of vibrance. But I personally put
a bit more stock into accuracy, and I think the Pixel 4 retains the most accurate range
of colors. It’s not a huge win, but the color category goes to Google’s Pixel 4. Before I head into the next category I wanna
know which phone you preferred? Hit the subscribe button if you want more camera testing videos
like this and after the video head to the comments to argue the results. But there is
still plenty of testing to be done, so let’s keep going. The next category is clarity, and here I’m
looking at the sharpness of each camera and how well they stay sharp in various lighting
conditions. This example in a local brewery is up first,
and shows us a few things right off the bat. Once we zoom in, we can see how soft the Note
10’s photo is compared to the others. Also notice the stair-stepping produced by the
P30 Pro’s 40MP sensor that’s pixel binned to 10MP. It’s a clear enough shot, but it
lacks fine detail thanks to the downscaling. If you look at the wood slats, it’s the
iPhone that has the most information present without too much grain. Moving to a photo with Victoria and focusing
on the wood panel behind her, we see the same results – the iPhone just has the clearest
photo. But if you focus on her skin, it’s apparent that Apple isn’t heavy handed the
way Google is with their noise reduction. But I am a bit stunned by the poor performance
of the Samsung camera — it’s once again the softest of the bunch. Moving closer to Victoria yields some more
interesting results. Looking at the background, we see far more bokeh in the P30 Pro’s photo,
and I’m not sure why. Yes, it does have a wider aperture and a larger sensor, but
I’m not sold on the idea that we would be getting that much blur naturally from this
camera. I wonder if there is a bit of depth processing going on in auto-mode like there
is in portrait mode. That’s a topic for a whole other video. But back to the matter
at hand, let’s focus on Victoria’s eyelashes. The iPhone 11 Pro has the most definition,
followed closely by the P30 Pro. It’s not until we get about 6 feet away
from our subject that we see the Pixel keep up with the iPhone. But it’s still the iPhone
that has the clearest capture, especially when you look at Victoria’s pupils. Unfortunately,
I can’t fully explain the horrible performance from the Note 10+, but it’s most likely
due to heavy noise reduction algorithms. And how does that noise reduction work out
for the Note 10 in dark situations? Well, here in my garage, let’s zoom in to see
that yes, Samsung really doesn’t like grain in its photos and it hurts the overall clarity
in every situation. But look at the iPhone result!! It easily has the clearest photo
of them all, with only a touch of grain present. The P30 Pro and it’s RYYB sensor does in
fact let in plenty of light and comes in at second place. It’s the Pixel 4 that’s
disappointing. But you might be asking: What about Night
Mode? It’s supposed to be Google’s secret weapon and should do the best here. Well,
it did let in a lot of light, but when you zoom in we find splotchy results. Somehow
Apple has been able to leapfrog Google to have clearer photos in auto-mode and night
mode! Let’s check out one more low light result
from auto-mode, this time in the darkest corner of the garage I could find. Here we find it’s
the P30 Pro that not only has the brightest photo, but the clearest as well. Looking at
the fire extinguisher we can make out a great amount of detail from Huawei’s capture – I’m
impressed. Switching to the Night Mode versions, it provides
a huge bump for the rest of the cameras. The P30 Pro oddly didn’t get that much better
the way the rest of them did, but it still hangs. The iPhone once again has the best
shot when it comes to low light, and makes me highly jealous as an Android user. So we can easily wrap up this round, as there
isn’t much of a contest here. Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro easily wins the clarity category. The last category is exposure, and here I’m
looking for correct exposures and a good balance of dynamic range. In this first example, we can immediately
see that the Pixel continues its tendency to expose darker than the rest and that the
P30 Pro’s HDR didn’t fire properly. Typically Samsung tends to brighten exposures, especially
when there is a person in frame, but I’m happy to report that they have scaled that
back here. The iPhone’s photo is starting to clip out the highlights in the cloud and
the wall behind Victoria. The Pixel has the most dynamic range but the Note 10 is the
more pleasing exposure. This backlit scenario is intentionally brutal
for these cameras, and they each handle it a bit differently. The goal is to keep the
subject properly exposed while not blowing out too much of the trees in the background.
The Pixel underexposes the scene like usual but the Note 10 retains almost just as much
information in the branches. The iPhone pushes it a bit too far, and the P30 Pro continues
to obviously stumble. I think the best balance here comes from the Note 10+. The P30 Pro does better in this next high
contrast example, and I’d actually say it did the best here. The exposure is right where
I would like it and the sidewalk isn’t clipping highlights as much as the iPhone’s capture.
The underexposed version from the Pixel is just too dark and the Samsung feels a bit
too processed. In this shot, Victoria’s face is too dark
in the Pixel’s version for my taste. And it didn’t even retain as much highlight
information compared to the Note 10’s shot. The iPhone’s photo is nice, but I do think
it’s Samsung’s capture that does the best at walking the fine line between dynamic range
and a proper exposure. Now let’s look at some examples without
a person as the subject and we see a slightly different story. The Note 10 is the brightest
of the bunch and exhibits some ugly flaring around the windows. The iPhone also has some
rouge flares smearing across the frame. The P30 Pro does better than earlier in this round
and it retains the most information in the window frames, but it’s slightly darker
compared to the rest. And In this next one it’s the Pixel’s
photo that is the darkest. It also doesn’t keep as much highlight information in the
window as the Note 10, but the iPhone did even worse and you can barely see the glimpse
of a building on the other side. The P30 Pro does well again, but it’s the Note 10 that
does the best overall, holding plenty of information in the shadows and the highlights without
feeling washed out. At the end of the day I’m very impressed
by how well the Note 10 has improved over the S10. In the previous episode of Last Cam
Standing, the S10 was overexposing shots all over the place, but here the Note 10 does
a great job at capturing pleasing exposures. So it’s Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ that
takes the exposure category. Well to wrap it up, what’s the take away?
Honestly I had to dig real deep to find examples of major differences between these cameras.
A majority of the hundreds of photos I took have very minimal differences between them.
If you are lucky enough to have any of these flagship phones you’re going to get great
shots 90+% of the time. And if you’re like me and know how to get the most out of your
camera, then you’re in an even better spot. But you don’t want a fluffy conclusion,
you want me to take a stand and declare a winner, don’t you? Well if there was one
camera I could have in my pocket, it would be Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro. Not only did it
dominate in the clarity category, it held its own in the other categories as well and
is all around a great shooter. But since I’m not an iPhone user I do want
to pick a second place between the three Android phones. And in that case, I would have to
reach for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+. Sure, it stumbled hard in the clarity category,
but did well in color and won the exposure category. Add on top of that, the Note 10
has more cameras and a deeper app experience than the Pixel 4, making it the obvious Android
choice for me. What do you think? Am I selling the Pixel
4 too short? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to subscribe for more episodes
of Last Cam Standing here on Tech Advisor!

