Pixel 3A vs. OnePlus 7 Pro: let’s talk cameras

– OnePlus has always been known to give you a high spec experience without those high price tags
of other flagship phones. But they always kind of fell
short with their cameras. Pixel, on the other hand,
started off expensive, but they always maintained
amazing photo quality. But now they’re trickling that technology down to less expensive phones, while OnePlus is getting
a little more expensive and souping up their camera technology. So who does it better? The souped-up OnePlus 7 Pro, or the pared down Pixel 3A? Let’s put them to the test. Before we get into quality, you can’t take a photo
without opening the app. So who does it faster? To test this, I made a little rig. And I asked my friend Carrie to join me. We’re gonna be closing
the camera out, entirely, then opening the app and taking a photo as quickly as it allows us to. All right Carrie, let’s do this. One, go. – [Together] Oooooh. – [Becca] Two, one, go. – Okay, there’s something going on. – [Becca] Two, one, go. – Oooh! – Damn, okay. – [Becca] Go. – Fun. – That’s it. OnePlus wins, thank you Carrie. – Good game.
– Good game. And now we’re gonna see
whose shutter reacts faster when the app is already open. (clicks) Oh! One point Pixel. Two point Pixel. Three point Pixel. Okay, well that was fun. So the Pixel takes the photos faster when the app is already open, but from starting at nothing, the OnePlus will the open the app and take the photo just a bit faster. Now, I wanna look at the apps themselves just their interface,
because although they look really the same much
like all photo apps do, they act in different ways that makes one just a little bit better for me. The Pixel: my biggest qualm with this app is that every time you close it, whether you close out of it entirely or you just go to check a notification, it’s gonna default back to the rear camera every time you reopen it. So, say I am taking a selfie. And I have it on the front facing camera. If I close the app, and
say, check a notification, then open the app again,
it’s gonna go back to that rear camera, which is
more annoying than you think, especially when it comes to
shooting entirely in night mode. When it’s night time and I wanna just be shooting in night mode, I have to navigate to the more tab, and then hit night sight every single time I wanna take a photo at night. It seems small but it’s really annoying. So OnePlus’s app looks pretty standard and what I really appreciate is that, say, I’m taking a selfie,
every time I open the app, it’s gonna reopen the selfie camera. Now the only exception to this is that when you are in photo
mode using the rear camera, it’s always gonna default
back to the standard lens as opposed to the wide
angle or the telephoto every time you reopen the app. I also appreciate that you can swipe up on any of the options on the bottom column and it’ll bring you to
all of your photo modes. But what about hardware? What are we working with
just base level here? Well, on the OnePlus, you have
three cameras on the back: an eight megapixel F2.4 telephoto lens, a 16 megapixel F2.2 wide angle lens, and a standard 48 megapixel lens that scales down to 12 megapixels when you’re not using pro mode. And that’s an F1.6. And then on the front, or located atop, you have that really cool
pop-up 16 megapixel F2 camera. And then on the Pixel 3A, you have a 12.2 megapixel F1.8 lens on the back, and an eight megapixel F2
selfie camera on the front. Whoo, it’s a hell of a lot of numbers. Anyway, for the last three days, I have taken these phones
everywhere with me, and every photo I would
have taken with one camera, I’ve taken with two, and
yes, it is just as much of a pain in the ass as
you think it would be. I still have friends that print photos, so for this review, I wanna
go and I wanna print photos and then also compare them on my laptop. So we have a little bit of both worlds. I mean, when we’re only
taking photos with our phones, inevitably they will get printed or put on calendars, or if
