iPhone 8 Plus vs. Pixel 2 video camera shootoutSee how the video quality from these two phones compare, from exposure to audio to 4K.
The pixel two took some great still photos in our camera test but does that translate to video. We took the pixel two and the iPhone 8plus to Pier 39 in San Fransisco to test the video cameras head to head. We shot every Working at 1080p, 30 frames a second, unless otherwise stated. Let's start with exposure and color. in this shot, colors look more true-to-life on the iPhone, while the Pixels image looks more saturated, especially as we pan around on that aquarium sign. In daylight both phones nailed the exposure and in certain clips like this one of the boats, it's actually hard to tell the cameras apart. But the pixel is really quick to adjust to exposure when moving from light to dark areas and vice versa while the iPhone take a a little longer. To test autofocus I moved the subject in and out of the frame.While the pixel changes focus fast it's dramatic and there's some wobble in the frame. The iPhone has a similar wobble effect, but, because the AF shifts a bit more slowly, and smoothly, it looks more cinematic. Testing out the selfie cameras, iPhone 8+, Google Pixel 2. Moving to the front-facing camera, the Pixel's image has a much more even exposure. Just look at the boats in the background, and see how overexposed they are on the iPhone, compared to the Pixel. I want you to grab a card. Grab, grab, grab, grab, grab. As for audio, neither phone does particularly well. When listening to playback on the same pair of headphones the Pixel sounds flatter and more tinny than the iPhone. Okay now show it to all the people, show all the people, good. Now show it to all the people, show it to the people. Good. Wind noise is more pronounced on the Pixel 2, especially in this shot. [wind blowing] Both phones shoot 4k at 30 frames a second, but the iPhone also adds 60 frames a second at this resolution. In outdoor daylight conditions, both phones produced impressive and sharp 4k results. Try and get a good closeup of my face for this, okay? [LAUGH] Frisco Fred's playing with fire in this slow motion test. At 240 frames a second, the Pixel can only record at 720P, while the iPhone is 1080P. I'm shooting into the lot here, which is tricky, and the pixel over exposes, while the iPhone's image is much more balanced. In less challenging lighting conditions, the iPhone image appears to retain more detail than each frame during the slow mo effect. The iPhone uses optical stabilization when filming with the wide lens while the Pixel uses a combination of optical and electronic on its single lens camera. Google calls this fused stabilization. In this tracking shot, I walked around the PO with both phones on a rig to see how they recorded movement. The pixel shows a slight jello effect that's common with digital or electronic stabilization systems but it does compensate for walking motion well and it looks super smooth. The iPhone is a bit more jerky. In Low Light the phones show the biggest differences. There's much more noise on the pixel with some loss of detail especially on those archways. This is a really challenging environment because the lights are colored Constantly changing, but the Pixel's image definitely looks messier than the iPhone's. In the arcade, which is still dim but has a more constant light source, the Pixel's image looks grainy and the colors more washed out than on the iPhone. We've seen both phones produce impressive video in different areas. The Pixel's combination of optical and electronic stabilization makes for incredibly smooth and stable shots. But the iPhone excels at slow motion and does a lot better in low light. It's harder than ever to pick a stand-out winner, because a lot of this does come down to your personal preferences and what sort of videos you'll be recording the most. [SOUND]