Google Pixel 3a gets 100 overall score on DxOMark, comparable to Pixel 3 and iPhone XR

19 July 2019
Google’s mid-range Pixel device has finally been evaluated by DxOMark and reveals more of the camera’s strengths and weaknesses.

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Nick Tagataka, 21 Jul 2019I brought up not only Pixel 3 but also P30 Pro, iPhone XS and Ga... moreyou are right pixel takes noisy photo at low light which i hate most....Even day light photo Google pixel 3/3a can't beat even a photo taken with Redmi Note 7 Pro in terms of noise and sharpness...If gsmarena has full resolution photo uploading features on the comment box i would surely send you two same daylight photo taken with pixel 3/3a and Redmi Note 7 Pro to prove my point.

Pritam923, 21 Jul 2019I am talking about Google pixel 3 vs xperia 1 not p30 pro..first... moreI brought up not only Pixel 3 but also P30 Pro, iPhone XS and Galaxy S10 in order to debunk your argument that nobody cares about the daylight image quality nowadays and the one which takes the great photo in low light is called the camera phone, and also to show how Xperia 1 is not a good daylight shooter, which makes it only an all right camera phone. So yes, I did read your comment and reply to your points.

"also gives oil painting noise and effects at ISO 400 or Higher"
I haven't seen Pixel doing oil painting at such low ISO level, but the regular HDR+ mode surely does it at very high ISO. Night Sight on the other hand always gives you noisy but very detailed images with great dynamic range across most lighting conditions. And it's not like Xperia 1 is good at freezing motion in low light, it shows some artifacts around cars or people..

Nick Tagataka, 21 Jul 2019First of all, in order to call one a good camera, it at least ha... moreI am talking about Google pixel 3 vs xperia 1 not p30 pro..first read my comment properly. So called long exposure night mood which google pixel 3 called miracle... i do not think it is worthy...because it create motion blur..due to slow sutter speed...also gives oil painting noise and effects at ISO 400 or Higher...where sony xperia 1's main camera does not have such problem even at ISO 800

Pritam923, 20 Jul 2019but in low light the main camera of xperia 1 takes clear photo e... moreFirst of all, in order to call one a good camera, it at least has to nail the BASIC, which is daylight photography. The color reproduction of my P30's camera was quite lacklustre when I first got it, but the subsequent updates improved the color & WB accuracy drastically. It was nailing the low light from the get go and that's Huawei has been focusing on for a while, but they still decided to fix its daylight performance because if it fails to deliver good results when the light is sufficient enough and the camera has to do the least amount of work, then that's not a good camera, and they know it.
Xperia 1's detail rendition in daytime is slightly better than Exynos S10 - and that's not a good news because Snapdragon S10, iPhone XS, P30 Pro and Pixel 3 all do SIGNIFICANTLY better than Exynos S10 in this regard.
Another thing to keep in mind is the dynamic range. When triggered, Sony's HDR algorithm does a sufficient job to bring down highlights and boost up the shadows to make the image more natural-looking, but the thing is it barely get triggered under complex indoor lightings and low light conditions. I've seen numerous photos online where it straight up failed to activate it and resulted in overly contrasty images. With this reason alone I'm calling Xperia 1 a great low light shooter, but not an excellent one. Don't forget about the lack of dedicated Night mode as well, which is becoming the norm among high end smartphones.

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Nick Tagataka, 20 Jul 2019I did, and I think it's impressive that in low light Xperia 1 ma... morebut in low light the main camera of xperia 1 takes clear photo even at ISO 800 with out painting like effect which other smart phone do(also doodle pixel 3). In day light any phone can takes good images. Now a days no one calculate day light image quality. Which phone takes clear low light pic those phone are called a camera phone. Xperia 1 is clear low light winner here if takes a low light photo with Xperia 1 main camera.

[deleted post]Kind of ironic because Xr has got a higher score than 3a.

  • Morsel

I want a Motorola One Vision camera test by Dx0Mark. I think it will touch the 100 mark

I love the pixel phones but my pixel 2 broke :/ i have now my old Xiaomi Mi A2 with a broken camera :/ my kids played with it^^ hope i can afford the new pixel device or an oppo

3a to xr: "know your fricking place, trash"

Pritam923, 20 Jul 2019i think you did not check the full resolution low light photo ca... moreI did, and I think it's impressive that in low light Xperia 1 managed to hold onto details in dark shadow areas without painting them black or completely destroying them like many other devices tend to do, and it's probably due to RAW noise reduction which is more efficient compared to the regular noise reduction. When there's sufficient amount of light, though, Pixel 3 captures more detailed image especially when using Night Sight. Sony's heavy sharpening makes much more sense in low light but it's completely unnecessary during the day, and destroys fine details in a really unpleasant way.

Nick Tagataka, 20 Jul 2019Sorry about that, I take back what I said about the price then. ... morei think you did not check the full resolution low light photo captured by Gsmarena reviewer during review of Sony Xperia 1 at 1:1(100%) on your desktop or mac monitor ...for that reason you are supporting google pixel 3 camera's low light performance.

Pritam923, 20 Jul 2019I compared Sony Xperia 1 with Google Pixel 3 not 3a. so, first y... moreSorry about that, I take back what I said about the price then. Still, the rest of my points stand as the camera on Pixel 3a and 3 are near-identical with exactly the same technology and software features behind them.

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Tungtran, 20 Jul 2019Didn't expect it performs this well. So this is the reason why t... moreMi 9 scores 107 and cost the same while being a true flagship. Mix 3, Mi 8, Mix 2s, which should all score 103 with the latest firmware, cost even less while having the same last gen flagship SoC as a Pixel 3 XL.

The 3a doesn't bring much to the table value wise.

Nick Tagataka, 20 Jul 2019This score is admirable for $400, but when compared to more expe... moreI compared Sony Xperia 1 with Google Pixel 3 not 3a. so, first you need to read my comment properly.

Pritam923, 20 Jul 2019I didnÂ’t understand why Pixel phone got such a huge score on Dx... moreThis score is admirable for $400, but when compared to more expensive devices it's not impressive by any means. People rate Pixel's camera highly because it keeps details rather natural compared to others and Night Sight makes it one of the best low light shooter among all smartphones, though that's not to say it's free from problems.

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Pixel 3A, my phone, best camera ever.

Great camera phone for the price. No two words about it.

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notafanboy, 20 Jul 2019I'm sorry but Dxomark is a joke.They know more than youtubers