you’re lucky, even a mug. So let’s go to Walgreens. All right, let’s do it. Took a really long time. Quick focus and audio test, here we go. Number one, how do you hear me? Is the sound better over here, or does it sound better over here? Now I’m back over here,
is it better over here? Or is it better over here, you tell me? Now I’m gonna go away. You guys focus? Still focus? One more? How’s the focus? All right. Oh yeah. Here we go. Alix, how did you beat me back here? Holy cow. Wow, okay, let’s first talk about selfies. These are some things you might print, say it’s you and a friend. So, right off the bat, I can notice the color difference
between the two photos. On this side is OnePlus
and this side is Pixel. OnePlus is definitely warmer, whereas Pixel as we know, is much cooler and there’s more blue and
green tones to the photos. I found that the OnePlus fills in shadows, brightens the photo,
and smooths absolutely everything more than the Pixel, even with the beauty mode turned off. Anyways, both cameras have
front-facing portrait mode, and although I like the
Pixel’s selfie camera for general use, I find
that selfie portraits put way too much blur on the background. All right, enough fooling around. Let’s talk about the main camera. Oh gosh, this portrait mode. The OnePlus takes smoothing
a whole nother level. I mean, I absolutely have no idea what happened to Alex’s
freckles, they’re even gone. Now, sure, the cutout is passable. OnePlus is cutting the contrast in detail level way too much. I took photos of Maria and printed them. The Pixel’s just way over
blurring the background. I do enjoy that it keeps details, especially in her forehead and her shirt, but in general, I just
think that this blur is too much, and I think that on OnePlus, it’s a little more natural. Where the OnePlus really surpasses the Pixel is its versatility. I mean, it simply has more
cameras than the Pixel. And it’s something that
I ended up using a lot. I mean, in New York City,
everything is so cramped and profound, so having a wide angle lens where you could be close to something yet show all of it, is really valuable. The wide angle lens is amazing. The details and the edges of the frame, they fall apart and they warp just a bit, but I didn’t find it to be a deal breaker and it’s better than no wide angle at all. The telephoto is really sharp too. There’s certainly way more detail than digital zooming on a Pixel. Those extra lenses, they allow OnePlus to really shine when shooting landscapes. And without faces to smooth,
the OnePlus does really well at keeping the whites white, as opposed to the blue-leaning Pixel. But when it comes to shooting at night, there’s no denying that
Pixel’s night sight is a lot better than OnePlus’s nightscape. The Pixel does a really nice job of keeping the details in,
say, the bricks in this photo while smoothing the pixels in the sky, which overall produces a higher, brighter, more balanced photo. It does take a few seconds
longer to take the photo, but for the clarity it
provides, I think it’s worth it. If we look at the main camera alone, putting aside the wide angle and the telephoto lenses on the OnePlus, I think the Pixel has the OnePlus beat in almost any lighting condition. It just comes down to the detail level. But if we’re talking about life in the grand scheme of
things, the versatility that the OnePlus provides is unmatched. I mean, having all those
lenses in your pocket at any time is really helpful. So as it is with all cameras, it’s gonna come down
to what you value more. What I will say, though, is last night, I bought way too many plants at Home Depot and I wanted to send a picture to my mom. I had both phones on me, and I chose the Pixel to take the picture. Okay, so, the age-old question. Sound off: Pixel or OnePlus? What are you guys shooting with? Do you care about lenses? Do you care about image quality? What are you doing with your photos? Does anyone still print pictures? That’s all I have to say. We’ll see you next time.

