Pixel 6 Pro versus Pixel 5a camera comparison: finally, an improvement!


With the new Pixel 6 Pro from Google, we’re finally getting a much-needed upgrade to the camera hardware since Google’s been relying on the same sensors for all of its cameras for a few years now. The highlight of the pixel 6 Pro is its new 50MP main camera sensor, but we’ve also been given a spectacular 48MP sensor that’s paired with a 4x periscope telephoto lens that is capable of capturing some stunning images as well. The Pixel 6 Pro also got an upgrade to its selfie cameras with a new 11.1MP sensor that also enabled 4K selfie video capture as well.

The question is: how much of an improvement do the new cameras on the Pixel 6 Pro actually deliver?

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To answer that question, we’ve pulled together a Pixel 5a versus Pixel 6 Pro camera comparison with side-by-side photos and videos and a wide variety of lighting conditions to truly put the cameras on these two phones to the test. Take a look at the video and image gallery below to see how much of an improvement the new camera hardware o the Pixel 6 Pro actually delivers.

Pixel 6 Pro versus Pixel 5a camera specifications

Pixel 6 Pro

  • 50 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (main)
  • 48 MP, f/3.5, 104mm (4x telephoto)
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 114˚ (ultrawide)
  • 11.1 MP, f/2.2, 20mm (selfie)
  • Video: 4K@/60fps (rear), 4K@30 (selfie)

Pixel 5a 

  • 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (main),
  • 16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide)
  • 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (selfie)
  • Video: 4K@30/60fps (rear), 1080p@30fps (selfie)

Pixel 6 Pro versus Pixel 5a image gallery

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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