Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 camera comparison: did it really get better?



With the Pixel 4 making its debut last week, many of you have been wondering if the phone is actually that much better than the Pixel 3 from last year. Google has been steadily upping their game when it comes to computation photography, but the hardware offered by the new Pixel 4 isn’t really that much better than that of the Pixel 3. Sure, the Pixel 4 has an extra 16MP camera on the back with a 2x telephoto lens, but the phone also only has one front-facing camera while the Pixel 3 has two.

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Rather than simply tell you about our findings when comparing the Pixel 3 to the new Pixel 4, we thought we’d put together a collection of images and videos captured by both devices and show them to you side-by-side so that you can make up your own mind.

Pixel 4 camera specs

  • 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 28mm (wide), OIS
  • 16 MP, f/2.4, 45mm (2x telephoto), OIS
  • 8 MP, f/2.0, 22mm (selfie)
  • Video: 4k/30 (rear cameras), 1080/30 (selfie camera)

Pixel 3 camera specs

  • 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, OIS
  • 8 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (selfie, wide), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 19mm (selfie, ultrawide)
  • Video: 4k/30 (rear camera), 1080/30 (selfie cameras)

Take a look at the video and image gallery below and let us know if you think the Pixel 4 is a big improvement over last year’s Pixel 3.

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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