Google Pixel XL
Sabrina Ellis, Director of Product Management at Google, speaks about the new Pixel phone during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, US, October 4, 2016. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

OnePlus is gradually becoming a formidable name in the mobile phone industry with its affordable but capable handsets. The Chinese phone maker’s former flagship, the OnePlus 3, is the practical consumer’s dream device with its superb specs and incredible cameras. See how the OnePlus 3 fares against one of Android’s upstarts, the Google Pixel XL, when it comes to camera quality.

Google Pixel XL – Camera specs and features

The Pixel XL is not named as such for no reason. Google developed its first “official” smartphone with the intention of capturing the hearts of photographers. The Pixel XL quickly launches, shoots, enhances and saves images without wasting too many resources.

The Google Pixel XL furnishes a 12.3MP primary camera with f/2.0 lens. The back camera includes features like electronic image stabilisation (EIS), phase detection and laser autofocus, and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Resulting images are in depth with well-saturated colours and aptly controlled noise. The Pixel XL has no problem producing high resolution 4K Ultra HD videos at 30 frames per second, first-rate quality 720p slow motion videos at 240 frames per second and Full HD videos at 30, 60 and 120 frames per second options.

The Pixel XL has an 8MP f/2.4 secondary camera that produces the best selfies according to GSMArena. Details are abundant while skin tones and overall colours are very pleasing and well-preserved. Dynamic range is also considerably great while noise is kept in check whenever present.

OnePlus 3 – Camera specs and features

The OnePlus 3 furnishes a 16MP main shooter with a f/2.0 aperture. It also has phase detection autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, panorama and HDR. It utilises optical images stabilisation (OIS) instead EIS. The former OnePlus flagship’s rear camera is able to produce 720p, 1080p and 4K videos at 30 frames per second, but can only afford to record 720p slow motion videos at 120 frames per second.

The OnePlus 3 camera is consistent and reliable in almost any setup and it hardly requires more than one shot to capture a perfect photo. The smartphone provides tons of details while also keeping the noise levels balanced. Colours are sufficiently well-adjusted with hints of warm tint from time to time. The 8MP front-facing camera of the OnePlus 3 that likewise comes with f/2.0 lens is also outstanding and is able to produce unexpectedly comprehensive pictures.

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