The Google Pixel 4 was just revealed last week, and tech bloggers are busily trying it out to see how it stacks up against the competition. Of course, we expect a lot of comparisons of the device’s cameras with those on other devices, and we now have one which compares the iPhone 11’s Night Mode vs the Google Pixel 4’s Night Sight.
iPhone 11 Night Mode vs Google Pixel 4 Night Sight
Shooting photos in low light has long been a major area of comparison between devices, and the Pixel 4 is no different. Macworld looked at the iPhone 11’s Night Mode vs the Google Pixel 4’s Night Sight to see which one works better.
The short answer to the question is that the iPhone 11 appears to work significantly better than the Pixel 4 when it comes to nighttime shooting. That’s quite a surprise because last year, the Pixel 3 did much better than the iPhone line-up, so Apple had to come from behind to pass up Google in the Pixel 4. Based on the results of the comparison, it seems like the company has done so.
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Differences were subtle
The differences noted in the iPhone 11’s Night Mode vs the Google Pixel 4’s Night Sight comparison were actually very subtle, but they were still noticeable, especially for those with a photographer’s eye. The main difference between them was that the Pixel 4 tends to wash out colors, while the iPhone 11 captured richer images with more details, retaining the natural darkness.
The iPhone 11 also captured more accurate colors in its Night Mode, including a photo which contained a yellow taxi that looked orange in the Pixel 4’s photo. However, in some photos, the results were nearly identical, which suggests that to some extent, it will be a matter of personal preference when it comes to determining which camera works better in low light.
There was one area in which the Google Pixel 4 did better than the iPhone 11, and that has to do with the way it brightens all areas of a shot. This isn’t always a good thing, but in photos that were taken in pitch black, the Pixel 4 was able to capture more detail.