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100 thoughts on “Pixel 3A vs. OnePlus 7 Pro: let’s talk cameras

  1. Hey friends! For this review, we shot all the photos as the devices intended with zero editing, in device or out. You can edit these photos on device to change the amount of blur, white balance issues, and contrast but this video isn't about my editing skills. Be well, friends! – Becca

  2. I think the pixel is better because it smooths out things much more than the one plus.

  3. Pixel clearly wins….and thats coming from a midrange specs pixel phone which is huge achievement

  4. You can say it's just natural…I'll choose Pixel every single time…cause it's more reliable…

  5. But why pixels don't have manual mode when they are considered the best… That's really interesting 🤔

  6. I have to agree the versatility of the 3 lenses is intriguing, but smoothing OnePlus uses is just awful.

  7. I like the way she talk although i kinda know everything about those 2…i watched whole video just for her😂👌

  8. Why oh why are you people comparing the OnePlus Pro 7 vs a Midrange phone.

    Wow not compare the OnePlus 7 and the Galaxy 10e this is such a ridiculous comparison.

  9. samsung made for displays
    apple made for gamers (professional)
    one plus made for :-
    google made for photographers
    xiaomi made for poor guys (like me never mind )

  10. I had the opportunity to test the OnePlus 7 Pro and the camera really left a lot to be desired. I ended up getting the Pixel 3a XL and am just in love with the camera. There's really no other phone with a camera like it.

  11. When I open my camera again, I want it to default it to the back camera. That's much more comment to me.

  12. I dont take selfies a lot and i dont post a lot of pictures on instagram, faceboook etc… Convince me to get the Pixel over the oneplus 7 pro. GO!

  13. Much love to Andy Rubin. He liked another one of my tweets for praising the Essential Phone. As much as I love my Pixel 3, my PH-1 is still more reliable except in camera.

  14. Yooooooo good comparison and it got me wanting to sell my s10e love Google just hate that they killed the nexus brand

  15. Interesting I just tested this on my pixel 3 XL and if I have the selfie camera opened and i browse to another app then come back It's still on the front facing camera. I'm wondering if this is only occurring on the pixel3a/xl and not on the normal 3 and 3xl?

  16. I haven't printed a photo for years, and I can't think of a situation where I'd want to print something for someone else… I guess I'm not sentimental enough? 😂

  17. You know with the pixel you can hold I the camera app and choose selfie to open the app. That being said, I would hate if the selfie camera stayed. It’s THE WORST, when you open your phone not knowing the damn selfie cam is on lol

  18. The OnePlus 7pro cameras are so bad, shutter takes almost entirely 1 second even in daytime, try to capture the moment of your kid? Good luck with that. Mission Impossible!

  19. Pixel has better camera resolution
    But OnePlus 7 has a much better battery life

    Both great phones but I am going go with the Oneplus 7.

  20. I am looking forward to see you compare OP7p with the Google Cam App using the Google Pixel Software. There are some software problems that sometimes appear but improve the hardware that beats lots of phones out there.

  21. First time watching. Subscribed. Great video. I have had all the high end Samsung and apple phones but just jumped to the 3a. I can't tell you how impressed I am. Still thinking about getting the one plus 7 though. I have 11 more days to make my decision…

  22. The 3A wins solely due to Google's camera prowess in the software imaging end of things, although the OP7 Pro has much better camera hardware.

    I'd be curious as to see how both would do if the OP7 Pro was also using a port of Google Camera, as both phones in that scenario will be using their SoC to process the images since the 3A lacks the Pixel Visual Core it's more pricey brothers have.

  23. It really depends on the situation, the 3a takes ok shots but i prefer clarity with color over-saturation, the pixel 3a simply doesn't do this.

  24. When it comes to details the Pixel takes the cake but having a wide angle and telephoto lens is Oneplus' edge. Great comparison and fun vid! Keep it up.

  25. OnePlus looks better. Pixel makes better photos. BUT, until you install Google Camera on OnePlus.

  26. You tested them entirely in optimal lighting conditions. Where's the low light tests or a fast moving subject test?

  27. Great comparison. Just what I needed. I'm liking the pixel better. Your photos looked more natural and it seems the OnePlus turns people of colour into oranges. Skin tones looked great on the Pixel.

  28. Hate the reviews which says "in the end it all comes down to your preference". Ok, thanks bi*hc for wasting my time and giving me no conclusion at end.

  29. I thought this was a really fun approach to a camera comparison. Becca's an awesome fit for these camera videos. Great breakdown!

  30. i'm torn between the oneplus 7 pro and the pixel 3a. Which one should i get? as i want the performance of the oneplus but then the camera is not so good

  31. I'm dissappointed, why would you choose to judge a phone that you dont even know how to use properly? The blur was adjustable…

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