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Here we are, then, taking a look at photos from the best camera on a smartphone versus the best value in a smartphone in the world.
I’m talking about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which cost $800 to $900, respectively, and the OnePlus 6T, which starts at $550.
To buy a Pixel smartphone, including the Pixel 3, is not usually a decision based on design. In my experience, it’s a decision based on using the purest form of Android, getting the latest Android updates as soon as they’re released, and having the best camera on any smartphone.
The Pixel 3 does, indeed, have a better overall camera than the OnePlus 6T. But the difference isn’t that stark. After my test shoot, I’m wondering if one of the Pixel’s main propositions as the best smartphone camera is diminishing.
Check out photos taken with the Pixel 3 XL (which has the same camera as the smaller Pixel 3) and the OnePlus 6T:
You’ve seen the photos, so you can decide for yourself which phone has the better camera.
This competition is tough. Each phone has certain areas where its camera does better than the other. Overall, I’d say the Pixel 3 still has the top camera on a smartphone because of its versatility with Night Sight, better zoom, and generally better performance indoors.
Outdoors, however, the $800 to $900 Pixel was somewhat disappointing compared to the $550 OnePlus 6T.
The OnePlus 6T overall is a happy medium between the Pixel 3 and Samsung’s phones, which tend to process photos a little too much and makes them look unnatural.
Something you should consider …
With that said about both the Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T, you can easily edit the photos in either phone’s gallery apps to make them look better, or at least make them look the way you want them to.
Take the Pixel 3’s autumn path photo, for example, which was bested by the OnePlus 6T. With a couple taps in Google Photos and selecting the “Auto” enhancement, I was able to give the Pixel’s comparatively dull photo some life:
And the same goes for the OnePlus 6T, where I can easily edit photos to look closer to the Pixel 3’s photos.
Take the purple skull, for example, where the Pixel 3 did a much better job in capturing the deep, rich color and detail. I’m able to use the OnePlus 6T’s editing options in its gallery app to give the skull the richer color that it actually has:
I’ll be taking photos with phones from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and anything else I can get my hands on, and I’ll be using the Google Photos app to edit their photos to look like they were taken with the Pixel.