100 Replies to “Pixel 4 camera test vs iPhone 11 Pro, Note 10+, & P30 Pro | Last Cam Standing XVIII”

  1. Tech Advisor had done a big mistake for this, He hired so beautiful model for this mobile camera caparison video, my focus had just stuck on her, so for me Clear winner is SHE 🙂

  2. During day the details are to close. During knight P30 still te best again. And don't forget the price. P30 is the best again for me

  3. Признайся, что перешёл на это видео не ради сравнения фоток, а посмотреть на другое.))

  4. For price p30 pro is best! And is the phone which go out about 7 month ago!!!!! 11 pro, 10+, and pixel 4.. now. But between this 3, note10+ like a ultimate phone.

  5. I consider myself to be a tech savvy person, but to be honest I only clicked on this comparison because of the model; my God she's gorgeous ??

  6. I basically subscribed to this channel because of last cam standing. The s10+ (which is what i have) got a of of camera updates since launch, do you think it's on par with the note?

  7. Hiya
    I've had the Huawei P30 Pro and now have the Google Pixel 4XL, I am feeling disappointment with the night camera mode on the 4xl, it's not a patch on the Huawei P30 Pro, in very low light, it's real bad! Daytime photos are more pleasing than Huawei P30 Pro though, didn't like any of the Samsung phones I've had if I'm honest. ?

  8. That's funny, I got the pixel 4xl and my wife the iPhone 11 and there is no competition, the pixel 4 blows it out of the water. I'm tired of these so called reviews

  9. Whatever they are all good & better camera flagship smartphones but still the Huawei P30 Pro will destroy them Professionally….

  10. So many people forgot that P30 Pro has a dedicated HDR mode in the settings. Turning that on will produce AMAZING dynamic range. From a P30 Pro user.

  11. now do the same exercise with the p30 pro in night mode and then you will see how superior it its to the other phones.

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