May 13th, 2019

The new Pixel 3a is quite an incredible device, mainly because Google crammed in the same camera that it used on the original Pixel 3. While high-end processors and infinite RAM are all the rage among Android enthusiasts, a solid camera is still the #1 feature that all smartphone buys are interested in.

To give you an idea of how similar the camera experience is between the $800 Pixel 3 and the new $400 Pixel 3a, we took over 60 side-by-side pictures with the two smartphones to see how the sensors handle different lighting situations. We’ve also thrown in a handful of video clips from the rear and front-facing cameras to give you look at the video and audio quality you can expect from the new Pixel 3a.

Take a look at the Pixel 3a versus Pixel 3 camera comparison video below. While the Pixel 3a’s main camera is identical to the Pixel 3’s you will notice some changes with the front-facing camera and with video capture. We’ve also included the full gallery of images from the video with images from the Pixel 3a on the left and those from the Pixel 3 on the right.

Leave us a comment and let us know if you’d be willing to step down to the Pixel 3a if the camera experience was the most important factor in your smartphone purchasing decision.