iPhone 7 Plus vs Pixel XL: Which one shoots better video?
A great camera in a phone doesn't always translate into a good video camera.
In our pixel iPhone shoot out turned out to be the perfect example.
This entire video was shot using these two phones, side by side, on this make shift rig.
Both ten ADP and 60 frames per second.
So let's find out which one paints a better picture of a day in the San Fransisco Bay.
We'll start with a front facing camera.
In theory, the Pixel's eight megapixel sensor should look sharper than the seven megapixels on the iPhone.
But in reality, the iPhone did a better job at balancing the exposure as the lighting changed.
Back on the main camera, both seem pretty stable despite the movement of the trolley but the iPhone is a little bit smoother.
Both use different mechanisms to stabilize.
The iPhone uses a more traditional optical images stabilization.
While the Pixel does electronic digital stabilization, which uses the accelerometer and built in gyroscope to keep the shot steady.
But the Pixel still seems to be working out a few kinks in its mechanism.
And the movement in the next shot looks unnatural and jerky.
The iPhone, though far from perfect, seems slightly smoother despite some focus issues.
The same holds true for the running shot.
The movement on the iPhone seems more natural and consistent, but it had some issues keeping focus on the dog.
Which brings us to the next category.
And here's where the iPhone starts to show its weakness.
When relying on its autofocus, the iPhone had a much harder time keeping the subject in focus.
Even in direct sunlight, at a much closer distance, the Pixel is able to capture more detail in the foreground and create a sharper outline on the subject.
But with scenery, you'll notice the complete opposite.
The iPhone is much sharper, with richer colors and contrast, while the Pixel seems flat in comparison, and blurs out details in the background that appear sharp on the iPhone.
Unless you're backlit, and in this case, it's reversed.
Despite an occasional lens flare, the Pixel exposed the shot better against the sun, while the iPhone washed it out.
There's that lens flare again on the Pixel, but I'd still choose it over the iPhone in a slow-motion clip.
Both were shot at 240 frames per second, 720p.
But the water droplets look crisper on the Pixel with better color contrast overall.
And when it comes to zoom, there's really no competition.
The dual lens setup on the iPhone allows for a sharper 2x optical zoom, and up to 10x digital zoom thereafter that still gets the subject in focus.
The Pixel relies on digital zoom, meaning it can't get as close, and well, the results speak for themselves.
But once the sun started to set the Pixel basically dropped out of the race.
The low light of the clouds look washed out while the iPhone's look sharp and vibrant and this next shot of the sunset looks pixellated on The Pixel and the iPhone may be darker, but much sharper with less noise.
Same goes with the night shot.
Sure, the pixels may be brighter but there's so much noise around it it's barely usable.
The iPhone's is dark, but crisp, so you can at least distinguish landmarks.
The Pixel may have been our winner in our still photography test.
But it's a different story when it comes to video.
And here, the iPhone 7+ was consistently better than the Pixel.
Unless you're shooting subjects, in that case the Pixel does excel.
But over all, the iPhone 7 takes the throne.
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