Google has changed a lot with the change from Nexus to Pixel, but when it comes to cameras, they were able to deliver very good quality years ago.
For the layman, not much has changed in the last four years, the Nexus 6P’s camera already had a 12MP resolution and could rely on significantly larger individual pixels. The newer four-year-old Pixel 4 does not have a higher resolution and the size of the individual pixels has hardly changed. But it is not only necessary to take a leap in hardware, Google in particular has the software extremely under control and therefore takes advantage of other devices.
How a Nexus 6P Compares to the Pixel 4
In a small comparison video, Jerome Ortega shows us how the Nexus 6P from 2015 fares against the Pixel 4 from 2019. The photos of the Nexus 6P look great, especially during the day, but they have some weaknesses in comparison. The Nexus 6P is just as good in low light, but offers significantly less sharpness in comparison, poorer white balance, much more noise, and issues with external light sources.
The real wow factor of new devices is usually only found in difficult situations or in the details. The level of smartphones a few years ago is impressive.
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