DxO has passed tests to Google Pixel 3. Even if the scores are important, the French team of experts in photography is not completely convinced by the technological choice of Google.
One day after publishing the results of its test of the OnePlus 6T, DxO publishes that of the Google Pixel 3. A relatively expected test that allows for a full opinion of DxO experts on the technological choice of Google.
As a reminder, the Pixel 3 is one of the few high-end smartphones has integrated a single camera in the back. As you can read in our test, the Pixel 3 incorporates a 1 / 2.6-inch 12 megapixel sensor, the lens is relatively bright with an f / 1.8 aperture. In addition, there is an optical image stabilizer and Dual Pixel focus.
But the magic comes from this single camera, Google has focused on computer photography (or computational imaging) that can also be called computer-assisted photography. The method used by Google is described precisely in the test of the device, moreover Google has since deployed the Night Sight mode.
The verdict gives a score of 101 points overall, and 103 points in photography and 98 points in video. The conclusion of the test is detailed and can be used to understand the low scores of the Zoom and Bokeh sub-notes:
With the Pixel 3, Google continues to make impressive gains in image processing using digital imaging. The result is a very versatile camera that people can use with confidence in most situations, without manual adjustments or adjustments. In particular, the Zoom and Bokeh scores (Portrait mode) of Pixel 3 have improved considerably compared to the previous generation. Overall, he is on par with single-camera phones like the Apple iPhone XR and he gets one of the best ratings for video. On the other hand, the Pixel 3 scores remain behind those of a handful of multi-camera flagship phones.
For all its progress in computational imaging, and improving Bokeh and Zoom scores, Pixel 3 is still behind the best multi-camera phones in these areas. So for consumers who are looking for the best in portrait photography, and who are also not afraid of the larger size of one of the flagship multi-camera models, may be interesting to consider one of them as an alternative.
But for Android users who do not want to carry a larger phone with multiple cameras, the Pixel 3 is the best camera they can buy. As for getting a phone out of your pocket and pressing the shutter to let the phone's camera do its best, the Pixel 3 is what it takes. Not to mention the Google Night Sight shooting mode, which makes stunning images in low light conditions. Google has also remedied another previous limitation by adding an option to save RAW and JPEG images from its camera app, a development that photographers will not fail to salute.
DxOMark highlights progress over Pixel 2, especially for portrait and zoom mode.
The Huawei Mate 20 has not been tested yet, but the Pixel 3 is behind many multi-camera smartphone like the Huawei P20, the iPhone XS Max, the Galaxy Note 9 and of course the P20 Pro. It should be noted, however, that despite this note, DxO's comparative example photographs show that the Pixel 3 often has a better rendering than the middle ones.
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